Comcast welcomes two more Multicultural channels to their roster, ‘Afro’ and ‘Cleo TV’ with a celebration at the Newseum in D.C.

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

On Thursday, March 14, Comcast celebrated the new media additions to their cable systems, Afrotainment’s ‘Afro’ channel and TV One’s ‘Cleo TV’. The event held in Washington D.C.’s Newseum was hosted by Comcast, represented by Keisha Boyd, Executive Director of Multicultural Products and featured Urban One founder Cathy Hughes, Urban One President and CEO, Alfred Liggins III, Michelle Rice(General Manager of Cleo TV), Yves Bollanger(CEO/founder of Afrotainment channels) and talents from both channels.

Comcast’s David Cohen, Afro Channel CEO and founder Yves Bollanger, Urban One founder Cathy Hughes, General Manager of Cleo TV Michelle Rice, Keisha Boyd, Comcast Executive Director Multicultural Products and guest.
Urban One President and CEO, Alfred Liggins III
Rahsan Rahsan Lindsay, TV One EVP, Ad Sales & Marketing

Comcast made a commitment to include ten multicultural channels as part of their 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal. Those channels include Revolt, El Rey, with Afro and Cleo TV rounding out their fulfillment. Michelle Rice was the lead to bringing Cleo TV to fruition. Her goal was to create a channel that fully engages Black women 24/7. “Cleo will offer content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes.” Yves Bollanger shared the goal of his ‘Afro’ channel. “We are excited to showcase all shades of the Black culture…:”

Here are some of the offerings available on the ‘Afro’ and ‘Cleo TV’:

‘Cleo TV’ http://www.mycleotv.com:

Sister Circle, a live mulitplatform talk show featuring Rashan Ali, Trina Braxton, Syleena Johnson

Tough Love, NYC millenials navigating love in the city.

Lens of Culture with Tai Beauchamp

Just Eats with Chef JJ with host JJ Johnson

New Soul Kitchen with Jernard Wells

Cleo Speaks with April Reign

‘Afro’ http://www.afros.tv:

The Lowdown, a late night show with James Yon

POINT OF VIEW-A talk show for women hosted by Erika Washington, Kaya Chihombori, Sandy Laborde, Candice Cruz and Sisaundra.

KAYA CHIHOMBORI @KAYA_DAILYH

SANDY LABORDE @SANDYLABORDE

HSISAUNDRA @SISAUNDRA

CANDICE CRUZ @CANDICE.TALKS

Style Check-featuring Katrina Lee and CL Freeman

KATRINA LEE @STYLESBYKATRINA

CL FREEMAN @CLTHEBRAND

 Information below provided by PR for Cleo TV and Afrotainment.

For more information on CLEO TV, visit CLEO TV’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.mycleo.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on CLEO TV’s TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #CLEOTV.

About Afrotainment
Afrotainment, a Florida-based company edits, operates and distributes eight networks from its state-of-the-art film and television studios in Orlando and Queens, New York. Afrotainment channels are available in the US and Canada via cable, satellite, fiber-optic and OTT platforms. Visit www.afrotainment.us for more information.

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, starring Lil Mama, Tami Roman, Lance Gross and Floyd Mayweather

Domestic violence movies can be gut-wrenching and difficult to watch.  When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story makes you flinch while watching and knowing it was a true story made it even more uncomfortable. Niatia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland(CrazySexyCool:The TLC Story) delivers a moving and believable portrayal of Falicia Blakely.  The teen mom who fell hard for a local Atlanta pimp named Dino, played convincingly by Lance Gross(House of Payne).  His mental and physical abuse and her need for love led her to a life sentence at the age of 19.  Tasha Smith(For Better of For Worse) directed and produced this intense and touching film.

Tami Roman(Basketball Wives) plays Falicia’s mother, a hypersexual alcoholic.  Ms. Roman brilliantly displays the emotional range of a neglectful mother watching her child fall into the fast lane and life of crime.  The brutality and pain Falicia suffered was stomach-turning to watch because of the frailty and desperation Lil Mama delivered on screen.  It was a moving performance and a must see for women of all ages.

Big Freedia, Lil Zane, Walter Fauntleroy, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tiffany Black are all cast members of the Falicia Blakely Story.

The New York Premiere held at the AMC Empire NYC with red carpet appearances by MAAD, Yandy Smith, Amanda Stephen, Maino, Ty Hunter, Bre Scullark and members of the When Love Kills cast.

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story airs August 28 on TV One 9pm/Eastern.