AspireTV, the network that celebrates and reflects Black culture and urban lifestyle, is partnering with REVOLT, the Hip Hop centered platform owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, to host the virtual symposium entitled “Stop Killing Us! Challenging Police Practices In America” on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Moderated by Tanika Ray, panelists include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, David Banner, Rev. Stephen Green and Mayor Aja Brown. The full panel discussion will stream on both AspireTV and REVOLT websites, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter platforms.
“There has never been a more critical time for us to have conversations like these, but more importantly to define action steps and a plan for us as a community moving forward,” said Melissa Ingram, general manager, AspireTV. “In the name of George Floyd, AspireTV is excited to partner with 88 C.H.U.M.P. to celebrate the value of his life and the countless others that have lost their lives at the hands of a unit meant to ‘protect and serve.’ We are grateful for the vision of Future of Black America and Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee and the esteemed panel for making this idea happen.”
The Future of Black America symposium provides a platform for African American leaders to engage, strengthen, and educate America on issues pertinent to the vitality of its Black communities. This year’s theme “The New Covenant” offers thought leaders, panelists, viewers and all of America an opportunity to engage in an honest dialogue on the lived experiences of Black America and offer solutions to community concerns.
“The Future of Black America convened its first Symposium in Houston, Tex., earlier this year, and the feedback we received is the conversation needs to continue,” states Carl Davis, Chair, Future of Black America. “Our partner, AspireTV, provides the ideal platform to continue the conversation and increase our reach so more Americans can participate in this ongoing dialogue.”
The symposium will feature African Americans who lend constructive dialogue to the economics, education, faith, and social justice issues that impact the daily lived experiences of Blacks in America. AspireTV will host a second symposium post-Election around the topic “Where do we go from here?”
“Stop Killing Us! Challenging Police Practices In America” – George Floyd’s murder electrified the nation and finally shifted America’s focus to the unfair police practices that target us. We’ve talked about eliminating chokeholds and No-Knock policies. We’ve gotten radical and talked about defunding and disbanding police. But what should the future of policing in America look like? What’s next for police reform?