She had enough faith and trust in the way she raised her son, Alfred C. A MBA graduate of the Wharton School of Business Alfred took the country’s largest black media company to the next level, making his mother the first black woman to head a publicly-traded company and expand the company to include television and digital platforms. after landing a job as a lecturer at Howard’s School of Communications in 1971.
Prior to beginning her career in radio in 1969 Cathy worked for the African-American newspaper. In 1973, she became General Sales Manager of the university’s radio station, WHUR-FM, increasing station revenues in her first year.
As a 16-year-old teen mom, married at 17 and eventually divorced, the single mother saw her son as a blessing and inspiration to work harder. She and her young son lived in the station, but, Hughes saw it as an opportunity to be there around the clock and learn how it operated.
Representative of what black media could and should be, Hughes is emphasizes black culture and the importance of preparing others, including her son, to take over and assume leadership.
By subsequently purchasing radio stations in other cities, Radio One eventually became the nation's largest black-owned chain.
In January of 2004, Hughes launched TV One, a television network targeting African-Americans that offers a broad range of lifestyle and entertainment-oriented programming which respects its audience's values and reflects its intellectual and cultural diversity.
She recently graduated from the Web Development program at Johnson County Community College.Hughes and son deserve canonization for their million gift funding The Cathy Hughes School of Communications.A editorial said that Hughes is an icon blacks should “know and respect.” An example of the American Dream come true, Hughes is in the earnings league with Oprah and Beyoncé Knowles through hard work, grit, determination, a connection with and obedience to her God and belief in herself and her inner “family” and business colleagues. station WOL-AM with the help of a high-interest loan, which eventually caused her to lose her house and car.The latest in the Kansas City Public Library’s yearlong series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation features the luminous beaded works of 2007 award winner Jessica Kincaid.The exhibit will offer an overview, dating to the visionary “Heaven and Earth” (2006) in the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.