Fion Productions presents the Offical VIP New Orleans Launch Celebration for the Black News Channel with J.C. Watts Jr and Women Empowerment Tribute to former Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Queens

FION Productions of New Orleans and the Black New Channel (BNC), the nation’s only African American news network, will host an invitation-only Offical VIP Launch Launch Celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019. BNC founder/chairman J. C. Watts, Jr. will address national, state and local leaders in New Orleans about the network’s national launch on November 15, 2019. The New Orleans BNC launch party will feature a women empowerment tribute to the former Queens of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The event will be hosted by New Orleans media personality Nyesha “Algiers Diamond” Wilson!

Black News Channel will launch on November 15, 2019 to an estimated 33 million cable TV and satellite households in the top African American TV markets including New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. BNC is an independent network that is minority owned and operated, and it will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. The network’s visionary is J.C. Watts, Jr., former congressman from Oklahoma, celebrated athlete, and broadcast and cable news veteran. Black News Channel programming will illuminate truth about the unique challenges facing urban communities and help close the “image gap” that exists today between the negative black stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media news and our enterprising African American communities. The network will provide an authentic, new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and fosters political, economic, and social discourse; the network will be one voice representing the many voices of African Americans.

“Our network will deliver intelligent programming that informs, educates, inspires and empowers our African American audience. African Americans have been asking for this kind of programming that will give them a voice in the national conversation about issues that matter,” says network Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr.

More information about the launch of Black News Channel can be found at http://www.blacknewschannel.com.

When it comes to content designed for an African American audience, few media outlets focus its efforts on fulfilling this mission since BET and TV One. Come November, ”Black News Channel” (BNC) will launch, providing its African-American audience with 24/7 news coverage.

Despite the proliferation of basic and premium cable television channels during the past two decades, the number of cable news networks dedicated to serving the nation’s African American communities remains at ZERO! Black News Channel will be the nation’s first channel to fill this significant void and provide African American viewers news, information, and educational content focused on their interests and needs while tapping into subscription television’s most profitable market.


BET used to be well-known for its black programming, with regularly scheduled reruns of some of our favorite black classics like Love Jones and Baby Boy, among others. In addition to favorite black films and shows like Donnie Simpson Show, Video Vibrations, Rap City, 106 n Park with AJ and Free, you can’t forget Jeff Johnson as the face of black news on BET. Black News Channel (BNC) will be a unique multi-platform news and information channel created for African Americans..


For some reason, TV One canned its news segment headed by Roland Martin, resulting in a significant gap between black viewers and news stories that focus primarily on its growing population and more diverse coverage of black communities nationwide.

Arguably, these events have led to the absence of television networks that focus on black programming entirely. Of course, due to the emergence of blogs and other online media platforms, the African American community is fed with daily news about important issues that matter, but there has been a void in black television news.

The mastermind behind this ambitious endeavor is chairman and visionary J.C. Watts, Jr. He’s a former GOP congressman whose previous efforts include J.C. Watts Companies, a multi-industry holding company headquartered in Washington, D.C.; and Watts Partners, which works with clients to implement business development, communications, government relations, and public affairs strategies. He’s also had a role as a corporate director for several major companies, including Dillard’s Department Stores, CSX Corporation and ITC Holdings.

In November BNC will launch to an estimated 33 million households—of which 23 million are satellite TV while the remaining 10 million are cable TV—in the top African American television markets, including New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.


To help bring more balance and diversity, here are some of the objectives BNC has laid out:

  • Build bridges to connect the many diverse cultures in our nation
  • Facilitate a more informed national conversation about challenges facing our urban communities
  • Engage black viewers in our nation’s social, economic and political discussions and debates
  • Create a platform for black news-makers and policymakers to reach their constituents.

Great news for aspiring journalists looking for career opportunities, as BNC is in the process of hiring!

For more information about the network, visit their website. Let’s see what’s in store for reviving black news.

Sources: The Root https://www.theroot.com/finally-24-hour-black-news-channel-to-debut-in-novembe-1834140548

Black News Channel https://blacknewschannel.com/

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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