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Following Breakout Success of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, Martin’s OTT Channel Black Star Network Rolls Out New Slate of Digital Series Focused on Business, Health & Wellness, Politics, Culture & Analysis, and Black Issues, Premiering This Week

WASHINGTON) – February 2, 2022 – Roland S. Martin, award-winning journalist, host of the daily digital program #RolandMartinUnfiltered, and CEO of the newly-launched Black Star Network, is premiering four new shows on his OTT channel this week with two launching this week just in time for Black History Month. Black Star Network is one of the only 100% Black-owned OTT networks targeting African American consumers with politics, news and culture content.

Building upon the breakout success of his leading Black news and information-focused series #RolandMartinUnfiltered, Roland is curating and debuting streaming programs on Black Star Network representing a range of topics and interests: business series “Get Wealthy!” with America’s wealth coach Deborah Owens; health and wellness show “A Balanced Life” with Dr. Jacquie Hood Martin; an examination of Black issues with “The Black Table with Dr. Greg Carr;” and a daily news talk show, “The Culture with Farajii Muhammad.”  

Mining the deep bench of talent cultivated over two decades of broadcast, digital and print newsroom leadership, Roland has assembled this highly skilled group of experts and media personalities to inform, inspire and entertain Black Star Network’s fast-growing audience.
“There are so many viewpoints and perspectives in Black America, and our desire is to showcase them in an effort to inform, entertain, enlighten and educate our audience,” Martin said. “I’m excited to launch these shows, as well the next four shows we have in program development, which will debut later in 2022.” Airing every Monday, “Get Wealthy” hosted by Deborah Owens unearths the vital information that financial advisors and institutions often don’t share with their Black clientele… that they absolutely need to know. Viewers will gain valuable insights on improving their financial fitness by Owens, dubbed “America’s Wealth Coach.”

On Tuesday beginning this week at 11 a.m. ET, “A Balanced Life” with author, life coach and self-help expert Dr. Jacquie Hood Martin uplifts the audience to find alternatives for living a healthier lifestyle. Topics revolve around practical strategies to assist viewers in managing stress, finding ways to create better balance and embracing joy. 
Also, premiering this week, every Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET is the new daily hot topics and pop culture series “The Culture with Farajii Muhammad.” This newsmagazine show flips the day’s headlines and offers the 28-year-old Muslim’s take on how everything from contemporary politics and entertainment affects our everyday lives.

On Friday mornings at 11 a.m. ET starting February 4, “The Black Table” with Dr. Greg Carr sends viewers into the weekend with a thought-provoking talk show from the Howard University professor, which deconstructs and analyzes Black issues that continue to deeply affect the community.
Martin’s riveting and high-spirited biweekly one-hour talk show, #RollinWithRoland, will continue to roll out more in-depth conversations with a host of iconic Black entertainers and businesspeople including Jeffrey Osborne, Richard Lawson, Glynn Turman, Bill Duke, Mario Van Peebles, Johnny Gill, Jackee, Michele Roberts, Richard Roundtree, and others.
As the nation highlights the contributions of Black Americans in the month of February during Black History Month, the four-time NAACP Image Award winner will honor the ancestors by traveling to Liberia for their 200th bicentennial. From Feb. 11-19, Roland will take Black Star Network viewers on a journey to Liberia, Africa’s first republic, which was founded by freed slaves. Roland will broadcast from The Motherland daily, as well as conduct a one-on-one interview with the nation’s president, George Weah. “We often talk about people of African descent traveling and moving back to Africa today, but I’m excited to share the story of freed slaves in 1822 returning to a continent that they were removed from,” noted Martin. “It’s vital that our viewers and listeners know about this fascinating piece of American and world history.”

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