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John E. Oxendine

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Ain't Easy Being Green

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1943
Birth Location:
Harlem, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Ain't Easy Being Green

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1943
Birth Location:
Harlem
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Biography

Media executive and entrepreneur John Edward Oxendine was born on January 20, 1943 in New York City, New York. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1959 and then received his B.A. degree in political science and sociology from Hunter College in 1965. Oxendine went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1973, and, in 1971, earned his M.B.A. degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship.

Oxendine worked first as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education, and then as a management advisor for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. In 1971, he became a management consultant for Fry Consultants in San Francisco, California, and in 1972, was hired as a senior associate by Korn Ferry Associates in Los Angeles, California. From 1974 to 1979, Oxendine worked as an assistant manager at the First National Bank of Chicago, and from 1979 to 1981, served as assistant chief in the Finance Assistant Division of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. Then, in 1981, Oxendine was named president and chief executive officer of Broadcast Capital Fund, Inc., a venture capital organization that provided assistance to minority controlled communications businesses.

In 1987, Oxendine founded and became chairman and chief executive officer of Blackstar Communications, Inc., a company that acquired, owned and operated commercial television stations. He then formed Blackstar, LLC with Fox Broadcasting in 1994, and purchased Broadcast Capital, Inc. in 1999. Oxendine went on to serve as chairman, president and CEO of both Blackstar, LLC and Broadcast Capital, Inc.

Oxendine served as interim CEO and a member of the board of directors of Equity Media Holdings Corporation from June 2008 until January of 2009. He also served on the boards of Paxson Communications Corporation; Lockhart Companies, Inc.; Medlantic Healthcare Group; Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C.; the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity; the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; the Monterey Institute of International Studies; the National Capitol Area YMCA; HSN, Inc.; Black Student Fund; the Palm Beach International Film Festival; Adopt-A-Classroom; and the Palm Beach County Film and Television Institute. In addition, he has authored several articles on venture capital and media investing that have been published in the Bar Association Law Journal, Duke University Law Review, Journal of Minority Business Finance, and Sound Management.

Oxendine was inducted into the Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame in 2001. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

John E. Oxendine was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 9, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of John E. Oxendine's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his older brother, James Oxendine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine recalls his childhood with his twin sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine describes his two younger siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine describes New York City's Harlem community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes New York City's Harlem community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine talks about skipping the fifth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his experiences at P.S. 46 in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine describes his involvement in New York City's Sportsmen gang, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine describes his involvement in New York City's Sportsmen gang, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine describes the role of religion in his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine describes the role of television and movies during his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine describes The Bronx High School of Science in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes his childhood in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine recalls his enrollment at New York City's Hunter College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John E. Oxendine describes his coursework at Hunter College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his jobs upon dropping out of college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon his decision to return to college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine remembers studying political science at Hunter College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine recalls his Peace Corps training in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine describes his time in Chile with the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes his reasons for leaving the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine describes his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his U.S. Marine Corps training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine remembers the 20th Interrogation and Translation Team, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine remembers the 20th Interrogation and Translation Team, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine recalls interviewing for a position at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine recalls joining the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine describes his role at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes his experiences at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his position at Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine recalls his mentor at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon image of African American entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine describes his corporate apprenticeships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine remembers joining Broadcast Capital Fund Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine talks about the Minority Tax Certificate Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes his experiences at Broadcast Capital Fund Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon his investments in media properties
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon the impact of Broadcast Capital Fund Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine describes his decision to found Blackstar Communications Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine recalls buying his first two stations for Blackstar Communications Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine describes the stations acquired by Blackstar Communications Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine recalls his purchase of Broadcast Capital Fund Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine remembers the financial collapse of 2008
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon the future of black entrepreneurs in media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon his career choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine describes his positions at Fry Consultants Inc. and Korn Ferry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - John E. Oxendine shares his plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - John E. Oxendine describes his business philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - John E. Oxendine describes his hopes and concerns in relation to African American access to media
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - John E. Oxendine shares his thoughts on the sale of BET
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - John E. Oxendine reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - John E. Oxendine talks about his children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - John E. Oxendine describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - John E. Oxendine describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - John E. Oxendine narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - John E. Oxendine narrates his photographs, pt. 2