Miss Betty Riley of Saint John was both a pioneer in being one of few female producers, not to mention Black and she produced the very first all black television program. Her television program, "Black Is," dealt with issues that the Black community faced and was aired every week in Montreal.
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I am glad you acknowledged my Aunt Betty she deserves to be recognized.. She was an amazing Aunt and loved her family. She is my Dad's sister Hilton Sonny Riley and a woman of God. She wanted racism to stop. She wanted to express how we saw the world. How the, world viewed us. She also wanted us all to forgive and wanted a world of respect and love.. She was an amazing studious woman. Producing Black is on Channel 33. I think she should be acknowledged even more. Loved my Aunt Betty. Love you lots
Thank you for including my Aunt. Betty she was, an amazing person. She started a work on Channel 33 Black is and it truly represented the feelings and concerns of us as Negroes at that time and even now. Love you Aunt Betty. Love your niece Forrune Riley Bellavance
Thank you 🙏🏽. Betty was my beloved cousin on the Riley side - my maiden name. Betty introduced some greats to the industry. We shared many beautiful conversations and time’s together. Thank you for recognizing her.
You're very welcome! We're honoured to include Miss Riley among our list of outstanding Black New Brunswickers. Best.
Thank you for acknowledging my aunt ....she eventually moved to Southern Ontario where she had family ...also had a local cable show in the mid to late 80s she was and is an inspiration to anyone that knew her r.i.h. 💘