Continuing where “Invisible Las Vegas Part I” left off, local filmmaker Stan Armstrong brings the story of historic West Las Vegas up to date with “Invisible Las Vegas Part II,” airing during Black History Month on Clark County Television (CCTV).
This second installment showcases the challenges and issues facing West Las Vegas today, and how this relates to the larger African-American community, once concentrated in the neighborhoods north of downtown but now dispersed throughout Southern Nevada. Part II also looks at how historic West Las Vegas has become more multicultural due to the influx of Hispanic residents.
Through interviews with residents, police, educators, activists and clergy, Invisible Las Vegas Part II tells the story of modern, post-segregation West Las Vegas. With original historical research and heartfelt testimonials, this latest documentary from Desert Rose Productions “brings the tragedy and triumph, the struggle and love that drives this American community to life,” Armstrong said.
Among those interviewed are Hanna Brown, the Honorable Judge Karen Bennett, Rev. Dr. Marion D. Bennett, boxing referee Kenneth Bayless, longtime activist Ruby Duncan, Rev. Jonathon L. Luff Sr. of the Second Baptist Church, history professor Michael S. Green Ph.D. from the College of Southern Nevada, Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, District 28, Mario Berlanga Jr., owner of Mario’s West Side Market, Christopher Hoye, U.S. Marshal, Nevada, retired North Las Vegas Police Chief Joey Tillmon, T.L. Seals and Rosie Seals, who started a group that protested cuts to welfare by storming Caesars Palace and shutting down the Las Vegas Strip in 1971.
CCTV will air both parts of “Invisible Las Vegas” as well as Armstrong’s “The Rancho High School Riots” (produced by Desert Rose Productions and Running Daugs Production) during February. Actor Antonio Fargas hosts the 56-minute production focusing on the turbulent years of 1967 to 1973, when there was racial tension and violence throughout the Clark County School District but especially at Rancho.
All of the productions are being played throughout February on various days at various times. The channel’s programming schedule may be viewed online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
“The evolution of historic West Las Vegas is an important part of greater Las Vegas history,” said Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who represents the area. “I’m glad that Stan has brought that history up to date with this latest installment of ‘Invisible Las Vegas.’ I’d like to thank him for allowing us to air these shows on our station so that we can bring them to a wider audience.”
CCTV is a government-access television station available on Cox cable and CenturyLink in the Las Vegas area, CMA Access Channel 14 in Laughlin, and all over via videostreaming on the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. Many of the station’s reports are also posted on the County website, the County’s YouTube page, Facebook and Twitter for viewing on-demand. A clip from the documentary may be viewed on the County’s YouTube page at http://youtu.be/Opqbhl6CEVE.
CCTV’s role in providing greater transparency around County government remains an important one. Numerous government meetings are aired live and/or after the fact. Those meetings include the Clark County Water Reclamation District Board of Directors, the Las Vegas Valley Water District board, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the Clark County Flood Control District board, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's Committee on Homelessness, the Clark County Board of Equalization, local police fatality reviews and the Southern Nevada Water Authority board.
CCTV cablecasts numerous productions, including a new magazine show, a show about things to do involving Parks and Recreation, a commissioner interview show called “In Your Neighborhood,” public service announcements for County and non-profit agencies and specialized mini-programs.
The station also airs programming provided by other governmental entities, including “The Flood Channel,” produced by the Regional Flood Control District; “Water Ways,” produced by the Southern Nevada Water Authority; “The Briefing Room,” produced by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; and “Health District TV,” produced by the Southern Nevada Health District.
Additionally, a CNN-style bulletin board shows every 30 minutes, providing information on government events and services offered by Clark County and the cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas, which lack their own television stations. CCTV also runs public service announcements and other programming provided by those cities.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.