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PURE FLIX ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS 2022 LINEUP WITH 190 TITLES, INCLUDING 14 ORIGINAL & EXCLUSIVE FILMS & SERIES

Pure Flix will celebrate the Christmas 2022 season with an extensive offering of 190 movies and shows. The selection includes 14 original and exclusive films and series created and curated to illuminate and enrich your family’s Christmas celebrations.

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PRNewswire/ — Pure Flix will celebrate the Christmas 2022 season with an extensive offering of 190 movies and shows. The selection includes 14 original and exclusive films and series created and curated to illuminate and enrich your family’s Christmas celebrations.

Celebrate Christmas! Stream with Pure Flix. Over 190 new movies and series!

“Christmas is a time for family and fellowship and here at Pure Flix, we pulled out all the stops to bring you the best faith and family entertainment possible this year,” said Michael Scott, CEO of Pure Flix. “The Pure Flix team spends all year preparing for this season and we have new movies and shows set to debut weekly – that’s something we’ve never been able to do.”

There will be new movies and shows streaming exclusively on Pure Flix from now until Christmas and each week will feature a new theme to help families celebrate all facets of the Christmas season.

Here’s how you can Celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix throughout the Christmas season:

November 13 – 19: Celebrate Miracles with the new Pure Flix Original movie “An Angelic Christmas,” starring Karen Abercrombie and Cameron Arnett, available on November 18. Stream other Pure Flix Originals “An Unlikely Angel” and “Saved by Grace” to be reminded that divine intervention is real.

November 20 – 26: Celebrate Family with the new Pure Flix Exclusive “Lifemark,” from directors and producers Stephen and Alex Kendrick and starring Kirk Cameron, available on November 22. And don’t miss the family adventure movie of the season, from AFFIRM Originals “Legacy Peak,” starring Lucas Black and Todd Terry.

November 27 – December 3: Celebrate Giving with the new Pure Flix Exclusives “The Way,” produced by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford (streaming on December 2) and “The Thursday Night Club,” featuring music legend Gloria Gaynor. Also available is the mini-series “I Love Christmas Parties” and the movie “12 Days of Giving” to help inspire service to others.

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December 4 – 10: Celebrate Romance with Pure Flix Originals’ “Banking on Love” and “Christmas Angel.” This genre has 24 new-to-Pure Flix movies for the 2022 season, including the new romantic comedies “#Blessed” and “Christmas in Carolina” and the Pure Flix fan-favorite “Welcome to Hope: Holiday Homecoming.”

December 11 – 17: Celebrate New Beginnings with the new film from AFFIRM Originals, “Moonrise,” starring Granger Smith and streaming exclusively on Pure Flix on December 15. Other fan favorites like Pure Flix Original “Nothing is Impossible,” “Angels Sing,” starring Harry Connick, Jr. and “Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace” are also available and will leave you encouraged by second chances.

December 18 – 24: Celebrate The Nativity with Pure Flix fan favorites “Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers” and share the meaning of Christmas with your children or grandchildren with animated series like “Spark Story Bible Adventures,” “The King: A Christmas Story” and “Seeds Family Worship: Christmas.”

“This is my absolute favorite time of year and I am so excited that my new movie ‘An Angelic Christmas’ is part of the Christmas celebration at Pure Flix,” said actress Karen Abercrombie. “This new movie is about the true meaning of Christmas and serves as a reminder to spread kindness wherever we go.”

Other Christmas content streaming on Pure Flix will include a plethora of “VeggieTales” Christmas short movies and shows for kids and families. There will also be biblically-based epics like “The Gospel of Luke” and “The Gospel of Matthew” and Christmas comedy classics with well-known actors like Kirk Cameron in “Saving Christmas,” Dean Cain in “Defending Santa” and Joey Lawrence in “Hitched for the Holidays.”

“I am delighted and so grateful that Pure Flix will begin streaming my newest film, ‘The Way,’ beginning December,” said director, singer and actor Kathie Lee Gifford. “They have a great reputation for honoring and understanding the power of God’s word when expressed through the arts, whether it is film, theater, or music. Thank you Pure Flix! I look forward to many hearts and even minds being transformed by ‘The Way.’”

