Who We Are

Founded in June 2020, we created the Black Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute to unite and advance Black-owned media businesses, educate the public on the importance of these platforms, and provide resources to support. Black-owned media outlets have been a beacon for Black communities for over 190 years.
We curated a public database of Black-owned media companies across the country. They have stood on the front lines of issues such as voting rights, civil rights, fair pay for all, unionization, education equity, healthcare disparities, and many other issues that impact Black people and reflect the current state of civil unrest.

DÉVON CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON
Co-founder

DéVon Christopher Johnson is co-founder of BOMESI and Founder/CEO, BleuLife Media Group. He has leveraged his marketing knowledge and communications expertise to build his brand from a single publication, Bleu Magazine, the aspirational lifestyle publication for Black men, to a full-scale multimedia company serving diverse audiences worldwide. He’s led the brand into successful partnerships with dozens of Fortune 100 companies, including Pfizer, Nivea, BMW and Coach.

He began his career in the entertainment industry at Def Jam Records and moved on to Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records; collaborating on projects for artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Trey Songz and Rihanna. He also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Harvard University and is a firm believer in “He who controls the media controls the mind.” DéVon is determined to empower young people of color with positive representations of themselves.

RHONESHA BYNG
Co-founder

Rhonesha Byng, a visionary entrepreneur and media luminary, has revolutionized millennial women's empowerment and representation as the CEO of Her Agenda. Her digital media platform, guided by the philosophy N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda – propels millennial women towards success by offering a dynamic blend of content, community, and resources.

Byng's trailblazing spirit earned her a place on Forbes' 30 under 30 list in both media and dorm room founders categories, and recognition from ESSENCE, NBCBLK, and BET for her impact. She's shared her insights at Google, Cannes, and Adweek NexTech, discussing vital topics such as investing in diverse voices and creating an equitable media landscape.

As a field producer with NBC New York (WNBC-TV), Byng contributed to an Emmy award for her team's breaking news coverage. Her work in journalism has garnered awards from the Associated Press and the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Rhonesha's dedication extends to co-founding the Black Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute (BOMESI), an organization advancing Black-owned media businesses. Her advocacy reshapes narratives, fosters awareness, and drives transformative change.

Rhonesha, an alumna Posse Scholar, exemplifies leadership through her Depauw University journey on a full-tuition leadership scholarship. With her visionary leadership, unwavering determination, and commitment to empowerment, she continues to inspire millennial women to overcome barriers, pursue their dreams, and impact the world.

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Our Community

Are you a publisher or media owner and not already in our database? Join our database to be part of our growing collective that centers Black-owned media in advertising.

The Power of the Collective

As we journey forward, we invite new partners to join and existing partners to strengthen investment with Black-owned media. We believe that a strong advertiser-media ecosystem is possible through collaborative efforts, a shared vision, and steadfast commitment to driving equity and sustainability that intentionally and actively includes Black-owned media.

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