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ASPiRE Announces Production Starting on Second Season of “exhale”

ASPiRE’s “exhale” co-hosts Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Credit: Courtesy of ASPiRE.

ASPiRE’s “exhale” co-hosts Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Credit: Courtesy of ASPiRE.

ASPiRE today announced the start of production in Los Angeles on the second season of its popular original weekly talk series, “exhale” (@exhaleTV). Hosted by five dynamic, successful African-American women – journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray (co-founder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, former editor-in-chief of Essence); actress and comedian Erin Jackson (“StandUp in Stilettos,” “Last Comic Standing”); director, writer and actress Issa Rae (The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, “The Choir”); blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler (, “The Early Show”); and actress Malinda Williams (UP’s Marry Me For Christmas, “Soul Food”) – “exhale’s” new season will continue to bring honest, entertaining and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African American women. The eight-episode series will premiere in May 2014.

With a unique mix of bold humor, sincerity and insight, Burt-Murray, Jackson, Rae, Syler and Williams return to provide a fresh in-depth perspective on topics that are relevant and evergreen in the lives of African-American women. The five hosts from different generations, fields and backgrounds get real about family, love and relationships, career, money, faith, justice, education, health and wellness, and other topics of interest to modern women. An intriguing range of special guests, from celebrities and experts to religious leaders and authors, join in the conversation and fun.

“We are excited to have ‘exhale’ return for a second season on ASPiRE,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “As a signature series for the network and integral part of our growing original programming lineup, we expect ‘exhale’s’ new season to further spark important and intriguing conversations across a range of topics relevant to African American women, the African American family and community. Based on the positive and spirited social media chatter across platforms during the first season, we hope that our viewers continue to engage and further the conversation wherever we gather as a community with each new episode.”

“In the first season of ’exhale,’ the five amazing hosts displayed amazing chemistry and friendship as they opened up, shared with one another and talked about everything that is on the minds of women today,” says Lynne Robinson, executive producer. “Their intimate, spirited and honest conversations with guests and each other made viewers laugh, cry and think. This season, we are thrilled to bring ASPiRE viewers more of these provocative and enlightening conversations with these dynamic women.”

“I’m delighted and energized to direct another season of ‘exhale,’” said Victoria Mahoney, director. “Working with our five wonderful hosts, Lynne, the first season guests and our crew was an extraordinary experience that I plan to visually build upon with these new eight episodes.”

ASPiRE presents a Black Robin Media production, “exhale.” Hosted by Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Produced by Black Robin Media. Executive produced by Lynne Robinson. Supervising Producer is Allison Simmons. Director is Victoria Mahoney. Editor is Derek Allen. Director of Photography is Jonathan Barenboim.

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

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