What’s Going On? VON.tv

VON.tv, a free Black-targeted service, has launched with a 24/7 channel and on-demand content. The lineup includes Chicago’s annual Urban Heritage Film Series, formerly held in brick-and-mortar venues.

VON.tv is a sister service to Chicago’s 50-year-old Black talk radio station WVON.

The Urban Heritage Film Series has kicked off with Healing Neen, a 2010 documentary about a man who overcame addiction, trauma and the criminal justice system to become a best-selling author and international expert on coping with trauma. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the film’s subject. You can watch the film below, and the Q&A at VON.tv.

Three more films will debut on Thursdays through October 22:

Same God (October 8), a documentary about a Muslim political science professor at an evangelical school outside Chicago who dared to explore divisions over race, Islam, religious freedom and politics. A Q&A with the professor will follow.

The Last Revolutionary (October 15), a 2017 drama starring Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons, 227), but focusing on two aging former members of the Black Liberation movement (John Marshall Jones, Levy Lee Simon) who have since taken much different paths. The Q&A will be with Jones, who was also the film’s executive producer. Here’s the trailer:

Boss . . . The Black Experience in Business (October 22), a PBS documentary about the history of African-American entrepreneurship, with commentary from contemporary Black business owners, some of whom will be part of the Q&A that follows.

In addition to feature films, VON.tv includes content in such categories as business and money management, lifestyle, personal development, children’s, music (see Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” with contemporary lyrics below) and education.

For more info, visit VON.tv.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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