|Black music legends (Image courtesy of Bounce TV)|
Urban News Staff Reports
June is Black Music Month and as entertainment venues remained closed and concerts have been cancelled due to COVID-19 the legacy and impact of Black music is being celebrated at home with music programing.
Over-the-air Black TV network Bounce and streaming platform Brown Sugar are teaming up for a major Black Music Month tribute this June.
Bounce’s schedule celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to music all month long with iconic films including Cadillac Records, featuring Beyoncé as music legend Etta James, Mos Def as Chuck Berry and others in the story of pioneering Chess Records. Also airing is Diana Ross’ Oscar-nominated performance as jazz legend Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, The Wiz, rap music-based Hustle & Flow, Idlewild featuring an ensemble cast including Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast and Juice starring Tupac Shukur.
Brown Sugar’s extensive curated collection of Black Music Month hits – which will be free to anyone accessing the service through Xfinity X1 from June 15-21 – includes Prince: A Purple Reign, Prince: A Purple Reign, Mahalia Jackson: The Power & The Glory, Michael Jackson: The Journey and Welcome to Death Row.
Black cable network TV One is celebrating Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, THE BEAT DON’T STOP, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8 P.M. ET/7C, followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/9C.
The long-awaited documentary was a year in the making and highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music. It features trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the sound throughout the decades. The film also delves into the evolution of the Go-go culture, celebrating the legacy of the Godfather of Go-go music, Chuck Brown, and the pivotal role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for the music genre. Additionally, it examines the passion that fueled social movements, including the internationally recognized Don’t Mute DC, which emphasized the music’s power and influence amid a rapidly changing cultural landscape.
THE BEAT DON’T STOP pays homage to the contribution of Go-go music to the musical landscape. It 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 Hopkinson 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.