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Magic Johnson, Sean Combs to Helm New Networks

 

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 5:47 am
By: Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer

 

Channels spearheaded by NBA great Magic Johnson (above) and music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs are set to launch. (AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast will launch four minority-owned networks on its cable-TV systems in the next two years, including channels spearheaded by NBA great Magic Johnson and music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Two of the networks are majority black-owned while two are majority American-Hispanic-owned, with all of them programming in English, the Philadelphia-based Comcast said.

It was unclear how much of an on-camera role, if any, Johnson and Combs might play on their respective network.

The new channels, which in all will total 10 rolling out in the next eight years, are part of an agreement reached by Comcast with the FCC and Department of Justice when it was allowed to become majority owner of NBCUniversal.

The networks announced Tuesday include:

— Aspire, to be led by Johnson in partnership with family-oriented channel GMC TV, will dedicate itself to enlightening and positive programming aimed at black families. It will air movies, documentaries, music and comedy, as well as faith and inspirational programs.

"Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams," said Johnson, adding that it "will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture."

It will launch this summer.

— Revolt, conceived by Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, will have programming that includes music videos, live performances, music news and interviews.

"Revolt is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media," said Combs, who described the channel as "immediate, like today's social networks."

In a video posted on YouTube, Combs said Revolt will put artists in charge.

"It's your channel to do what you want to do, how you want to do it," he said, addressing them, with the result "uncut, raw, uncensored."

Revolt is scheduled to launch in 2013.

— El Rey, proposed by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network for Latino and general audiences. The programming mix will include reality, scripted and animated series, and will feature Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures.

"We are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences," said Rodriguez, a successful filmmaker known for the "Spy Kids" films.

El Rey is scheduled to debut by January 2014.

— BabyFirst Americas, from Spanish-language TV veteran Constantino "Said" Schwarz, is designed for infants and very young children, as well as their parents. It will emphasize the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills, the network said.

"BabyFirst Americas aims to bring the essential academic building blocks for kindergarten readiness into the home," Schwarz said.

The first of the networks to arrive, it is planned to be on the air this April.

These four networks, and the six others yet to be announced, are being chosen from more than 100 proposals, Comcast said. Each will be added as part of Comcast's digital basic tier of service.

The company, which is the nation's largest cable TV provider, did not mention in its announcement other cable systems planning to carry the new networks.
 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

In a video posted on YouTube, Combs said Revolt will put artists in charge.

"It's your channel to do what you want to do, how you want to do it," he said, addressing them, with the result "uncut, raw, uncensored."

Revolt is scheduled to launch in 2013.

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As if our kids aren't in enough trouble as it is. 

  I'm sure Cosby would be PROUD considering he TRIED to buy NBC back in the day.  However, for PDiddy?  My question:  when is he EVER gonna grow the FOCK up?  Uh never?  You can't give folks FREE reign to make fools outta themselves.  Sometimes I don't think he wrapped too tight-plus he's a father!  What is he thinking?  If he's thinking at all.  Hopefully with cross-fingers the censor board will be on the look out for his azz.  Cuz I can imagine the booty-cutters like Foxy Brown and Lil Kim wannabes and hoodrat unedujamated male hoodrats will make their debut in shaming our culture.  Watch.  This doesn't sound so good.  But!  I'm willing this time around to make my VOICE known if it does happen.  I'ma NOT gonna sit around this time and allow this shameful, disgraceful/disrespectful genre called rap they claim is music to  smear its negative unproductive darkness on those who DIED so that PDiddy and others can have this raw opportunity of media freedom.  Nope.  Not on my watch.     

  I'm sure Cosby would be PROUD considering he TRIED to buy NBC back in the day.  However, for PDiddy?  My question:  when is he EVER gonna grow the FOCK up?  Uh never?  You can't give folks FREE reign to make fools outta themselves.  Sometimes I don't think he wrapped too tight-plus he's a father!  What is he thinking?  If he's thinking at all.  Hopefully with cross-fingers the censor board will be on the look out for his azz.  Cuz I can imagine the booty-cutters like Foxy Brown and Lil Kim wannabes and hoodrat unedujamated male hoodrats making their debut in shaming our culture.  Watch.  This doesn't sound so good.  But!  I'm willing this time around to make my VOICE known if it does happen.  I'ma NOT gonna sit around this time and allow this shameful, disgraceful/disrespectful genre called rap they claim is music to  smear its negative unproductive darkness on those who DIED so that PDiddy and others can have this rare opportunity of media freedom.  Nope.  Not on my watch.     

Magic's Network sounds wonderful.  

 

Comb's network sound like it's going to be just another arm of the racist propaganda machine used to brainwash and socially condition all Americans to think the worst of Black people and to spread the "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Syndrome" of negative image, thought and actions, throughout African America as it has always done.

 

It is a shame that African Americans have been the predominate minority in this country for centuries, yet, it has been recent minorities that have figured out that America uses the media to create and to destroy the image of any particular group they so chose. Other minorities quickly backed away from negative and stereotyping movie and television roles once they figured out the effect of such media images, however, African Americans can be counted on time and time again to continue to act out the most negative and stereotyping roles/images for Americans and the world to be programmed with by the American Propaganda Machine about African Americans/Black people, ergo, Shaun Combs.

 

When African America figures out that there is a propaganda machine with an agenda that it uses our media, Hollywood/news/etc., to program and to deprogram people with what it wants people to believe, think, be like, act like, assume is all they are, believe they can or cannot do, who to like, who to dislike, who to hate, who to love, etc., we will be able to see great numbers of our people come out of the fog.

 

I wish I could be more confident that maybe Puffy has "matured" ... and is not going to create a "BET, the Remix" kind of channel for our young people. Even through my doubts I'm gonna TRY (and I stress TRY, 'cause it ain't easy in his case!!)  to 'keep an open mind' and 'give him the benefit of the doubt' (yada, yada, yada) until the station actually airs that there will be some kind of class associated with his vision.

 

But everything in me right now is screaming ... "Awwwww DAMN!! This is gonna be a disaster for our children!!!" 

 

Whereas BOTH of these men are "in it for the money" and rarely, if ever, do anything that isn't predicated on profit/capitalism/personal economic gain .... I do believe that Magic knows (and cares about) the importance of education and forward progress .... I doubt very seriously that "the Puffster" has evolved to that level at this point.

 

But I will cross my fingers that I am wrong as two left shoes about that!! Surprise me, Puffy.  Be part of the solution ... and not the continuous problems of our youth!!   Please.

Sista ER wrote: 

But everything in me right now is screaming ... "Awwwww DAMN!! This is gonna be a disaster for our children!!!" 

 

  See?  That's all I'm saying

 

Whereas BOTH of these men are "in it for the money" and rarely, if ever, do anything that isn't predicated on profit/capitalism/personal economic gain .... I do believe that Magic knows (and cares about) the importance of education and forward progress ....

 

I believe Magic cares too.  And I know it's about money as well.  However, I would like to see him be part ownership of the Dodgers here in Cali.  That would be awesome!

 

 I doubt very seriously that "the Puffster" has evolved to that level at this point.

 

I don't he has evolve  one eye oda.  Nope.  Puffy haven't felt human pain yet.  You know the kind to make you grow up even when you don'twant to.  He has gotten there yet.  And unfortunately it may take something devestating for his azz to grow up.  Having children didn't seem to mature him one bit.

   

But I will cross my fingers that I am wrong as two left shoes about that!! Surprise me, Puffy.  Be part of the solution ... and not the continuous problems of our youth!!   Please.

 

I totally agree.  Fingers and toes crossed with a lotta hope just in case.  Who knows he may fool us both.  But!

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