I know I’m late. Unsung started their new season last week with KC and The Sunshine Band. The new season also includes Kashif, Chante Moore, Lakeside, H-Town, Jennifer Holliday and Nate Dogg.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET Through the disco era and beyond, KC and The Sunshine Band forged a sound of funk-filled happiness led by Harry Wayne Casey, a white singer/songwriter, who grew up in south Florida entranced by the sound of R&B.
KASHIF Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET From growing up an orphan in New York City and shuttled through a total of eight different foster homes to a rising star in Hollywood, Kashif’s life has mirrored that of a phoenix rising from the ashes.
CHANTÉ MOORE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET Chantè Moore made a name for herself first singing back-up for Toni Braxton. With her sultry looks and powerhouse voice, she soon became a household name with hits such as “Chante’s Got a Man” and “Love’s Taken Over.”
LAKESIDE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET A mixture of crisp musicians and sleek vocalists forged in the land of funk – Dayton, Ohio – Lakeside’s nine members gave show-stopping performances that became legendary and created radio classics such as “It’s All the Way Live” and “Fantastic Voyage”.
H-TOWN Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET H-Town exploded on to the R&B scene in 1993 with their No. 1 song “Knockin Da Boots.” The platinum-selling single from their debut album “Fever for Da Flavor”put both the group and their hometown of Houston on center stage. On the cusp of a comeback in 2003, H-Town was devastated when lead singer Dino was killed in a hit-and-run car accident.
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET Jennifer Holliday has a voice unlike any other. The original “Dreamgirl,” she rose to instant fame at the age of 21 after her unforgettable performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the 1981 Broadway production of “Dreamgirls.” However, she fell into a state of depression due to personal struggles and the release of the 2006 “Dreamgirls” film without her participation.
NATE DOGG Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET Since crashing the pop and hip hop charts in the early 1990s with Death Row Records, Nate Dogg became the “go to” R&B singer with a soulful hook.
Tonight’s episode of TV One’s Verses and Flow will feature Empire star Jussie Smollett.
Season 5 of TV One’s Verses and Flow starts tomorrow (Thursday July 30, 2015) with host Laz Alonso.
TV One brings back the message and the melody to performance art with season five of Lexus Verses And Flow premiering on TV One on Thursday, July 30th at 10PM. Filmed over four, star-studded nights in Los Angeles filled with performances by internationally renowned recording and leading spoken word artists. This season’s musical guests include Avery Sunshine, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michelle, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Jussie Smollett, Leela James, Melanie Fiona, Raekwon The Chief, Assassin, Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B.
This season’s music guests:
July 30, 2015
August 6, 2015
August 13, 2015
August 20, 2015
Raekwon, Melanie Fiona and Assassin
August 27, 2015
September 3, 2015
September 10, 2015
Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B.
September 17, 2015
Check out the Lexus Verses and Flow website for additional information.
Tv One’s Unsung starts the new season this evening at 8:00pm ET. I love this show. It took me forever to find the new schedule. Finally found it at The Futon Critic.
In a special episode, “Unsung Revisited,” viewers will receive an update on artists, including Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester, and Miki Howard, who following their features on the series, have experienced profound changes to their lives and legacy.
Episode Lineup Includes Ike Turner, Otis Redding, DJ Quik, Chuck Brown & The Story of Go-Go, Xscape, Kid ‘n Play and Special Unsung Revisited
Silver Spring, MD (May 27, 2015) – TV One’s award-winning series Unsung, returns with an all-new season of hitmakers and game changers starting Wednesday, June 3rd at 8PM/ET. This season is filled with trailblazing artists that dominated the charts, pushed the boundaries of their genre and inspired legions of fans with their legendary sound. Viewers will be able to reflect on the lives of innovative, soul stirring singers of the 60s and 70s including Ike Turner, Otis Redding and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown as well as return to hip-hop’s golden age with Kid ‘n Play, DJ Quik and Xscape.
