*TV One will mark Black Music Month in June with a lineup of movies, music and new episodes of “Unsung,” the network announced.
Each Saturday night throughout the month, TV One will feature a concert with some of the top names in music, including Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan and Usher.
On Monday nights at 10, new episodes of “Unsung” will premiere. As previously reported, this season includes specials on Deniece Williams, The Spinners, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Big Daddy Kane, The Ohio Players and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
Highlights of the month include (all times ET):
Saturday, June 4
8 PM The Fighting Temptations – Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars as a New York advertising executive who must create a winning gospel choir in a small town before he can collect an inheritance and engages the help of a beautiful lounge singer (Beyoncé) with whom he soon falls in love. Also features Angie Stone, Mary Mary, the O’Jays, and Faith Evans (repeats at 12:30 AM)
10:30P Beyoncé I Am Yours. . . Live From Las Vegas – a two-hour concert special featuring Beyoncé performing some of her greatest hits. Always an electrifying performer, Beyoncé pulls out all the stops in this unforgettable intimate show filmed live at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Performances includes her chart topping solo hits such as “Single Ladies,” “Halo” and irreplaceable”, as well as some Destiny’s Child favorites.
Sunday, June 5
Noon TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival 2009 – a two-hour musical extravaganza featuring the best performances from the country’s largest annual gathering celebrating African-American music and culture. This 2009 special features performances by Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Teena Marie, En Vogue, Charlie Wilson, Salt N Pepa, and Jazmine Sullivan.
2 PM Unsung marathon – In preparation for a new season of TV One’s NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung, TV One airs a special Unsung marathon of favorite episodes from the past three seasons, from 2 PM – 2 AM, featuring Stacy Lattisaw, Sylvester, DeBarge, Phyllis Hyman, Shalamar, Teddy Pendergrass, Tammi Terrell, the O’Jays, Roger and Zapp, Teena Marie, Angela Winbush, and Miki Howard.
Monday, June 6
10 PM Unsung – Deniece Williams. The fourth season of TV One’s hit music bio series Unsung premieres with an episode featuring Deniece Williams. In this personally revealing episode, Deniece tells her story with poignancy and humor, and is helped along by exclusive interviews with an all-star cast of her admirers that includes Johnny Mathis, Ray Parker Jr., Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, George Duke – and Stevie Wonder. Repeats at 1 AM.
Saturday, June 11
8 PM In the Mix – TV One salutes Grammy Award-winning superstar Usher with the TV One premiere of the romantic comedy/drama In the Mix, starring Usher and Kevin Hart. In the film, a successful DJ named Darrel (Usher), managed to rescue a powerful mobster one night. In order to repay Darrell, the mobster, Frank Pacelli, gives him the task of protecting his daughter, Dolly. (repeats at 11 PM) 10 PM TV One premieres Usher: London Live, a concert recorded in London’s flamboyant, stylish and historic music venue KOKO. Usher performs a collection of his greatest hits in front of a live audience. (repeats at 1 AM)
Sunday, June 12
5 PM TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival 2010 – a two-hour musical extravaganza featuring the best performances from the country’s largest annual gathering celebrating African-American music and culture. Performing artists included in the special will include Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, Monica, Raphael Saadiq, Keri Hilson and Gladys Knight.
Monday, June 13
10 PM Unsung – The Spinners – They spent nearly a decade at Motown driving cars for the label’s top stars while waiting for their own shot, then survived the abrupt departures of two lead singers, without ever missing a beat, or a show. And in 2011 they’re still on the road, a group that just keeps on keepin’ on. In Unsung, the core members of this remarkable band, along with ace arranger and collaborator Thom Bell, tell the long and winding journey of a group that’s become an American treasure. Repeats at 1 AM.
Saturday, June 18
8 PM The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner star in this romantic thriller, in which a former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose life is threatened by an unknown stalker. (repeats at 12:30AM)
11 PM Chaka Khan: Live in Malibu, a concert featuring the first lady of R&B performing all of her favorites in this great performance including I’m Every Woman, Sweet Thang, Tell Me Something Good, and I Feel For You. (repeats at 3:30 AM)
Sunday, June 19
8 PM Lady Sings the Blues – This film is the classic story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, and Richard Pryor. (repeats at 1:30 AM)
Monday, June 20
10 PM Unsung – Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle. They were the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell of their time – an unlikely pairing of opposite personalities that made musical magic together. Poised on the brink of superstardom, both of their careers abruptly fell apart, a casualty of both self-destructive acts and unforeseen tragedies. On this remarkably candid episode of ‘Unsung”, Alexander O’Neal and Cherelle tell the stories of two extraordinary characters whose legacies will forever be entwined. (repeats at 1 AM)
Friday, June 24
8 PM The Jacksons: An American Dream – On the eve of the second anniversary of Michael Jackson’s untimely death, TV One airs the award-winning five-hour mini-series that takes a look at the origins of one of the most successful family groups in the history of the music industry. The mini-series stars Angela Bassett, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Holly Robinson-Peete, Terrence Howard, Billy Dee Williams and Jermaine Jackson II. (repeats at 3 PM Saturday, June 25)
Saturday, June 25
8 PM Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story – On the second anniversary of his tragic death, the King of Pop is celebrated by TV One all day and night, including this bio pic starring Flex Alexander.
10 PM Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert – This star-studded 2001 special marked the “King of Pop’s” first live US performance in nearly 11 years and the first reunion with his brothers in 20 years and featured performances by Luther Vandross, Destiny’s Child, Usher, and Whitney Houston.
Monday, June 27
10 PM Unsung – Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle – They were the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell of their time – an unlikely pairing of opposite personalities that made musical magic together. Then, poised on the brink of superstardom, both of their careers abruptly fell apart, a casualty of both self-destructive acts and unforeseen tragedies. On this remarkably candid episode of Unsung, Alexander O’Neal and Cherelle tell the stories of two extraordinary characters whose legacies will forever be entwined. (repeats at 1 AM).