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Arizona PBS premiering digital series ‘Black in Arizona’ Feb. 15

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Six-episode series explores contributions of impactful Black Arizonans

Arizona PBS is premiering a new, digital-first series, “Black in Arizona,” Wednesday, February 15 at noon on the station’s YouTube channel, @arizonapbs. In addition to YouTube, viewers will also be able to stream the series on the website and on the PBS App. New episodes will be published across these platforms on Wednesdays throughout the spring.

Comprised of six, 10-minute episodes, “Black in Arizona” aims to explore what it’s like to be Black in Arizona, as well as spotlight the contributions of some of the most impactful Black Arizonans in history.

“As Arizona’s leading storyteller, we’re proud to shine a spotlight on the Black experience in our state,” said Arizona PBS General Manager Adrienne R. Fairwell. “A great example of our renewed focus on local programming, it is our hope that projects like ‘Black in Arizona’ will help foster an environment of empathy and respect between citizens with different backgrounds.”

Among the trailblazers who will be featured in this new series are Chandler City Councilmember Christine Ellis, former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, community leader Lincoln Ragsdale, Jr. and small business owner Larry White, Jr. 

Created for Arizona PBS’ digital audience, “Black in Arizona” is just the latest example of the station’s ongoing effort to increase the amount of original, locally-produced content it publishes across its social media channels and other digital platforms. Another recent example is “Playlist 48,” which returned for its second season late last year. A digital, live music series, “Playlist 48” spotlights musicians from Arizona’s growing music scene.

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