TV One celebrates Black History with a tribute to inspirational black women and a full schedule of programs that exemplifies this year’s theme, “REPRESENT CHANGE.” The network will premiere a short form video campaign featuring influential black women who are impacting change in our nation, and their communities and families. Featured campaign participants include Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO, Black Girls Code; Monique Nelson, Chair & CEO, UniWorld Group; Mahisha Dellinger, CEO & Founder, CURLS Beauty Brands;Tamika Mallory, Co-President, Women’s March; Luvvie Ajayi, Author/Cultural Critic; Elaine Welteroth, Beauty/Fashion Expert; Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Bilphena Yahwon, Author/Activist; Monique Brown, Baltimore Police Commander; Adrienne Lofton, Sportswear Marketing Expert; Yo-Yo, Hip Hop Artist/Activist; Cleve Mesidor, Activist/Technology Innovator; Michelle Rice, TV One General Manager; and Arielle Johnson, Founder, Fierce Empowerment.
The campaign will feature 30-second on-air interstitials that highlight the women speaking on the impact of action and change. Across its digital and social platforms, TV One will feature in-depth profiles documenting their start, their struggle and ultimately, how they became champions of change. Both elements of the campaign will run throughout February.
“This is a pivotal time for women of color in our nation and we’re proud to amplify the voices of women who are influencing change in our society as part of our Black History Month programming,” said General Manager Michelle Rice. “TV One will also feature programs highlighting the rich stories of women behind the Civil Rights Movement and other heroes who changed the course of American history.”
While the network focuses all year long on all facets of Black life and culture, Black History Month on TV One is a special time to honor the tremendous contributions that African Americans have made throughout the world. Beginning Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m. ET, the network will air movies that celebrate women at the forefront of important moments in history, including the TV One original film BEHIND THE MOVEMENT, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, CADILLAC RECORDS and THE WATSON’S GO TO BIRMINGHAM. Additionally, TV One will present weekly themed episodes of its signature series UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD beginning Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET featuring female artists who’ve inspired change that will lead into the feature movie presentations. Featured actresses include celebrated performers Vanessa Bell Calloway, Pam Grier, Eartha Kitt and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The popular franchise UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, from movies and television to comedy, sports, and more.
Rounding out the network’s Black History Month line-up is a three-day marathon of the classic sitcom “Good Times” in honor of the show’s 45th anniversary on February 8. The “Good Times” marathon begins on Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. ET and airs through Sunday, February 10 until 4:30 a.m. ET.
UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Eartha Kitt
Airs: Wednesday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET
From Broadway to the big screen, renowned international dancer/actress/singer/activist Eartha Kitt shattered barriers on and off camera. Known for her highly distinctive singing style and unforgettable roles like “Catwoman,” Eartha was also a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and an advocate for social justice issues. Through exclusive footage and revelations from family and friends, audiences will get a glimpse of the trials and triumphs she faced privately and publicly.
Airs Wednesday, February 20 at 9 p.m. ET
Written and directed by Darnell Martin, this biographical drama explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s and chronicles the turbulent lives of some of America’s musical legends, including Etta James, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry. The film stars Beyoncé, Cedric the Entertainer, Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def.
*Additional Airings: February 5 at 9 p.m. ET; February 6 at 6 p.m. ET; February 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET; and February 21 at 1 p.m. ET
UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Airs: Wednesday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET
Sheryl Lee Ralph has captivated audiences for decades. From her memorable portrayal of Deena James in the multiple Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” and starring roles in films such as “The Mighty Quinn,” “The Distinguished Gentleman,” “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” to lead roles in sitcoms including “Moesha,” she is a constant in Black Hollywood. Sheryl is also a preeminent AIDS activist, founding the D.I.V.A. organization which aims to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Sheryl shares her journey on and off the screen in this episode.
THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM
Airs: Wednesday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, this film follows a tight-knit African American family living in Flint, MI. When the eldest son begins to get into trouble, the parents decide to send him to Alabama under the guidance of his grandmother. The entire family travels there together by car and during their visit, they find themselves involved in life-changing events. Featured cast members include Wood Harris, Anika Noni Rose, Skai Jackson and David Alan Grier.