Boris Kodjoe Makes His Directorial Debut in the New Thriller “Safe Room”





Boris Kodjoe Makes His Directorial Debut in the New Thriller “Safe Room” Starring His Wife Nicole Ari Parker
Drea de Matteo, Nik Sanchez and Mackenzie Astin also star in the home invasion movie, due this Sunday, July 24 on TV One.
[via press release from TV One]
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SEE…

WATCH TV ONE’S NEW THRILLER SAFE ROOM

STARRING NICOLE ARI PARKER, DREA DE MATTEO, MACKENZIE ASTIN, NIK SANCHEZ AND BORIS KODJOE, IN HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT SUNDAY, JULY 24 AT 9/8C

SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 22, 2022) TV One’s new suspense-filled movie, Safe Room, will premiere on Sunday, July 24 at 9/8C. Marking his directorial debut, Boris Kodjoe directs real-life wife Nicole Ari Parker (Chicago P.D., Empire), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Nik Sanchez (The Rookie) and Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians) in the home invasion movie.

The TV One thriller, Safe Room, centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son, Ian (Nik Sanchez). Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for her kind neighbor, Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them. After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in across the street, recording the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son. Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo) will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders and save themselves.

Safe Room is produced by Astute Films. Executive producers include Dominique Telson and Karen Kaufman Wilson. Boris Kodjoe directs from a script by Nneka Gerstle.

Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv). Be sure to follow SAFE ROOM on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #SAFEROOM.

Safe Room Premieres on TV One Sunday, July 24 at 9/8C

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, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don’t Waste Your Pretty, and Urban One Honors. 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 women. Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, and All Things Adrienne House to Home. 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.



TV One Announces Filming Has Wrapped for “Lineage”





TV One Announces Filming Has Wrapped for “Lineage,” A Film by Emmy Award-Winning Director/Actress Victoria Rowell
When attorney Robyn Montross finally returns to her hometown of Evansdale at her father’s request, she begins to unravel the web of lies that has secured her family’s power and prominence in the community for generations.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ANNOUNCES FILMING HAS WRAPPED FOR “LINEAGE,” A FILM BY EMMY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR/ACTRESS VICTORIA ROWELL

SILVER SPRING, Md. – May 19, 2022 – TV One today announced filming for the production of LINEAGE, directed by Victoria Rowell (“Birdie”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “The Young & The Restless”), has wrapped. Dawn Halfkenny (“Atlanta”, “Saints and Sinners”) will star as Robyn Montross. Joining Halfkenny is Richard Brooks (“Abbott Elementary”, “The Rich and the Ruthless”) who is cast as Cordell “Dell” Montross, Sr. and Jon Eyez (“The Underground Railroad” and “Walking Dead”) who is cast as Teddy. In addition to directing, Rowell will also play Elaine Montross. The film is scheduled for release in the fall.

“We’re excited to partner again with Victoria Rowell, Jami McCoy-Lankford and Camara Davis, a phenomenal dream team, to tell this story,” said TV One’s Executive Producer Jason Ryan. “Our TV One audience will enjoy all of the plot’s twists and turns in this film.” The collaboration with Rowell continues a longstanding partnership with the Emmy Award-Winning director and actress, who also directed TV One’s upcoming film, “Stranger Next Door”.

When attorney Robyn Montross finally returns to her hometown of Evansdale at her father’s request, she begins to unravel the web of lies that has secured her family’s power and prominence in the community for generations. Consumed by guilt, Robin can’t hide from her past – and is forced to face the dark secret that has haunted her for years.

LINEAGE cast features:

· Dawn Halfkenny as Robyn Montross

· Richard Brooks as Cordell “Dell” Montross, Sr.

· Dwayne Boyd as CJ “Jackie” Montross

· Sheléa Frazier as Nia Montross

· Victoria Rowell as Elaine Montross

· Leslie Black as Sedi

· Kamel Goffin as Travis Mo

LINEAGE is directed by Victoria Rowell and written by Camara Davis. The film is produced for TV One by Jami McCoy-Lankford (Hillionaire Productions). For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Susan Henry is Senior Director of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at http://www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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ABOUT HILLIONAIRE PRODUCTIONS

