Black History Month: What to Watch

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Feb. 1

Change Agents: History in the Making(short films)

TV One

Feb. 2

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story(limited series)


Watch the trailer.

Feb. 3

Preachers of Atlanta(reality series)


Feb. 5

47th Annual NAACP Image Awards

TV One

Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to ‘Off The Wall’(documentary)


Watch the trailer.

Feb. 9

Here We Go Again (series)

TV One

Feb. 10

The Next 15(reality series)

TV One

Feb. 13

SportsCenter on the Road From Hampton University(special)


Feb. 14

Rise Up: SportsCenter Black History Month Special(special)


Feb. 24

About the Business(reality series)


Feb. 29

Major League Legends: Hank Aaron(special episode of docuseries)

Smithsonian Channel

Hate in America(documentary)

Investigation Discovery

Also This Month:

Disney XD and Disney Channel will run a documentary-style interstitial that illustrates the bravery of young African-Americans through the lens of Cameron Boyce (Descendants) and his timeless hero, Jo-Ann Boyce — his grandmother, who was one of the Clinton 12, a group of 12 black Tennessee teens who were the first to integrate into an all-white high school in the South in 1956, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

Music Choice will offer a package of music videos dubbed “The New Classics,” including videos from Drake, Fetty Wap and Rihanna, as well as videos from the soundtracks of popular black movies such as Straight Outta Compton.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.