*Corey Ealons, director of African-American media for the Obama administration, has decided to resign from his post effective immediately.

“It is with some sadness, but also great anticipation for the future, that I make my exit from the White House today,” he wrote in an e-mail sent Friday at about 5:30 p.m. “It has been an honor to serve in my capacity … and on behalf of this President during this extraordinary time in our history.”

Formerly the director of African-American media during the Obama-Biden campaign, Ealons was the liaison between the administration and all black media outlets, a position he’d held since President Obama took office.

His next steps, he said, will include a “new role” at an unnamed communications firm.