Hillionaire Productions is a feature film and television production company specializing in creating original content. Hillionaire Productions has established niche family-style relationships with producers, filmmakers, and talent across all areas of entertainment content. No matter the genre, we produce a diverse variety of scripted and unscripted, film and television content in all formats. We are dedicated to bringing creative entertainment to life, from concept development to network or studio delivery. As a result of our enduring relationships with award-winning writers, directors, and heads of studios, we continue to have numerous ventures in production and development with broadcast networks, cable and streaming platforms including; Amazon Prime, BET+, Hulu and Binge Black TV. You may also view our projects on TV One, Lifetime and BET. Hillionaire Productions provides full-service production and ala carte partnerships with development, writing, production, legal affairs, production accounting, and post-production. From concept to post-production, whether a feature film, short, documentary or TV production, Hillionaire Productions possess the knowledge, skills and experience to produce quality entertainment in all genres for all ages.

ABOUT TV ONE

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, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don’t Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. 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 in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix and All Things Adrienne House to Home. Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, http://www.urban1.com , the largest African-American owned and operated multi-media company.



TV One Networks, Announces New and Returning Slate





No. 1 Black-Owned Cable Entity, TV One Networks, Announces New and Returning Slate of Original Programming for 2022
“After two years of being in a pandemic, we are proud of the continued growth and adjusting we’ve done as a network to produce successful programming,” said Michelle Rice.
[via press release from TV One]
NO. 1 BLACK-OWNED CABLE ENTITY, TV ONE NETWORKS, ANNOUNCES NEW AND RETURNING SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FOR 2022

(SILVER SPRING, Md.) – April 13, 2022 – Today, TV One Networks announced its comprehensive slate of programming across linear and digital networks at the 2022 virtual Upfront presentation. The presentation was led by Michelle Rice, President, TV One and CLEO TV, Susan Henry, Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Senior Director, Original Programming and Production, and Walter Evans, Vice President, Advertising Sales and Marketing. Executives were joined by network talent including Grammy-winning artist Ne-Yo (URBAN ONE HONORS), Jake and Jazz Smollett (LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ), Taste Award winner Chef Jernard Wells (NEW SOUL KITCHEN) and Taste Award winner Chef Bren Herrera (CULTURE KITCHEN).

“After two years of being in a pandemic, we are proud of the continued growth and adjusting we’ve done as a network to produce successful programming,” said Michelle Rice, President of TV One and CLEO TV. “Ratings across both linear and digital channels remain strong, and TV One and CLEO TV are continuing to expand original programming, and make content distribution deals to increase access to our viewers.”

TV One Networks continues to lead the charge in representing Black culture. This year, while most competitive networks are down, TV One saw Prime and Fringe increases across key demographics. With a portfolio that includes the NAACP Image award-winning docuseries, UNSUNG, and UNCENSORED, an unfiltered glimpse into the reality of celebrities, TV One is the go-to destination for Black audiences. The network is set to continue its successful slate of original programming that includes the REPRESENT OUR VOICE townhall series which launched two years ago to build awareness and provide information leading up to the presidential election, but has evolved to covering various topics of importance to the Black community. This year, the network’s portfolio of programming will see an addition in the lineup to its True Crime genre with PAYBACK, a gripping new investigative series that examines revenge. TV One is also producing and co-producing several new films which include SAFE ROOM, STALKER, STRANGER NEXT DOOR, LINEAGE, and NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT, a Marvin Sapp biopic.

CLEO TV, which launched in 2019, continues to see growth in all day parts. The women’s lifestyle channel shares less than half of its audience with its sister network, TV One. Original programming on CLEO TV includes the award-winning show CULTURE KITCHEN, JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ, LIFE THERAPY, LIVING BY DESIGN, NEW SOUL KITCHEN, CLEO SPEAKS and CLEO CHRONICLES. Two new series, DECOR REMIXED and GLOBAL GOURMET, debuted on April 6 with new episodes of NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX returning in June. Additionally, CLEO TV’s distribution continues to rise with a presence on AT&T U-verse and plans for YouTube TV and HULU Live.

TV One Networks began this year with a successful premiere of Urban One Honors, which aired on TV One and CLEO TV on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The awards ceremony surpassed last year’s premiere by double-digits among L+3 P25-54 and W25-54 and P2+ delivery (+52%/+31%/+20%). The premiere brought in 677,000 P2+ unique viewers across the TV One and CLEO TV telecasts. The 52 percent increase in TV One ratings exceeded estimates for the network as the ceremony landed in the top 10 programs on ad-supported cable in its time period among P25-54 Black audiences (excluding sports). The network is preparing for Urban One Honors to return to an in-person show in 2023.

