TV One Announces Production of Original Movie “Stalker”





TV One Announces Production of Original Movie “Stalker” Starring Christian Keyes, Meta Golding and Tationna Bosier Set to Premiere 1st Quarter 2022
The movie tells the story of an actress that is stalked by a mysterious figure who hides out in her hometown, where she becomes involved with two men, and tries to determine if one is behind what is happening.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF ORIGINAL MOVIE “STALKER” STARRING CHRISTIAN KEYES, META GOLDING AND TATIONNA BOSIER SET TO PREMIERE 1ST QUARTER 2022

SILVER SPRING, MD – October 6, 2021 – TV One has announced that production is underway in Atlanta for its new original movie STALKER, slated to premiere in March 2022. The movie tells the story of an actress that is stalked by a mysterious figure who hides out in her hometown, where she becomes involved with two men, and tries to determine if one is behind what is happening. The film’s stars include Meta Golding (Behind the Movement, Empire), Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners) and Tationna Bosier (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

The movie explores the glamourous life of well-known Hollywood actress Tanya Moore (Meta Golding), who is suddenly tormented by a stalker. The stalker calls her one night, telling her to search her soul and fix her past. The unexpected call causes Tanya to go to the house she grew up in, where her estranged younger sister Shelly (Tationna Boiser) is living. Visiting his parents’ empty house next door is Tanya’s high school boyfriend Damon (Christian Keyes). Tanya, Shelly, and Damon try to figure out who is tormenting her. There is a slew of suspects. From menacing cop Marcus, Tanya’s tumultuous exes Adam and Steven, to the married teacher Tanya was involved with in high school. Steven is unaware Tanya gave birth to their now nine-year-old son Kai, who is being raised by Tanya’s aunt. The thriller is expected to shock viewers with an unexpected plot twist!

The STALKER cast features:

· Christian Keyes as Damon

· Meta Golding as Tanya Moore

· Tationna Bosier as Shelly

STALKER was produced in accordance with COVID-19 health and wellness guidelines. To ensure the safety of cast and crew, all staff and crew members were tested and screened for symptoms prior to start of production and throughout shooting. A COVID-19 Supervisor was charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with safety protocols established for duration of the production process.

STALKER is produced for TV One by Swirl Films, with Eric Tomosunas and COO Robert A. Boyd II, serving as Executive Producers. James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal serve as producers for Swirl Films. For TV One, Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, Bobby Yan serves as director and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #STALKERONTVONE and #REPRESENT.

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ABOUT TV ONE NETWORKS

TV One Networks is the hub of black culture and entertainment with a broad offering of original programming and classic series serving both diverse audiences for TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 43 million households and CLEO TV being launched in January 2019 is the newest sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves our viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as, Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Urban One Honors, The Beat Don’t Stop, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story and The Bobby DeBarge Story. While CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color delivers content that uplifts and inspires today’s modern-day woman. Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content both original and acquired series, including New Soul Kitchen, Cleo Speaks, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Living By Design with Jake and Jazz, Giants and Tough Love. Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned and operated multi-media company.

ABOUT SWIRL FILMS

Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company,” a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One’s first ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan and Teyonah Parris as Howard. According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network’s history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the networks highest ratings week ever. Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One’s #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr’s award-winning film, The Undershepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).



TV One Renews a New Season of the Raw and Uncut Stories Shared by Your Favorite Celebrities





TV One Renews a New Season of the Raw and Uncut Stories Shared by Your Favorite Celebrities in the Hit Series “Uncensored” Beginning Sunday, August 29 at 10 PM ET/9C
Season four will feature Swizz Beatz, Loretta Devine, BeBe Winans, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, among others.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE RENEWS A NEW SEASON OF THE RAW AND UNCUT STORIES SHARED BY YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITIES IN THE HIT SERIES “UNCENSORED” BEGINNING SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 AT 10 PM ET/9C

Season 4 Features Swizz Beatz, Loretta Devine, BeBe Winans, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and More!

Season 4 of TV One’s UNCENSORED Coming Soon!

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – August 10, 2021 – TV One’s original, autobiographical series UNCENSORED returns for a star-studded, new season premiering on Sunday, August 29 at 10 PM ET/9C. The edgy, docu-series explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including super producer Swizz Beatz, classically trained actress-singer Loretta Devine, standup comedian-actor Tommy Davidson, Grammy Award-Winning vocalist BeBe Winans, comedian-actress Kym Whitley and more!