Here’s the new schedule for June and July:
June 3, 2015- Ike Turner
June 10, 2015- Otis Redding
June 17, 2015- DJ Quik
June 24, 2015- Chuck Brown and the Story of Go-Go
July 1, 2015- Unsung Revisited featuring updated info on Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester and Miki Howard
July 8, 2015- Xscape
July 15, 2015- Kid ‘n Play
The schedule is always subject to change when it comes to dates. This happened last year. Check out The Futon Critic for more info on each show.
Speaking of TV One I read that they renewed their distribution deal with Verizon and will launch the network’s HD Channel. It’s about time TV One had a HD channel on Verizon.
The new season of TV One’s Unsung starts on Monday June 25. The new season includes such artists as Sly & The Family Stone, Con Funk Shun, The Marvelettes, Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, Gerald Levert, Lou Rawls and Arrested Development. I’m really looking forward to watching Sly & The Family Stone and Angela Bofill.
Tv One usually asks Unsung fans who they would like to see in future episodes. One person that always gets mentioned is Stephanie Mills. Well wouldn’t you know it, Huffington Post has an interview with Stephanie and she states why she will not let Unsung do an episode on her career.
Stephanie Mills, R&B Diva, Refuses To Do TV One’s ‘Unsung’ Series
Since its debut in 2008, TV One’s hour-long music series, “Unsung,” has been one of the network’s crown jewels, covering the sometimes tragic careers of an array of celebrated music acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, DeBarge, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Alexander O’Neal, Minnie Ripperton and Phyllis Hyman. Earlier this year the NAACP Image Award-winning series earned its highest rated, most successful season to date as it started airing in 27 percent more homes via various cable carriers.
Though the African-American targeted network is set to premiere the show’s sixth season with Sly and the Family Stone on June 25, one veteran music act who viewers will never see on the series is Stephanie Mills.
The Brooklyn-bred songstress, who catapulted to the top of music charts in the 1980s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” seems to have a story that’s ripe for “Unsung,” which is often considered “the black version of ‘Behind The Music’ — VH1’s longtime biographical series.” But according to the sometimes reclusive Mills, the retrospective show is just not her cup of tea.
“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.”
“I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that,” the “Never Knew Love Like This Before” belter continued. “They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl.”
You can check out the entire article here.
Last year the Washington Post had a very interesting article about Angela Bofill.
Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous
By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011
Angela Bofill waits in a plain, beige dressing room at the Birchmere, preparing to go onstage without something she has lost.
It’s not a small thing. Most people, says one fan of the ’80s R&B balladeer, would shut down, would be content to live out their lives offstage, out of the spotlight, wherever it is that old singers go to fade away. The music business demands perfection. A certain look.
At the least, it demands a voice.
“I love perform,” says Bofill, 56, her syntax fractured, her rhythm stop-and-start. She’s illuminated by bright lights but not an ounce of glitter or sequins. Instead, she wears a black-print blazer. A cane leans against the dressing table.
“I used to study opera. Used to teach voice. Used to have perfect pitch. Now, no pitch. Bad pitch. Frustrated – little bit. Half my life, singing. First time. No sing.”
She says she sounds like an old movie. “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” she jokes.
Outside in the dark, cold parking lot, a sold-out crowd lines up for Sunday night’s show: “The Angela Bofill Experience.” After two strokes and a five-year absence from the stage, Bofill’s name is again on the marquee. Fans have come from as far away as New Jersey, some cradling Bofill’s original albums, which show an absolutely gorgeous woman.
You can read the entire article about Angela Bofill here.
One of my favorite shows on TV One, Unsung returns for a new season on Monday, September 13.
The new season features Heatwave, Tammi Terrell, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and more. Previous season have featured Rose Royce, Stacy Lattisaw, The Bar-Kays, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Phyllis Hyman and Debarge.
TV One’s signature music biography series sheds much-do light on some of the most influential, talented and yet, somehow forgotten R&B, Soul and Gospel artists of the last 30 years. While Aretha, Whitney, Diana, Stevie, Marvin and the Winans have been recognized over and over again-there are several artists like Phyllis Hyman and The Clark Sisters who haven’t been as honored.
