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AspireTV, REVOLT and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to Host 'Future of Black America' Symposium

AspireTV, the network that celebrates and reflects Black culture and urban lifestyle, is partnering with REVOLT, the Hip Hop centered platform owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, to host the virtual symposium entitled “Stop Killing Us! Challenging Police Practices In America" on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Moderated by Tanika Ray, panelists include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, David Banner, Rev. Stephen Green and Mayor Aja Brown. The full panel discussion will stream on both AspireTV and REVOLT websites, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

“There has never been a more critical time for us to have conversations like these, but more importantly to define action steps and a plan for us as a community moving forward,” said Melissa Ingram, general manager, AspireTV. “In the name of George Floyd, AspireTV is excited to partner with 88 C.H.U.M.P. to celebrate the value of his life and the countless others that have lost their lives at the hands of a unit meant to ‘protect and serve.’ We are grateful for the vision of Future of Black America and Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee and the esteemed panel for making this idea happen.”

Credit AspireTV

The Future of Black America symposium provides a platform for African American leaders to engage, strengthen, and educate America on issues pertinent to the vitality of its Black communities. This year’s theme “The New Covenant” offers thought leaders, panelists, viewers and all of America an opportunity to engage in an honest dialogue on the lived experiences of Black America and offer solutions to community concerns.

“The Future of Black America convened its first Symposium in Houston, Tex., earlier this year, and the feedback we received is the conversation needs to continue,” states Carl Davis, Chair, Future of Black America. “Our partner, AspireTV, provides the ideal platform to continue the conversation and increase our reach so more Americans can participate in this ongoing dialogue.”

The symposium will feature African Americans who lend constructive dialogue to the economics, education, faith, and social justice issues that impact the daily lived experiences of Blacks in America. AspireTV will host a second symposium post-Election around the topic “Where do we go from here?”

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.