Emmy Award-winning TV anchor and journalist Carol Jenkins returns to New York television as host of a new City University of New York Television (CUNY TV) series designed to “put every idea on the table” about what it means to be Black in America in 2016. Ms. Jenkins has a long broadcast history in the New York region as anchor and correspondent on WNBC-TV for nearly 25 years.
Ms. Jenkins now hosts “Black America,” a new series of weekly half-hour conversations premiering Wednesday, February 3 (2016) at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 8 PM on CUNY TV, with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker as her first guest. Repeats of the series will air Saturdays at 10:30 AM and Sundays at 11:30 PM.
“Darren Walker, as President of the Ford Foundation, distributes over a half-billion dollars a year in support of initiatives,” said Ms. Jenkins. “That makes him one of the most powerful people in America. Now that he’s narrowed the focus of the foundation’s work to uprooting inequality, this is a great place for the ‘Black America’ conversation to begin.”
Emmy Award-winning CUNY TV is broadcast in the New York metropolitan area on digital Ch. 25.3, and cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS). “Black America,” also is available for online viewing anytime on & after its premiere at www.cuny.tv . It will be available as a podcast and also will have a significant presence on Facebook, Twitter (@BlackAmerica_TV) and Instagram.
Guests confirmed for upcoming weeks are spoken-word poet, performing artist, and LGBT rights activist Staceyann Chin; actor Courtney B. Vance, portraying defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the upcoming FX miniseries, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story;” Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; actress Tonya Pinkins; and a special show with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins.
A journalist, writer, producer and media analyst, Carol Jenkins began her career in the 1970s as a pioneering African American television reporter, broadcasting from the floor of national presidential conventions, reporting Nelson Mandela’s release from prison inSouth Africa, and co-producing a primetime special on apartheid. She hosted “Carol Jenkins Live,” a daily talk show, on WNYW-TV; co-hosted “Straight Talk” on WOR-TV, and was co-host of WNBC-TV’s “Positively Black,” one of the earliest New York City shows dedicated to the Black experience.
Jenkins was Founding President of The Women’s Media Center in 2004. With her daughter, Elizabeth Gardner Hines, she co-authored “Black Titan: A. G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire,” a biography of her uncle, a successful Alabama businessman and civil rights activist. She is past chair and current board member of AMREF Health Africa USA, leading fundraising efforts to support health programs for African women and girls.
“Black America” is co-produced by Audra D. West and Duane Ferguson. Robert Isaacson, CUNY TV’s Executive Director, is Executive Producer with Susan Iger and Gail Yancosek, CUNY TV Co-Executives in Charge of Production.