The Bay State Banner is an African American owned news weekly that reports on the political, economic, social and cultural issues that are of interest to African American and English speaking Latinos in Boston and throughout New England. In addition to our weekly newspaper, we have daily updated content on our digital platform, as well as the specialty publication, Be Healthy, a national award winner for excellence in health care coverage. Started in 1965 by Melvin B. Miller, the Banner provides its estimated 65,000 weekly print readers and approximately 120,000 monthly online readers with reports on a mix of local, national, international news and cultural events. The Banner is the newspaper of record for this community and has chronicled the struggles and successes of the last 50 years.
In 2023, the paper was purchased by Ron Mitchell and André Stark of Mitchell Stark Enteprises. The two media producers are from the Boston area. Together they are building upon the legacy of the Banner with a renewed vision , expanding to all six New England states.