SOURCE: Black Enterprise

June 08, 2007 20:03 ET

"Black Enterprise Business Report" Premiers Saturday, June 9 With Host Shon Gables

Episode to Feature Exclusive Interview With Billionaire Robert L. Johnson

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - The "Black Enterprise Business Report," a half-hour, nationally syndicated television series that spotlights successful African American power players and business executives, debuts Saturday, June 9. The weekly series includes Power Player interviews, and Entrepreneur of the Week, wealth building, and Luxe Life segments. Former CBS news anchor Shon Gables hosts the show, which is designed to fill the void in television business news regarding the African American community.

The premier episode of "Black Enterprise Business Report" profiles Bob Johnson, the nation's first black billionaire, who first struck gold as founder of the BET cable network. In an exclusive interview, Johnson details his latest ventures as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball franchise and proprietor of Our Stories Films, his newly minted partnership with entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein. Lisa Price, founder of thriving skincare company Carol's Daughter, is our Entrepreneur of the Week, and Brooklyn-based designer, Nana Boateng, shows us the hottest styles and trends in our Luxe Life segment.

"We are extremely excited to announce the launch of a news broadcast dedicated to showcasing the black business community," says BE President and CEO Earl "Butch" Graves. "As the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand continues its multimedia expansion into television, 'Black Enterprise Business Report' joins 'Our World with Black Enterprise' in reaching out to the 40.2 million African Americans in the country who are vastly underserved by current mass media. BLACK ENTERPRISE has been the definitive source of news and information for and about African American business markets and leaders for more than three decades. No company is better positioned to fill this void in television than BE."

Here's what to look forward to in upcoming episodes of "Black Enterprise Business Report":

Thomas A. Moorehead, CEO of BMW/Mini of Sterling, Virginia, which grossed more than $122 million in BMW sales last year.

Jeff Clanagan, the visionary behind Code Black Entertainment, the company he formed to provide discriminating urban moviegoers with more high-quality television and film.

R. Donahue Peebles, one of the largest African American real estate developers, and author of "The Peebles Principles."

Raymond McGuire, Managing Director and Co-Head, Global Investment Banking for Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and one of BE's most powerful executives on Wall Street.

"Black Enterprise Business Report" hosted by Shon Gables airs Saturday mornings across the country on cable TV's Superstation WGN and select broadcast stations. Go to www.blackenterprise.com for more details and your local channel lineup.

"Black Enterprise Business Report," a syndicated television series focusing on African American business, is produced in collaboration with Chicago-based Central City Productions (CCP). The weekly, half-hour series provides minority business coverage, investment tips, career guidance, personal finance advice, entrepreneur profiles, and lifestyle information to viewers across the country.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate guide to financial empowerment, is the premier business and investment resource for African Americans. Since 1970, be has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. The monthly publication provides 3.9 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, be is the authority for business news and trends.

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