Each quarter TV One and CLEO TV uniquely celebrate holidays and cultural moments that are significant in Black and multicultural communities through thematic programming, special events and partnership opportunities. Cultural moments include Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Mother’s Day, Black Music Month, Juneteenth, Black Business Month, Father’s Day, Back to School, Black Business Month, National Girlfriends Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Homecoming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Kwanzaa. The network’s continued investment in digital programming ensures brand awareness and cultural conversations enhance exposure, resulting in sustained success across the board.

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

ATL HOMICIDE

The TV One True Crime show continues to recreate cases as told by David Quinn and Vince Velazquez, two retired Atlanta Police Department homicide detectives. The show’s unique format intertwines narration by Quinn, Velazquez, and other APD investigators, with re-enactments by actors.

FATAL ATTRACTION

Driven by powerful, real-life stories, FATAL ATTRACTION offers intimate, first-person accounts, exclusive interrogation footage and rare archival material. Along the way, viewers get a glimpse into the dark heart of dangerous romances. Tune in as the key players, family of the survivors and those that investigated the horrific crimes reveal the secrets to each sordid tale. Love doesn’t just hurt, it can kill!

PAYBACK

Whether it’s a cheating ex, a double-crossing co-worker, or the best friend who stabbed you in the back, it’s human instinct to want to get even. Though most of us don’t act on this impulse, there are those among us who are consumed by “getting even”. And for them, what starts as a nagging bitterness evolves into obsession…and results in the ultimate payback…murder. Sometimes these are cold, calculated attacks. Other times they are spontaneous acts of vengeance born in the heat of the moment. PAYBACK examines these shocking crimes, and those who’ve crossed the line to seek the ultimate revenge.

REPRESENT OUR VOICE

A series of townhalls spotlighting various issues impacting the Black Community today through two-way conversations and insights from esteemed experts and thought leaders.

SINS OF THE CITY

SINS OF THE CITY is an 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.

UNCENSORED

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. Episodes include platinum-selling R&B singer Keyshia Cole, award-winning actor Taye Diggs and Grammy award-winning singer Erica Campbell.

UNSUNG

UNSUNG, one of the network’s longest-running series, highlights the careers and explores the personal lives of some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black vocal artists. The seven-time NAACP Image Award-winning series continues the season with equally unforgettable stories from a wide array of artists.

URBAN ONE HONORS

Urban One Honors is a leading awards ceremony created by legendary Urban One, Inc. founder, Cathy Hughes, and first debuted in 2019 to pay homage to individuals and organizations whose work significantly impacts society and culture.

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

CLEO CHRONICLES

A fun, 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.

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.

CULTURE KITCHEN

With an infectious personality and Afro-Latina flair, Chef Bren Herrera delights with her bright, flavorful recipes, and stories from her travels abroad.

DECOR REMIXED

Hosted by Dominique Calhoun, takes viewers on a journey through Philadelphia with clients who have yet to realize their space’s full potential. Stretching the budget to deliver more of a makeover than clients believe are possible, Dominique, along with her network of makers and artisans, gets creative to deliver a space beyond the clients’ wildest expectations.

GLOBAL GOURMET

Host Chef Essie Bartels highlights flavorful dishes, spice mixology and West African cuisine as she takes her viewers on a delectable journey. Chef Essie’s cooking expresses her passion for food and people, believing that spice is the anchor to a great dish. Chef Essie’s vibrant upbringing in Ghana, her world travels, and entrepreneurial spirit all deliver incredible dishes bursting with delicious flavors.

JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ

Harlem-based Chef JJ, one of the culinary world’s most sought-after stars, makes succulent meals while having entertaining conversations in the kitchen with his famous friends. With exciting global cuisine, signature cocktails, and riveting conversation, each season will feature more of Chef JJ as he turns up the heat with friendly cook-offs for viewers to enjoy.

LIFE THERAPY

LIFE THERAPY 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.

LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ

LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ 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 WITH JAKE AND JAZZ will help them transition their houses into home sweet homes.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN

Culinary celebrity Chef Jernard Wells brings his soul food recipes with a healthy twist. Chef Jernard brings a warm smile, southern hospitality and plenty of laughs in each episode, returning 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.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX

For NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX, CLEO TV fan favorite, Chef Jernard Wells whips up quick mouthwatering, easy recipes in this 15-minute series that serves as a companion to New Soul Kitchen. The recipes may be short on time but are guaranteed to be full on flavor!

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, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don’t Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. 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 in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix and All Things Adrienne House to Home. 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.



TV One Begins Production of Marvin Sapp Biopic





TV One Begins Production of Marvin Sapp Biopic
Chaz Lamar Shepherd will take on the lead role as Marvin Sapp.
[via press release from TV One]
TV One Begins Production of Marvin Sapp Biopic
(SILVER SPRING, Md.) – April 11, 2022 – TV One announced today that filming for its Marvin Sapp biopic is underway. Chaz Lamar Shepherd (“Marvel’s Luke Cage” “The Game”) will take on the lead role as Marvin Sapp. Joining Shepherd is Ambre Anderson (“Power Book II” “Manifest Evil”) who is cast as Sapp’s wife, MaLinda Prince Sapp. The film is scheduled for an August 21 release on TV One.

“It is an honor to tell Marvin Sapp’s life story,” said TV One’s Executive Producer Jason Ryan. “His vast contributions to gospel and American music are undeniable. We know this film will resonate with our viewers.”

The Marvin Sapp biopic chronicles the prominent gospel music artist and preacher’s Michigan upbringing, battle against teenage alcohol abuse, love for MaLinda Prince, rise in the music industry and growth in his faith. Sapp came into prominence more than 30 years ago as a member of Commissioned and is widely known for his award-winning, chart-topping crossover hit “Never Would Have Made It.” Currently, he is an author, radio show host and senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Dallas, Texas and pastor emeritus of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan – the church he founded with his late wife.

The film is directed by Russ Parr and produced for TV One by Swirl Films, with Eric F. Tomosunas, James Seppelfrick and Keith Neal serving as Executive Producers. Additionally, Marvin Sapp and Phil Thornton are Executive Producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Susan Henry is Senior Director of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at http://www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 34.9 million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Life therapy, Don’t Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. 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 in both original and acquired series including Culture Kitchen, Living by Design, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix and All Things Adrienne House to Home. 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 Under shepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).



Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert to Air on TV One





Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert to Air on TV One
The celebration will be hosted by Grammy-nominated Juan Winans and will feature musical performances by Madeline Howze, Tamela Mann, JJ Hairston and The Morehouse College Glee Club.
[via press release from TV One]
Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert to Air on TV One Presented in Partnership with the National Endowment of the Humanities 

Featuring Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden

Featured Performers Include JJ Hairston, Tamela Mann, the Morehouse College Glee Club

Concert Scheduled to Re-Air on Sunday March 6th on TV One

(SILVER SPRING, MD) March 4, 2022 – Celebrating Black History Month, TV One will air The Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert, featuring remarks by First Lady Jill Biden and performances by top Gospel artists such as JJ Hairston and Tamela Mann. The prerecorded event will re-air on Sunday, March 6 at 5 pm EST/4C on TV One.

The celebration will be hosted by Grammy-nominated Juan Winans and will feature musical performances by Madeline Howze, Tamela Mann, JJ Hairston and The Morehouse College Glee Club. Closing the event is Bishop William Murphy, III, the founder and lead pastor of The Dream Center Church of Atlanta, one of the nation’s most influential ministries leading the way in worship and community outreach. The program celebrates the history and impact of Gospel music and is sure to bring warmth and solace to both American and global viewers alike.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the federal cultural agency that funds research, public programs, and preservation work in fields such as history, literature, and religion, will also feature NEH-supported projects and humanities experts in this year’s program. The event will include commentary from Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Southern Spiritual Music expert, Rev. Dr. James Abbington, representing the Sounding Spirit initiative, based at Emory University, digitizing historic American sacred songbooks.

This year’s event marks the first time the program is being aired in partnership with TV One. “We are honored the White House and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected TV One to be part of this monumental Black History Month celebration,” said Michelle Rice, president of TV One Networks. Through the decades, U.S. presidents of both the Democratic and Republican parties have held official celebrations for Black History Month, where Black leaders, celebrities, and allies concerned with and for the community gather for music, dialogue and fellowship.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.

