Press Releases

Tune-In Alert: NYC's Broadcast Network, NYC Media, Announces Juneteenth Programming

All Content to Air on Network’s Flagship Channel, NYC Life Channel 25

 

NEW YORK – The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is proud to present documentary and interstitial content in honor of Juneteenth on NYC Media’s flagship channel, NYC Life Channel 25, beginning June 17. Visual assets are available here.

This special Juneteenth programming features celebrated documentaries that explore the Black experience through topics of housing segregation, education and sports in America. Additional content includes the Black Voices Interstitial Series from StoryCorps, an American non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories, build connections and create a more just and compassionate world.

Documentaries:

  • Jim Crow of the North – Sunday, June 19, 8:00pm & Encore Presentation Monday, June 20, 7:00pm; Exploration on the origins of housing segregation and structural racism.
  • Training For Freedom – Sunday, June 19, 9:00pm & Encore Presentation Monday, June 20, 8:00pm; Idealistic college students and Black activist teachers come together at the height of the civil rights movement.
  • Black College Football Hall of Fame – Sunday, June 19, 9:30pm & Encore Presentation Monday, June 20, 8:30pm; Celebration of the contributions that Historically Black Colleges and Universities have made to the NFL.

Black Voices Interstitial Series (short videos running sporadically June 17, 18,19 and 20):

  • Silvia’s Legacy – In the 1950s, 16-year-old Ellaraino was sent to Louisiana to visit her great-grandmother Silvia, who had lived through the Civil War. During her summit visit, Silvia shared the moment she got her freedom.
  • A More Perfect Union – As a Black woman who came of voting age in the late 1940s, Theresa Burroughs was one of many Americans to fight against voter suppression. Every month for two years, she traveled to Alabama’s Hale County Courthouse in pursuit of her right to vote.
  • School's Out – Reverend James Seawood grew up in the 1950s in Sheridan, Arkansas, and attended an all-Black school.
  • Lessons Learned – In the fall of 1964, William Lynn Weaver was 14 years old and about to start his sophomore year of high school in Knoxville, Tennessee. Along with 13 other black students, he integrated into a previously all-white West High School. From the very first roll call of that school year, Weaver was targeted by his white teachers.
  • Driven – Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, race car driver Wendell Scott poured his heart, soul, and all his earnings into racing across the South. In 2015, he became the first Black person to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
  • A Family Man – In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system, regularly putting in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and eleven children. His son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father’s lasting legacy and the power of a look.
  • A Temple of Knowledge – Growing up, Ronald Clark spent every night in a Washington Height’s New York Public Library branch where his father worked as custodian. In those days, many custodians lived with their families on library property, in exchange for keeping it clean and maintained, and secure at night. That gave a young Ronald first-hand access to two things: the pride his father took in polishing the library to a gleam, and to the books themselves, right at his fingertips.

Additionally, NYC Media is proud to support longtime host of its Video Music Box show, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, who will perform at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 19, 3pm-5pm as part of NY Music Month. For more information, please visit NYMusicMonth.nyc.