MLK's son to launch network for African Americans
April 6th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

MLK's son to launch network for African Americans

Martin Luther King III has teamed up with Ambassador Andrew Young and Andrew "Bo" Young III, among others, to create Bounce TV, the first broadcast network tailored to African Americans, according to the Wrap.

King made the announcement Monday, saying his father “envisioned the day that African Americans would play major roles in entertainment within ownership, not just serve as entertainers on the stage or in front of the cameras.”

King went on, “That’s what makes this even more exciting to me as we embark on this new endeavor of an independently owned and operated broadcast television network featuring African Americans."

The 24/7 network, which is expected to launch this fall, targets African Americans, primarily between the ages of 25-54 , according to a statement. Programming will be a “mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series, original programming and more.”

Bounce TV has already worked out deals with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, Sony Pictures Television and other entertainment groups to gain rights to a variety of titles that include comedies, musicals, documentaries and dramas, ranging from Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” to Jaime Foxx’s “Ray” to Denzel Washington’s “The Bone Collector.”

“I am proud that our network will deliver free programming exclusively for our under-served community and be accessible to all homes around the country and not just those who pay for television,” said Ambassador Young. “We look forward to Bounce TV entertaining African American viewers for many years to come.”

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  1. bosslady23

    how u doing? im really seeking and wanting to know "Bounce TV". email addresss or contact info so i can send for a distubution deal. i am a owner of a major production company and interested in setting up a presentation .. this is a serious inquiry.. thank u..have a good one. 😉

    April 25, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. A

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    April 8, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. chubby chaser

    Classic last comment! This blog article was just asking for a racial meltdown. How many clowns will get on here and spew their hate and bigotry? I am surprised that more of da "regulars" haven't popped off yet. The same 3 or 4 people keep posting the same crap on every blog. Keep up the negativity!! Just like the jig-a that confirmed his brothers are knocking up all da obese white ho' know, the ones with massive junk in da trunk! See ya ho-mo.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. This is too much fun

    Let them have their own channel. Then when good successful programs on network stations make a character line-up, there will be no need to incorporate minorities for the sake of equality. Friends and Seinfeld never had black stars, and they were successful. I am not a fan of racism, and I don't think I am a racist, but this is a case of racism to have a network to celebrate only one segment of the population.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rufus Tyrone Jamal Washington

    What is the difference between a snow tire and a n!gger?
    A snow tire won't sing when you put chains on it.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • vulcan85

      SNOW TIRE-A tire with a deep tread or studs to give added traction on snow-covered surfaces.
      N-BOMB- An offensive term used commonly by poor white trash with a limited vocabulary.
      I hope this helps clarify the difference for you..

      April 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B

    Great idea! You darkies could even have your own home improvement show called "Axe Dis Old House" where a dumbToad shows the other dumbToads how to covertly turn the water back on after it got shut off because the dumbJiggaboo spent his bill money on crack, fried chicken and rims for his $300 car.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 12Count34

      Ladies and gentlemen...another obnoxious idiot.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • vulcan85

      Ok everyone, more proof that using meth when pregnant damages your child's mind when they get older..

      April 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vulcan85

    I think it is great that a new tv station is coming out with promising programming. But isnt it against the late Dr.King's dream by creating another station for intentional segregation??? I can understand why some stations are aired in spanish but when a station is for a certain race then that comes down to racism. A station can not come out and say it is a white station.. The problem with society is that people feel they need to label everything. Forget saying it is for blacks,whites, hispanics or asians. Just put out quality programming for all audiences.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superhiro

    I personally don't agree with channels based on race. White or Black or whatever. I can understand perhaps an asian channel since there's a different language there, but when both blacks and whites speak the same language I don't get the point of having a channel dedicated to either of them.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ch1108

      LOL!!! You really think it's as simple as "as long as they speak the same language"?? Again – LOL!!!!!!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      I just think that language is the only valid reason to make a seperate channel for a group of people. Otherwise you end up trying to do what BET does which is make "black programming" which honestly, is meaningless. There's no such thing as "black programming" just like there's no such thing as "white programming". Shows with black characters can be enjoyed by white people and shows with white characters can be enjoyed by black people so why make a seperate channel unless there's a language barrier?

      April 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Luluq

    I think black television stations and magazines are a representation of segregation.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      It is a form of segregation. Funny people wanted integration, it happened, but suddenly now segregation seems to be in vogue as there is a black network channel for black people, uh why. On digital cable/fios there are channels for Latino/Hispanic people. I do not get that either. For people that were so bent on ending segregation they certainly waste no time invoking it. If there was some network channel for white people, good grief the fury would go through the roof. The post-racial America is really a myth and a joke.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. geoberg


    April 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CS

    Blacks already have their own channel...National Geographic.
    Plus they have their own show....Cops.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superhiro

    I think he means a network for African Americans that isn't an embarrassment.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Head Diva In Charge - EL

    Ok, now I don't want to sound racist or rude (because I am not), but doesn't this already exists? B.E.T.?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marco

    Wasn't BET supposed to be that?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

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