“The enduring power of Uncensored continues to be one of the network’s top-rated and most inspirational series. This season promises another dynamic line up of talent,” said Executive Producer in Charge of Production Jason Ryan. “We can’t wait for viewers to hear the unfiltered stories told by their favorite celebrities.”

UNCENSORED delves into the lives of luminaries as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they faced and how they’ve navigated the perils of social media that helped but sometimes haunted their careers. The series gives viewers a glimpse to the reality of celebrities as they personally unveil their own stories, dispel rumors and candidly open up about family, relationships and their career. Previous seasons featured sit-down interviews with the late DMX days before his untimely passing, along with Nia Long, Tiffany Haddish, Lamar Odom, Debbie Allen, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lewis, Larenz Tate, Nick Cannon, just to name a few.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Paul Hall (Executive Producers), Jay Allen (Co-Executive Producer), and Nikki Byles (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNCENSORED, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNCENSORED Facebook and Instagram (@UncensoredTVOne) using the hashtag #UNCENSORED.
ABOUT SWIRL FILMS

Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company,” a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One’s first ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan and Teyonah Parris as Howard. According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network’s history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the networks highest ratings week ever. Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One’s #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr’s award-winning film, The Under shepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).

ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



Golden Brooks and Demetria McKinney Casted to Join the Triology of TV One’s Original Film





Golden Brooks and Demetria McKinney Casted to Join the Triology of TV One’s Original Film “Coins Forever” with Returning Cast Members Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop and TC Carson
Coming this Fall, “Coins Forever” follows after “Coins for Christmas” and “Coins for Love” which follows the complicated relationship of Madison (Atkins) and Alec (Bishop).
[via press release from TV One]
GOLDEN BROOKS AND DEMETRIA MCKINNEY CASTED TO JOIN THE TRIOLOGY OF TV ONE’S ORIGINAL FILM “COINS FOREVER” WITH RETURNING CAST MEMBERS ESSENCE ATKINS, STEPHEN BISHOP AND TC CARSON

The Closing Chapter to the Coins Franchise
(SILVER SPRING, MD) – August 3, 2021 – TV One today announces the final chapter to the Coins trilogy with production underway in Atlanta, GA for its new original film COINS FOREVER. Returning to the Coins franchise includes Essence Atkins (“Ambitions,” “Marlon”), Stephen Bishop (“Imposters,” “Being Mary Jane”), TC Carson (“Living Single”), Kendrick Cross (“Ambitions”) with newly added cast members Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends,” “Hollywood Divas”) and Demetria McKinney (“Saints & Sinners,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”).

Coming this Fall, COINS FOREVER follows after Coins For Christmas and Coins For Love which follows the complicated relationship of Madison (Atkins) and Alec (Bishop).

“Over the years we’ve been happy to have the Coins franchise blossom,” said TV One’s Executive Producer Jason Ryan. “To bring this trilogy to a close is bitter sweet, but we love that viewers have been invested in the development of Alec and Madison’s relationship.”

In Coins For Christmas, viewers watched as single mom Madison finds herself scraping pennies two weeks before Christmas after the IRS freezes her bank account and her boss fires her. While searching for sideline gigs, she’s hired by pro-athlete Alec Darby who challenges the patience of Madison, but is swept away by her strength and tenacity which soon forges a friendship. The sequel, Coins For Love shows a glimpse of hope for the two friends as they begin to follow the path of their dream jobs. As Madison and Alec reconnect and reunite to spark a potential future, both of their exes remerge creating a challenge for them to pursue a budding relationship.

COINS FOREVER, Madison and Alec are flourishing in their careers and begin to explore their romance. However, reality strikes as the two face new distractions and obstacles that threaten to derail the fate of their relationship.

COINS FOREVER cast announced today:

· Essence Atkins as Madison Morris

· Stephen Bishop as Alec Darby

· TC Carson as Hank

· Golden Brooks as Veronica

· Demetria McKinney as Althea

· Kendrick Cross as Demarco

COINS FOREVER is executive produced by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes, written by Susan Banks and directed by Tamara Bass, with casting by George Pierre. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films, with Eric F. Tomosunas serving as Executive Producer. James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal serve as producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #COINSFOREVER.

