ASPiRE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS, PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “THE SOULS OF BLACK GIRLS”

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ATLANTA, November 4, 2015—ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE), in partnership with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, today announced that it will present the world premiere of t “The Souls of Black Girls,” an award-winning documentary featuring Emmy®- Award-winning actress Regina King (“American Crime,” "The Leftovers”), Jada Pinkett Smith ("Gotham," "Hawthorne"), rapper/political activist Chuck D, journalist/newscaster/author Gwen Ifill, singer Erica Campbell and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others. The documentary will air exclusively on ASPiRE, Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. EST, with a #AfAmedFilmsTwitter chat following the screeningASPiRE will present an encore of the documentary at 9 p.m. EST, with additional airings scheduled.

“The Souls of Black Girls” will premiere on ASPiRE as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence Film Screening and Discussion Series (AfAmEdFilms). AfAmEdFilms highlights films and multimedia that depict positive and compelling stories of African-American students, families and communities striving for academic excellence. The series encourages active engagement and highlights resources to facilitate opportunities for caring and concerned adults to support the learning and development of African Americans.

“The Souls of Black Girls,” from director/producer Daphne Valerius, is a provocative news documentary that raises the question of whether women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. The candid film has been screened and overwhelmingly well-received by audiences at film festivals and more than 100 private showings at various institutions, organizations and colleges/universities. Most recently, the film was featured as the centerpiece of Procter & Gamble’s national “My Black is Beautiful” campaign.

"’The Souls of Black Girls’ sheds light on an issue of real concern to the African-American community," said Tina Thompson, director, programming, ASPiRE. "Perhaps more importantly, the film offers advice and words of encouragement to women of color who have become obsessed with attaining media-defined images of beauty. “The Souls of Black Girls” is consistent with our goal of engaging Black families with thought-provoking and stimulating content."

“The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans is proud to partner with ASPiRE and Motion Picture Association of America to screen “The Souls of Black Girls” as part of the AfAmEdFilm Series designed to showcase characters, stories and opportunities to support the learning and development of African American youth and young adults,” said David Johns, executive director, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. “This film is a powerful reminder of the need to ensure that we are intentional in supporting the cognitive, social and emotional development of all women and girls, especially among African American women and girls.”

For her work on “The Souls of Black Girls,” director/producer Valerius was presented with the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem Film Festival and was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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