New Miss America Nia Franklin will brighten up City Hall Thursday when she joins Artists Against Optimum to protest the cable TV company’s refusal to carry Ovation TV.
Besides re-runs of “Boston Legal” and “Antiques Roadshow,” Ovation, which calls itself “America’s only arts network,” features the work of multimedia artists.
Franklin, a composer who moved to Brooklyn from North Carolina when she was awarded a fellowship from Lincoln Center, is disappointed she can’t get Ovation.
“It’s a matter of deciding what’s important to have on TV,” she told me. “In Brooklyn, arts are important.”
The beauty queen will be joined by City Council member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Long Island) and Bertha Lewis of the Black Institute.