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CUNY TV Digital Series Presents GREATER GOOD

Four-Part Miniseries Begins Tuesday, February 6 (2018) on, YouTube and Facebook

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES will introduce a four-part web-only miniseries, “Greater Good,” created by CUNY TV producer Mariève Amy. With each episode, Marieve gives a platform to an individual or organization dedicated to worthwhile causes. Our guests found a purpose in helping others, and with their work and passion, they better their communities and the world where we live. The series aims to highlight these leaders of positive change, to learn about the issues they tackle, and to spread awareness
and inspire us all to do what we can for the greater good.

The premiere episode describes how Alvin Irby is making a difference with a community-based program increasing literacy among black boys. Each additional episode will highlight the work of another advocate and cause. Episodes will be posted online weekly on successive Tuesdays throughout February.

Developed by CUNY TV producers, CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES covers diverse subjects, including the arts, history, race and identity, the LGBTQI community, women's issues, and other topics of social impact.

The following are episode descriptions, links to episodes, and dates of availability:

Episode 1: (February 6)
As an educator, Alvin Irby was well aware of the lack of reading proficiency among young black boys, and had an idea on how to make a difference. He started Barbershop Books, a community-based program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops across America. By leveraging the cultural significance of barbershops in black communities, his program increases boys' out-of-school reading and access to culturally relevant, age appropriate, and gender responsive children's books.

Episode 2: (February 13)
Anneke Lucas found her true calling when she started teaching yoga in prisons and jails. She created Liberation Prison Yoga, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring trauma-conscious yoga programs to inmates, staff, and underserved communities. She also trains yoga instructors to work inside the prison system and educates the public on trauma-conscious yoga.

Episode 3: (February 20)
Cristina Mittermeier is a marine biologist and a National Geographic photographer who decided to use the power of photography to show the world the stakes of ocean conservation. She funded Sealegacy, a digital platform that uses its massive number of followers to raise awareness and money for some of the problems our oceans face. Her knowledge, wisdom, and beautiful photography will make you realize we all have a part to play in preserving our endangered planet.

Episode 4: (February 27)
A large number of veterans struggle with Posttraumatic stress disorder and Traumatic brain injury. As a music therapist and the Executive Director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York, Concetta Tomaino saw a way to use her expertise to help them recover. We visited one of her weekly “Healing Music” programs to speak to some veterans about their experience.

Producer Marieve Amy
Marieve Amy is a French native who became interested in television as a powerful tool to inform and teach. She obtained her master’s degree in film and television production at the City College of New York in 2005 and has since worked at CUNY TV, where she has continuously
enjoyed producing content for various shows. She is thrilled to introduce “Greater Good.”

CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES is developed and coordinated by Emmy Award-winning producer Jose Luis Orbegozo under the supervision of Susan Iger, CUNY TV's Director of Programming, and CUNY TV’s Interim Executive Director, Gail R. Yancosek.