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Urban Movie Channel’s Black Music Month Collection Features Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Earth Wind...

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Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is bringing viewers an exciting yet educational scope of titles in celebration of Black Music Month. Beginning on Friday, June 2, 2017, UMC's Black Music Month collection will include films featuring some of the culture's most prominent and beloved entertainers. Titles from the collection include the Damon Dash production Welcome to Blakroc, the documentary The Industry from Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Speaks Series, and the untold story of the legendary Sugarhill Gang, I Want My Name Back. From documentaries about late hip hop music greats Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., and Jam Master Jay; to concert performances from Earth Wind and Fire, Jimi Hendrix, and Unlocking the Truth; and little known stories of black musicians in history such as the enslaved pianist Thomas Greene Bethune and Queen of the Trumpet, Valaida Snow, UMC is the destination for the best of Black Music Month programming.

As part of UMC's tribute to Tupac Shakur, UMC will host a special UMC All Access Facebook Live interview with Leila Steinberg, the artist mentor and first manager for Tupac Shakur. A veteran music industry executive who has worked with Atlantic Records, Sony, Def Jam, Interscope and more, Steinberg first met Tupac in the Spring of 1988, when he entered The Microphone Sessions, her writing workshop that develops spoken word, poetry, musicals, hip hop music, pop, dance, and more. Currently, Leila manages rapper Earl Sweatshirt, formerly of Odd Future. Follow @WatchUMC for the Facebook Live date announcement and be sure to watch the documentaries Tupac Vs. and Tupac: Before I Wake from UMC's Black Music Month collection.

The celebration continues on Friday, June 9, 2017 as UMC presents American Beatboxer, an award-winning documentary that follows the experience of the first American Beatbox Championship. The inaugural event, which took place in Brooklyn, NY, brought together beatboxers and beatbox fans of all races from across the country and featured a judging panel of hip hop music legends Rahzel the "Godfather of Noyze", Masai Electro, Parrish Smith of EPMD, and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest. Directed by Manauvaskar Kublall, produced by Richard McKeown, and executive produced by Chesney Snow - co-founder of the American Beatboxing Championship, the film is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum & Archive and documents one of the most neglected genres of hip hop music culture, acknowledging beatboxing's rightful place in Hip Hop history, as well as its establishment as an American art form.

Finally, #ThrowbackThursdays continues with episodes from Season 1 of WE tv's Braxton Family Values added to UMC each and every week through July 27, 2017. Watch for the first time or continue the trip down memory lane with the Braxton music family and catch #BFVonUMC! Available at www.umc.tv, UMC is the first premium subscription streaming service that showcases quality African American and urban entertainment across all genres from RLJ Entertainment

Great Performances Presents a Tribute to GRAMMY Music Legends

Great Performances Presents a Tribute to GRAMMY Music Legends

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Radio Facts: Irun-dmc-4fe822ee66234n collaboration with the The Recording Academy, Great Performances presents "grammy Salute To Music Legends™," a special all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for The Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert features rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they've inspired. The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, October 14 from 9-11:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Previously held during GRAMMY® Week, this is the first time The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award™. Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J'Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, and JD Souther. Other presenters include Jimmy Jam, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Crosby, LL Cool J, Don Was, and David Foster. Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane takes fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY®-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson. Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves —music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time grammy winner and fretboard virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman grammy nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and grammy nominees Magnolia Sisters. Paying tribute to three-time grammy winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the "Queen Of Salsa" — are Latin grammy nominee Lucrecia and grammy and Latin grammy winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage. Six-time grammy winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance. A salute to 10-time grammy winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther. The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses): Linda Ronstadt "Faithless Love" (JD Souther) "Gritenme Pledras del Campo" (Lila Downs & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano) "Blue Bayou" (Martina McBride w/ JD Souther) Fred Foster "Me & Bobby McGee" (Kris Kristofferson & Shelby Lynne) "Oh Pretty Woman" (Shelby Lynne) John Cage "Water Walk" (Anthony Parce) "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs" (J'Nai Bridges) Ruth Brown "Mana He Treats Your Daughter Mean" (Patti Austin) Jefferson Airplane "Somebody to Love" (Jefferson Airplane) Medley: "Embryonic Journey"/"Come Back Baby" (Jefferson Airplane) Celia Cruz "Guantanamera" (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia) "Quimbera" (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia) Run-DMC Medley: "King of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Peter Piper"/"My Adidas"/"It's Tricky"/"Beats to the Rhyme" (Naughty By Nature) Chris Strachwitz "Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest" (Ry Cooder & Henry Gray) Medley: "Blues de Voyage"/"Magnolia Hop" (Magnolia Sisters w/"Ry Cooder) Herbie Hancock "Nuance" (Herbie Hancock w/Wayne Shorter) Earth, Wind & Fire Medley: Intro/"Shining Star"/"Celebrate"/"In the Stone"/"Fantasy"/"September" (Earth, Wind & Fire w/David Foster) "That's the Way of the World" (Earth, Wind & Fire Encore) The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation®, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.
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