A creator and distributor of black-owned content, Benoni Tagoe is uniquely qualified to talk about the hype — and what’s real — in changes in Hollywood brought on by the #OscarsSoWhite movement.
Tagoe began his career in the music industry, working with Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks and Mindless Behavior. He joined The Jonas Group, growing its global digital presence and accompanying the Jonas Brothers on their world tour.
Tagoe began working with Issa Rae Productions in 2011, helping create new revenue streams by negotiating content and distribution deals. After Rae’s YouTube web series, “Awkward Black Girl,” catapulted her to fame, she created, co-wrote, and starred in the HBO TV series “Insecure.” In 2014, Tagoe founded The Bizz Plan, a web series and education brand for young millennial entrepreneurs. The series features trailblazers in content creation and brand marketing. The Bizz Plan is featured on Issa Rae Productions’ YouTube channel.
Moguldom.com caught up with Tagoe at Black Tech Week Miami 2018 and asked him: How important is it for the black community to be discussing black-owned content?
The newly released “Black Panther” movie is a step in the right direction, but is it revolutionary? Disney is making millions off it, just as white-owned record companies have profited from blacks in the music industry. Sports, although dominated by black athletes, hasn’t had a black principal owner in the NFL.
In order to really have a revolution, don’t you need economic power? We asked Tagoe to share his thoughts.
Watch Moguldom’s video of content creator Benoni Tagoe on “Black Panther,” economic power and the real revolution.
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