ASPIRETV RENEWS KIN’S HIT REALITY SERIES SIDE BY SIDE
AND JUST ANGELA FOR SECOND SEASONS
AspireTV and Kin Continue Their Unique Partnership of Making Episodes of Popular Programs Available on the Network and Social Media Platforms
ATLANTA – September 2, 2021 – AspireTV, the network that celebrates and reflects Black culture and urban lifestyle, has licensed second seasons of the reality series Side by Side, featuring twin sisters Malika and Khadijah Haqq, and Just Angela, starring actress and entrepreneur Angela Simmons from entertainment company Kin. These renewals continue to expand AspireTV’s relationship with Kin, an entertainment company that creates unscripted programming that resonates with women ages 25+, while strengthening the network’s lifestyle slate. The second season of Side by Side will launch Tuesday, September 7th at 8 p.m. ET. Just Angela season two is set to debut in Q1 2022. Shortened versions of the episodes will also be available via Kin for viewing across Facebook Watch, YouTube and Instagram.
“With Kin’s proven track record on social channels like YouTube, Facebook Watch and Instagram, it’s been unbelievably exciting to be the television home for engaging multicultural content such as Side by Side and Just Angela,” said Melissa Ingram, AspireTV General Manager and UP Entertainment SVP of Multicultural Networks and Strategy. “With these greenlights, we look forward to continuing to produce top-tier reality series with Kin for the Black audience to see its culture in programming that is relatable, inspirational and fun, and transcends any television screen. We’re excited about what’s next.”
Shani Black, Head of Programming and Development at Kin, said, “AspireTV has been an excellent partner and home for Side by Side and Just Angela. While Kin has continued to build out franchises on social platforms around popular lifestyle personalities like Malika, Khadijah and Angela, AspireTV has helped us introduce these shows to an even wider audience through their linear reach.”
Side by Side features Malika and Khadijah Haqq, ride-or-die twins that rarely leave each other’s side, but their lives are anything but identical. Malika has just begun to navigate her way through motherhood with the arrival of her new baby son. On the other hand, Khadijah is a seasoned mother of four who loves spending quality time at home with her family. With different takes on romance, skincare, and how Khadijah really should have reacted to her son’s first girlfriend, they dish about it all. From their sisterly bond with BFF Khloe Kardashian to Malika’s son, Ace’s first birthday, you won’t believe the surprising details these sisters reveal about themselves every week. This is a season you won’t want to miss. Side by Side lets fans get up close and personal with the twins, who are life-long models, actors, and co-stars on hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Haqq sisters are social media powerhouses with over 7.5 million social followers combined.
Just Angela provides fans of actress and entrepreneur Angela Simmons, daughter of rap pioneer Rev. Run and niece of Russell Simmons, an intimate look at her day-to-day life as a #girlboss. In addition, a recurring segment of the show will spotlight up and coming Black-owned businesses featured on the aspireMKTPLC (mktplc.aspire.tv). The aspireMKTPLC is an online directory of Black-owned businesses where consumers can buy Black and shop with purpose.
In the new season of Just Angela, get ready for an even closer look into Angela’s world as she dives into new topics. From what she eats in a day to running multiple businesses and being a mom to her young son SJ. Angela will also share her birth story and the importance of having a doula, especially for Black women. Angela Simmons is a multi-talented entrepreneur, model, and owner of her own skincare line, Simmons Beauty. Fans know Angela Simmons for her glamorous life as a successful entrepreneur, beloved celebrity, and doting supermom. But despite her family’s legacy, she’s faced her fair share of trials on the path to building her own empire. From Run’s House to Growing Up Hip Hop, Angela has always been an open book. But now, on Just Angela, she’s inviting you to take a seat at the conference table for an intimate look at how she became a #girlboss.
Kin specializes in creating lifestyle franchises for diverse women, featuring diverse female talent. Its programs are first brought to profitability through distribution on social channels like YouTube, Facebook Watch, and Instagram, and then later on linear and streaming platforms.
AspireTV is the television entertainment network that reflects the people and modern-day experiences of Black culture and urban lifestyle in a way that is inspiring, authentic and entertaining. AspireTV offers original scripted and 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.
Kin is an LA-based lifestyle entertainment company. It produces and owns a growing portfolio of profitable shows distributed across social platforms that also are syndicated to linear broadcast and streaming platforms. Kin shows feature mainstream personalities including Tia Mowry, Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Jeannie Mai, Malika and Khadijah Haqq, and Angela Simmons. Kin’s programming empowers, entertains and connects diverse women around the world. For more information, visit www.kincommunity.com.
Kristina Stafford Kelly