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Encyclopedia > Black Family Channel

Black Family Channel (founded in 1999 as MBC Network) is the only black owned and operated cable television network for African American families. The network's schedule includes a variety of programs including religious programs, sports, music, talk shows, and children's programs. Image File history File links Black_Family_Channel. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed optical... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Religious broadcasting is broadcasting religious organizations, usually with a religious message. ... Someone who performs, composes, or conducts music is a musician. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Childrens television shows are television programs designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ...

The network was started by attorney Willie E. Gary, baseball legend Cecil Fielder, four-time heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, Marlon Jackson of the Jackson Five, and broadcast television veteran Alvin James. Willie Gary(born on July 12, 1947) is an attorney that was once a migrant worker, now a multi-millionaire attorney and cable television executive. ... Cecil Grant Fielder (born September 21, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball player who was a popular slugger with the Toronto Blue Jays (1985-88), Detroit Tigers (1990-96), New York Yankees (1996_97), Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians (both in 1998). ... Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is a professional boxer from The United States, who has earned millions of dollars and made history, most notably by becoming the first boxer to become the heavyweight champion of the world four times. ... Marlon Jackson during the Jackson 5 era. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ...

Unlike its primary rival, the MTV-owned Black Entertainment Television, Black Family Channel avoids rap and hip hop-based programming. The network is now available in almost 15 million homes in the U.S. and continues to grow, although it has not yet approached the size of other black-oriented networks such as BET, as BET and its networks are able to be carried on most cable systems because of the power of MTV, since its acquisition of BET in 2001. Black Entertainment Television (BET) is a cable television network target towards the African-American demographic. ... Hip hop music is the engine of hip-hop culture, and is currently among the most popular and lucrative music in the world. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ...

External link

  • Official Site

  Results from FactBites:
Values count at revamped Black Family Channel - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (855 words)
Black Family Channel, which Townsend joined as president and chief executive officer of production five months ago, is starting an ambitious slate of eight new programs geared for children, teenagers and families.
Black Family Channel is available in 14 million homes and virtually all of the top fl TV markets, said Rick Newberger, the channel's president and chief executive officer.
Black Family Channel is sure to grow with the continuing conversion to digital cable, which allows for carriage of more TV channels, Newberger said.
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