In July, ASPiRE celebrates our nation’s freedom and independence with liberating “Groundbreaking Movies“ on Thursdays, hosted by award-winning actor laurence fishburne (Man of Steel), along with a special, nostalgic “Soul Train” Party marathon on July 4th. All of this month’s Groundbreaking Movies ““ including Bird; Cry, The Beloved Country; Foxy Brown; and Jasper, Texas ““ are network premieres. In addition, original talk series “exhale” (@exhaleTV) returns with all-new episodes each week, starting Wednesday, July 10. The first four episodes of this honest, entertaining and candid show will air back-to-back in a fun, marathon-viewing encore on Saturday, July 27. All times below are EDT:
Thursday, July 4
4th of July Soul Train Party ““ 2:00-8:00 p.m. ““ Six back-to-back classic “Soul Train” episodes featuring artists who soon would become game-changers in music and entertainment, including Janet Jackson, Run D.M.C, New Edition, Atlantic Starr, T-Pain, and Brian McKnight.
Bird (network premiere) ““ 8:00 and 11:30 p.m. – A humanistic and unknown look at the life of one of the greatest jazz soloists and developers of bebop, Charlie Bird Parker. (Stars: Forest Whitaker, Samuel E. Wright and Keith David). Hosted by laurence fishburne.
Wednesday, July 10th
exhale ““ “Health & Wellness” (premiere) — 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ The ladies of “exhale” get to the heart of one of the biggest issues impacting the lives of black women, health. The hosts are joined by experts and survivors who explore dieting and nutrition, secrets to becoming both mentally and physically fit and preventing illnesses devastating African American women like heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Co-Hosts: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler.
AJ Johnson, Actress, Wellness Expert and Creator of The AJ Zone (@THEAJZONE)
Dr. Felicia Wade, Physician and Author of “The Heart Of The Matter: A New Beginning” (drfeliciawadeonline.com)
Simone Smith, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Cancer Survivor (wife of LL Cool J, @simoneismith)
Carrie Broadus, Executive Director of Women Alive (@women_alive)
Thursday, July 11th
Cry, The Beloved Country (network premiere) ““ 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ Shot in the aftermath of Nelson Mandela’s election, this film adaptation of South African author Alan Paton’s novel tells the story of two men ““ one black, one white ““ who must cope with family tragedy in the apartheid era. Rural minister Stephen Kumalo travels to Johannesburg in search of his troubled son, while white landowner James Jarvis comes to the city to attend to his activist son’s murder. (Stars: James Earl Jones and Charles S. Dutton). Hosted by Laurence Fishburne.
Wednesday, July 17th
exhale ““ “Sexuality” (premiere) — 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ In this episode, the ladies are talking about the taboo subject of sex as they focus on topics like women’s sexual expression and obsessions, healthy versus unhealthy sex, the objectification of black women and being a sex symbol in Hollywood. Co-Hosts: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler.
Lance Gross, Actor (@LanceGross)
Antonique Smith, Actor (@AntoniqueSmith)
Dr. Elana Clark-Faler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Sex Specialist (recoveryhelpnow.com)
Nourbese Flint, Program Manager with Black Women for Wellness (@BW4WLA)
Thursday, July 18th
Foxy Brown (network premiere) ““ 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ A “blaxploitation” film about a woman whose drug-dealing brother ratted on her undercover narcotics-agent boyfriend to the mob. In turn, she poses as a call girl to infiltrate the mobsters who killed him. (Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, and Terry Carter). Hosted by Laurence Fishburne.
Wednesday, July 24th
exhale ““ “Beauty & Style” (premiere) ““ 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ Beauty and style is on tap with the ladies of “exhale” as they explore topics like fashion, the modeling industry, why hair is such a touchy subject in the African American community, and find out if black really does crack. Co-Hosts: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler.
Beverly Johnson, Supermodel, Actress and Modelprenuer (@BeverlyJohnson1)
Dr. Susan Evans, Dermatologist and Skin Care Specialist (@DrSusanEvans)
Vanessa Simmons, Actress and Fashion Entrepreneur (@NessaSimmons)
Kim Kimble, Celebrity Hair Guru and Entrepreneur (@KimbleHairCare)
Thursday, July 25th
Jasper, Texas (network premiere) ““ 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates the story and how it affected all the residents of the town, both black and white. (Stars: Roy T. Anderson and Demore Barnes). Hosted by Laurence Fishburne.
Saturday, July 27th
exhale Mid Season Marathon ““ 4:00-8:00 p.m. ““ “exhale’s” first four episodes air back-to-back in a special mid-season encore. Co-Hosts: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler.
Wednesday, July 31st
exhale (premiere) ““ 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. ““ “exhale” is an hour of honesty and entertainment”¦where nothing is held back! Each week on this provocative new talk series, hosts Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams, Rene Syler and their special guests let it all out in candid discussions on family, relationships, money, faith and everything that African American women are talking about. Co-Hosts: Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Rene Syler. Guests: TBA