About Swirl Films

Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company,” a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features and multi-camera productions. Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One’s first ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan and Teyonah Parris as Howard. According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network’s history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the networks highest ratings week ever. Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One’s #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr’s award-winning film, The Undershepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



TV One’s Original Film “Bad Dad Rehab 2: The Next Session” Premieres Sunday, June 20





TV One’s Original Film “Bad Dad Rehab 2: The Next Session” Premieres Sunday, June 20 (Father’s Day) at 8 P.M. ET/7C
The film follows the new class of Bad Dads hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey who must confront their personal demons in order to get their act together and become better dads.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE’S ORIGINAL FILM “BAD DAD REHAB 2: THE NEXT SESSION” PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (FATHER’S DAY) AT 8 P.M. ET/7C

The brand-new cast for the BAD DAD REHAB franchise includes Big Daddy Kane, Lamman Rucker, Blue Kimble, Onyekwere Eme-Akwari, Carlo Mendez and Chrystale Wilson

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – May 20, 2021 – Following the success of its popular film BAD DAD REHAB, TV One today announced the premiere of BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION. The film features a brand-new cast that includes rapper Anthony “Big Daddy Kane” Hardy (Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, Dead Heist) as Owen, Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”, “Why Did I Get Married”) as Mr. Arnold, Blue Kimble (“Monogamy,” “Ruthless”) as Chauncey, Onyekwere Eme-Akwari (“Queen of the South”) as Marshall, Carlo Mendez (“90210,” “Parks and Recreation”) as Hosea, Chrystale Wilson (“The Rich and the Ruthless”) as Marjory. The film will air on Sunday, June 20 at 8 P.M. ET/7C.

“The film is a fun, entertaining and authentic way to address the struggles and varied realities of fatherhood” said Jason Ryan, Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. “I’m excited to help bring this important story to our audience as we celebrate the men who shaped us this Father’s Day.”

BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION follows the new class of Bad Dads hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey who must confront their personal demons in order to get their act together and become better dads. Hosea (Mendez) is more concerned about being his rebellious son’s best friend than disciplining him. Marshall (Eme-Akwari) works pyramid schemes in his mancave instead of helping his frustrated wife and son. Chaucey (Kimble) holds a grudge against his ex-girlfriend oblivious that it’s hurting their young daughter. Owen (Hardy) spent thirty years denying his daughter from an affair but now wants to make amends before her impending wedding.

“Being a dad is a layered, yet rich experience. It was awesome to be part of a film that captures the reality of fatherhood which is not easy, but very gratifying” said Big Daddy Kane.

Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session is written by Keronda McKnight, directed by Juwan Lee with casting by George Pierre. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, Ron Robinson and James Sepplefrick serving as Executive Producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #BADDADREHAB.

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ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 49 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction, and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina, and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American-owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



TV One Announces a New True-Crime Series to Spotlight High Profile Cases in “Sins of the City”





TV One Announces a New True-Crime Series to Spotlight High Profile Cases in “Sins of the City” Airing Thursday, May 13 at 9 P.M. ET/8C
Various experts, community leaders, family members, and the like, provide real-life perspective and insight into the cities profiled this season.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ANNOUNCES A NEW TRUE-CRIME SERIES TO SPOTLIGHT HIGH PROFILE CASES IN “SINS OF THE CITY” AIRING THURSDAY, MAY 13 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C

SILVER SPRING, MD – May 12, 2021 – TV One is slated to premiere a new true crime docu-series Sins of The City this Thursday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. The season lead-in will discuss the execution of George Floyd and the impact his death had on the city of Minneapolis. Various experts, community leaders, family members, and the like, provide real-life perspective and insight into the cities profiled this season.

In the season premiere, viewers revisit the tragic events surrounding the death of George Floyd. The episode explores the events in Floyd’s life leading up to his murder, beginning with his relocating to Minneapolis to find better opportunities after being released from prison in Houston, TX. Floyd, who was described as a loving, supportive, guiding presence and ‘gentle giant to his loved ones, lost his life at the hands of Minneapolis Police on May 25th 2020. The result of this action is now known as the spark of injustice heard around the world with tensions within the city reigniting after the conviction of officer Derek Chauvin.

Sins of The City is a close-ended docu-series exposing the underbelly of American cities and highlighting perplexing crimes that will forever alter the fabric of these communities. Through first-hand storytelling, Sins of The City depicts investigators working through the evidence to secure case leads, as narration and interviews capture the history behind each city’s woeful tale.

