“Bounce TV to Premiere ‘Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White’ on Juneteenth”


When someone has lived ninety-two summers you’d hope that their life has touched people around them. You’d believe that they’ve seen some amazing and historical events. You’d probably also believe that, hopefully, they’ve made the world a little better and that they deserve their flowers for it. All of those things are true for one person, Mrs. Xernona Clayton.

Bounce TV, the popular broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will mark Juneteenth this year with the premiere of an exclusive new documentary, “Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White”. Mrs. Clayton is one of the most phenomenal civil rights icons and African American pioneers who single-handedly changed the world in ways most of people are blind to.

Mrs. Clayton holds the honor of being the first African American woman to ever hold several positions, titles and accolades in a world and industry dominated by mostly White men.

“Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White” will spotlight the person who over her incredible career became the first Black woman in the South to have her own TV show, helped write the blueprint to desegregate hospitals in the South and even convinced a KKK Grand Dragon to renounce his position as well as the organization. This powerful, and influential, woman is shown, for the first time, like the world has never seen her before. Through the eyes of those who love her, support her and those who are living their dreams because she dared to follow hers.

“Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White” includes insights from Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Pamela Poitier, and broadcasting legends Tom Johnson and Pat Mitchell. Senator Raphael Warnock, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, actor and rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris and other influential personalities also discuss their experiences with Ms. Clayton. The film is produced and directed by Emmy and Peabody award-winning director and producer Nancy Saslow and her Mishpookah Entertainment Group and executive produced by David Hudson. 

Be sure to tune in to  “Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White” on Monday, June 19 on Bounce TV at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

LoVetta Jenkins

The Chatty Passenger

written for Kingsmen Media