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On Sunday July 5, 2015... Sow Much Good: Robin Emmons

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Watch Black Issues Forum Sunday mornings at 11:30 and re-broadcasts Monday evenings at 5.

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Originated in 1987 by Dr. Paul F. Vandergrift as a quarterly investigation into the needs, concerns and problems of the black community, today this weekly series continues to address the prevailing issues that shape, affect and define African Americans in North Carolina and beyond.

Series Description

Each week, Black Issues Forum presents a diverse panel of guests discussion topics on an unlimited number of topics including politics, social concerns, health, education, justice, entertainment, technology, public policy, media and who’s who. Through weekly discussions, viewers are provided information they can use to hopefully improve their lives and the world around them.



Black Issues Forum is place where you'll find a balanced exchange of views on topics of vital importance to the black community. Programming is designed to inform, educate, and entertain viewers to positively impact their quality of living in North Carolina and the nation.

A Brief History
Black Issues Forum was originally a quarterly program created for national distribution with program content coordinated with University of North Carolina Center for Public Television programming, outreach, and PBS specials and utilized effective partnerships with Center staff, departments, and external organizations and individuals to assist with the total production.

 Black Issues Forum key players, Past and Present:

  • Dr. Paul F. Vandergrift – Executive Producer, 1987 – 1995
  • Valeria L. Lee – moderator/host, 1987 – 1995
  • Jay Holloway – Executive Producer/Moderator 1995 – 2002
  • Mitchell Lewis and Natalie Bullock Brown – co-hosts  2002 - 2010
  • Deborah Holt Noel – Producer since 1999 and Host since 2010

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1999 Media Ward
  • The African American Culture Complex


The African American Cultural Complex (AACC) annually honors North Carolinians and others who have outstanding contributions in the areas of Education, Media, Community and Humanitarian service which have benefited the African American community, the city, state and nation. The AACC does not attempt to recapture and recognized all of the many contributions of each honoree; however, attempts are made to highlight some of the honorees' significant accomplishments.

 
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Meet The Host: Deborah Holt Noel
Deborah Holt NoelA graduate of Saint Augustine's College, Deborah Holt enjoys the dual role of producer and reporter for several UNC-TV local productions. In addition to her on-air assignment as the host and nightlife correspondent for North Carolina Weekend, Deborah is the producer and host for UNC-TV's weekly public affairs program Black Issues Forum, airing Sundays at 11:30AM. Prior to coming to UNC-TV, she earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and worked in video production for an industrial company in Raleigh as well as for WHMM Television at Howard University in Washington, DC. She has also won recognition and awards for her historical documentary "Exhausted Remedies: The Joe Holt Story," about her family's pioneering effort to integrate Raleigh Public Schools. Previous hosts of Black Issues Forum included Mitchell Lewis and Natalie Bullock Brown.

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