This season, we’ll dig deep into the lives of Teddy Pendergrass, hip-hop notables The Fat Boys, songstress Tammi Terrell, The O’Jays and many, many more. Airing Monday nights, Unsung uncovers the hidden truth behind the fading of your favorite stars.
This new and exciting season will reveal the business and personal struggles that kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. Don’t miss Unsung when it returns!
And here’s the radio edit version featuring the group.
It’s been hot as hell around here. It’s been that way since late May/early June before summer officially started. With the exception of a couple of days back in June the temperature’s been stuck at 90 degrees plus. Sometimes the heat index has been 100 degrees. According to the Weather Channel.com it’s gonna be nothing but 90 degrees plus through the weekend including up to 97 degrees on Saturday. That’s why I can’t wait until cooler temps get here in the fall. Fall needs to get here pronto. Yeah I said it. As BlackgirlinMaine stated, not all black folks love heat and humidity 😦
Tv One starts season 2 of the tv show Life After next Monday (July 19) at 9:00pm ET. Life After looks at whatever happened to certain actors, singers and other entertainers. I’m looking forward to this season. One of the actors being interviewed is Janet Hubert who played the first Aunt Viv (Vivan Banks) on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She left the show in 1993 after season 3.
I’ve always wondered what the real story was behind her leaving the show. I liked her Aunt Viv character better than her replacement.
I was checking out Amazon.com the other day and ran across a new book being published in a couple of months titled Michael Jackson: Before He Was King by Todd Gray.
According to the product description Mr. Gray was Michael’s personal photographer up till his Thriller days. The 144 page book contains plenty of pictures of Michael over a 10 year period. Of course I pre-ordered the book and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
There’s another new book coming out in December which has been sanctioned by his estate. The Official Michael Jackson Opus will be released on December 7.
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
The first new book about Michael Jackson sanctioned by his estate will be published Dec. 7, and it promises to be as razzle-dazzling as the late pop icon himself.
Kraken Opus, whose opulent publications focus on major figures and brands in sports and the arts, begins accepting pre-orders today for The Official Michael Jackson Opus at michaeljacksonopus.com, michaeljackson.com and through Ticketmaster. The oversized, 400-page tribute will be driven by photos but also will include essays, illustrations and poetry, at least half of it exclusive — all handbound in leather and enclosed in a silk clamshell case.
Where other projects have been priced at more than $2,000, the Jackson book will cost $165. “Michael wanted this to be accessible to as many people as possible,” says Kraken CEO Karl Fowler.
This 400 page tribute book will cost around $165. That ain’t cheap so if you’re interested start saving now. The book will contain photos, essays, illustrations and poetry and will be handbound in leather and enclosed in a silk clamshell case according to the article in USA Today. Check out the Opus website for more info.
It’s a Michael Jackson birthday weekend on QVC. They will be selling Michael Jackson merchandise again. Michael’s birthday is Saturday, August 29. But that day is already reserved for the Sterling Designer Gallery Day. So on Friday, August 28, Sunday, August 30 and Monday, August 31 QVC will have 4 shows dedicated to Michael. On Friday the first show, Michael Jackson Music and Memories, will be at 11:00pm. On Sunday the first show will be shown at 2:00am and the second show will be shown at 9:00pm. On Monday the last presentation will be shown at 4:00pm. Hmmm, I wonder if QVC will have a presentation on the Michael Jackson Opus book and have advanced orders.
Speaking of birthday weekend TV One will be celebrating Michael’s birthday starting at noon on Saturday. TV One’s Forever Michael Day will include The Michael Jackson Story, the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and The Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert.
I read somewhere on the net that Michael had written a column for Beliefnet.com. I found it yesterday and it’s interesting what Michael had to say about his childhood. It’s titled My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom. Beliefnet first ran Michael’s story in December 2000.
Okay, I’m not mad at former Miss Universe of 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong 🙂
I was doing some googling and came across this article about the Jackson 5 visiting Trinidad and Tobago in 1978. Miss Commissiong who’s from Trinidad and Tobago is shown in the above pictures with Michael and his brothers during their visit.
I remember watching the Miss Universe pageant when Janelle won. I was so happy for her cause she became the first black Miss Universe.