THE CHAVIS CHRONICLES is a thought-provoking half-hour series that features interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, and significant figures from the fields of politics, medicine, science, activism, education, and entertainment.
Legendary civil rights leader and program host, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. takes a deep dive, going beyond the headlines to provider greater understanding of news and trends.
Currently more than 300 Public Television stations across the United States broadcast THE CHAVIS CHRONICLES Season 3. The 26-episode series showcases distinct views from change-makers around the world. The weekly public affairs program delivers intelligent and thought-provoking discussions that affect the general public.
In this season, Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank headquartered in Detroit, Michigan discusses the black banking industry and how Wells Fargo finances undercapitalized black-owned banks. Wells Fargo’s $50 million investment in First Independence Bank exemplifies their commitment to communities of color. Other fascinating discussions addressed First Independence Bank’s entry into Minneapolis following George Floyd’s passing.
Chairman Kelly is a widely respected expert on federal banking regulations. After a 27-year career with the Southern Company, a large utility company based in Atlanta, Georgia, he was admitted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
John Hope Bryant is also a guest of the show. Bryant is the co-founder of Global Dignity and the creator, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. He is also the CEO of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Home Company. Chairman Bryant has been recognized by the last five US presidents and called upon as an advisor by the previous three administrations. Bryant has received numerous honors and citations for his achievements, including “Innovator of the Year” from The American Bankers Association in 2016, “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and “50 for the Future” from Time Magazine. “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism” and “Love Leadership” are two of his best-selling books.
In this season, John Hope Bryant discusses his Operation HOPE Mission, which aims to end poverty, transform the banking industry to say “yes,” and raise credit ratings so that more black people may access credit.
Program host Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., is also an award-winning journalist. He is the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Chairman of the Board (NAFEO).
Additionally, he was the former CEO and Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the President and co-founder of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the biggest association of hip-hop musicians and businesspeople in the music business.
Clara Wilkerson, a multi-award-winning television and film producer and CEO of CRW Worldwide, created the show and serves as Executive Producer of the program series. American Public Television syndicator of programming for public television stations in the United States distributes THE CHAVIS CHRONICLES nationally.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the deputy press secretary for the White House, Bakari T. Sellers, Otis Williams of The Temptations, Ilyasah Shabazz, the author and daughter of Malcolm X; civil rights lawyer Areva Martin; Catherine Buell, the director of Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, and many others have also been featured guests on previous programs.
After season 3, the show’s fourth season is set to premiere in October 2023.