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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 diverse audiences for both TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 49 million households and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network available in 44 million households. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Life Therapy, Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Don’t Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. 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.



TV One Set to Debut Four-Part Special “Unsung Presents: The Decades”





TV One Set to Debut Four-Part Special “Unsung Presents: The Decades”
The “Decades” special tells the chronological story of the evolution of music, from Motown and disco in the 1970s and 1980s, to the revolutionary sound and style of Hip Hop in the 1990s and 2000s, showcasing the music and artists that provided the soundtrack of Black America.
[via press release from TV One]
The ‘Decades’ special examines the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s by linking historic moments with songs and musical trends that helped illuminate the social consciousness of Black America.

The ‘Decades’ Premieres Sunday, February 27 on TV One

UNSUNG PRESENTS: THE DECADES Featured Artists

1970s: Edwin Starr, The Floaters, Brick

1980s: Carl Carlton, Dazz Band, Jermaine Stewart, Rockwell, Teddy Riley, Public Enemy

1990s: All 4 One, Az Yet, Lisa Fischer, Jade and Digital Underground

2000s: Tweet, Keak Da Sneak

SILVER SPRING, MD (February 24, 2022) – TV One announced the premiere date of its four-part documentary special UNSUNG PRESENTS: THE DECADES, an examination of the music and social consciousness of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Following on the success of TV One’s groundbreaking ‘Music and the Movement’ special, these four ‘Decades’ episodes put a spotlight on songs that were chart hits, while also showing how they became signifiers for what was going on in the wider culture of Black America, from politics to fashion to business. UNSUNG PRESENTS: THE DECADES kicks off a night of back-to-back episodes on Sunday, February 27 starting at 9 p.m. ET/8C, beginning with the 1970s, immediately followed by the 1980s episode at 10 p.m. ET/9C.

The ‘Decades’ special tells the chronological story of the evolution of music, from Motown and disco in the 1970s and 1980s, to the revolutionary sound and style of Hip Hop in the 1990s and 2000s, showcasing the music and artists that provided the soundtrack of Black America. ‘Decades’, provides social commentary to cultural events such as the Vietnam War, the crack cocaine & AIDS epidemic, and police brutality in American society and the role music played.

UNSUNG, an NAACP Image Award-winning series, is one of the network’s longest-running series, highlighting and exploring the careers and personal lives of some of the most talented, versatile and influential Black musical artists. ‘Decades’ spotlights Edwin Starr, The Floaters, Brick, Carl Carlton, Dazz Band, Jermaine Stewart, Rockwell, Teddy Riley, Public Enemy, All 4 One, Az Yet, Lisa Fischer, Jade, Digital Underground, Tweet and Keak Da Sneak.

Airdates of TV One’s upcoming new episodes of UNSUNG PRESENTS: The DECADES are detailed below:

· 1970s and 1980s premieres Sunday, February 27

· 1990s premieres Sunday, April 17

· 2000s premieres Sunday, April 24

A tapestry of history and song from a fresh perspective, ‘Decades’ displays both the trials and triumphs of the times, and how music influenced the Black experience.

For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on http://www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) Be sure to follow UNSUNG on Facebook using the hashtag #UNSUNG on Facebook and Instagram.

UNSUNG PRESENTS: THE DECADES is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland also serves as Executive Producer along with Co-Executive Producers Kysha Mounia and P. Frank Williams. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting.

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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 diverse audiences for both TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 49 million households and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network available in 44 million households. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Life Therapy, Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Don’t Waste Your Pretty and Urban One Honors. 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 A. SMITH & CO. PRODUCTIONS

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly-rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. Founded by Chairman Arthur Smith, an unscripted TV pioneer who was inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame and named Broadcasting & Cable’s “Producer of the Year,” the company has produced over 5,000 hours of award-winning programming, more than 200 shows, for more than 50 networks and platforms, with formats sold to well over 120 territories. For two decades, A. Smith & Co. has been a global leader in non-fiction television for productions, including “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX), “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC), “Profiled: The Black Man” (discovery+/OWN), “Unsung” (TV One), “Welcome to Plathville” (TLC), “American Ninja Warrior Junior” (Peacock), the NFL’s “Pro Bowl Skills Showdown” (ESPN), “The Titan Games” (NBC), “Mental Samurai” (FOX), “Ellen’s Next Great Designer” (HBO Max), “Voices of Fire” (Netflix), “American Gangster: Trap Queens” (BET+), Season two of “Floor is Lava” (Netflix) and more. For more information, please visit https://www.asmithco.com/.



