ASPIRETV TO PREMIERE POWERFUL SHORT FILM ‘HIStory’ JULY 4
ATLANTA – June 23, 2021 – AspireTV, the network that celebrates and reflects Black culture and urban lifestyle, announced today that HIStory, the next short film in its partnership with Damn Write Originals, is set to premiere on Sunday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET with an encore at 8:30 p.m. ET.
HIStory, written by Tim Orange II, is a story about a Black father, Justin Black (played by Rodney Perry), who is called into his son’s predominately Black and Latin middle school to discuss his behavior. Mr. Black finds himself missing his shift at work to debate with his son’s teacher, Ms. Peeple (played by Meggan Kaiser) and Principal, Principal Whyte (played by David Ditmore), about the relevance of the schools eighth-grade History curriculum and what his son, Trent Black (played by Caleb Lowery), is learning.
“As we premiere this powerful film on the day our country celebrates its independence, July 4th, we acknowledge that many Black Americans don’t believe this holiday is for everyone as an important part of Black history is not represented,” said Tina Rodriguez, senior director, programming & acquisitions, AspireTV. “African Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth for 155 years, and our hope is that HIStory reminds viewers of the important story and the importance of sharing this knowledge with future generations.”
In 2020, the world was awakened by tragic killings of George Floyd and other black Americans. The injustice and brutality sparked conversations and incited unity, pride and change in the Black community.
“When I sat down to write the script, I thought it would be interesting to highlight the inadequacies in the public school system”, said Tim Orange II, screenwriter at Damn Write Originals. “I found it odd that the majority of inner-city schools, myself being a product of one, were predominantly occupied by minority students but had little to no lessons centered on the TRUE history of these students. It’s problematic that we have to learn about the greatness that comes along with being Black, aside from civil rights triumphs, outside of the public school system.”
To watch HIStory, go to aspire.tv/cdm/ and enter your zip code to find your cable provider’s channel info for AspireTV in your area. HIStory will also be available following the AspireTV premiere on www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/AspireTV, @TVaspire on Twitter, @TVaspire on IGTV and aspire TV on YouTube.
AspireTV is the television network that celebrates and reflects Black culture and urban lifestyle in a way that is inspiring, authentic and entertaining. AspireTV offers reality series, specials and independent films as well as beloved dramas, contemporary comedies and provocative documentaries that allow you to connect and … see yourself here. The network was launched on June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises. AspireTV is available in the top 25 African American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/AspireTV, @TVaspire on Twitter and @TVaspire on Instagram.
About Damn Write Originals
Damn Write Originals is a New Media Screenwriting label that coordinates production, branding, and marketing for our signed, in-house talent. Our writers are committed to Stories with unique and underserved perspectives that Elevate Women & people of color. Our writers are committed to bold and authentic storytelling and have developed screenplays for platforms, such as Film, Television, Interactive Gaming, Animated Stories and Web Series. In addition to our company projects, Damn Write Originals also desires to help other storytellers bring their stories to life by offering services such as script feedback, story consultations, and screenplay writing. For more information visit www.damnwriteoriginals.com, facebook.com/Damnwriteoriginals, @Damnwriteoriginals on Instagram and @DWOriginals on Twitter.
Kristina Stafford Kelly