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Celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix and experience the difference that positive and encouraging entertainment can have in your family and your home. Watch the Pure Flix Christmas sizzle here.

ABOUT PURE FLIX

Pure Flix is your home for faith and family-friendly movies and shows where you can confidently stream with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, you can strengthen your faith and family with Pure Flix – a streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains.

You’ll get access to the largest variety of high-quality wholesome movies, series and kids’ content at one low price. Experience the difference that positive, encouraging entertainment can have in your home.

Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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General Motors and Netflix Partner to Give EVs the Stage they Deserve

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General Motors and Netflix are joining forces to give electric vehicles (EVs) the stage they  deserve, reflecting society’s increasing excitement about an all-electric future, starting with a launch spot, “EVs On Screen.” 

In 2021, GM launched the “Everybody In” campaign, demonstrating the company’s intent to lead an all-electric future, and invited others to join the movement. GM is electrifying the automotive industry, engineering EVs with purpose-built, ground-up design, powered by the Ultium Platform, enabling EVs for everyone. 

Netflix is joining the movement and will increase the presence of EVs in Netflix-produced shows and films, where relevant, while also taking steps to enable more sustainable productions.  

“Entertainment has a huge impact on culture. We want to make EVs famous on streaming, small and silver screens to build an EV culture through storytelling that incorporates the experiences of driving and owning an EV,” said GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl. “Netflix is a great partner because of the company’s compelling storytelling, commitment to sustainability and track record of sparking conversations that shape cultural trends. We are united in creating a better, more sustainable future for  our world as we bring everybody in on EVs.” 

As a result of the partnership, Netflix is supporting and educating creators, helping them to better understand how EVs can complement and enhance their stories. Over the course of the next year,  inspired by this partnership, GM EVs will be seen in select Netflix shows and films, including Love is Blind, Queer Eye and Unstable, which will feature the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and Cadillac LYRIQ respectively. 

“At Netflix, we create shows and films that can influence culture and spark meaningful conversations,” said Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Marian Lee. “From the TikTok dance trends inspired by Wednesday to thoughtful discussions about climate change with Don’t Look Up, we know that entertainment can drive fandom and inspire connections. GM is a cultural leader in the auto industry and we are proud to partner with them in their efforts by amplifying the presence of electric vehicles in our shows and films.”

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In addition to Netflix’s commitment to increase the presence of EVs on screen, the company is also taking  action to become more sustainable behind the camera within its productions by optimizing energy use, then electrifying it, and decarbonizing the rest. To learn more visit: Sustainability.Netflix.com.  

As part of the rollout for this strategic alliance, a commercial that presents both companies’ commitment to a more sustainable future will air during the big game on Sunday, Feb. 12. Fans will see Will Ferrell enter the world of some of the biggest Netflix shows and films including Army of the Dead, Squid Game, and more. The creative showcases how EVs will show up on screen while highlighting the wide range of EVs GM plans to offer. More information about Netflix and GM’s joint efforts is available at gm.com/netflix

You can view the teasers below:

Squid Game “Masks”

Army of the Dead “Directions”
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“30 Days A Black Man” reflects on the dangerous trailblazing work of a White reporter posing as a Black man in the segregated South

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PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ — As we celebrate Black History Month, we take an important look back at what life was like during the Jim Crow period. Bill Steigerwald’s startling book, 30 Days A Black Man, takes us back to 1948 in the Deep South. While the year is now 2023, we are not far removed from the extreme racism of that time. Let’s look back, lest we forget…

“I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach…I was Black, and in bondage – not quite slavery but not quite freedom, either.” – Ray Sprigle, 1948

30 Days A Black Man recounts the story of Ray Sprigle, a star reporter for the Post-Gazette – and he was White. Sprigle made the audacious choice to disguise himself as a Black man for 30 days and traveled alongside John Wesley Dobbs, a Black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta. His purpose: to experience what it was really like to be Black living in the South, and to bring greater awareness to the injustices Black people lived through daily.

