Behind The Vision
In 1990, Darrin Thomas, and his former partner, Gerry McCants, founded Thomas-McCants Media, Incorporated (TMG) – known throughout the southeast market as Black Pages USA. The purpose of the Black Pages publications is to give exposure and visibility to the minority, especially African American, owned firms, as well as Fortune® 500 companies that desire to target and reach these firms and consumers. The Black Pages concept started over 30 years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, and today is published in 30 cities and metropolitan areas throughout the United States.
In 2008, Mr. Thomas formed Thomas Media Group, LLC, headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. TMG operates offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Upstate (Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson), South Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida.
The Mission of Black Pages South is to encourage, support, and facilitate economic empowerment of the African American community through the development of a strategic local business network, educational initiatives, and communication ventures. Through actualization of this mission, SC Black Pages & Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages reach all segments of the African American Community, including – but not limited to – youth, retirees, and the working class.
“This week was totally awesome. I am so awestruck at the love we received during #blackexpo2016 weekend. Thank you Black Expo South for an amazing experience . You held up to your mission of showcasing black businesses to the community and supporting their growth. From the promotions, technical support, product showcasing and prayers, your organization exemplified stellar service and unconditional love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“Black Expo is a very good thing.”
“This is an excellent way to showcase our Black Business Community in a professional and enjoyable manner. And just think, I can travel to different states and experience the same level of professionalism. I really enjoyed the Taste of Columbia.”
“We really enjoyed being part of the Black Expo this year. I am part of the Team at Jaguar/ Land Rover Columbia and this was our first year being a sponsor. Salute to 20 years and we pray it’s continues for years to come. God bless!”