Join Miss America + Artists Against From Harlem To Hollis Optimum Press Conference

November 13, 2018

At a press conference on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at 11am at NY City Hall, Miss America Nia Franklin will join local dignitaries and artists, named Artists Against Optimum, to announce a coalition to advocate support of, and access to, the arts from Harlem to Hollis.

Artists Against Optimum is a grassroots coalition of Bronx, Brooklyn, and Long Island artists that want to persuade Optimum Cable to carry America’s only arts network, Ovation TV. Ovation TV is currently showcasing several local Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island artists to a national audience; however, Optimum subscribers are unable to view it.

Ovation is currently available to nearly 50 million subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems, including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, and many other smaller providers across the country.

Franklin will be joined by:

New York City Hall Steps: City Hall Park – Broadway and Chambers Street


  • Miss America Nia Franklin
  • Jumaane Williams, NYC City Council 45th District
  • Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre for the 11th District of the NY Assembly
  • Bertha Lewis, Founder and President of The Black Institute

Members of Ovation’s ‘Stand for the Arts’ Initiative:

  • Sharnika Power, Brooklyn resident and Poet
  • Nicole Watson, Bronx-based spoken word artist known as Artist Up
  • Steve Cas, Award Winning Illustrator
  • Miracle Robinson, Eight-Year-Old Fashion Designer, and her mother Shanequa Charles
  • Kim ‘Good Look’ Seabrook, a Bronx native and Spoken Word Artist
  • Genesis Tramaine, Artist
  • Jack Hartnett, Actor
  • Lerone Wilson, Sculptor and Painter
  • Shawanna Vaughn

And more, where they will call out Optimum for not listening to the artists in their communities.

NY City Hall Steps, City Hall Park, Broadway and Chambers Street, NY, NY, (map)

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