Playwright Lynn Nottage

*New York – AT&T and One Solution, the integrated corporate marketing arm of TV One and Radio One, have joined forces on a new consumer awareness campaign to bring the AT&T Rethink Possible® tagline to life.

This cross-platform campaign is designed to engage and inspire consumers to rethink what is achievable in their own lives via an online sweepstakes, “Imagine the Impossible,” at BlackPlanet.com and televised vignettes featuring four interviews of influential African Americans who are changing the world we live in and demonstrating limitless potential.

Iconic Achievers can be seen on TV One with exclusive content available at att.net/iconicachievers, U-verse Free On Demand, or U-verse Mobile App.

“We are glad to partner with One Solution because of their reach in the African American community, one of AT&T’s key diverse markets for growth,” said Jennifer Jones, vice president, AT&T Diverse Markets. “This campaign brings to life our Rethink Possible® brand philosophy through inspiring, culturally relevant content that encourages consumers to imagine endless possibilities.”

Profiled in the in the Iconic Achievers vignettes are:

*R&B singer, songwriter, actor, former fashion model, and now author Tyrese Gibson, who grew up in Watts around “drugs, drama and dysfunction” but believed in himself and charted his own successful career path after winning a talent contest at the age of 14. Gibson is also a passionate spokesperson for Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization.

*Jennifer Jones Austin, senior vice president of Community Investment for the United Way of New York City, who started out to be a corporate lawyer until she felt called to work on behalf of children after reading an article about a young man who murdered his father after enduring years of abuse. Austin is also a leukemia survivor, whose battle with the disease spurred thousands to register as bone marrow donors.

*Mario Armstrong, a lifestyle technology entrepreneur and blogger who is working to educate people to leverage technology to enhance their personal and professional lives and is on a mission to eliminate digital illiteracy.

*Playwright Lynn Nottage, whose inspiration from growing up with two civically and politically involved parents in Brooklyn led her to a powerful writing career, in which she often writes about the complex lives of women without power, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined that is being produced into a film by Oprah’s Harpo Productions and HBO. Lynn’s newest play, By the Way Meet Vera Stark, opened in New York to rave reviews in May 2011.

AT&T and One Solution selected these individuals because they embody the spirit of Rethink Possible®.  The Iconic Achievers vignette series will run in 30-second spots on TV One with special excerpts on tvoneonline.com and BlackPlanet.com. The full 15-30minute interviews of Gibson, Austin Jones, Armstrong, and Nottage are available exclusively on the AT&T U-verse platforms.

“We are very proud to join with AT&T on this unique and innovative partnership,” said TV One and Radio One Chief Revenue Officer Keith Bowen, who noted that recent studies show that African Americans watch more television than any other ethnic group, as well as use Twitter and other forms of social media in above average numbers. “It’s a campaign that really speaks to the African American consumer with simple, yet powerful and aspirational messages, via some of the most effective traditional and social media platforms designed specifically to reach African Americans.”

The “Imagine the Possible” online sweepstakes, which is presented by AT&T,  gives consumers and BlackPlanet.com members the opportunity to enter for a chance to win $500 or a lunch date with one of the four influential African Americans by submitting their personal stories of how they beat adversity through hard work and dedication, or the use of technology. The online sweepstakes ends August 25, 2011. For official contest rules, visit http://groups.blackplanet.com/Imagine_the_impossible.

AT&T celebrates and respects the rich mosaic of cultures of its diverse customers, employees, business partners and communities in which they do business. For more information about AT&T’s  products and services designed with the African American consumer in mind, please visit www.att.com/thebridge.  To learn more about One Solution visit ouronesolution.com.

Contest Rules
No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Begins on Friday, May 13, 2011 and ends on Thursday, August 25, 2011.  Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding residents of Rhode Island) who are members of Blackplanet.com and 18 years of age or older at the date of entry.  Void where prohibited.  Subject to complete Official Rules.

About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) serves nearly 54 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers.  In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves more than 10.3 million households. TV One is a joint venture owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK]; www.comcast.com], one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

About One Solution
One Solution (OS) is the strategic and integrated marketing division of Radio One, TV One and Interactive One. The combined media assets reach 82% of the African American audience.  OS develops best-in-class integrated marketing programs that enable leading brands and marketers to achieve and exceed their business objectives through strategic integration, and deeper insights and connections with consumers.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T ?DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

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