Usher, Shakira to Join NBC’s ‘Voice’ inSpring


LOS ANGELES – Usher and Shakira are joining singing competition show “The Voice” as new coaches next spring, when Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green take a break from the show, NBC said Monday. Original coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain on board in season four, the network said. The singing contest began airing […]

BET’s Hit Gospel Singing Competition SUNDAY BEST Returns For Fifth Season


NEW YORK – After four amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition, SUNDAY BEST returns on Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 P.M.* in a special two-hour premiere dedicated to the awe-inspiring and sometimes hilarious auditions. Hosted by gospel legend Kirk Franklin with returning gospel great recording artists and judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda […]

Cedric “The Entertainer” & Niecy Nash Bring Soul to TV


HOLLYWOOD – Cedric “The Entertainer” is coming back to television with his own new original series, “The Soul Man.” Starring alongside Cedric will be the very funny and charismatic Niecy Nash. Both Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash caught up with the Sentinel and Watts Times for an intimate interview on the set of their […]

Bounce TV to Add Second Original Series: Uptown Comic


ATLANTA – Bounce TV , the nation’s first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch a second new original comedy series Uptown Comic on June 18 immediately after the series premiere of the just-announced sitcom Family Time, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz . Uptown Comic will be […]

Urban Victory Launches Online Platform For Global Black Film

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LOS ANGELES- Urban Victory Network Inc.(UVN) today launched a new online delivery platform for global black film at Michael Eastman, CEO of Urban Victory, believes the movie industry is long overdue for a black film revolution leveraging the latest online technologies. “Many excellent films that premiere at regional and international black film festivals never […]

INTERVIEW: Michael Ealy Talks Life, His New TV Series, and “Think Like A Man”


NATIONWIDE – Born in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 3, 1973, Michael Ealy majored in English at the University of Maryland before heading to New York City where he performed in several stage productions, including the off-Broadway hits Joe Fearless and Whoa Jack. After finding his breakout screen role as Ricky Nash in Barbershop and […]

Black-Owned Business Helps Major Media Companies Deliver Positive Programming

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WASHINGTON – By now you may have seen PBS’s dynamic new program Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which premiered in late March. But you may not know that a small, minority business enterprise based in Washington, D.C., is a genetic force helping media powerhouses deliver ground-breaking genealogy programming. Starting with African American […]

“What Black Men Think,” Part of Black Documentary Cinema in May 2012


NASHVILLE – Documentary Channel (DOC) is proud to announce the US television premiere of director Janks Morton’s award-winning documentary film “What Black Men Think” on Tuesday, May 29 (8p ET/PT), part of Black Documentary Cinema.   The film will also be made simultaneously available for online streaming at  A searing examination of the role that myths, […]

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Set to Launch ASPIRE, A New African-American Network


LOS ANGELES – Entrepreneur and NBA Hall Of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson is set to launch ASPIRE, a new African-American network designed to entertain, inform and inspire through a diverse slate of original and acquired programming in the categories of movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts and faith and inspirational programs. […]

Bring Black History Month Home With A Click


With the rich history of contributions to this country by African Americans, it’s fitting that opportunities to celebrate Black History Month are taking a 21stcentury turn. For example, digital cable subscribers can access educational, entertaining and inspirational programming whenever they want just by clicking the On Demand button on their remote control. Programs and movies […]