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Aspire channel premieres its first original weekly talk series, 'exhale,' on June 27th

(June 13, 2013) The ASPiRE cable channel announces the world premiere of its first original weekly talk series, "exhale" (@exhaleTV). Hosted by five dynamic, successful African-American women -- journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray (pictured); actress and comedian Erin Jackson; director, writer and actress Issa Rae; blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler; and actress Malinda Williams -- "exhale" is designed to bring honest, entertaining and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African American women.

The eight-episode series will premiere on Thursday, June 27th at 8:00 p.m. EDT to mark the one-year anniversary of the ASPiRE network's launch.  After the premiere week, new episodes will debut starting July 10 in its regularly scheduled time slot on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT each week for seven weeks.

With a unique mix of bold humor, sincerity and insight, Burt-Murray, Jackson, Rae, Syler and Williams will provide a fresh in-depth perspective on topics that are relevant and evergreen in the lives of African-American women.  The five hosts from different generations, fields and backgrounds get real about family, relationships, career, money, faith and other topics of interest to modern women.  An intriguing range of special guests, from celebrities and authors to religious leaders and other experts, join in the conversation and fun. 

"We are thrilled to add 'exhale' to our lineup of original programming," said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. "This new series will spark important and interesting conversation with its broad ranges of topics relevant to African American women, the African American family and community.  We hope that viewers will be inspired, informed, entertained and that they continue the conversation wherever we gather as a community."

"'exhale' is a show that features five amazing hosts, who will open up and talk about everything that is on the minds of women today," says Lynne Robinson, executive producer. "In each episode, they share intimate, spirited and honest dialogue to make you laugh and sometimes make you cry.  We are thrilled to bring these provocative, enlightening conversations with these dynamic women in a compelling new series to life on ASPiRE."

"My interest in reflecting other perspectives extends beyond feature narrative. TV, in every capacity, needs to catch up with the times and minds of today," said Victoria Mahoney, director. "'exhale' provides a perfect opportunity for me to help make traction in that expansion."

ASPiRE presents a Black Robin Media production, "exhale." Hosted by Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Raye, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Produced by Black Robin Media.  Executive produced by Lynne Robinson.  Supervising Producer is Allison Simmons. Director is Victoria Mahoney. Editor is Derek Allen.  Director of Photography is Jonathan Barenboim.

ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. 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 more than 15 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. through Comcast,  Time Warner and FAVE TV. For more information, visit, and on Twitter @tvaspire.

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