H.E.R. Takes the Stage to Open This Year’s “Urban One Honors”





Oscar & Grammy Award-Winning Singer H.E.R. Takes the Stage to Open This Year’s “Urban One Honors” Presented by T-Mobile
H.E.R joins the previously announced lineup of performances by Inspiration honoree Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Kelly Price, Tyrese, Tank, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant with a special set by D-Nice.
[via press release from TV One]
OSCAR & GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER H.E.R. TAKES THE STAGE TO OPEN THIS YEAR’S “URBAN ONE HONORS” PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

ICON RECIPIENTS INCLUDE JENNIFER HUDSON, TIMBALAND, JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS, GAMBLE AND HUFF & TASHA COBBS LEONARD

MARLON WAYANS, KELLY PRICE, TANK, JERMAINE DUPRI, VASHAWN MITCHELL AND MORE APPEAR ALONGSIDE HOST NE-YO & BACKSTAGE HOST EVA MARCILLE

PREMIERES MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, ON TV ONE & CLEO TV


(SILVER SPRING, MD) – January 10, 2022 – Today, Urban One announced Oscar and Grammy Award-winning singer H.E.R. will open this year’s URBAN ONE HONORS with an explosive performance. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, the two-hour telecast premieres Monday, January 17, 2022, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on TV One and Cleo TV, a division of Urban One.

H.E.R joins the previously announced lineup of performances by Inspiration honoree Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Kelly Price, Tyrese, Tank, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant with a special set by D-Nice. Jermaine Dupri, Marlon Wayans and Vashawn Mitchell are tapped to present. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Lifetime Achievement; Timbaland, Music Innovation; Gamble and Huff, Living Legends; Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Inspiration Impact; and Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson, Entertainment Icon round out the superstar group of honorees for the annual showcase. Wireless provider T-Mobile, America’s 5G leader with the largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network, serves as Presenting Sponsor of the celebration.

“At T-Mobile, we champion diversity by supporting Black innovators and elevating Black history year-round,” said Clint Odom, T-Mobile VP of Strategic Alliances and External Affairs. “We’re thrilled to celebrate Dr. King with Urban One Honors by honoring the music, the magic and the soundtrack of Black America.”

TV & Radio Personality Eva Marcille will host a special backstage pass segment, featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers and presenters.

URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.

URBAN ONE HONORS is Executive Produced by Eric Tomosunas and Robert A. Boyd, II of Swirl Films. Marilyn Gill is the show’s Executive Producer. Kim Burse serves as Musical Director. Kashon Powell is the Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One.

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ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 43 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.

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).



TV One Is Ready for the Holidays with a Programming Sure to Spread Holiday Cheer





TV One Is Ready for the Holidays with a Programming Sure to Spread Holiday Cheer
TV One is getting viewers ready for the holiday season with its original programming starting this Sunday, December 12 with the TV One original film, Someday at Christmas.”
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE IS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH A PROGRAMMING SURE TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER

SILVER SPRING, MD – December 10, 2021 – TV One is getting viewers ready for the holiday season with its original programming starting this Sunday, December 12th with the TV One original film, SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS airing at 7pm ET/6C. After being stuck in a train station on Christmas Eve, two strangers meet at a bar, only to lose complete contact with each other hours later. They reconnect after an unexpected series of events, but on much more complicated terms.

On Sunday, December 19th 7pm ET/6C, viewers can join legendary R&B icon Patti LaBelle along with R&B sensation Tamar Braxton, as they officially usher in the holiday with PATTI LABELLE’S HOLIDAY PARTY. The night will be full of heartfelt dishes and soulful singing that is sure to lift your spirits!

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 multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.



