Majority of Academics, Journalists, and Organizational Leaders Appearing are Women of Color
New York, April 14, 2018 — Oria Media announced today the guests who will appear on the first episode of The Last Sip, a half-hour weekly program aimed at activating and mobilizing historically marginalized communities, on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. on Free Speech TV. Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept; Jesse Moore, former White House aide under President Obama and founder of Common Thread Strategies; Alexandra Bastien, senior associate at PolicyLink; Erica Williams, associate professor and incoming chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College; Linda Oalican, executive director of Damayan Migrants Association, and Lydia Catina Amaya, board member of the Damayan Workers Cooperative, will all join the program. In a break with standard news offerings, the majority of guests are women and people of color.
The three topics to be discussed over four segments include the impact of Paul Ryan’s legacy as Speaker on frontline communities, the way in which the current U.S. tax code reinforces racial inequities, strategies that workers can employ to pool wealth through the expansion of cooperatives, and an update on the assassination of Brazilian Councillor Marielle Franco.
The Last Sip will be hosted by journalist, economist, and on-air news analyst Imara Jones — a trans woman of color — who created the program. Viewers will be able to watch live on Free Speech TV’s broadcast platforms (DISH channel 9415, DirecTV channel 348, Apple TV and Roku), as well as the network’s website (freespeech.org/watch-live/), Facebook (facebook.com/freespeechtv/) and Twitter (twitter.com/freespeechtv) pages where the program will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Imara Jones said, “This opening line-up of guests underscores our program’s commitment to hear more from diverse people and places about current events and the positive change already taking place in communities in the United States and around the world. We are excited to learn from all those who will be on the show and to connect our audience with additional resources on our website, through our How to Help partnership, about how they, too, can bring about change in their everyday lives.”
Ron Williams, executive director of Free Speech TV, said, “The first episode of The Last Sip is consistent with our network’s core beliefs. As the one of the few truly independent news networks, we are thrilled that The Last Sip’s content will advance our essential mission of expanding the voices of those left out of traditional mainstream media.”
The Last Sip receives support from foundations such as VOQAL, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Institute for International Education with backing from the Ford Foundation’s Just Cities and Regions program, among others.
Free Speech TV is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, Free Speech TV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage. Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku and Apple TV. Free Speech TV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.
About Imara Jones
An EMMY and Peabody Award winner, Imara is the host of The Last Sip, an upcoming weekly, half-hour news show which targets Millennials of color; especially women and the LGBTQI community. The program is produced by Oria Media, which Imara leads, and airs on the independent news network FSTV. In addition to her career in journalism, Imara has held economic policy posts in the Clinton White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia. More information about her can be found at www.imarajones.com
About Oria Media
Oria Media is a New York City-based digital and broadcast news production company that originates programs for millennials of color. Oria receives support from a number of leading foundations for the creation of content which combats lower levels of democratic engagement amongst historically marginalized communities by filtering national issues through the people and organizations redefining society one community at a time.
Oria Media: Imara Jones, President
FSTV: Nina Henderson Moore, Chief Content Officer