Black Owned
Media Weekend

JUNE 16-19, 2023 | TULSA, OK
The Future of Black Owned Media
Black Owned Media Weeknd 2023 reignites the necessity of Black media and the people who document and support them. By gathering in one of the most historic cities for Black storytellers, this conference will bring together Black media owners/publishers, enriching our resources, our access and our distribution through authentic connections and intentional and engaging customized programming.

In Tulsa, the growth of Black Wall Street established a self-made economy with African Americans owning and operating more than 190 businesses in North Tulsa. Tulsa is also the home of the Tulsa Star, one of the first Black publications, the Tulsa Star provided leadership and influence in shaping Tulsa's Black community. Conference participants will have a special opportunity to explore this history firsthand.

During this conference, you’ll gain valuable insights on strategies to create a new way forward, the need to build our own ecosystem and the cultural revolution that is paving the way for our next generation. Come join us as part of this year's theme as we are committed to The Future of Black Owned Media.

Eboni K. Williams

Keynote Speaker

Attorney/Author/TV Host

Nicole Ellis

Master of Ceremonies
Dustin Ross

Mandii B

Podcaster/Media Personality/Owner of Full Court Studios

Rhonesha Byng

Co-Founder BOMESI, Founder & CEO Her Agenda
DéVon Christopher Johnson

Co-founder of BOMESI and CEO/
founder of BleuLife Media Group

Tracie Powell

Founder, CEO The Pivot Fund

Grouchy Greg

Founder /
Felicia Palmer

CoFounder, CEO SOHH
Nehemiah D. Frank

founder and editor-in-chief The black wall street times
Alfred Edmond Jr.

SVP / Executive Editor-at-Large
Black Enterprise
Ryan Mitchell

Music & Culture Journalist at MTV &
Special Consultant in Entertainment
Media at GLAAD

Munson Steed

Founder Rolling Out
Reggie Gustave

Senior Brand Manager, Jameson
at Pernod Ricard
C. Zawadi Morris

Founder and Publisher
- BK Reader
Melanie Figueiredo

VP, Advertising & Sponsorship Sales, URL Media

Kori Hale

CEO, CultureBanx
Kristina Rios

Manager, Client Services at Kargo
"Tony" Antonio Neville

Actor, Comedian, Content Creator

Jules Carfora

Senior Director, Publisher Development

Bella Sharleen Roe

Senior Client Partner, Head of The Uplift Collective
Nicole Hayes

Discover Sr. Director Enterprise Marketing Center of Excellence
Michelle Matos-Becerra

Kargo (MCA)

Sam Doliner

Kargo (Fabrik)

Ashli Sims

Managing Director |  Build in Tulsa

Sherrell Dorsey

Journalist, Founder, Author,
Biz Coach



Friday, June 16

9:00am – 5:00pm     Attendee arrivals at the Tulsa International Airport

9:00am – 5:00pm
     Conference Registration (Tulsa Club)

1:00pm – 4:30pm
     UPFRONT: BOMESI ACCELERATOR Private Presentation (hotel indigo)

6:00pm – 8:00pm
     Welcome Reception sponsored by Kargo (Rooftop Sky Terrace, Tulsa Club)

8:00pm – 10:00pm
   Black Owned Media Weekend 2023 Welcome Dinner (Ballroom, Tulsa Club) 

  • DAY 2


    Saturday, June 17   |   The Agora Event Center 

9:00am       Departure to Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District 

9:15am       Continental Breakfast at Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge
                    10 N Greenwood Avenue s101 Tulsa, OK 74120

10:00am     Greenwood Rising Black Wall St. History Center Museum &  Walking Tour  

12:00pm      Departure to Agora Event Center

12:30pm - 1:30pm    Welcome Lunch co-sponsored by Build In Tulsa (North Room & Patio)

1:30pm - 2:00pm     Welcome Keynote Fireside Chat featuring Eboni K. Williams (South Room)

2:00pm - 2:30pm     “Undivided: How Black Owned Media Can Work Better Together To
                                  Protect The Power Of Diverse Storytelling”

                                  Moderator: Tracie Powell

                                  Panelists: Nehemiah Frank, Greg Watkins, Alfred Edmond Jr., Kori Hale
                                  (South Room)

2:30pm - 2:45pm      Coffee Break

2:45pm - 3:15pm      “Fostering Economic Empowerment: Building Infrastructure to
                                   Drive Investment in Black-Owned Publishing” by Kargo

                                   Moderator: DéVon Christopher Johnson

                                   Panelists: Nicole Hayes, Michelle Matos-Becerra, Sam Doliner
                                   (South Room) 

3:30pm - 4:00pm       Standing Out and Getting to the Bag in a Crowded Vertical

                                    Panelists: Dustin Ross and Mandii B. (South Room)

