bill_cosby.jpg(BLACK PR WIRE) ATLANTA — On Father’s Day ASPiRE television network targeted to African-Americans will featured special programming that showcases a range of fathers and reflections on fatherhood.

The “Cos-A-Thon,” a marathon of classic The Bill Cosby Show episodes, from  4-8 p.m. EDT, leads into the world television premiere of the critically-acclaimed, documentary From Fatherless To Fatherhood, which explores the impact of missing fathers in the African-American community, at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and 1 a.m.

In addition, Father’s Day on ASPiRE will feature a range of compelling vignettes from the network’s original series The Root 100, which will feature film, television and music stars including pastor Devon Franklin, activist Ben Jealous and actress Gabrielle Union, as they share personal stories about their fathers.

From Fatherless To Fatherhood explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to the absence of fathers in the African-American community. Additionally, the film highlights Black men who are fostering quality relationships with their children, families and therefore, their communities.

The film is rooted in the real lives of men, women and children and buttressed by the perspectives of multiple Grammy-Award winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, Steve Perry (CNN’s Education Contributor), DeForest B. Soaries (CNN’s Black in America: Almighty Debt) and Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment).

ASPiRE was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises and is available in more than 15 million homes in 20 of the top 25 African-American markets.

“We are thrilled to bring filmmaker Kobie Brown’s groundbreaking documentary to audiences as the nation celebrates fatherhood,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “We hope that this film’s debut on ASPiRE stimulates and inspires conversation on this important topic.”

“More often than not examples of high quality manhood, fatherhood and loving relationships are not illustrated, talked about or shown such that we can recognize them when we see them,” said Morehouse College-educated director Brown.

“It is an honor to connect with Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and the team at the ASPiRE to celebrate the importance of fatherhood and deliver a different kind of reality; one that has the ability to transform us all.”