Sins of The City is produced for TV One by Jeff Collins and Deborah Allen (Executive Producers), and Victoria Duley (Co-Executive Producer) of Catalina Content, LLC. For TV One, Susan Henry is Executive Producer in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information, please visit TV One’s Youtube Channel to check out exclusive content for Sins of the City. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #SINSOFTHECITY.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



TV One Slated to Air the Final Interview Captured with the Late Iconic Rapper DMX in “Uncensored”





TV One Slated to Air the Final Interview Captured with the Late Iconic Rapper DMX in the “Uncensored” Docu-Series on Sunday, May 16 at 8 PM ET/7C
It will feature an interview with DMX just three weeks before his passing and is confirmed to be his final and most transparent to date.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE SLATED TO AIR THE FINAL INTERVIEW CAPTURED WITH THE LATE ICONIC RAPPER DMX IN THE “UNCENSORED” DOCU-SERIES ON SUNDAY, MAY 16 AT 8 PM ET/7C

Followed By the UNCENSORED: DMX Special Episode TV One’s Annual URBAN ONE HONORS at 9 p.m. ET/8C

SILVER SPRING, MD – April 30, 2021 – Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes announced TV One will air a special episode of its hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED featuring the late rapper DMX. Hughes made the exclusive announcement on the URBAN ONE HONORS: Virtual Press Conference on Wednesday, April 28. The special is slated to air on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7C, immediately followed by the annual URBAN ONE HONORS hosted by Erica Campbell and Roland Martin at 9 p.m. ET/8C. It will feature an interview with DMX just three weeks before his passing and is confirmed to be his final and most transparent to date.

“DMX sat down with our team and was completely UNCENSORED,” said Cathy Hughes. “We have one hour with the late rapper in his own words. For DMX to be with us just three weeks before God called him home, I believe it’s truly divine intervention. I thank Nikki from SWIRL films for staying the course because he kept telling her ‘no’, but thankfully we were able to make it happen. His family, fan club, friends, and supporters will be happy with the way he told his story for the last time. The two-part special will air directly before the annual Urban One Honors. I’m particularly excited because I feel like this will be the biggest night in TV One History.”

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of popular personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. This episode will highlight the rapper in his own words as he discusses his more than 30-year career and legacy in hip hop. Raised in Yonkers, New York, by his mother, DMX was considered a “problem” as early as kindergarten. A tumultuous relationship with his mother caused him to bounce between boys’ homes and eventually detention centers. However, battle rapping solidified his love for the art, and his first break was a feature in The Source Magazine’s Unsigned Hype column in 1991. In 1992, he was signed to Ruffhouse Records. His debut album, It’s Dark, and Hell is Hot, didn’t arrive until 1998, but it peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 200. He quickly followed up with his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, making him the first living artist to release two chart-topping albums in the same year. He eventually released six more studio albums, with three more reaching No. 1 and one reaching No. 2. His success in music primed him for acting. He starred in Hype Williams’ hip hop classic Belly and followed that success with roles in Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Paul Hall (Executive Producers), Jay Allen (Co-Executive Producer), and Nikki Byles (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

The Annual Urban One Honors

URBAN ONE HONORS is an annual tribute show that heralds the exemplary accomplishments of African Americans. The theme of this year’s awards show is Women Leading the Change and will pay homage to dynamic ladies whose extraordinary contributions in business, media, health, and politics have had a profound impact across the country and the world. URBAN ONE HONORS will premiere on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One. It will be simulcast for the first time on its sister network CLEO-TV. Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist, author, and syndicated radio personality Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist and author Roland Martin will host the event. URBAN ONE HONORS was created to acknowledge and celebrate individuals and organizations whose work significantly impact society and culture.

URBAN ONE HONORS is executive produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Robert Boyd of Swirl Films, and Jazz Smollett. Susan Henry serves as Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent and Casting. Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information, visit www.UrbanOneHonors.com and visit TV One’s Youtube Channel to check out exclusive behind-the-scenes content for Urban One Honors and UNCENSORED. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram , and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #URBANONEHONORS. Be sure to follow UNCENSORED on Facebook and Instagram(@UncensoredTVOne) using the hashtag #UncensoredTVOne.

ABOUT SWIRL FILMS

Swirl Films is one of the leading independent TV & Urban Film Production companies in the country, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. Swirls project slate includes the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and as well as high-quality films and series produced for TV One, BET, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows, and documentaries. Purchased in 2019, Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

ABOUT URBAN ONE, INC.

Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the United States. Urban One is the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), TV One (tvone.tv), CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), and One Solution. Formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the company was founded in 1980 with a single radio station and now owns and/or operates 60 broadcast stations (including HD and low power television stations) in 14 urban markets in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. The Company’s growth led to diversification into syndicated radio programming, cable television, and online digital media. As a result, in 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the Company’s multi-media operations. While the Company was renamed Urban One, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets. Through Reach Media, Inc., the Company operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. TV One is a national cable television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment cable television network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. iOne Digital is a collection of digital platforms providing the African American community with social, news, and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire branded websites. One Solution provides award-winning, fully integrated advertising solutions across the entire Urban One multi-media platform. Through its national, multi-media operations, the Company and One Solution provides advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African American and urban audiences. Finally, Urban One owns a minority interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



TV One Announces New and Returning Slate of Original Programming for 2021





TV One Announces New and Returning Slate of Original Programming for 2021
The network celebrated a number of successes this year including a new slate of original programming that includes a mix of scripted and unscripted series dedicated to elevating Black stories.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ANNOUNCES NEW AND RETURNING SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FOR 2021

Amid Positive Year-Over-Year Growth, Sister Network CLEO TV Renews Fan-Favorite Series’ and Adds New, Unscripted Programming Directed at Millennial Women Of Color

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – April 15, 2021 – Today, TV One announced a robust new slate of programming across their linear and digital networks at their 2021 Upfronts presentation. The presentation was led by Michelle Rice, President, TV One and CLEO TV, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, EVP Ad Sales and Marketing, and Robyn Greene Arrington, VP Programming and Production. Executives were joined by network talent including Essence Atkins (COINS FOREVER), Jazz Smollett (LIVING BY DESIGN), and Jernard Wells (NEW SOUL KITCHEN).

“During a difficult year, we are proud that we were able to safely move full speed ahead with so many successful productions,” said Michelle Rice, President TV One and CLEO TV. “With a number of new programs in the pipeline, and strong performance across both linear and digital channels, TV One and CLEO TV are well positioned to continue serving as the go-to destination for African-American viewers.”

The network has become the trusted source for content to feed viewers’ mind, body, and soul. The acclaimed portfolio of informative and inspirational programming will be bolstered with the addition of the new health and wellness series, MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL (WT) hosted by AJ Johnson. The new programming will join all new episodes of REPRESENT OUR VOICE, which launched in 2020, originally to build awareness and provide information leading up to the 2020 presidential election, but has expanded to include new episodes that keep viewers engaged and involved in topics relevant to the Black community. Additionally, TV One will add SINS OF THE CITY to the night of true crime originals, airing on Thursday nights, beginning May 13. CLEO TV is expanding its lifestyle content with THE CLEO CHRONICLES, and CULTURE KITCHEN and FOOD OF THE DIASPORA. In addition to its streaming platforms, Cleo TV also debuted on linear broadcast channels, extending its audience.

The network celebrated a number of successes this year including a new slate of original programming that includes a mix of scripted and unscripted series dedicated to elevating Black stories. This year, TV One launched TV One Rewind, a part of a suite of full episode player housing a library of classic content available on tvone.tv and our TV One app. The network will air its third-annual URBAN ONE HONORS on Sunday, May 16 at 9PM EST/8C a night of excellence celebrating six phenomenal, trailblazing Black women for their professional achievements and contributions to enhance their community and beyond. There will also be renewals across TV One including new seasons of the hit docu-series’ UNCENSORED and UNSUNG. TV One’s sister network, CLEO TV will see the return of fan-favorite lifestyle series including CLEO SPEAKS, LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ, JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ, and NEW SOUL KITCHEN.

The full lineup of upcoming TV One programming is as follows:

MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL (WT)

MINDING YOUR BODY AND SOUL is a new one-hour series that showcases people’s emergence from the shadows of unhealthy habits and unhappy lives. Famed actress-turned-healthy-life coach, AJ Johnson is swinging the door open for those who dare to change course and get on a healthy life journey. Collaborating with mind, body, and soul experts, AJ guides clients to become the best version of themselves.

REPRESENT OUR VOICE

A virtual town hall series designed to tackle various social, economic, educational, and political issues impacting the Black community today. REPRESENT OUR VOICE helps to shed light on these issues, providing a platform for must-have conversations on the inequalities afflicting people of color for decades. CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney moderates the conversations with esteemed experts and thought leaders who tackle various obstacles and provide viewers with valuable insights signifying a path forward for the Black community.

URBAN ONE HONORS

URBAN ONE HONORS acknowledges notable individuals and organizations making extraordinary strides in innovative programming, education, social activism, community service and more. The 2021 esteemed event salutes six Black women who have championed positive social change. Their work and contributions are far reaching and will be recognized. This year one recipient will be honored for her work in investigative journalism; another provides direct and immediate support to those most in need within her community; a fearless leader has soared to new heights in corporate world will be highlighted; a debt of gratitude is show for an honoree who has stood on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, working to combat voter suppression was a monumental undertaking successfully executed by an honoree; the tireless work to end systemic racism is progressing – one win at a time – for our last honoree.

SINS OF THE CITY

SINS OF THE CITY is a new original series that combines informative takeaways and investigative storytelling to expose the dark underbelly of popular cities you thought you knew. Viewers will follow along as investigators work to solve high-stake cases getting an exclusive entryway into the process of criminal investigation by way of narrations, interviews and archival footage.

COINS FOREVER

The third and final installment following the hit TV One original movies COINS FOR CHRISTMAS and COINS FOR LOVE telling the story of a single mom who is focused on her family and career. Caught between starting a new job, making ends meet and raising two teens on her own, superwoman Madison must now protect her heart from being burned by the man she divorced and the returning business client who may be her next chance at true love.

The full lineup of upcoming CLEO TV programming is as follows:

THE CLEO CHRONICLES

A fun, new, sleek magazine-format series showcasing today’s hottest influencers living their best lives! Each 30-minute episode will highlight how real women (who happen to be social media darlings) navigate the many facets of life (beauty, fitness, finance, dating, etc.) in the virtual space and real world. From self-care to homeschooling to working remotely, these ingenious pioneers show audiences the myriad of talents while juggling many roles and getting them all done, every day.

CULTURE KITCHEN

With an infectious personality and Afro-Latina flair, Bren Herera delights with her bright, flavorful recipes, and stories from her travels abroad in CULTURE KITCHEN.

A TASTE OF THE DIASPORA

A vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit, Chef Essie Bartels shares her love for food and people on A TASTE OF THE DIASPORA (WT). Essie’s serves viewers a taste of dishes bursting with the flavor and passion.

JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ

Chef JJ, one of the culinary world’s most sought-after stars, invites you back into his kitchen for a third season to experience his delicious dishes. With exciting global cuisine, signature cocktails, and riveting conversation, the new season will feature more of Chef JJ as he turns up the heat with friendly cook-offs for viewers to enjoy.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN

NEW SOUL KITCHEN returns with savory meals and healthy alternatives to southern cooking. Culinary superstar, cookbook author and family man Chef Jernard Wells continues serving up exciting new recipes and tasty tips for eating better and mixing up flavorful concoctions in the kitchen.

LIVING BY DESIGN

LIVING BY DESIGN highlights simple solutions for everyday challenges and design while turning dreams into realities with all-star design teams. The infamous brother-sister duo, Jake and Jazz Smollett, continue to transform work and play spaces to inspire young women while connecting with the audience through mouth-watering dishes. Whether it’s a new mom redecorating a nursery on a tight budget, or a fierce young woman who’s landed her dream job and needs to spruce up her home office, LIVING BY DESIGN will help them transition their houses into home sweet homes.

CLEO SPEAKS

A candid series that gives dynamic women a platform to share their unique experiences and perspectives on issues facing Millennial and Gen X women of color today. Inspirational and aspirational speakers sound off on a variety of topics, including motherhood, fashion, relationships, wellness, politics, arts, social justice, business and more. A revealing tale of personal and emotional journeys that have shaped the careers and influenced the success of today’s true modern leaders-these dynamic women share their hopes, dreams and struggles.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



Urban One Honors Pays Tribute to Black Women Leading the Change with Performances





Urban One Honors Pays Tribute to Black Women Leading the Change with Performances by Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Sunshine, Kim Burse and the KB Players, and More Airing Sunday, May 16 at 9PM/8C
Urban One announced today its annual awards show will pay special homage to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
[via press release from TV One]
URBAN ONE HONORS PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACK WOMEN LEADING THE CHANGE WITH PERFORMANCES BY JAZMINE SULLIVAN, DA BRAT, LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, AVERY SUNSHINE, KIM BURSE AND THE KB PLAYERS, AND MORE AIRING SUNDAY, MAY 16 AT 9PM/8C

The Program Will Pay Special Homage to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, The First Racially Integrated All-Women’s Jazz Band

(SILVER SPRING, MD) April 5, 2021 – Urban One announced today its annual awards show, URBAN ONE HONORS, will pay special homage to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The critically acclaimed, all-female jazz band of the 1930s included Helen Jones Woods, a founding member and mother of Urban One Founder and Chairwoman, Cathy Hughes. The Sweethearts band, comprised of 17 ethnically diverse members who achieved international accolades despite discrimination, sexism and Jim Crow – to become symbols of success against adversity. URBAN ONE HONORS will air on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One and will be simulcast for the first time on TV One’s sister network, CLEO TV.

