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Magic Johnson launches Aspire channel

Updated: February 21, 2012, 11:39 AM ET
Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson is launching a basic cable television network targeting black viewers with positive, uplifting images of African Americans.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star tells the Los Angeles Times that his 24-hour Aspire channel also will offer opportunities for blacks who have struggled to find work in mainstream Hollywood.

Aspire's mix will include film, TV, music, comedy, performing arts and shows about faith.

The 52-year-old Johnson, ...

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