Favorite

New newspaper targets black community 


Arkansas has a new newspaper, a monthly targeting the black community, named Stand! News.

Co-owners are Sen. Tracy Steele of North Little Rock, who recently announced his coming resignation as executive director of the state Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, and Debrah Mitchell, who had been a commission member.

The paper is free, and is on newsstands now.

Steele will be publisher of the paper. Mitchell will be editorial director and depend on free-lance writers for articles.

Mitchell said the monthly paper (they plan on going weekly if all goes well) will focus on providing positive stories about the black community, including features on local businesses and restaurants. Mitchell said that she and Steele talked about the prospect of starting a newspaper for a long time. “We’ve talked about it off and on for years,” she said. “Just in general, it’s a newspaper for what’s going on in the community. We saw there was a niche which needed to be filled.”

The first issue has 28 tabloid-sized pages, 14 of them in full color, with a wide variety of advertisers, including a number of political candidates. Editorial content includes a profile of Collette Honorable (chief of staff to Attorney General Mike Beebe), details of the speech delivered Sept. 15 by Princeton University’s Dr. Cornel West at Philander Smith College, a review of a chicken wing restaurant on University Avenue, profiles of the candidates running for mayor of Little Rock, and a first-person account by Tracy Steele, detailing his August heart attack.

Plans are to distribute the newspaper as widely as possible in the state, though the focus will be on Little Rock and Central Arkansas. Initial distribution will be 10,000 copies, “though we know that’s going to have to go up,” Mitchell said.

In downtown Little Rock, Stand! News can be found at the Central Arkansas Public Library, Larry’s Pizza, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Community Bakery, and other businesses.




Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by David Koon

  • Bonnie Montgomery celebrates the release of her new album at South on Main

    And much more.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • Bitter pill

    Arkansas is second in the nation when it comes to opioid prescription rates. Those numbers are edging down, but some say the worst of the epidemic may be yet to come.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • For lovers

    We put our usual cynicism and grousing on hold as we genuflect in the direction of Aphrodite, with highly questionable sex and relationship advice from our staff, much sounder advice from an honest-to-God sex therapist and entertainment editor Stephanie Smittle's survey of two of the state's finer rubber schlong and porno emporiums.
    • Feb 8, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

Latest in Arkansas Reporter

  • Righting Governor's School

    Summer program at Hendrix targeted once more.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • Special legislative session could make Arkansas first to regulate pharmacy benefit managers

    On Monday afternoon, Governor Hutchinson said he would call a special session of the Arkansas legislature to address low reimbursement rates provided to pharmacies by middleman companies called pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs.
    • Feb 19, 2018
  • Pharmacy reimbursement fight prompts special session call

    Since Jan. 1, Brandon Cooper, a pharmacist at Soo’s Drug Store in Jonesboro, has turned away a number of patients seeking to fill routine prescriptions. The problem is not that the pharmacy lacks the drugs in question or that the patients don’t have insurance, Cooper said. It’s that the state’s largest insurance carrier, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, recently changed the way it pays for pharmaceuticals.
    • Feb 18, 2018
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

February

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28  

Most Viewed

  • Bitter pill

    Arkansas is second in the nation when it comes to opioid prescription rates. Those numbers are edging down, but some say the worst of the epidemic may be yet to come.
  • Special legislative session could make Arkansas first to regulate pharmacy benefit managers

    On Monday afternoon, Governor Hutchinson said he would call a special session of the Arkansas legislature to address low reimbursement rates provided to pharmacies by middleman companies called pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs.
  • Righting Governor's School

    Summer program at Hendrix targeted once more.
  • Hemp hurdles

    Questions raised by Governor Hutchinson about whether regulations for industrial hemp research conflict with federal law and other queries have apparently slowed progress toward the implementation of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Righting Governor's School

    • I am very grateful my daughter was able to attend Governor's School as something that…

    • on February 22, 2018
  • Re: You can learn a lot in drug court

    • Can you please define the term "mental shortcomings"? By whom, with whom, from whom? The…

    • on February 22, 2018
  • Re: You can learn a lot in drug court

    • She tries to tell you what medicine u can take that the doctor gives u…

    • on February 21, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation