(April 4, 2007) Urban Influence Magazine, an official publication of the National Urban League which targets progressive African American professionals, will become the first publication NUL has distributed on newsstands nationwide. At 97 years-old, it is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
“Urban Influence Magazine has been well received by the Urban League family,” said Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League. “The national newsstand distribution of the magazine will increase its impact and awareness, while empowering our communities with positive stories and information. The magazine is an important vehicle in providing information on the League’s five step agenda of economics, education, health and quality of life, civil rights and civic engagement for African Americans. This launch is a milestone in the National Urban League’s efforts to reach more individuals and communities in need of our services.”
Launched in 2004, as a partnership between the National Urban League and T. Brown Publishing, Urban Influence Magazine speaks to the critical link between individual and community wealth and social responsibility, as well as provides information concerning the latest trends in business, politics, and lifestyle for “urban influencers.” The bi-monthly magazine empowers, educates and entertains readers like no other publication targeting African American professionals.
“Our objective is to be the voice of this generation of power movers; those influencers who are just as concerned about our collective progress as a whole, as we are about individual wealth and success. There’s an entire movement of social entrepreneurs and conscious corporate executives that UIM represents,” says Tamara Brown, Publisher.
To celebrate the launch, Urban Influence Magazine along with partners YUM! Brands, Intel, Allianz and Southwest Airlines will host a reception on Thursday, April 12 at Macy’s on State Street in downtown Chicago. UIM will unveil the inaugural newsstand Men of Influence issue during the reception.
Urban Influence Magazine was created to extend the message of the National Urban League throughout its membership and beyond. Previously, the magazine used a controlled distribution model distributing through the National Urban League affiliate offices, chapters and events. Through newsstand sales, it expects to significantly increase its readership base of 100,000.