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ARISE News Gets Emmy Nomination

Raheem Akingbolu

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 58th Annual New York Emmy Awards, which will hold in New York City on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The documentary “Game Changers: How the Harlem Globetrotters Battled Racism” – produced by ARISE News – got nominated in the Nostalgia Programme category.

“ARISE News is a different kind of 24/7 news and entertainment channel,” said co-executive producer and chairman of ARISE News, Nduka Obaigbena. “We provide coverage and perspective on global events seldom given airtime.”

Former LA Lakers owner Don Sterling’s explosive comments exposed the undertone of racism that still exists in professional basketball.  No players are more aware of this pernicious bias than those who played for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1940s and 1950s.

Long after Jackie Robinson hit his first ball as a Dodger, the NBA was still a “whites only” league. This Arise News Special took a historical look at the early days of professional basketball and how the Harlem Globetrotters not only dealt with racism, but helped change the world of sports.

ARISE News Co-Executive Producer, Alan J. Weiss added: “The story of the Harlem Globetrotters mirrors the civil rights struggle in America.  It’s important that these often overlooked heroes – lionized around the world, but treated as second class citizens at home – receive the recognition they deserve.”

Hosted by ARISE News anchor Julian Phillips, the documentary included interviews with former Globetrotters: Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes, William “Pop” Gates, Gene Hudgins, Andy Johnson, Charlie Hoxie and Carl Green.

Members of the Arise Team who contributed are: Executive Producers:  Nduka Obaigbena and Alan J. Weiss; Host:  Julian Phillips; Writer:  Deborah Gobble; Producer:  Marilou Yacoub; Graphics and Animation: Pierre Vilmenay; Studio Director:  Larry Michaels; and Studio Director:  Jack Niesi.

This is the first nomination for ARISE News since its soft launch in 2013. ARISE News will be formally launched this year.

ARISE News, a THISDAY sister news and entertainment channel, was launched on the Multichoice platforms of DSTV Channel 416 and GOTv Channel 44 on January 27, 2015.

The New York Emmy Awards are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honouring those in television and advanced media in the tri-state New York-New Jersey-Connecticut and New York State.

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