*WASHINGTON, D.C. – TV One’s New One Now, the #1 cable morning news program with Black viewers, will go live tonight with a primetime special dedicated to legendary musician Prince, who passed away today at the age of 57 in Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Media personalities and celebrity guests will join News One Now host and managing editor Roland S. Martin to celebrate and pay tribute to the singer/songwriter’s life and his contributions to music worldwide.
A News One Now Special: Prince Remembered airs Thursday, April 21 from 8-10 p.m. ET with an encore scheduled to air Friday, April 22 from 7-9 a.m. ET.
“Prince is such an iconic figure in our community. There is no way we could not do a primetime special on this legendary musician,” said Martin. “I met, admired, and absolutely love his music. There is no better way to pay tribute to his life and legacy than with a News One Now special on TV One.”
Featured guests include:
- Aretha Franklin, 18-Time Grammy-Award Winner
- Cedric The Entertainer, actor, comedian, director, and game show host
- Phillip Bailey, Earth, Wind and Fire
- Londell McMillan, Magazine Publisher (The Source) and Attorney for Prince
- Russ Parr, Radio DJ, film director, writer, actor and television personality
- Cori Murray, Entertainment Director, Essence magazine
- Miles Marshall Lewis, Arts & Culture Editor, Ebony magazine
- Shaun Robinson, entertainment correspondent
- Jamie Foster Brown, Owner and Publisher, Sister 2 Sister magazine
- Full Force, R&B Group
- Terry Ellis, En Vogue
- Michael Bivins, New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe
- Johnny Gill, R&B Singer
- Peter Himmelman, Singer/songwriter that came up with Prince in Minnesota
- Marc Watts, Journalist (Covered Prince in Minneapolis)
- Anthony Hamilton, Musician (Opened for Prince on the road)
Prince is celebrated around the world as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, colorful stage presence, and wide vocal range.
News One Now is currently saluting Prince on its website with a list of his Top 10 Best Songs. And TV One will encore an episode of Unsung featuring Sheila E., Prince’s former protégé, collaborator and ex-fiancée throughout the weekend.
Tonight’s special will also feature a host of social media interactivity. TV One viewers can join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Periscope (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #PrinceGoneTooSoon.
The network will honor the musical genius by sharing top responses from social media on its website (www.tvone.tv) alongside a running list of TV One’s Staff’s favorite Prince songs.
TV One’s News One Now continues its commitment to honoring the legacy of notable African Americans with its special show devoted to Prince. Previously, the news program paid tribute to such icons as Maya Angelou, Natalie Cole, Julian Bond and Nelson Mandela.
For more information about News One Now and Roland S. Martin, visit www.tvone.tv and www.newsone.com, 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 #NewsOneNow and can engage with Martin daily via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope (@rolandsmartin).
ABOUT NEWS ONE NOW:
Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, News One Now airs Monday through Friday on TV One from 7-8 a.m. ET. News One Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. In addition to television, News One Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on NewsOne.com and the NewsOne mobile app. News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand NewsOne.com that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month. Susan Henry is executive producer of News One Now. D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s head of original programming and production.
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.