Huffington Post to add African-American section

NEW YORK (AP) — The Huffington Post and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson are launching a HuffPost section devoted to African-Americans.

The section, “HuffPost GlobalBlack,” is expected to debut in early March. The Huffington Post is set to make an official announcement about the new platform Thursday.

“Our goal is to cover more stories of importance to the black community,” says Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the New York-based Huffington Post.

“We have the supreme irony of having the first African-American president, which is such a historic event and a milestone, while at the same time, conditions for African-Americans are deteriorating, in terms of unemployment, in terms of high school graduation, in terms of the number of African-American males in prisons,” Huffington says.

GlobalBlack is the 27th section for the Huffington Post, but its first racially based one. It plans to soon launch a Latino section.

A February 2010 survey by Edison Research and Arbitron found that about 25 percent of all Twitter users are black, roughly double the percentage of blacks in the U.S. population. About 11 percent of all U.S. Facebook users are black, the social-networking site reports.

A greater percentage of whites than blacks and Latinos have broadband access at home, but laptop ownership is now about even for all these groups.

“In all of this digital space, the African-American voice is really falling off the radar screen,” says Johnson, who sold the Washington D.C.-based Black Entertainment Television to Viacom in 2000. “We’re on other radar screens, with other digital sites, which is wonderful. But I really wanted to bring the real news, the storytelling — to really bring back the voice of the black community on some relevant news and views.”

“We’re going to be able to fill that void,” Johnson adds.



  • cong

    Hey, Tucker could whore for hits, too, and start a section called: “Fox Viewers At Commercial Break.”

    Oh wait, that’s the whole concept behind the rag.

  • dookhh

    I don’t know about all those other unimportant sections. Shouldn’t the main page be the globalblack section? If you really want to highlight the important stories shouldn’t that be the main page? Are you afraid to make it the main page for some reason? Are they racists over there at Huffpo?

  • Tess_Comments

    A HuffPost section devoted to African-Americans, okay.
    When are they going to devote a seciton to “Whites”?
    When are they going to devote a seciton to “Chinese”?
    When are they going to devote a seciton to “Europeans”?
    When are they going to devote a seciton to “Latinos”?

    “Our goal is to cover more stories of importance to the black community,”
    What about OTHER Communities?

    • 1TrueOne55

      Yeah I want to see the “FAIRNESS DOCTRINE” applied here to… And why didn’t she do this on Nov. 3rd 2008?

      It is all about money and there is no money in racially segregated news since there is very little happening in the Black Community except for Black on Black violence and gang activity. If this was a money making venture she would have done this right after the 2008 elections, it is not a money making venture, so now she gets money openly from George Schartz(Soros) and conveniently new sections show up trying to influence voting blocks that Obama has insulted by not getting things done for those special interests.

      I can see more agitation and then an explosion. This is part of the “BOTTOM UP – TOP DOWN – INSIDE OUT” strategy of the Shwartz-enators Shadow Gov’t.

  • glassmaker

    “Our goal is to cover more stories of importance to the black community,”

    Good Lord, how condescending is that? Talk about whoring for hits!!

    • cong

      I assume you would know about “whoring for hits”, glassblower.

  • thephranc

    BS. Its not an african American section its a black section. Most blacks in America aren’t from Africa and have never been there nor have their families in generations. I bet that section would exclude things pertaining to white African Americans. Yes there are white people from Africa who have been there for generations.

    • jonavark

      need more people like you.

      • cong

        Yea! We need more idiots.

        Don’t call me Irish American because I’ve never been to Ireland, and besides, there’s Pakistani people who were born in Ireland and came to America, and… do you all huff glue together in one place?

    • ladylove

      right on

  • jonavark

    Just wait until you see who will be writing for it.

    Arianna is indeed a ho.

    • cong

      And you are indeed, one ho who would know.