The annual awards program will feature three performances dedicated to ‘The Sweethearts.’ Each musical selection will commemorate electrifying performances of the jazz and soul ensemble’s hit singles with a modern twist. The ceremony will also feature with talented, contemporary, female performers including Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Sunshine, and the all-female house band Kim Burse and the KB Players.

“I am thrilled to pay homage to the sheroes whose lives depict black excellence, leadership and service. It is also quite humbling to recognize my mother, Helen Jones Woods, and the young musicians who were a part of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, among this year’s honorees,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One Inc. “Urban One Honors was created as an extension of our 40-year mission of service. We remain committed to creating programming that fulfills that mission and presents the best of who we are.”

Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist, author, and syndicated columnist Roland Martin will host the event. This year’s theme is ‘Women Leading the Change’ and will highlight the extraordinary contributions of women in business, media, health, politics, and community outreach, who are leading impactful change within the Black community. Now in its third year, Urban One Honors was created to acknowledge and pay homage to individuals and organizations whose work significantly impacts culture and society- at large.

This year’s URBAN ONE HONORS will commemorate the myriad achievements of women leaders who are blazing trails and creating new pathways for others in their respective areas of expertise. Categories of recognition reflect the tireless effort and triumphant accomplishments achieved by the honorees and include:

· Voting Rights Champion dedicated to a fearless leader whose efforts help to build political infrastructure by turning out voters and protecting their votes.

· Business Alchemist presented to a leader tapped for successfully breaking the glass ceiling to blaze new trails in corporate America.

· Investigative Journalism Crusader bestowed upon a media maven who is reframing the national conversation by covering the impediments and contributions made by Black Americans.

· Health Equality Advocate awarded to a champion of health who answered the call to eliminate institutional barriers preventing healthcare to those in her community.

· Reparations Ambassador who is working to break down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans back.

· Family Needs Ambassador presented to a resilient provider of direct service and resources to individuals in crisis within the community she serves.

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The inspiring night of excellence will also feature exciting musical performances, unprecedented collaborations, and surprise appearances to be announced in the coming months.

URBAN ONE HONORS is executive produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Robert Boyd of Swirl Films and produced by Jazz Smollett. Susan Henry serves as Executive Producer for TV One. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent and Casting. Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
About Swirl Films

Swirl Films is one of the leading independent TV & Urban Film Production companies in the country, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. Swirls project slate includes the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and as well as high-quality films and series produced for TV One, BET, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows, and documentaries. Purchased in 2019, Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

About Urban One, Inc.

Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the United States. Urban One is the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), TV One (tvone.tv), CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), and One Solution. Formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the company was founded in 1980 with a single radio station and now owns and/or operates 60 broadcast stations (including HD and low power television stations) in 14 urban markets in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. The Company’s growth led to diversification into syndicated radio programming, cable television, and online digital media. As a result, in 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the Company’s multi-media operations. While the Company was renamed Urban One, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets. Through Reach Media, Inc., the Company operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. TV One is a national cable television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment cable television network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. iOne Digital is a collection of digital platforms providing the African American community with social, news, and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire branded websites. One Solution provides award-winning, fully integrated advertising solutions across the entire Urban One multi-media platform. Through its national, multi-media operations, the Company and One Solution provides advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African American and urban audiences. Finally, Urban One owns a minority interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



TV One Adds Emmy-Nominated “The Wendy Williams Show” to Its Programming Lineup Starting Monday





TV One Adds Emmy-Nominated “The Wendy Williams Show” to Its Programming Lineup Starting Monday
The cable network will offer daily encore episodes of the popular talker from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ADDS EMMY-NOMINATED “THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW” TO ITS PROGRAMMING LINEUP STARTING MONDAY

Cable Network Acquires Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Now in its 12th Season

(SILVER SPRING, MD) March 19, 2021 — TV One announced the Daytime Emmy-nominated program, The Wendy Williams Show will join its lineup starting this Monday, March 22, at 12 midnight Eastern/11 p.m. Central. The cable network will offer daily encore episodes of the popular talker from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury. Hosted by media mogul, philanthropist, entrepreneur and best-selling author Wendy Williams, the show is broadcast in more than 50 countries and, in the U.S., is among the top-rated talk shows in national syndication.

The Wendy Williams Show, now in its 12th season, has received multiple Emmy nominations including Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. Its signature segments include “Hot Topics” with Williams’ own take on pop culture headlines; “Trendy at Wendy,” which showcases the hottest brands; and “Ask Wendy,” with Williams offering real advice to audience members looking for answers to their life’s issues.

Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio, with “The Wendy Williams Experience” being a top-rated daily radio show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor – and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2019 for her lifetime of achievement in both mediums.

