Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Dynasty 4th of July TAKEOVER

Experience television like never before with the all new Dynasty TV

Kid Start With Dre @ 3:00PM
Kid-Start with Dre Hilton premise is to take the audience inside the life of Dre Hilton, showcasing his personal adventure to change the world through children's music. Kid-Start showcases high energy, kid-friendly footage, for a complete fun-filled and educational experience.

Breakout @3:30PM
Breakout is a Christian based series that centers on the town of Release and its residents. A cozy community filled with societal issues that resident's experience.

One Mic @4:00PM
Calling All Artists! Don't miss the all new music showcase - One Mic! Debuting on Dynasty Television hosted by Thurro Rootz!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mary Meachum Festival

Beginnings of a Brave New World
14th Annual Mary Meachum Festival
Saturday May 7, 2016 from 11am-6pm

Don't Miss the 14th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration, "Beginnings of a Brave New World", Saturday May 7, 2016, 11 - 6pm at Missouri’s first nationally recognized Underground Railroad site, 4500 E. Prairie Ave.
The public is invited to come to the banks of the mighty Mississippi River to experience a day of celebrating freedom. Discover what life was like 150 years ago through historical reenactments and performances featuring Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas and more.
Mary Meachum, a free woman of color and the widow of John Berry Meachum, spearheaded efforts in education. She took a stand against slavery and used her home as a depot of the Underground Railroad. In 1855, she was arrested for aiding in the attempted escape of nine slaves across the Mississippi River to freedom in Illinois. Hence the site is now named in her honor.
Did you know the famous Buffalo Soldiers started right here at Jefferson Barracks in 1897? Experience first-hand how they trained and lived. Join in the fun and history. The festival will feature great food, art, music, spirit-filled choirs, dancing, poetry and more. This event is fun and free for the entire family.
Event Details:
Noon · Entertainment (music, choirs, dance, poetry)
2:30 pm ·  Remarks from distinguished guests

3:30 pm · Historical dramatic performance
4:30 pm · Sunset flag ceremony

4:45 pm · Barn dance

Sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway, The Urban League, Lincoln University, youth & Family Center and more. For more information, visit or call 314-865-0708 to get connected today.

Directions to the Mary Meachum Festival: Take Highway 70 to Grand Ave: East toward river; North on Hall to Prairie; Right on Prairie to site & parking. Rangers & shuttles can direct visitors to the event.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Access Granted Network launches on Charter Cable St. Louis

Flagship program, “Kingdom Conversations” showcased on debut
By Walter Pritchard, Soaring High Media Group 

St. Louis, MO - The food delighted the patrons and the atmosphere lit up Nathaniel’s Restaurant for the broadcast premiere launch of the gospel/Christian themed, Access Granted Network (AGN) featuring the flagship program, Kingdom Conversations.

AGN airs EVERY SUNDAY, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Charter Cable Channel CCIN 198 in the St. Louis market AND is available online at

A packed house enjoyed the soulful cuisine as they watched a big screen TV showing the video-taped talk-interview program, the same show that was debuting that evening on cable TV.
“I think this is something that we need,” said Theresa Williams, as she paused eating at Nathaniel’s, 3182 Morganford Avenue, just off Arsenal Street in south St. Louis city. “We don’t have enough black stations giving their opinions and sharing information. And the station is about the Lord, too! I’m always ready for that.”
Added Denesia Williams: “AGN is a wonderful network and it is a blessing that they’re able to spread the Word of God through this television services. I hope it expands.”

The St. Louis- and Atlanta-based broadcast media group, Access Granted Network, is about inspirational gospel/urban music and programming. The vision is to develop and grow the entertainment media corporation, whose sole purpose is to focus on skillfully assisting the best in music and engaging people in social conversation through original programming, new music, videos, interviews, exclusive performances and more.
In addition to Charter, AGN programming is available across all digital platforms, social media and online at
Kingdom Conversations, for example, an original program that started as a radio show and is one of 18 programs coming to AGN, is a “positive platform to expose a new generation” of pastors, musicians, artists, producers, entrepreneurs, writers and others, said Bishop Robby Owens, co-host and one of the show’s executive producers.

“This show is a platform for some of the most influential people in the region,” he said.
Owens described Kingdom Conversations as a “clean and funny Christian program offering the best in Christian entertainment and a nationwide gospel centric lifestyle.” The launch program featured lively interviews and creatively produced, pre-recorded segments involving St. Louis area pastors, business owners, social activists, dancers and artists.
Show co-host, Pastor Renita Lamkin of St. John AME in St. Charles, who is civic minded, said Kingdom Conversations is entertaining because it allows the program’s four co-hosts of offer “different perspectives on the same issue."
“The personalities collide which makes the show a lot of fun,” Lamkin said. Comedian co-host Michelle Aaye, said AGN and Kingdom Conversations “is the start of something big.”
AGN is offering church preaching time slots, corporate and small business commercials, on-demand content downloads, business consulting and other marketing/media services, according to Eretha Johnson, director of business development for churches and spot commercials.
AGN video tapped “The Ferguson Report Card: Facing the Future” – a community forum on August 15 that assessed progress in Ferguson one year after violent protest ripped through the north St. Louis county municipality following fatal shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. by a Ferguson police officer.
To view the complete video and for more information about programming, marketing, sponsorship and promotion opportunities on AGN, visit the website at, e-mail or call 314-361-2520.


