TV One Monday said it will launch a new documentary in January that will highlight memorable songs associated with the movement for justice and equality.
The two-part documentary, Unsung Presents: Music & Movement, will debut on Jan. 18 and will showcase artists and songs throughout the years that have provided the soundtrack to pivotal movements for Black Americans, both during a tumultuous past and a troubling present period, said network officials.
Performers set to appear in the documentary include Erica Campbell, Big Gipp, Raheem DeVaughn and Rev. Al Sharpton, said the network.
“Music is the heart and soul of Black culture – giving life to our experiences, voice to our stories and growing power out of our pain,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One, Inc. “Every melody, lyric and rhythm artfully depicts the layers of Black diversity, scope of black creativity, and depths of the complexity of our people. TV One’s Music & the Movement special pays homage to the music and music makers whose talents created a soundtrack of Black music during moments of political and social unrest throughout our history. It is another opportunity for us to spotlight Black content.”
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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.
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