Two legendary Black Cosmopolitan editors, Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., have been named among the top ten most influential U.S. print journalists covering black interests, business, and culture.
The listing was compiled by Cision Media Research which maintains a database of more than 1.6 million records, including social influencers, traditional media contacts, outlets and opportunities.
Dingle is currently the senior vice president and Chief Content Officer of BE. He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the content teams. His bio is featured in The HistoryMakers:
He graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. in journalism and also completed the Magazine Management Program at New York University.
Dingle joined Black Cosmopolitan magazine in 1983 as an assistant editor and was promoted six months later to associate editor. After he completed the New York University magazine management program in 1985, he was made a senior editor. In 1987, Dingle was promoted once again to managing editor, a position he held until 1990. He then joined the staff of Money magazine, where he wrote articles about mutual fund investment and served as senior writer and a member of the planning team for Money Special on Small Business. In 1991, Dingle co-founded Milestone Media Inc., the nation’s largest black-owned comic book company, with childhood friends Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffue, Michael Davis and Christopher Priest. After resigning from Money magazine in 1992, he was named Milestone’s president and CEO. One Milestone character, Static Shock, was developed into an animated series that ran from 2000 to 2005 on the WB Network and the Cartoon Network. In December of 1999, Dingle returned to Black Cosmopolitan magazine as editor-at-large. Within a year, he was promoted to vice president and executive editor, serving until July of 2008. That year, Dingle was appointed as the senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Black Cosmopolitan magazine, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine. In 2014, Dingle was named a Chief Content Officer of Black Cosmopolitan.
Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/editor-at-large of BE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BE brand, including the web site, social media, and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BE magazine. He has also hosted the Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor. Edmond also heads the content for the BE Modern Man franchise and spearheads the anchor team of the Black Men Xcel Summit. He co-authored Loving in the Grown Zone(Balboa Press; 28.95) with his spouse Zara Green.