Cable Nets Set Black Music Month Programming


Several cable networks will roll out new, original programming in June in celebration of Black Music Month.

TV One will present a new episode of its documentary series Life After June 9 featuring former Motown and Uptown Records executive Andre Harrell, while its original music docuseries Unsung will profile 60's and 70's funk group Sly and the Family Stone in a special June 25 episode. Other Unsung episodes to run throughout the rest of  the year will feature ‘60s Motown group The Marvelettes, R&B/funk group ConFunkShun, R&B vocalist Angela Bofill, hip hop veterans Kool Moe Dee and Arrested Development; soul, jazz and blues vocalist Lou Rawls; and R&B crooner Gerald Levert, said network officials.

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TV One will also re-air music specials Chaka Khan Live in Malibu (June 9) and TV One Night Only 2011: Live From the Essence Music Festival (June 16).

Viacom-owned networks Centric and VH1 will also commemorate Black History Month with specials throughout the month.

Centric will air a June 23 original documentary Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon, which celebrates the life and legacy of the iconic Soul Train creator. The network will also premiere Hip Hop Cultural Odyssey: Know Your History, which will take a look at the history of the popular music genre through in-depth interviews, images and the music that defined a generation.

In addition, the network will premiere new episodes of its first-person narrative documentary series Being featuring such stars as Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Teena Marie, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige. 

VH1 will debut a VH1 Rock Doc Yo: The Story of YO! MTV Raps on June 7, as well as new countdown special, The 40 Greatest R&B Songs of the 90's, on June 21, said network officials.