Just as a black star is an all-consuming presence at the center of the universe, our goal at AtlantaBlackStar.com is to become a central voice in the world of black media. Ours is a mission to bring premium quality writing, reporting, editing and insight to journalism focused on the black community within the United States and around the world. We endeavor to cover the global black community with timely, relevant, sophisticated stories. We produce stories about real people and real news—while creating a new training ground for the next generation of black journalists.
The team we have compiled for this venture brings together some of the most talented and experienced journalists in the business.
Atlanta Black Star
Nick Chiles, Senior Editor
Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 10 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as founder and Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.
Curtis Bunn, Deputy Editor
Curtis Bunn is a 25-year, national award-winning journalist and Essence No. 1-best selling author of five novels, including the recently released A Cold Piece of Work and the upcoming Homecoming Weekend. He also is the founder and president of the National Book Club Conference, Inc., considered by many the most dynamic literary occasion of each year. As a journalist, Bunn worked at The St. Petersburg Times as a news reporter and The Washington Times, New York Newsday, New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a sportswriter. In his career he has been a general sports columnist and has covered 16 NBA Finals, five Super Bowls, five World Series, four NCAA Final Fours, the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, among other events.
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Darryl Cobbin, Managing Partner
Darryl is an award-winning branding expert and author who has held senior executive level marketing positions with The Coca-Cola Company; a start-up wireless venture, Boost Mobile (CMO); and in Media & Entertainment with News Corp’s 20th Century Fox Films (EVP of Marketing). He has led teams across three different industries with similar world-class results: They all became the #1 growth brands in their industry or the #1 brand of all time.
For his work on Sprite in particular, he was named BrandWeek Magazine’s Marketer of The Year.
Neil Nelson, Managing Partner
Neil Nelson is the Co-Founder of Atlantablackstar.com, and is responsible for strategy, growth, development and operation. Neil is a successful serial entrepreneur who has created a series of ultra-successful digital properties with over 5 years of experience. Neil holds two Bachelor of Sciences degrees, one in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology a second degree in Mathematics.
Stanley Yorker, Chief Marketing Officer
Stanley is an incredibly versatile marketing and advertising professional who has worked for numerous advertising agencies (NW Ayer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Burrell Communications Group, Matlock Advertising + PR) and risen to senior levels as both a Creative Director and an Account Director. Brands that Stanley has worked on include Coca-Cola, Sprite, PowerAde, Minute Maid Sodas, Kodak, BMW, McDonald’s, Dell, Levi’s, Nokia, Courvoisier, The American Red Cross, The UniverSoul Circus, Tylenol, and The US Army.
Tracy Dornelly is Editor-in-Chief of PopularCritic.com, which she grew to more than 500K unique visitors a month in less than a year.
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