4:00pm - 6:00pm        Happy Hour (North Room & Patio)

After our happy hour, we encourage you to explore Tulsa on your own! There will be a Tulsa Juneteenth Celebration in the Historic Greenwood District and we will provide dinner vouchers for Sisserou's, a local Black Owned Caribbean Restaurant

    • DAY 3


      Sunday, June 18 | The Tulsa Club

    • 10:00am - 11:00am      Breakfast  (Ballroom)

      11:00am - 12:00pm      “Matching Intention With Action: An Open Dialogue About The          
    •                                        Experiences of Brands, Agencies and Media Owners”

    •                                        Moderator: Melanie Figueiredo

    •                                        Panelists: Reggie Gustavo, C. Zawadi Morris, Munson Steed, Kristina Rios

      12:00pm - 12:30pm       Coffee Break

      12:30pm - 1:00pm          “The other B: Black storytelling in LGBTQ Media

    •                                         Moderator:  DéVon Christopher Johnson

    •                                         Panelists: Antonio "Tony" Neville and Ryan Mitchell

      1:00pm - 2:00pm            Networking Lunch co-sponsored by Undertone (Ballroom)

      2:00pm - 4:00pm            Workshops (Ballroom + Mezzanine)

                                              Guests will have the unique opportunity to attend two workshops.      
    •                                         Round 1 happens from 2:00pm - 3:00pm and Round 2 happens from
    •                                         3:00pm - 4:00pm

      •                                        Workshop 1:  “Unlocking Unique Demand Opportunities To Maximize                                                                          Your Revenue” presented by Undertone

      •                                         Workshop 2:  “Creating Systems To Reduce Overwhelm While Running                                                                     Your Media Business”

      •                                         Workshop 3: “Content Creation & Protecting Your Brand in the Age
      •                                                                   of AI” 

    • 4:00pm - 6:00pm            Black Owned Media Weekend 2023 Closing Reception

115 E 5th St, Tulsa, OK 74103

The majority of the event will take place at this amazing Art Deco designed hotel in the heart of historic downtown Tulsa.

1402 S Peoria Ave #200, Tulsa, OK 74120

Within walking distance of Tulsa Club Hotel, we have curated an experience that will leverage many gems within the city, Agora being one of those gems.

We've reserved various hotels at a discounted rate for participants of this conference.
Each image is clickable and will direct to the designated Black Owned Media Weekend 2023 hotel page with rates and additional hotel information.
Hotel Indigo
121 South Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
Fairfield Inn
Tulsa Downtown
111 N. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74103

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Hyatt Place
Tulsa Downtown
200 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103

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Tulsa Club Hotel
115 E 5th St, Tulsa, OK 74103
17 West Hotel
17 W 7th St, Tulsa, OK 74119

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Residence Inn
Tulsa Downtown
202 w 5th st, tulsa, ok 74103

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The Mayo Hotel
115 W 5th st, tulsa, ok 74103
Tulsa Downtown
200 Civic center, tulsa, ok 74103

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General Information
Dress Code

Conference dress code is mostly Business Casual. 

  • The Black Wall Street Tour, Juneteenth Festival is Casual Sportswear.

  • The Closing Party is Cocktail Chic.

  • The average temperature in June ranges from 71 degrees to 90 degrees. Make sure to pack sunscreen and light, cotton, clothing for outdoor activities. 
Emergency Information 

In case of a police emergency, please dial 911.

  • In case of a medical emergency, the nearest hospital is Hospital Utica Park Clinic, #3 located at 1245 S Utica Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104.

  • The Black Owned Media Equity & Sustainability Institute, sponsoring partners and conference organizers are not liable for any illness or physical injury sustained during the course of the conference as a result of actions taken by participants.

  • Participants are responsible for guarding their valuables and will not be reimbursed for stolen property.

  • We ask that you take precautions to protect against the Covid-19 virus. We will not be held responsible if you contract the illness.

Please Read Carefully

By participating in the Black Owned Media Weekend 2023 you will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Black-Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute, its sponsoring partners and event organizers for any and all legal actions arising out of your negligent or reckless behavior. All participants must use care and good judgment and must obey all rules and regulations in place during the conference. You will comply with all requests made by members of the Black-Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute and the event organizers. You must obey all laws of the State of Oklahoma. The Black-Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute and event organizers reserve the right to eject any participant who does not comply. Ejected participants will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee.
You give the Black-Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute, sponsoring partners and conference organizers, the authorization to use and post any photographs, video recordings, or any other related material, including full names of any participants, before, during or after the event for promotional use and press coverage. You will not be entitled to any compensation for the use of your name or image

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