Magic Johnson’s Aspire Network Sets Femme-Forward Talkshow (Exclusive)

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Co-hosts are Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler, Malinda Williams

Magic Johnson’s cabler Aspire has greenlit “Exhale,” a talkshow in the vein of “The View” to be hosted by five African-American women in the entertainment space.

Weekly yakker aims to bring candid conversation to topics including family, relationships, career, money and faith. Co-hosts are journo Angela Burt-Murray, thesp and comedian Erin Jackson, helmer Issa Rae, author and TV anchor Rene Syler and actress Malinda Williams.

“Exhale,” produced by Lynne Robinson and Black Robin Media, will be Aspire’s third original series. Victoria Mahoney serves as director on “Exhale.”

Show has begun lensing, and the eight-episode first run will bow in June to coincide with the net’s one-year anniversary.

“We are thrilled to add ‘Exhale’ to our lineup of original programming,” said the cabler’s g.m. Paul Butler. “This fresh, hip and candid new series will enlighten audiences with its broad range of topics relevant to the community.”

Aspire launched last June as a part of the deal struck between Comcast and NBCUniversal and targets African-American auds.

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  1. We would love to bring our forum for women musicians to this program. I am calling all producers, presenters, promoters, agents to consciously include WOMEN MUSICIANS (not just singers) in their programming. Women pay 53% of the taxes on this planet. Most festivals and concert series are funded with tax dollars. We can no longer ignore the fact that women musicians, particularly jazz musicians are omitted or there will be ONE woman and 25 men on the program. “Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb!” ~ Diva JC – Join us in our efforts to promote women musicians, globally!

  2. When will Aspire be made available on FIOS is my question.

  3. Give it plenty of notice ahead of time and fewer ” commercials ” too many commercials, make me rather watch a movie!!!

  4. Ella Rucker says:

    Love it! Such dynamic women…especially that Rene Syler!

  5. xoliver86 says:

    I’m excited about this, but did the writer really need to shorten journalist to journo, and thespian to thesp? Come on.

  6. Karen McKee says:

    How exciting!!!! It sounds like a great show. Can’t wait to tell my friends and family. With Rene Syler you have hit a homerun!

  7. Desiree says:

    Congratulation Renee!!

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