Bill Steigerwald provides a vivid account of Sprigle’s journey. Sprigle witnessed the injustices faced by Black leaders, sharecroppers and family members of lynching victims; saw the inequities in education; and encountered a separate set of rules Black people had to follow under Jim Crow, such as: sitting in the back seat of vehicles; never calling a white man by his name, but calling him “mister”; or being prohibited from trying on clothes in a clothing store. He opened the eyes of White people in the North who were unaware of the unfair practices against Black people in the South.

30 Days A Black Mana retelling of Sprigle’s encounters with racism, reminds us all to be vigilant in our efforts to seek justice for all people. Released in 2017, the book is relevant today as America continues to experience racial tension.

“Ray Sprigle and Bill Steigerwald were both reporters for the Post-Gazette. 30 Days A Black Man is an important resource as we dialogue about race in America and continue to work toward justice,” says John Block, publisher of the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Sprigle’s descriptions and undisguised outrage at “the iniquitous Jim Crow system” shocked the North, enraged the South, and ignited the first national debate in the media about ending America’s system of apartheid. Six years before Brown v. Board of Education, seven years before the murder of Emmett Till, and thirteen years before John Howard Griffin’s similar experiment became the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the American consciousness the grim reality of black lives in the South.

30 Days A Black Man by Bill Steigerwald is available on Amazon.

About Block Communications:
Block Communications, Inc., (BCI) is a 118-year-old privately held diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo, OH. It has primary operations in cable television, newspaper publishing, high-speed Internet and residential telephone services. Publications owned by Block Communications, Inc. include The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade.

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Urban One Inc’s Reach Media Announces R&B Superstar Ralph Tresvant of New Edition as Host of “Love and R&B”

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SILVER SPRING, Md. /PRNewswire/ — Today, Urban One Inc’s Reach Media and Radio One announced that Ralph Tresvant, lead singer of famed supergroup New Edition, is now the new host of the network’s long-running syndicated show “Love and R&B,” heard nightly on all affiliate stations, effective February 13.

David Kantor, CEO of Urban One’s Reach Media and Radio One audio divisions, says, “Ralph Tresvant brings us a timeless brand filled with  style, charisma, and star power. He’s a great communicator with vast musical knowledge who will be creating real and riveting radio. Ralph gives us the complete brand who can quickly build a large, loyal following with must listen-to moments each and every night.”

Not coincidentally, the “Love and R&B with Ralph Tresvant” show debuts right before Valentine’s Day, building on the show’s legacy of playing classic slow jams and love songs by artists that are keeping traditional R&B music alive and well.

“I’m excited to show a side of me that I’ve never shared before through the embodiment of true R&B music,” says Tresvant. “I love the medium of radio and as a kid growing up in Boston, I was inspired by the great radio hosts I heard. I’ve learned how important it is to be on both sides of the mic. Growing up in this business, I’ve learned to be vulnerable and relatable but will also bring that New Edition excitement to the airwaves! I’m ready to connect with my fans and communities all around the US like never before! Everyone says real R&B is gone… I’m thrilled to have a radio show that will change the musical landscape.”

Tresvant continued, “Indeed, I’m thankful for this opportunity and my team Jodi Gomes, LaShawn Thomas and my agent, Gary Bernstein, who brokered the deal. I’m grateful to be a part of the Urban One family and thank my longtime supporters Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins, David Kantor, Kashon Powell, Gary Bond, Colby Colb, and Derek Harper.”

Ralph Tresvant has captivated audiences for 40 years as the legendary front man of New Edition, a solo artist, entertainer, writer, and producer. Now, this entertainer turned radio star will be broadcasting in top markets including Dallas, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Richmond, with additional markets to be announced.

Kashon Powell, Radio One’s VP of Programming says, “I’m excited to welcome Ralph to our Urban One family. He’s the ultimate entertainer so I’m confident that he will make an immediate connection with radio listeners across the country.”  

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About Urban One:
Urban One Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform, and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. As of September 30, 2022, we owned and/or operated 66 independently formatted, revenue producing broadcast stations (including 55 FM or AM stations, 9 HD stations, and the 2 low power television stations)  branded under the tradename “Radio One” in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly owned digital platform serving the African American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands. We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to the African American and urban audiences.

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