Profiles of African-American Success

Profiles of African-American Success is an American documentary web series produced by Frances Presley-Rice and filmmaker Bayer Mack for their production company Block Starz Music Television. The documentary series features short biographies of African-American businesses and entrepreneurs.

Profiles of African-American Success
Created byFrances Presley-Rice
Presented byVarious
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes20
Executive producersFrances Presley-Rice
Bayer Mack
Running time2-4 minutes per episode
Production companyBlock Starz Music Television
Original networkBSMTV
Original release2014-present
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Profiles of African-American Success was originally developed by executive producer Frances Presley-Rice in conjunction with The Washington Times as a ten-part weekly video series for Dr. Ben Carson's digital magazine, American CurrentSee.[1] The series is now distributed exclusively by BSMTV through its official website, Vimeo and YouTube channels and on various community television stations.[2] During the promotion for his documentary film, The Czar of Black Hollywood, director Bayer Mack said his goal with Profiles of African-American Success was to carry on The Czar of Black Hollywood's theme of celebrating black Americans who succeeded in the face of Jim Crow and other challenges.[3]

Featured ProfilesEdit

Profiles of African-American Success has featured the following black entrepreneurs and institutions:


Season 1 of Profiles of African-American Success was presented by William Bell, who had worked with the producers on The Czar of Black Hollywood. Seasons 2 and 3 employed relatively unknown African-American voice actors and actresses. The premiere episode for Season 4 features narration by noted media professional Dyana Williams in a tribute to her friend, Radio One founder Cathy Hughes.[4]


The critical and public response to the documentary series has been generally favorable with many praising its effort to showcase positive aspects of the African-American experience.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ ACS Bio. "Homer B. Roberts: America's First Black Auto Dealer". Archived from the original on 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ Lily Bouvier (2016-01-30). "This Week on TV: Black History Month commences". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ Michael Neary (2014-10-15). "It's a treasure trove of black social history". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  4. ^ Shared (2017-03-11). "Cathy Hughes on Twitter: "Thank you to my dear friend @DyanaWilliams..."". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  5. ^ Staff (2016-04-16). "Sylvia Robinson: Mother of Hip Hop and the Real Cookie Lyon of Empire [VIDEO]". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  6. ^ EURPublisher (2015-01-14). "Watch Block Starz Video Tribute to the Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  7. ^ Posted (2016-05-16). "Did You Know America's First Black Billion Dollar Businessman Was A Nupe?". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  8. ^ Kate Kelly (2016-12-07). "Johnson Products, 1st Black Co. on American Stock Exchange, New Documentary Short". Retrieved 2017-02-11.

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