Atlanta, GA June 21, 2012
National Black Television, the world's first Internet television network, is online and streaming programming dedicated to the empowerment of African-Americans.
As NBTV1.com signed-on April 6, its founder, president and CEO Stanley Everage, Jr., pledged: "We will never come off the air, brothers and sisters. We won't stop. I want the world, especially young people, to experience the influence and power of the leaders within the African-American community."
This Internet television network firmly supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)and the critical role they play in the advancement of African-American youth. "NBTV is proud to showcase college life," Everage says, "to give young people a view of what life can be if they stay focused on their goals, and dreams."
NBTV1.com is unique in the world of news, sports and information because its cameras and correspondents go where other networks simply do not. NBTV1.com is especially proud to be streaming live and exclusively at the 1st annual Battle of the Bands and Greek Step Show between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University. This fantastic event is set for October 26, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama.
NBTV1.com has also created a community for its members. It is truly, as the network slogan says, "TV that cares!" The website is a place for members to share their experiences, information, ideas through real-time chat and video sharing. Members can chat while watching the Internet television network, and they can upload their videos for the entire online membership to see. After signing-up, NBTV1.com is free for the first week, and then members pay a monthly fee of $7.99.
This launch is only the beginning for NBTV1.com. Documentaries, dramatic mini-series and situation comedies are in production, to be released as NBTV1.com evolves. In addition, NBTV1.com will be covering HBCU Sports live.
NBTV1.com is the result of work that began in 2003, when Everage created the National Black Young Men & Women of America in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. As fate would have it, the organization's public high school mentoring program was disrupted in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.
But all along, there was an overwhelming outpouring of support from community, business and political leaders. Everage had the awesome privilege of meeting every one of these inspiring people, a very long list including civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Grambling State University President Dr. Frank Pogue, numerous HBCU athletes, and celebrities including comedian Steve Harvey and R&B singers Chilli and Monica. At every encounter Everage thought, "Wouldn't it be great if the world could see and experience this?"
So Everage produced these stories under the banner of the National Black Television Network, placing the spotlight on the African-American community and the nation's often-overlooked historically black colleges and universities, and their academic, sporting and cultural events.
NBTV1.com is continuing this coverage and addressing the most challenging issues of the day, including education, unemployment, and politics. It is creating a new awareness of the African-American community and strengthening this community's voice as it provides a view, never seen before, to the rest of the world.