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Emprezz gets emotional about new talk show

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2011 | 1:00 AM
Executive producers of 'Talk Up Yout', Nadia Stanley (left), and Emprezz Mullings. - Photo by Sadeke Brooks

 
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

It was a teary-eyed Emprezz Mullings who spoke at the launch of her new show, 'Talk Up Yout', that was held at Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.

Mullings, who is the executive producer and host of the show, said the idea came to her after visiting various communities, speaking to the youth and hearing their stories. She said she also received letters and emails from young people who have been faced with various issues.

"The real thing about this show is that we put our heart and souls in it. We have to take responsibility as citizens. We have to face the issues and not push it under the rug," she said, crying.

She also asked her guests to send out messages about the show via social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.

The audience was also treated to the first cut of the show that will look at issues like teen pregnancy, skin bleaching, illiteracy, sexual abuse, sexually transmitted infections and diseases, and crime and violence.

The touching story of 24-year-old HIV-positive Jason was also shown. The audience watched attentively as he spoke about his experience.

Her business partner and executive producer of 'Talk Up Yout', Nadia Stanley, said she was pleased to be part of the project. She explained that Mullings brings different ideas to her on a regular basis, but she immediately jumped at this one.

"When she mentioned doing a show like this, within a week we had the treatment," she said.

Chairman of the National Baking Company, Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, said he decided to take on full sponsorship of the show because he believed it was the responsibility of everybody to help build a nation.

"We are long overdue in our quest to build the nation. This is not a gift, it's a responsibility that we've taken on for Jamaica. If this programme saves one life then we will do it again," he told those in attendance.

'Talk Up Yout' will begin airing on TVJ on Tuesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. The show will also be streamed live on www.televisionjamaica.com. It will run for 13 weeks in its first season.