Cathy Hughes Named a Top 50 ‘Greatest Hip-Hop Exec of All Time’ by Variety

As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, we have to recognize Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. (formerly known as Radio One, Inc), as she was named one of Hip-Hop’s greatest executives of all time by Variety. The storied career of Hughes is one of inspiration and triumph that resonates throughout the industry.

This 50-person list honors individuals who helped shape the hip-hop business while marking five decades of the genre. Variety editors collaborated with the Black Music Action Coalition to produce the list, which included a write-in option.

Photo : TV One

In 1980, Hughes established Urban One. Today, it is the largest Black-owned and -operated radio and television broadcast corporation in the United States, with over 50 local and syndicated radio stations in 13 markets, a television network [TV One], and several digital brands reaching more than 100 million people. She also became the first Black woman to lead a firm listed on the NASDAQ in 1999 and has been ranked as the second-richest Black woman in the US, after Oprah Winfrey.

Congratulations Cathy Hughes!!

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