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TV ONE Honors Inspirational Women with Black History Month Campaign and Programming Slate

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February 1, 2019 -TV One celebrates Black History Month with a tribute to inspirational black women and a full schedule of programs that exemplifies this year’s theme, “REPRESENT CHANGE.” The network is set to 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.  Every Wednesday 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 MOVEMENTA RAISIN IN THE SUNCADILLAC 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

 

TV One Black History Month Programming Overview:

                                                     

ORIGINAL AND ACQUIRED SPECIALS, SERIES AND MOVIES

 

UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Vanessa Bell Calloway

Airs: Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET

Eight time NAACP Award nominee Vanessa Bell Calloway burst on the scene in “All My Children” and in 1988 she received rave reviews as Eddie Murphy’s arranged bride in “Coming to America.” Since then she’s been featured in films like “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Biker Boys,” “The Inkwell,” TV One’s Original Movie “To Hell and Back” and the popular series “Saints & Sinners.” In this episode Vanessa gets real about her personal life, her career and the obstacles she has faced as an African American actress in Hollywood.

BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

Airs: Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m. ET

Set during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, TV One’s original film offers a closer look at how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger launched the historical Montgomery Bus Boycott. The movie recounts the inner workings and behind the scenes preparation that took place during the three intense days between the fateful evening when Parks refused to give up her seat, to the launch of this significant protest. Starring Meta Golding, Isaiah Washington, Roger Guenveur Smith and Loretta Devine.

GOOD TIMES 45th ANNIVERSARY MARATHON

Airs Friday, February 8 starting at 10 a.m. ET through Sunday, February 11 at 5 a.m. ET

UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Pam Grier

Airs: Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m. ET

Pam Grier rose to stardom in the early 1970s as a trailblazing black female action star whose unparalleled beauty and fighting skills changed the face of women in film. Pam Grier goes behind the stardom and provides an intimate look at her most iconic roles and her astounding life.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Airs: Wednesday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET

Based on the award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry, the 2008 adaptation stars Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan, and tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. A fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes and dreams are constantly deferred, “A Raisin In the Sun” was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway.

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.

TV One Black History Month Programming Overview:  Original and acquired specials, series and movies

UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Vanessa Bell Calloway

Airs: Wednesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET

Eight time NAACP Award nominee Vanessa Bell Calloway burst on the scene in “All My Children” and in 1988 she received rave reviews as Eddie Murphy’s arranged bride in “Coming to America.” Since then she’s been featured in films like “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Biker Boys,” “The Inkwell,” TV One’s Original Movie “To Hell and Back” and the popular series “Saints & Sinners.” In this episode Vanessa gets real about her personal life, her career and the obstacles she has faced as an African American actress in Hollywood.

BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

Airs: Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m. ET

Set during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, TV One’s original film offers a closer look at how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger launched the historical Montgomery Bus Boycott. The movie recounts the inner workings and behind the scenes preparation that took place during the three intense days between the fateful evening when Parks refused to give up her seat, to the launch of this significant protest. Starring Meta Golding, Isaiah Washington, Roger Guenveur Smith and Loretta Devine.

GOOD TIMES 45th ANNIVERSARY MARATHON

Airs Friday, February 8 starting at 10 a.m. ET through Sunday, February 11 at 5 a.m. ET

UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD: Pam Grier

Airs: Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m. ET

Pam Grier rose to stardom in the early 1970s as a trailblazing black female action star whose unparalleled beauty and fighting skills changed the face of women in film. Pam Grier goes behind the stardom and provides an intimate look at her most iconic roles and her astounding life.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Airs: Wednesday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET

Based on the award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry, the 2008 adaptation stars Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan, and tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. A fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes and dreams are constantly deferred, “A Raisin In the Sun” was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.

*Additional Airings: February 13 at 9 p.m. ET; February 14 at 1 p.m. ET; February 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.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.

CADILLAC RECORDS

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

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.

For more information about  TV One’s Black History Month visit www.tvone.tv and check out TV One’s YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #REPRESENTCHANGE.

(Courtesy Credit: TV One)





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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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