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ASPiRE Announces The World Premiere Of Its Groundbreaking Original TV Series THE ROOT 100
A New Weekly Show Celebrating America's Most Influential Black Leaders Under 45 Chosen by The Root, the Leading Online Source for African-American News & Commentary
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 21, 2012 05:38 PM
ATLANTA, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ASPiRE today announced the world premiere of its new original series, THE ROOT 100. Hosted by Emmy®-winning television journalist and CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux, the weekly show is based on online news and commentary site The Root's (www.theroot.com) fourth annual list of 100 of the most influential African-American innovators of the next generation (age 25-45). Featuring first-hand interviews and video profiles of 24 of the list's honorees, THE ROOT 100 explores the lives and groundbreaking accomplishments of these dynamic men and women. The eight-episode series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Dec. 5.
Each one-hour episode features profiles of three honorees, woven together by a common theme. In revealing conversations with Omar Wasow, contributing editor to The Root and creator of THE ROOT 100's ranking system, the subjects discuss intimate moments, turning points in their lives and their aspirations to affect change. Through these inspirational stories, the series provides insight into what it really takes to pursue one's passion and achieve success with meaning and purpose.
"THE ROOT 100 presents a fascinating look at two dozen diverse and extraordinary African-Americans, who are using their voices and platforms to fundamentally change our community and our world for the better," said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. "ASPiRE and The Root share the same commitment to celebrate and recognize the breadth and depth of African-American thought and achievement in the 21st century."
"We are thrilled ASPiRE is joining with us to celebrate this group of gifted and passionate African- Americans, who are making tremendous contributions in fields including journalism, science, technology, the arts, culture, politics, social justice, and so many others," said Donna Byrd, publisher, The Root. "This unique and uplifting television series will bring The Root's annual list to a wider audience and allows viewers to learn more about this new generation of black leaders."
Luminaries profiled on the show will include journalist Melissa Harris Perry (#1 on the list), NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous (#3), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (#6), comedian Baratunde Thurston (#20), actress and activist Gabrielle Union (#22), Sundance award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (#29), political insider Valeisha Butterfield-Jones (#31), journalist Tamron Hall (#33), tech entrepreneur Angela Benton (#34), singer and HIV activist Jamar Rogers (#39), former NFL player and LGBT youth advocate Wade Davis Jr. (#46), jazz pianist Jason Moran (#69), Facebook executive Kay Madati (#79), Rev. Delman Coates (#81), author and TV host Toure (#87), Hollywood studio executive Devon Franklin (#95), fashion designer Natalia Allen (#99), and Hill Harper (#53 2011 list).
THE ROOT 100 series premiere (episodes 1 – 6) schedule is as follows:
ASPiRE presents a Perez-Brown Media Group production. "THE ROOT 100". Hosted by CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux. Executive Producer is Keith Brown. Co-executive Producer is Lynne Robinson.
About Suzanne Malveaux
This year Malveaux won a National Emmy Award for her breaking news coverage of Egypt's revolution. She also received a Peabody Award for CNN's coverage of the Arab Spring. Malveaux was named one of "America's Most Powerful Players Under 40" by Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony's "Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications" and Essence Magazine 2009 Journalist of the Year. Malveaux earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. An Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Malveaux holds four honorary degrees and was awarded an honorary Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. membership. Malveaux appeared on THE ROOT 100's list in both 2010 and 2011 and is dedicated to promoting research for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
About Omar Wasow
A co-founder of BlackPlanet.com, a popular social network that became the leading site for African- Americans, Wasow helped grow the network to over three million users a month under his leadership. Considered an expert in technology, Wasow has worked to demystify technology issues on shows like NBC's "Today Show," CNN's "American Morning" and public radio's "Tavis Smiley" show. Similarly, Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series "Oprah Goes Online."
In 1999, as a result of his active participation in a number of social issues, particularly the charter school movement, Wasow was selected to be a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership program. In fall 2003, a K-8 charter school that Wasow helped found opened in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. In 2007, in recognition of the promise of his academic research, the National Science Foundation selected him for a Graduate Research Fellowship and most recently, the Aspen Institute selected him for the Henry Crown Fellowship. Wasow received his BA in race and ethnic relations from Stanford University. He also holds a master's degree in government and statistics from Harvard University.
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