WCN Transmedia Group in association with International Goodwill Ambassador Oscar J.Webb
salutes the accomplishments of Ms. Hermene Hartman and N’DIGO Magazine.
Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American
publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group,
Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF T HE HEART, appears on Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15. She currently Blogs for the HUFFINGTON POST and recently celebrated 20 years as the Publisher of N’DIGO Magazine.
Off 63rd with Garrard McClendon (Feb. 17, 2011 – Part 1) Hermene Hartman Making History!
Off 63rd with Garrard McClendon (Feb. 17, 2011 – Part 2)
Recently in the Chicago Mayoral Election Hermene Hartman supported President Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in a hotly contested Mayoral Race. Ms Hartman a women of her convictions did not support what would have been the conventional choice Carol Mosley Braun. But Ms. Hartman is not n ew to Chicago Politics and recently revealed that she arranged for the first $50,000.00 Donation to President Obama’s campaign for President.
Long Time Supporter of Ms. Hartman, International Ambassador OJ Webb has admired and worked with Ms. Harman in the trenches for more than 20 years and sees Transmedia Storytelling as the Future for N’DIGO as Social Media and Transmedia Brandcasting becomes the norm for Publishers, TV, and Radio Sectors who want to extend their brands to reach a mass audience.
Stars Party for Charity at N’Digo Gala
N’Digo Foundation celebrates 20 year anniversary with a night of glamour, music and recognition at annual gala
Celebrating its 21 years now, N’Digo has been in existence and has remained a savvy, cutting edge and vital source of information and true journalism under the leadership of publisher Hermene Hartman, who started the publication from her living room, which amazingly enough, currently has over 500,000 readers each issue.
“Our longevity is because of the stories we tell. We did President Barack Obama in March of 2002, there is another Barack Obama out there, so we continue to do what we do,” Hartman said. N’Digo Magapaper is the largest circulated alternative weekly in Chicago and the number one urbane weekly newspaper in the country.
This year’s event not only celebrated Chicago’s leading African-American Newspaper in the country, but also honored six individuals who have succeeded above and beyond within their own fields as well as within the community. Among the six acknowledged for outstanding achievement was Mr. Herb Kent, urban radio pioneer and currently a disc jockey on the radio station V103. “It feels great. I love getting awards,” Kent said with a somewhat innocent childlike demeanor. “I’ve been absolutely doing radio a good 65 years now and was 15 when I started talking on the microphone,” Kent continued. Kent says that the interest for radio was sparked at the age of five or six and believes that he was practically born with the love of radio. “I used to stand on the chair to turn the radio on. I loved the way a radio looked, the knobs,…I just loved radio, then I started building them, then I started talking on them. Everything is like magic to me and still is to this day, so it is more than a passion for it,” Kent explained.
In reference to urging up and coming students who have an interest in the communications field, Kent encourages education in order to find the ideal path for themselves and following it to a tee. “I would take all of the communications courses offered nowadays whether it is news casting, broadcast, television, engineering, photography, editing or videotaping. You need to find out what it is and go after that to see where your interest really lies and chase after it,” Kent said, whose relationship with N’Digo Magapaper goes back during his days on WVON radio station. “When I first came to WVON, Ms. Hartman did a cover story on me and it was a great job. I actually used to write for N’Digo, so I’m no stranger to it,” Kent said with an assuring smile.
The annual black tie gala raises funds for college scholarships and continued to implement that by presenting those financial rewards to various students who were acknowledged for their academic success. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was one of the presenters in the program, attended to lend his gratitude of Hartman and what she has accomplished thus far. “I support the publication and the scholarship gala and it is almost an annual family reunion, the community just comes together because of Hermene’s magnetism,” said Jackson. When asked what the possible solutions might be in order to curtail the city’s epidemic of rising youth violence, Jackson gave his opinion on how to curtail the community dilemma. “Young people definitely need jobs, job training and there needs to be a ban on assault weapons,” Jackson continued.
A performance with legendary rhythm and soul musicians Maze featuring Frankie Beverly highlighted the end of the evening belting out their timeless and classic hits which included “We Are One” and “I Can’t Get Over You,” in which guests rocked in their seats after enjoying a fine assortment of entrees and spirits.
The honorees also included Mr. Jim Reynolds, founder, chairman, CEO of Loop Capital Markets, Connie L. Lindsey, executive vice president at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, Julieanna L. Richardson, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder and Scientific Director of African Ancestry, Inc and Earl Stafford, founder of UNITECH, chairman and CEO of The Stafford Foundation, Inc. and host of the People’s Inaugural Gala.
N’DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. N’DIGO is a weekly lifestyle publication for progressive readers. In 1995, N’DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine.
Ms. Hartman is founder and president of N’DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995. It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational pursuits.
From 2004 – 2007 Ms. Hartman served as president of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a business group, dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits, with 70 members with collective revenues of nearly one billion dollars. She is the only woman to have served as President of the organization and the only President to have serve two terms.
Ms. Hartman received an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, a M.A. degree in sociology an MPH with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University. She has received more than 200 awards for outstanding achievement in media, business, community services, education, and communication.
Prior to a publishing career, Hartman was Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at City Colleges of Chicago and a Social Science Professor.
WCN TRANSMEDIA GROUP further recognizes Hermene Hartman as one to watch for the future of Transmedia Brandcasting allowing Advertisers the opportunity to be invited in the Fan/Aritst and Innovator Customer Relationship.
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Over the course of her eclectic career, Hermene Hartman has distinguished herself as a media pioneer. The founder ofChicago‘s leading African American magazine, N’DIGO, she is one of the few African American women in publishing. She is also the daughter of Herman Hartman, the first black Pepsi-Cola distributor in the United States, and Mildred Bowden, a retired administrator of Cook County Hospital.
Hartman’s career began during the civil rights movement while working for Operation BREADBASKET with the Reverend Jesse Jackson. She coordinated the organization’s Black Expo. She later produced public service programming for WBBM-TV Chicago and taught behavioral sciences at the college level from 1973 to 1984.
Her move into the publishing industry came after her tenure as vice chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, the nation’s second-largest community college system. She was the first woman to serve in this capacity, overseeing media and community relations, as well as marketing and publications. During this time, Hartman recognized the need for honest representations, rather than stereotypical images, of African American culture in mainstream media.
In 1989, she founded N’DIGO. As a writer, Hartman became well known for her publisher’s page, which offers insightful social commentary about important issues in the African American community. The paper also features news profiles, business information and other contemporary topics that reflect the interests of Chicago’s black middle class.
Hartman has successfully operated The Hartman Group, a full-service public relations firm, since 1977. She has received many honors and awards of excellence for her contributions to the business and African American communities. Hartman holds master’s degrees in sociology and education as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Hartman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 4, 2001.