LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, PLAYERSTV, the network dedicated to sports lifestyle and culture entertainment, announced the premiere of #SAYHERNAME: BREONNA TAYLOR will air on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7 pm ET on PlayersTv's digital and broadcast network. The one-hour special produced by six-time NBA All-Star KYRIE IRVING explores the importance of movements like #SayHerName, examines how the murder of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor continues to highlight the lack of awareness around Black women victims of police brutality, and provides viewers with several actionable steps to foster change and demand justice for Breonna.
#SAYHERNAME: BREONNA TAYLOR features an open discussion with Congresswoman AYANNA PRESSLEY, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter ALICIA GARZA, Author DR. BRITTNEY COOPER, and Activist BRITTANY PACKETT, followed by a pointed conversation with KYRIE IRVING, award-winning artist COMMON, and acclaimed journalist JEMELE HILL.
Background on Breonna Taylor's death: On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was fatally shot eight times while in her home by the Louisville Metro Police Department officers executing a no-knock search warrant in Louisville, Kentucky. The warrant was not issued for Breonna Taylor. As of today, no arrests have been made in Breonna's murder nor have any policies or policing standards been modified.
VIEW #SAYHERNAME: BREONNA TAYLOR – WEDNESDAY, JULY 8th at 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT / 4 pm PT
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Throughout the broadcast, specific calls to action will be made available to the public including:
ACTION 1: Dial 844-298-2731 to demand Louisville City Leadership get #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor via COLOR OF CHANGE.
ACTION 2: Check your voter registration status and register to vote at Vote.Org via VOTE.ORG.
ACTION 3: Sign the Justice For Breonna Taylor petition today on Change.Org via CHANGE.ORG.
ACTION 4: CALL Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at 502-696-5300 and demand he CHARGE the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor via UNTIL FREEDOM.
ACTION 5: Post on social media using #SayHerName and #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor to raise awareness about Breonna's case.
The program is also supported by Color Of Change, Vote.org, Until Freedom, Black Future's Lab, The Gathering For Justice, MoveOn, Vera Institute For Justice, Harness, ACLU, Campaign Zero, Imagine Justice and PlayersTv.
PlayersTv was co-founded by entertainment executives Deron Guidrey and Collin Castellaw and led by former Tennis Channel Executive Nancy Pingitore. "PlayersTv is redefining the sports landscape by giving ownership and creative control to world-class athletes to develop meaningful content that fans and consumers want through their unique voices and storytelling, but also providing a platform to like-minded individuals to co-produce special programming that addresses serious societal issues such as racial injustice and police reform among other important topics," said Guidrey.
"In a time when society is calling out police brutality, social injustices, and systemic racism, it is critical to magnify how these unjust behaviors and practices are directly impacting Black women. I stand for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and the countless women whose names are never said but have shared the same unfortunate fate. I will continue to champion those who are working to enact change for and to empower Black, Native, Indigenous, Hispanic, and women of color. I am equally committed to creating platforms like the #SAYHERNAME: Breonna Taylor special, that provides support, solutions, and sustainable impact," said Irving.
"It has been more than a hundred days since Breonna Taylor was killed by law enforcement in her own home. The men who murdered her are still walking the streets. What we the people are asking for is justice, A True Justice that knows no prejudice, racism or sexism. As a man, I'm seeing more and more my responsibility in protecting, standing on the frontlines with, and speaking out against the injustices that have taken place with Black Women who in this battle against police killings and an unjust system have been overlooked. So I'm very grateful and proud to partner with Kyrie and Players Tv to present this program and very important discussion which is led by Black Women who have been leading this fight for Justice and Peace and Equality. These sisters have continued to bring light to Breanna Taylor's case and other women who have been killed by police. These incredible women have sparked thoughts, created conversations and taken action towards freedom and justice and they do it everyday. I'm proud that Kyrie and I can support them. What they talk about on this program will make us all want to be better and do more," said Common.
"It's incredibly important that Kyrie and Common are using their platforms to discuss Breonna Taylor and overall, how black men can be more supportive of black women. What happened to Breonna was an unspeakable tragedy and unfortunately, when black women are victimized by police violence, incompetence and disregard, they don't command the same attention as black male victims. Common and Kyrie have such a thoughtful understanding as to why our community has to remain as vigilant about Breonna Taylor as we were about George Floyd," said Hill.
PlayersTv launched on March 25, 2020 on Samsung TV Plus. PlayersTv is an athlete majority-owned group of 15+ elite athletes including NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, C.J. McCollum, MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr, All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer and NFL great Vernon Davis among others, all of whom have a financial stake and creative control of their individual production companies. Anthem Sports & Entertainment, owner of AXS TV, is also an investor and strategic partner. In addition to Samsung, three additional distributors are anticipated to launch PlayersTv before Q4 2020, projecting to reach more than 75+mm households.
Kristi Roehm (For PlayersTv), 8 Degrees, [email protected]
Ashley Blackwood (For Kyrie Irving), [email protected]
Bianca Crawford Shelton (For Jemele Hill), [email protected]
Michael Latt (For Common), [email protected]
SOURCE Anthem Sports & Entertainment