Black Consumer News launches national website today with Mayor Frank Scott Jr. interview

Black Consumer News launches national website today with Mayor Frank Scott Jr. interview

BCN Staff – LITTLE ROCK – Feb. 5, 2021 — Black Consumer News of Arkansas launched its new online daily website on Friday with an exclusive interview with Mayor Frank Scott Jr. The 37-year mayor Little Rock voters made history on Dec. 4, 2018, he was overwhelmingly elected the city’s 73rd mayor and first Black chief executive. 

Since that day, Mayor Scott has worked to unite our diverse neighborhoods into one City and one people, cooperating to expand our economy and improve our quality of life. He brings a unique combination of skills to the job with significant experience in both the public and private sectors.

Led by Wesley Brown, a longtime Wall Street and senior financial and political reporter and media executive, the new Black Consumer News website will be a high-level news portal that will provide business, financial and other “money-related” news aimed at the Black consumers, entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, investors and anyone interesting in the Black economy, business, and financial matters.

Brown, also publisher of the Daily Record legal and real estate business journal in Little Rock, said the timing of the BCN website launch and the interview with Mayor Scott was perfect as the city, state and nation goes through extraordinary times, especially in Black America.

“As a longtime black financial and political reporter in mainstream media, I have always believed that Black people needed to have a voice in the press. One of the big stories lost in the decline of daily newspaper across the U.S. is that most black newspapers across the nation have filed for bankruptcy for closed their doors.

“Launching today with an interview with Mayor Scott is a perfect beginning for us as we seek to be the daily online business newspaper for Black America,” said Brown.

With an initial launch in Arkansas in early 2021, plans to expand to over the next 18 months to ten strategically selected urban markets with large African American populations that have been identified as “black media deserts.” That strategic plan has also identified key demographics that show the likelihood of success through social media-power subscriber growth, advertising and corporate sponsorship, and 100% black ownership.

Under the direction of Chief Creative Officer Angel Burt, BCN has also launched its highly popular Black BCN Headlines and Daily News Roundup on KABF, 88.3 FM in Little Rock. Each week, Burt and BCN Publisher Wesley Brown discuss the most intriguing local and national news headlines for black consumers covered by The one-hour radio show, which is also livestreamed nationwide, also includes weekly interviews with key newsmakers, such as Mayor Scott and Arkansas Fair Housing Commission Director, who is running to be Arkansas’ first black state black attorney general and statewide office in 2022.

Burt said the website is just the beginning of BCN plans to quickly grow and scaleup its news operations to be the online newspaper and “newsfeed of choice” for every Black consumer.

“We want Black consumers, and anyone interested in getting top online news that affects our community to come to our website every day,” said Burt. “We are excited and ready to be a true, Black-owned news organizations.”

In addition to the website, BCN will also provide its free news service, video, podcasts, Daily News Roundup, and other news products through the BCN Weekly Headlines, Breaking News alerts, and its social media networks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Concerning Mayor Scott, he began his public service career in the office of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe where he served for five years, first as deputy policy director and later as director of intergovernmental affairs. While on Beebe’s staff, Scott continued his education, earning a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. That degree, with a concentration in finance, complemented Scott’s undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. talks about his myriad of accomplishments in his first two years as the city’s CEO. In an exclusive interview with Black Consumer News of Arkansas at KABF, 88.3 FM studios, which was also broadcast on Facebook Live, Scott shared that under his administration the city has added more than 5000 news jobs to the labor force of Arkansas largest city.(Top photo) Mayor Frank Scott and BCN Chief Creative Officer Angel Burt, co-producer of the BCN Headlines weekly news talk show. Photo by BCN Staff.

Determined to put his finance training to work, Scott accepted a position as a community banker with First Security Bank, giving him insight into the issues facing small businesses across the City. At the same time, he continued to devote a significant amount of time to serving both his City and State as a member of the Port of Little Rock Board of Directors and as a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission – experiences which gave Scott an understanding of the critical infrastructure that forms the backbone of any city.

As an associate pastor, youth mentor, and professional, Frank lives out the values he learned growing up in Southwest Little Rock, the same area where he lives, today.  He gives back to the City that invested in him and reminds young people regularly that values are the foundation of a purpose-filled life.

A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, Frank is a former member of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees (now UA-PTC) and currently serves on the UA-Little Rock Board of Visitors.

Mayor Scott believes that “When we come together, we are more than just a series of neighborhoods and zip codes.  We are the people of Little Rock, and we can change course for a better direction for our city if we have the will to do it.”

Black Consumer News will update this story later with photos, video and audio of BCN’s interview on KABF, 88.3 FM


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