June 7, 2021
TV One celebrates Black Music Month with original programming and musical performances. Its original documentary, The Beat Don’t Stop, will kick off the month of greatness on Thursday, June 2 at 8 P/C. Additionally, during Black Music Month, TV One will feature more highlights from its acclaimed signature series, UNSUNG, as well as musical performances such as Alicia Keys: Live in LA, Black Star Live at the Vienne Jazz Festival and Gregory Porter Live at Nice Jazz Festival.
The Beat Don’t Stop
The original documentary pays homage to the unique contribution that Go-Go music made to the musical landscape. The documentary features a host of celebrities, artists, music historians, and community leaders including rapper Doug E. Fresh; band members from Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., Backyard Band, TOB, TCB and Maiesha and the Hip Huggers; the dance crew Beat Ya Feet Finest; music historians Dr. Natalie Hopkins and Kato Hammond; music journalists Ericka Blount and Alona Wartofsky; Don’t Mute DC organizer Ron Moten; talent promoter and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson; music producer Tone P; Radio One Personality Angie Ange; DJ Flexx; hip hop artist DJ Kool; and many others. Big Brother Konan who hosted the first daily radio show in the country dedicated to Go-Go music, on Radio One station, WOL-AM, also lends his account to this comprehensive look at the social power and influence of this unique art form.
The seven-time NAACP Image Award-winning series and one of the network’s longest-running series’, UNSUNG highlights the careers and explores the personal lives of some of the most talented, versatile, and influential Black vocal artists. UNSUNG is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland also serves as Executive Producer.
Gregory Porter Live at Nice Jazz Festival
Acclaimed jazz vocalist, songwriter and Grammy award-winner Gregory Porter performed live at the Nice Jazz Festival in 2012. One of the most successful jazz artists of his day, Porter’s velvety baritone voice is effortlessly displayed in a medley of ballads including Be Good, Water and On My Way to Harlem.
Black Star Live at the Vienne Jazz Festival
Also in the jazz category, Black Star Live at the Vienne Jazz Festival features the legendary hip hop duo Mos Def (Yaslin Bey) and Talib Kweli as they reunite on center stage of the Vienne Jazz Festival in 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album. Joining in for the occasion are musicians of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the eight-piece Chicago-based rap and instrumental group.
Alicia Keys: Live in LA
The electrifying singer who has sold 50 million albums and scooped 15 Grammy Awards, blending soul, gospel, R&B and hip-hop, takes to the stage at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Theatre for an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. Alicia Keys has crossed generations as well as genres. This is a very special celebration of a unique talent, with a dazzling array of greatest hits, and music from her seventh studio album, Alicia. The special will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the singer’s debut album Songs in A Minor.
TV One’s Black Music Month Programming Overview: