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Obaigbena’s ‘ARISE News’ Receives International Recognition

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 7:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh Abuja

Publisher of Thisday, Nduka Obaigbena, is on course for another credit as his new media platform, ARISE News, hits international media nomination list.

A documentary by ARISE News, entitled, “Game Changers: How the Harlem Globetrotters Battled Racism,” has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 58th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

It was selected in the Nostalgia Program category.

Obaigbena was Co-Executive Producer of the programme, along with Alan J. Weiss.

Explaining the thrust of the platform, Obaigbena said: “ARISE News is a different kind of 24/7 news & entertainment channel.”

He adds that it “provide coverage and perspective on global events seldom given airtime.”

The nomination would be real boost for ARISE News which, though had a soft launch in 2013, would be formally launched later this year.

The documentary captures racism in professional basketball in America.

Blacks who played for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1940s & 1950s are believed to have felt the sting of racism most perniciously.

Long after Jackie Robinson hit his first ball as a Dodger, the NBA was still a “whites only” league, the nomination announcement indicated.

This ARISE News Special takes a historical look at the early days of professional basketball and how the Harlem Globetrotters not only dealt with racism, but helped change the world of sports.

ARISE News Co-Executive Producer Alan J. Weiss adds; “The story of the Harlem Globetrotters mirrors the Civil Rights struggle in America. It’s important that these often overlooked heroes – lionized around the world, but treated as second class citizens at home – receive the recognition they deserve.”

Hosted by ARISE News anchor, Julian Phillips, the documentary includes interviews with former Globetrotters: Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes, William “Pop” Gates, Gene Hudgins, Andy Johnson, Charlie Hoxie and Carl Green.