The AFRO-American on Aug. 25 reached an impressive benchmark when it exceeded half a million Fans on it’s Facebook fan page. The AFRO’s Facebook fan page now boasts having more recognized fans than any other daily or weekly newspaper or any TV station in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area, except for of the Washington Post.

This achievement supports the Nielsen-Essence Magazine’s recognition of the AFRO as the nation’s number #1 African American newspaper, and reflects the newspaper’s continuing focus on social media as an additional and important out-let for the dissemination of the news of-and-for the African-American community.

The AFRO’s breaking the 500,000 Facebook fan page barrier represents the the collective effort of the entire AFRO team, which includes AFRO employees of all ages, and spans all of the AFRO departments. AFRO Publisher/CEO Jake Oliver said “it also represents the AFRO’s unceasing commitment to take advantage of the new and exciting world of digital media to smartly continue the newspaper publishing business the company has been involved in over the past 124 years.”