Tuesday, June 24, 2008



I am very happy to announce that in addition to my association with YourBlackWorld, and the Los Angeles Sentinel, I am also beginning an association as a featured columnist with Black Star News (http://blackstarnews.com/).

I don't see this as just another job offer. I'm very excited to be associated with this organization because the publisher, Milton Allimadi, and his associates at Black Star News are serious journalist, involved in world class journalism.

Allimadi received his journalistic training at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. After stints at The Journal of Commerce and The Wall Street Journal, Allimadi reported for the New York Times as a metro news stringer. At the New York Times Allimadi honed, among other things, his reportorial skills. Allimadi's passion for community-based and investigative news reporting took him to the legendary City Sun newspaper, an African American weekly newspaper published by the late Andy Cooper, who served as Allimadi's mentor. As an editor of The City Sun, Allimadi exposed corruption, police brutality and thereby developed a reputation as a hard-nosed editor and reporter. In late 1996 The City Sun shut down as a result of Cooper's failing health.

In 1997, Allimadi founded The Black Star News with his savings and those of then partners Ben Otunu and Mana Kasongo; he obtained financial support from Bill and Camille Cosby. Today, The Black Star News is a renowned investigative newspaper. Following its motto of "Speaking Truth to Empower," The Black Star News has scored several major news scoops which has garnered for it several awards from the Independent Press Association and national media coverage, including from CNN financial news, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Press, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Observer, New York magazine, The Village Voice, The Washington Times, and Brill's Content Magazine.

During this time in our history when creditable journalism seems to be at its lowest ebb, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be associated with a group of journalist who are dedicated to keeping the fires lit within the fourth estate. With all of the nation's news now being controlled by corporate interests, it will fall to journalists such as these to keep America informed.

Eric L. Wattree

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