Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

ASPiRE announced today that it has launched on Time Warner Cable systems in Texas. Markets covered by the launches include San Antonio (channel 185), Austin (channel 185), Corpus Christi (channel 499) and Beaumont (channel 499). The launches bring ASPiRE’s distribution to more than 20 million households.

Paul Butler, general manager, ASPiRE, said, “We are delighted to be expanding ASPiRE’s relationship with Time Warner Cable and look forward to providing their customers in Texas with our great lineup of positive programming that includes original series, movies and sports.”

This October, ASPiRE will premiere a new season of its weekly original series “ABFF Independent” hosted by Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sparkle). The series presents the best independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from emerging Black artists.  In addition, later this fall, ASPiRE presents Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) live sports events and related series, including six football games, 12 men’s and women’s basketball games and a new season of the sports highlights show “Inside The Game.”

Earlier this year, ASPiRE premiered an all-new season of its highly popular talk show “exhale.” 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 – “exhale” brings viewers honest, funny and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African-American women. The series runs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT.