ASPiRE’s Original Series ABFF Independent Fourth Season Started August 3rd!
GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING MUSIC PRODUCER, RECORDING ARTIST AND ACTOR DAVID BANNER NAMED NEW HOST OF “ABFF INDEPENDENT”
ASPiRE’s Original Series Returns for a Fourth Season in August
ATLANTA – May 20, 2015 – ASPiRE’s (@tvASPiRE) today announced that Grammy® Award-winning music producer, recording artist and actor David Banner (Ride Along, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) has been named as the new host of the network’s popular original series “ABFF Independent,” a weekly two-hour show that presents the best independent shorts and documentaries from emerging African-American artists. The series returns for a fourth season with seven all-new episodes in August, exclusively on ASPiRE.
In addition, a special sneak preview of the new series, hosted by Banner, will take place at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in NYC on Saturday, June 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET at AMC Empire 25 (42nd Street Entertainment Center, 234 W 42nd St, NY, NY 10036). For more information about the panel, ABFF and more, please log onto www.ABFF.com.
“With our partner ABFF, we are thrilled to announce the bold fourth season of ‘ABFF Independent,’ with new host David Banner,” said Tina Thompson, director, programming, ASPiRE. “David has brought an invigorating energy and enthusiasm to the show. In the last three seasons, the series has exclusively debuted 130 short films and documentaries. We are proud to provide a continuing spotlight for these exciting independent projects.”
“‘ABFF Independent’ is an incredible vehicle for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and its alumni to have their stories brought to life in front of millions of television viewers around the country,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder, and Founder and CEO of Film Life Inc. “ASPIRE’s commitment to diverse storytelling is of great value to us and the filmmakers whose voices they help elevate.”
David Banner — born as Lavell Crump in Jackson, Mississippi — is a Grammy® Award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor who recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films. In 2015, Banner plans to release his new album “The God Box.” His foundation, Heal the Hood, Inc., supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi, and provides relief and recovery assistance to lower income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters.
“ABFF Independent” is produced by Angel Lions Productions. Executive Producer is Jeff Friday. Producer is Barion Grant. ASPiRE and the series both launched on June 27, 2012.
Follow the series and host on: www.aspire.tv/shows/abff-independent
David Banner on Twitter @THEREALBANNER
Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF (www.abff.com) is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry. The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based event marketing, and production and film distribution company founded in 2000 by Jeff Friday (CEO).
ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in over 19 million homes in 22 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.
About Magic Johnson Enterprises
Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit www.magicjohnson.com.