Friday, August 7, 2015

'Facing the Future"

Ferguson Report Card event assesses impact of Michael Brown/Ferguson uprising 1 year later

By Walter Pritchard, Soaring High Media
Greater St. Mark Family Church and AGN Television presents the “Ferguson Report Card: Facing the Future,” a charity event that takes a closer examination and assessment of Ferguson at the August 9, 2014 one year anniversary historic death of Michael Brown Jr.

 The two-day event, this Saturday and Sunday, will feature a gospel concert, a community forum where a host of grass roots voices will speak on the year long journey that dramatically captured the attention of America, and national civil rights leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton. The focus is to address the impact of the shooting and the new paths toward social and economic justice are being forged.

The Ferguson Report Card will be on the campus of Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen Dr. (at Chambers Rd.), St. Louis, MO 63136, and is free and open to the public.

Host pastor, the Rev. Tommie Pierson, said Greater St. Mark Family Church is proud to present the world premiere of The Ferguson Report Card: Facing the Future. Pierson said the weekend represents of local agencies coming together and presenting action plans addressing joblessness, community policing, senseless murder, the power of the vote, stronger families and the better education of our youth.

“August 9th 2014 - the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown - forever changed the St. Louis community and the world,” Pierson said. “Since the shooting we have witnessed marches, protest and the eruption of violence spurred by a generation of those who felt discarded by this nation.

“One year later on the eve of the death of Michael Brown, we take time to remember from whence we came and decide where we are going as American citizens who deserve equality and the right to thrive together,” he said.

The weekend remembrance will also include the launch of St. Louis- and Atlanta-based broadcast media group, Access Granted Network (AGN). The live video taping of events will be available for viewing on digital and online portals later in the month.

Saturday’s line-up includes the “Raise the Praise Concert” kicking off at 2 p.m., featuring Greg O’Quinn, Jesse Prather, Terry Bradford and Tracey Smith. Master of Ceremony will be national known comedian, “The Clean Comedy Guy” David Graham. The music will also feature the sounds of hip hop artist, Thurro Rootz.

A panel of representatives from the community will join in on the Ferguson Report Card forum at 3 p.m. Saturday. Scheduled speakers are: Dr. Christi Griffin, The Ethics Project; Adolphus Pruitt, NAACP St. Louis City; Deb Krause, Eden Theological Seminary; Bishop Henry Phillips, Power of Change Church; Tiffany Anderson, Jennings School District; Rev. Frederick McCullough, Restoration House; Pastor Renita Lamkin, St. John AME-St. Charles; Veta T. Jeffery, Missouri Office of Administration; and E. Lance McCarthy, Ferguson 1000 Jobs.
On Sunday, Sharpton, a MSNBC-TV commentator and founder of the National Action Network, will deliver a message beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a Unity March and candle-light vigil at Canfield Green Apartments, the sight of the deadly killing.

For more information about the Ferguson Report Card: Facing the Future, contact Pastor Tommie Pierson at Greater St. Mark Church, 314-868-7967. Attached is an e-flyer.

For more information about AGN Television, visit

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Empowerment Network honored for health care advocacy

The Empowerment Network received the Health Care Advocacy Organization of the Year award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 15th Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon April 30, 2015 at the Hilton St.

Louis Frontenac.

The Empowerment Network Inc. is a Prostate Cancer Advocacy, Education and Awareness Organization, 501 (C) (3) Nonprofit, 6000 West Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63136

The St. Louis American created this video to help tell the story of an awesome organization.

For more information about The Empowerment Network, call 314.385.0998 or visit


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pillar of community speaks quietly of duty

We need more people like Carl W. Barnard Sr., a man I met years ago who lived on my street in St. Louis.

Barnard, who at the time was nearly 70 years of age, was not on any one's board of directors. He was not involved in any grassroots movement fighting against social injustices. As far as I knew, he had not received any awards for outstanding community service.

Basically, all I knew about him was what I saw. Almost every morning Barnard walked through the neighborhood with a paper bag and picked up trash. Mr. Barnard, a retired U.S. Postal Services dispatch driver, faithfully fulfilled an early morning chore by picking up bottles, cans, paper and other debris from the sidewalks and streets.

Mr. Barnard did what he did because he wanted to keep the neighborhood looking fresh. "My wife says I'm nuts; my kids, too," he said while toting a grocery bag full of debris picked up on a recent weekday morning. "All I'm trying to do is to make the neighborhood look nice."

Mr. Barnard didn't seek a pat on the back or praise for being conscientious. He didn't even consider himself a role model. But he did admit that it "makes me feel good" when people did acknowledge his work and say thanks.

But he's not in it for that. Barnard was an example of neighborly concern, of the type of pillars that our communities need - the unsung type. We need more people like Mr. Barnard whose small contributions impact our society in monumental ways.

I remember observing him perform his morning routine as a group of youngsters walked by en route to a nearby elementary school. The kids took notice of what Mr. Barnard was doing. One of the children tossed a candy wrapper to the ground, which immediately caused one of the boy's friends to say, "Don't you see that man trying to clean up?" The youngster, who discarded the paper, picked it up and stuffed it into his pocket. I don't know what the boy did with the wrapper afterwards, but at that moment, a sense of respect for Mr. Barnard's efforts were reaped. Perhaps that child became more conscious of individual responsibility.

We live in a world where so much is grasping - both positive and negative - for our attention. It's no different for children. So it is comforting to know that a small feat such as Mr. Barnard's neighborhood beautification initiative got through the maze and caught the attention of children.

This just demonstrates that the little things we do really count.