For more information about TV One’s programming, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also stay connected via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #REPRESENT.

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



“Urban One Honors” Celebrates Women Leading the Change in Its Annual Commemoration of Black Excellence





“Urban One Honors” Celebrates Women Leading the Change in Its Annual Commemoration of Black Excellence Hosted by Erica Campbell and Roland Martin Set to Air on May 16 at 9 PM ET/8C on TV One and CLEO TV
This year’s theme is “Women Leading the Change” and will highlight the extraordinary contributions of women in business, media, health, politics, leading to impactful change within the Black community.
[via press release from TV One]
“URBAN ONE HONORS” CELEBRATES WOMEN LEADING THE CHANGE IN ITS ANNUAL COMMEMORATION OF BLACK EXCELLENCE HOSTED BY ERICA CAMPBELL AND ROLAND MARTIN SET TO AIR ON MAY 16 AT 9 PM ET/8C ON TV ONE AND CLEO TV

Voting Rights Champion, Investigative Journalism Crusader, Health Equality Advocate, Business Alchemist, Family Needs Ambassador, Reparations Trailblazer, among other Categories in Which Women Will be Recognized

(SILVER SPRING, MD) March 18, 2021 – The annual URBAN ONE HONORS heralds the exemplary accomplishments of African American women in this year’s tribute show premiering on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET/8C. It will be simulcast for the first time on the sister network CLEO TV. Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist, author, and syndicated radio personality Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist, author, and news anchor Roland Martin will host the event. This year’s theme is ‘Women Leading the Change’ and will highlight the extraordinary contributions of women in business, media, health, politics, leading to impactful change within the Black community. Now in its third year, URBAN ONE HONORS was created to acknowledge and pay homage to individuals and organizations whose work significantly impacts society and culture.

“I am thrilled to co-host this year’s URBAN ONE HONORS with Roland Martin,” said Erica Campbell. “I love anything that celebrates and exemplifies Black excellence, and I am grateful to Cathy Hughes and Radio One for continuing to honor our peers for doing the work that uplifts and inspires our community.”

“Black women played a crucial role in saving our democracy in 2020,” remarked Roland Martin. “Not just in the election, but also on the ground in numerous cities fighting for freedom. I’m proud to join Urban One in honoring these American sheroes.”

This year’s URBAN ONE HONORS will commemorate the myriad achievements of women leaders who are blazing trails and creating new pathways for others in their respective areas of expertise. Categories of recognition reflect the tireless effort and triumphant accomplishments achieved by the honorees and include: Voting Rights Champion, dedicated to a fearless leader whose efforts help to build political infrastructure by turning out voters and protecting their votes; Business Alchemist, presented to a leader tapped for successfully breaking the glass ceiling to blaze new trails in corporate America; Investigative Journalism Crusader bestowed upon a media maven who is reframing the national conversation by covering the impediments and contributions made by Black Americans; Health Equality Advocate, awarded to a champion of health who answered the call to eliminate institutional barriers preventing healthcare to those in her community; Reparations Ambassador who is working to break down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans back; and the Family Needs Ambassador, presented to a resilient provider of direct service and resources to individuals in crisis within the community she serves. The inspiring night of excellence will also feature exciting musical performances, unprecedented collaborations, and surprise appearances to be announced in the coming months.

URBAN ONE HONORS is executive produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Robert Boyd of Swirl Films and Jazz Smollett. Susan Henry serves as Executive Producer for TV One. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent and Casting. Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

About Swirl Films

Swirl Films is one of the leading independent TV & Urban Film Production companies in the country, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. Swirls project slate includes the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and as well as high-quality films and series produced for TV One, BET, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows, and documentaries. Purchased in 2019, Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

About Urban One, Inc.

Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the United States. Urban One is the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), TV One (tvone.tv), CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), and One Solution. Formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the company was founded in 1980 with a single radio station and now owns and/or operates 60 broadcast stations (including HD and low power television stations) in 14 urban markets in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. The Company’s growth led to diversification into syndicated radio programming, cable television, and online digital media. As a result, in 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the Company’s multi-media operations. While the Company was renamed Urban One, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets. Through Reach Media, Inc., the Company operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. TV One is a national cable television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment cable television network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. iOne Digital is a collection of digital platforms providing the African American community with social, news, and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire branded websites. One Solution provides award-winning, fully integrated advertising solutions across the entire Urban One multi-media platform. Through its national, multi-media operations, the Company and One Solution provides advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African American and urban audiences. Finally, Urban One owns a minority interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.