NEW YORK – After a 3-month search Time Warner Cable today announced the winners of its contest to showcase African-Americans in the talk show genre. The new talk show will premiere this fall on TWC On Demand.
The winners were among hundreds of contestants who took part in casting calls in Charlotte, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles or who uploaded audition videos to the “Born to Shine” Facebook page.
The winners are: Kornelius Bascombe of Raleigh, N.C., Carmela King of Dallas, T.X. Isis McKenzie of Los Angeles, C.A. and Ashlei Stevens of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The groundbreaking new program will spotlight African Americans who are paving the way in entertainment, in sports, and in their communities.
As part of a company-wide multi-platform campaign, the talk show hopes to inspire others by providing diverse images on television.
The contestants auditioned at the casting calls in front of celebrity judges including actress, producer and singer Tatyana Ali, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, hip hop artist Q-Tip, Grammy-nominated jazz artist Lalah Hathaway, BET’s “106 and Park” host Rocsi, and legendary rap-duo Kid ‘n Play.
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