Press Releases


January 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Jan. 23, 2012 - A special edition of Milwaukee Public Television's BLACK NOUVEAU profiling the local organization, Running Rebels, airs Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. on MPTV 36.1. A community organization that provides programs to high-risk youth, Running Rebels took over 20 high school students to New Orleans and BLACK NOUVEAU accompanied to film the kids' extraordinary experiences.

Running Rebels had two main goals in taking these at-risk teens to New Orleans. First, some of these children had never left the city of Milwaukee, so the opportunity just to experience a different community was significant in broadening horizons. Also, community service is a primary focus of the organization in illustrating the need to be a positive force in our community, so the students helped clean up debris still present from the devastation of Katrina. Also, another goal was to present different opportunities to the students for after their high school graduation, and the visit included tours of several historically black colleges in the area, including Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

BLACK NOUVEAU Associate Producer Liddie Collins felt strongly about investing the time and expense in creating this special edition. Said Collins, "When I learned about Running Rebels' planned trip to New Orleans, I knew that this was a perfect opportunity to showcase Milwaukee youth involved in a positive way, which is something we strive to do on our show."

Now in its 20th season, BLACK NOUVEAU has long been embraced and lauded by the community as one of the most accurate and positive perspectives of African American life in Milwaukee. The award-winning program is replete with messages that promote positive images, interviews and profiles of African-American movers and shakers. BLACK NOUVEAU explores the history, heritage, culture, and challenges of the African-American experience. The weekly series explores issues and presents stories that educate, inform, and provide hope to the black community. The program also serves as an agent for positive change within the community at large.

Since 1980, Running Rebels has offered youth programs that focus on education and recreational activities, in order to provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse. Its programs for high-risk youth include mentoring, tutoring, crisis stabilization, anger management, daily living skills, an after-school and summer safe and sound program and programs that address the needs of court appointed youth offenders.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
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Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
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