Ne-Yo Set to Host 2022 Urban One Honors on MLK Day – January 17th, 2022





Ne-Yo Set to Host 2022 Urban One Honors on MLK Day – January 17th, 2022
The honorees include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Lifetime Achievement; Timbaland, Music Innovation; Gamble and Huff, Living Legends; Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Inspirational Impact; and Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson, Entertainment Icon.
[via press release from TV One]
URBAN ONE HONORS PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE ANNOUNCES ICON RECIPIENTS OF THIS YEAR’S SHOWCASE INCLUDING JENNIFER HUDSON, TIMBALAND, JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS, GAMBLE AND HUFF & TASHA COBBS LEONARD

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST & SONGWRITER NE-YO SET TO HOST

THE ANNUAL SHOWCASE CONTINUES WITH THE THEME “THE SOUNDTRACK OF BLACK AMERICA”

SET TO PREMIERE, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, ON TV ONE & CLEO TV

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – December 9, 2021 – Today, Urban One announced the superstar group of honorees for the upcoming URBAN ONE HONORS including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Lifetime Achievement; Timbaland, Music Innovation; Gamble and Huff, Living Legends; Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Inspirational Impact; and Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Jennifer Hudson, Entertainment Icon. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, the two-hour telecast premieres Monday, January 17, 2022, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on TV One and Cleo TV, a division of Urban One.

Wireless provider T-Mobile, America’s 5G leader with the largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network, serves as Presenting Sponsor of the celebration. Previously announced presenters included Jermaine Dupri, Marlon Wayans and Vashawn Mitchell, alongside performances by Inspirational Impact honoree Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Kelly Price and Tank. Additionally, TV & Radio Personality Eva Marcille will host a special backstage pass segment, featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers and presenters. Tony McCuin serves as Director with Kim Burse on board as Musical Director.

URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450 & 95.9, and Spirit 1340. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.

URBAN ONE HONORS is Executive Produced by Eric Tomosunas and Robert A. Boyd, II of Swirl Films. Marilyn Gill is the show’s Executive Producer. Kashon Powell is the Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One.

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ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 43 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.

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).



TV One Announces Premiere of the Original Docuseries “One Stage to the Next”





TV One Announces Premiere of the Original Docuseries “One Stage to the Next” Starring Grammy-Nominated Syleena Johnson on Tuesday, December 14th at 10 P.M. EST
The series will follow award-winning singer Syleena Johnson as she continues to navigate through life and the entertainment industry.
[via press release from TV One]
TV ONE ANNOUNCES PREMIERE OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUSERIES “ONE STAGE TO THE NEXT” STARRING GRAMMY-NOMINATED SYLEENA JOHNSON ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AT 10 P.M. EST

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – December 1, 2021 – Today, TV One, announces the premiere date for the new original docuseries One Stage To The Next, starring R&B singer, actress and TV host, Syleena Johnson. The series will follow award-winning singer Syleena Johnson as she continues to navigate through life and the entertainment industry. One Stage To The Next is set to premiere on Tuesday, December 14th with back-to-back episodes at 10/9C.

In One Stage To The Next, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, talk show host and author embarks on a powerful journey of self-discovery. Her journey will reveal her pain, passion and perseverance. For over 20 years, Syleena has sung on stages across the world, recorded 11 albums and has been featured on some of the biggest hip-hop records. Now, the R&B diva is connecting the divergent paths of music and becoming a fitness competitor as she fights to lose 60 lbs. Syleena shows the struggles of performing as a fitness competitor, while simultaneously maintaining her nonstop music career.

“I wanted to challenge myself to conquer the unknown. I wanted to change not just my body, but my mind, my heart, and my life,” Syleena says. “I have always felt like TV One is family, but words can’t express how grateful and excited I am to be the creator and executive producer of my own story. Partnering with familiar faces and brilliant minds that I trust have allowed me to tell my story on this amazing platform. I’m truly thankful for Michelle Rice, Jason Ryan, Alison Threadgill, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough for believing in and seeing this vision.”

One Stage To The Next was created and narrated by Syleena Johnson for TV One. Shari’ Nycole and Syleena Johnson serve as executive producers, Kevin Wilson is the producer and Dr. Syleecia Thompson is the supervising producer and Music Supervisor. The docuseries was edited by Victor V. Hogan II of SACRI MONTI FILMS. 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 on One Stage To The Next, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Download the TV One app! Watch your favorite shows & movies Anytime. Anywhere. Available in the Apple, Google Play, and ROKU app stores. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@tvonetv) and using the hashtag #ONESTAGETOTHENEXT.

ABOUT TV ONE NETWORKS

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 43million 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 favorites including Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, For My Man and Urban One Honors. Additionally, 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, The Bobby DeBarge Story and Don’t Waste Your Pretty. 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.