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ASPiRE TV Greenlights its First Original Weekly Talk Series “Exhale”


ASPiRE has officially started production in Los Angeles on its new original weekly talk series, “Exhale.” Designed to bring honest, entertaining and candid discussion on a wide range of topics, “Exhale” is hosted by five dynamic, successful African-American women: journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray; actress and comedian Erin Jackson; director, writer and actress Issa Rae; blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler; and actress Malinda Williams. The eight-episode series will premiere in June to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the ASPiRE network’s launch.

With a unique mix of bold comedy, sincerity and insight, Burt-Murray, Jackson, Raye, Syler and Williams will provide a fresh perspective on topics that are relevant and evergreen in the lives of African-American women. Shot on location, the five hosts from different generations, fields and backgrounds will get real about family, relationships, career, money, faith and other topics of interest to modern women. An intriguing range of special guests, from celebrities and authors to religious leaders and other experts, will join in the conversation and fun. ASPiRE and the hosts will use digital and social media to further connect, engage and continue dynamic, nimble dialogue with the audience. For more information, please go to, Twitter on @ExhaleTV, and Facebook at

“We are thrilled to add ‘Exhale’ to our lineup of original programming,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “This fresh, hip and candid new series will enlighten audiences with its broad range of topics relevant to the community. We hope that viewers will be inspired, informed and entertained by our funny and opinionated hosts sharing absolutely everything with each other.”

“’Exhale’ is a show that features five amazing hosts, who will open up and talk about everything that is on the minds of women today,” says Lynne Robinson, producer. “In each episode, they will share intimate, spirited and honest dialogue to make you laugh and sometimes make you cry. We are thrilled to bring these provocative, enlightening conversations with these dynamic women in a compelling new series to life on ASPiRE.”

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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