OppsPlace.com, An RLJ Company, Joins With BET Digital And UPTOWN Media To Provide Access To Jobs And Opportunities For Diverse

  OppsPlace.com, An RLJ Company, Joins With BET Digital And UPTOWN Media To
         Provide Access To Jobs And Opportunities For Diverse Talent

Career And Procurement Opportunities Will Be Made Available Across Networking

PR Newswire

BETHESDA, Md., March 12, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., March12,2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OppsPlace, LLC, an RLJ Company,
today announced it has joined efforts with Black Entertainment Television
(BET) Digital and UPTOWN Media to create a multifaceted cross promotional
web-based venue designed to address minority unemployment and help users find
jobs and opportunities from leading Fortune 500 companies that truly value
diversity and inclusion.

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OppsPlace.com, created by Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ
Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET),is a new online
portal for diverse individuals and business owners looking to find employment
opportunities in corporate America. With over 20,000 open jobs
onOppsPlace.com, OppsPlace gives top talent countless opportunities to get
their foot in the door at leading corporations around the country.There are
currently thousands of job vacancies available in entry-level, mid-level, and
senior executive levels.

Today's announcement marks the beginning of multiple media partners who firmly
believe in Robert L. Johnson's mission of providing a solution to the current
unemployment crisis in America -- particularly among minorities.The strategic
alliance between OppsPlace, BET Digital, and UPTOWN Media will increase
awareness about the thousands of employment opportunities and provide valuable
content in key areas such as career success, business development, and gaining
financial stability.

"We are excited to work with BET Digital andUPTOWN Media in this
collaborative effort to assist diverse individuals in finding employmentin
leading companies that truly understand the business case for diversity and
inclusion. By working collaboratively on the unemployment issue, we are
confident that thousands of unemployed people will have access to wonderful
job opportunities that are available on our OppsPlace platform,"said Kelli
Richardson Lawson, President and COO of OppsPlace, LLC. "BET and UPTOWN are
two of the top media networks within the minority community and I cannot think
of better allies in helping to find a solution to minority unemployment and
other issues that directly impact African Americans."

Each site will feature links to job postings from companies looking to further
their commitments to diversity in hiring and employment. In addition to
opportunities, job seekers will have access to weekly editorial content,
expert advice, blogs, and newsletters on topics such as career, business and
finance, and can participate in real-time networking forums discussing the
latest job numbers, upcoming events and other employment news.

Job opportunities will be available and cross-promoted
throughOppsPlace.com,BET.com, and Uptown magazine.com starting mid-March,
2013. Each networking site will announce new openings and career advice via
their respective social media outlets, direct marketing, and career fair and
industry events across the country.

Visitwww.oppsplace.com,www.bet.com,orhttp://uptownmagazine.comfor more
information and opportunities available in your industry.

About The RLJ Companies:The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is
an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a
diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson
owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel
real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset
management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and
entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is
headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC;
Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior
to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black
Entertainment Television (BET). For more information

About OppsPlace:OppsPlace, LLC created by Robert L. Johnson, founder and
chairman of The RLJ Companies and Ariel Friedler, CEO of Symplicity
Corporation, is the preeminent online network for minorities looking to build
net worth. It is the only online community that aggregates rich content,
minorities looking for jobs and minority businesses seeking to do business
with U.S. corporations – all in a robust networking environment. OppsPlace
provides U.S. companies with the best opportunity to find qualified, minority
job seekers and minority businesses in one online destination. For more
information visitwww.oppsplace.com. Media Inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt
240.744.7858 orpress@rljcompanies.com

About BET Digital: BET Digital is the interactive arm of BET Networks, a
subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and the preeminent provider of
quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs initiatives for the
consumers of African-American culture. BET.com, the premier online destination
managed by BET Digital, is a leading Internet source for Black entertainment,
music, culture, and news. Other divisions managed by BET Digital portfolio
include BET Mobile, which provides apps, ringtones, games and video content
for wireless devices; Centric.tv, the online extension for CENTRIC; BET Video
On Demand (VOD), one of the largest On Demand service providing
African-American content; and the BET Vertical Ad Network, a leading
advertising network targeting the high quality consumers of African-American
culture with more than 150 content publishers.

About Uptown Ventures Group: Founded in 2004, Uptown Ventures Group is the
only luxury lifestyle company targeting the Affluent African American (AAA)
Market. UPTOWN Magazine affords luxury purveyors the broadest access to this
highly sought-after demographic. Uptown Media Group, LLC offers traditional
and innovative strategies, including UPTOWN Magazine (published 6times per
year with NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte, Philadelphia,
Detroit and National editions); Uptown Professional (Published 2 times a
year)interactive website UPTOWNmagazine.com,lifestyle guide UPTOWNsocial and
Uptown's signature events.

SOURCE The RLJ Companies

Website: http://www.rljcompanies.com
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