In honor of June, Black Music Month, the network will feature a variety of programs , including the premiere of the biographical special “Aretha: Frankly Speaking” and “HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Trey Songz.”
“From the R&B Divas franchise, to award-winning series Unsung and specials such as HelloBeautiful Interludes Live, music and performance is at the core of so many of TV One’s most popular programs,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One SVP Programming and Production in a statement. “Our viewers thrive on getting a behind-the-scenes glance at the lives of their favorite stars past and present, and we are looking to provide even more of the programming they love this Black Music Month.”
“Aretha: Frankly Speaking” chronicles the legendary diva’s professional and personal life as well as her struggle with being a teen mom, losing her father to a violent home invasion and two failed marriages. The one-hour special will feature rarely seen videos and photos that illustrate Franklin’s influence during the civil rights movement, the women’s movement and on Martin Luther King Jr.
Viewers will also get the scoop regarding classic Franklin songs such as “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Precious Lord” and “Pink Cadillac” via behind the scenes stories from Franklin’s trusted inner circle, her musical team, and the singer herself.
“HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Trey Songz” will treat viewers to an exclusive performance with Trey Songz from Greystone Manor in Los Angeles.
The special is the latest episode in TV One’s HelloBeautiful Interludes Live series of programs. In addition to performances, the Smokey D. Fontaine-hosted series includes private, unscripted conversations about each artist’s life, career and relationships as well as the most meaningful “interludes” of his or her life. Celebrities profiled on “HelloBeautiful” include John Legend, Alicia Keys and Toni Braxton & Babyface.
“Aretha: Frankly Speaking” premieres at 8 p.m. June 21, followed by the premiere of “HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Trey Songz” at 10 p.m. The following is a list of programming featured during TV One’s celebration of Black Music Month:
· “Lady Sings the Blues”
Airs Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 PM/ET
· “The Temptations”
Airs Sunday, June 8 at 11:00 AM/ET (Part 1) and 1:00 PM/ET (Part 2)
Sunday, June 8 beginning at 3:00 PM/ET, TV One will air a mini-marathon of the acclaimed music biography series.
· “HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: John Legend”
Airs Saturday June 14 at 10:00 PM/ET
· “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”
Airs Saturday, June 14 at 8:00 PM/ET
Airs Sunday, June 15 at 4:00 PM/ET
· “HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Toni Braxton and Babyface”
Airs Sunday, June 15 at 6:00 PM/ET
· “Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration”
Airs Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 PM/ET
· “Tupac Resurrection”
Airs Sunday, June 22 at 4:00 PM/ET
· “R&B Divas Atlanta”
New episodes air Wednesdays at 10:00 PM/ET leading up to the season finale on June 25. Viewers can catch a marathon of the third season on Sunday, June 29 beginning at 11:00 AM/ET in advance of the two-part reunion special.