Silver Spring, MD – In recognition of Black Music Month, TV One will deliver an exciting programming slate that includes an original television premiere movie, returning music series and for the first time in network history TV One partners with PBS to jointly premiere The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House on Friday, June 26th, 9PM/ET. Showcasing an evening of celebration with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, the spectacular event honors gospel music and its profound influence on American music. The evening features performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor ShirleyCaesar, Aretha Franklin, Rhiannon Giddens, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann and Michelle Williams — with T Bone Burnett as executive music director, Bill Maxwell as music director and Robin Roberts as program host. The broadcast event also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes content including the First Lady Michelle Obama-hosted “History of Gospel Music” workshop.
Additional Black Music Month Programming Includes:
Unsung, TV One’s award-winning signature series returns during Black Music Month on June 3, and continues to air on Wednesday nights at 8PM/ET. The season opener features Ike Turner, the controversial musical genius credited with recording the first rock and roll song and the creation of the Ike and Tina Turner Review. This episode unveils details of his emotional and traumatic past that ultimately dismantled his life. The tragic tale of legendary soul singer Otis Redding is one surrounded with highs of groundbreaking performances but came to an unfortunate end when his aircraft crashed in route to a performance. DJ Quik became one of hip hop’s legendary rapper/producers of the 90’s; however his harsh upbringing and bouts with depression led to a spiraling that caused him to give up everything in order to survive. The undisputed Godfather of Go-Go music – Chuck Brown– rocked the nation with a unique sound that spread from coast-to-coast and made him a legend in the Washington DC metro area and his unique sound continues to resonate in the annals of American music history. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Lamar Chase is Producer and Executive in Charge of Production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid. D'Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network.
On the surface, A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z, airing Wednesday, June 17, 9PM/ET,chronicles how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top; but at its core, the film attempts to divulge the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided that being at the top of the charts wasn’t enough. This 90-minute, unauthorized biography explores the mind of a man who never played by the rules and admits it. Jamarlin Marin, Marve Frazier and Barion L. Grant are Executive Producers. Rasheed J. Daniel is Co-Executive Producer for the film.
Johnny Gill headlines the latest installment of HelloBeautiful Interludes Live. Premiering Saturday June 20, 10 PM/ET, the show treats viewers to an exclusive Las Vegas performance by Johnny Gill. As always, the one-hour special delivers amazing musical performances coupled with intimate conversations revealing innermost ‘interludes’ of Gill’s life and career. HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Johnny Gill is hosted and Executive Produced by Smokey Fontaine for Interactive One. Leigh Davenport is the Editorial Director for HelloBeautiful.com. Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network. HelloBeautiful Interludes Live is hosted by Smokey D. Fontaine.
News One Now, the Roland Martin hosted news program and the first of its kind to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly Black perspective, will devote one segment each Friday during the month of June to explore the impact of Black music on society. Susan Henry is Executive Producer and Craig Henry is Executive in Charge of Production. D’Angela Proctor is Head of Programming and Production for the network.
The In Performance at the White House series is produced by WETA Washington D.C., TV One, CoMedia, Mark Krantz Productions; Cappy Productions; and Black and White TV Inc. Executive producers are Dalton Delan, David S. Thompson, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz and Cappy McGarr. The producer is Eileen Bernstein. Robert Santelli is Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum®. Geovanni Brewer is consulting producer. The director is Leon Knowles. The Executive Music Director is T Bone Burnett and the music director is Bill Maxwell. The In Performance at the White House series was created by WETA Washington D.C. The series producer is Jackson Frost. Corporate funding for the program is provided by PepsiCo. Foundation support is provided by The Annenberg Foundation. Major funding is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Air travel is generously provided by American Airlines. Executive In Charge of Production and Programming for TV One is Tia A. Smith. D’Angela Proctor serves as Head of Production and Original Programming for the network.