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New Season Of “Unsung” Kicks Off TV One’s Black Music Month With Otis Redding, Xscape

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TV One’s award-winning series Unsung returns with an all-new season of hit-makers and game changers starting Wednesday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. This season is filled with trailblazing artists who dominated the charts, pushed the boundaries of their genre, and inspired legions of fans with their legendary sound. Viewers will be able to reflect on the lives of innovative, soul-stirring singers of the ’60s and ’70s, including Ike Turner, Otis Redding, and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, as well as return to hip-hop’s golden age with Kid ‘n Play, DJ Quik, and Xscape. In a special episode, Unsung Revisited, viewers will receive an update on artists, including Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester, and Miki Howard, who following their features on the series, have experienced profound changes to their lives and legacy.

Wednesday, June 3, 8PM ET – Ike Turner

Ike Turner was the controversial musical genius credited with recording the first rock and roll song, as well as the creation of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, a show like no other. They catapulted to fame with hits like “A Fool in Love,” “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” and their classic re-creation of “Proud Mary,” all while showcasing Tina Turner’s astonishing stage presence and unique tone. However, Ike was haunted by emotional traumas from his childhood, and his obsession to control ultimately destroyed his band, his marriage, his reputation, and his life.

Wednesday, June 10, 8PM ET – Otis Redding

From Georgia farm boy to singing legend, Otis Redding changed the face of soul music and left the world with one of the most popular songs in modern music, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” Before that, he recorded and co-wrote over twenty top ten hits, including “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Can’t Turn You Loose,” and the anthem that ultimately became Aretha Franklin’s own signature song, “Respect.” His electrifying performances altered the entire trajectory of ’60s music. Then at the age of 26, Otis died in a plane crash while en route to a performance.

Wednesday, June 17, 8PM ET – DJ Quik

DJ Quik became one of hip-hop’s most legendary rapper/producers of the ’90s, with classics like “Tonite” and “Born and Raised in Compton,” which continue to get airplay today. This prolific producer has crafted hits for artists as varied as Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Shaquille O’Neal, andTony!Toni!Tone!. DJ Quik rose to great success despite surviving a life filled with hardships, including his days growing up in the notorious streets of Compton, to battling depression, serving jail time, and even putting his equipment on sale to retire from the hip-hop game. Today, the self-proclaimed “Americaz Most Complete Artist” continues to thrive on and off the stage.

Wednesday, June 24, 8PM ET – Chuck Brown and the Story of Go-Go

The undisputed Godfather of Go-Go music is the renowned Chuck Brown. Growing up in the impoverished nation’s capital, Brown found himself in prison for eight years after a murder conviction. He turned his life around and emerged as a guitarist and singer who helped craft a genre that blended the sounds of funk, blues, salsa, gospel, and soul into “the beat,” which is now known as Go-Go. Early pioneers like The Young Senators, Black Heat, and Trouble Funk developed a signature style that reflected Washington, D.C.’s African-American culture, while inspiring second generation bands like The Junk Yard Band, Rare Essence, and Experience Unlimited (aka E.U.).

Wednesday, July 1, 8PM ET – Unsung Revisited

In this unique episode, Unsung revisits four artists – Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester, and Miki Howard – to uncover how their lives have been affected by the award-winning series. The story of Sylvester, the legendary singer who died in 1988, was resurrected on Broadway thanks to a producer – alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph – who was moved by his Unsung profile. The Troutman family reveals how their dynamic changed after discussing the tragic deaths of Roger and Larry Troutman. Miki Howard depicts her new life as a jazz and R&B singer after her career was revitalized by her episode. And theGeorge brothers, Lou, B-Fine, and Paul Anthony, discuss the latest chapter in Paul’s courageous fight against the disease that nearly cost him his life, and the joyful album it inspired.

Wednesday, July 8, 8PM ET – Xscape

In 1993, Xscape rose to the top of the charts with three platinum albums that included number one hits “Just Kickin’ It,” “Understanding,” and “Who Can I Run To?” Composed of sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott and classmates Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, they formed a sisterhood as strong as their sound. As a group, Xscape frequently struggled for respect, as their raw talent took a backseat to the music industry’s emphasis on looks and glamour. By their third album, their sisterhood had imploded. Since their breakup in 1998, attempts to reunite the group have failed, with lingering bitterness and deep seeded anger playing out on public forums.

Wednesday, July 15, 8PM ET – Kid ‘n Play

Kid ‘n Play exploded on the rap scene in the late ’80s and redefined the game with their fun-loving party anthems like “2 Hype” and “Rolling with Kid ‘n Play.” Additionally, they established a look and style that crossed age and color lines. After starring in the cult classic hit film House Party, they became media sensations, appearing in TV commercials and their own Saturday morning cartoon. When their squeaky clean image lost favor to emerging hard-core rap artists, they found themselves on the outside of the business. The rise and fall of fame carried a sobering cost for their personal lives as well. Recently, the lifelong friends decided to reunite and bring the fun back to the party.

Unsung is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith,Kent Weed, and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Lamar Chase is Producer and Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network.

 

ABOUT TV ONE:

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home ofNews One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

More information about current and past seasons of Unsung is at TV One.

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Richmond Art Center Announces Trio of Winter Exhibitions

Community members can check out Art of the African Diaspora Jan. 18 through March 18 in the RAC’s Main Gallery, with the opening reception being held Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibition will spotlight the work of more than 120 artists of African descent “through representation, professional development and building a creative community,” per the RAC.

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The Remembrance Project (left). Caption 2: Amanda Ayala Ancestor Wheel 2020 (center). Fulfillment by Cynthia Brannvall, 2021 (right). Images courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.
The Remembrance Project (left). Caption 2: Amanda Ayala Ancestor Wheel 2020 (center). Fulfillment by Cynthia Brannvall, 2021 (right). Images courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.

 

By Kathy Chouteau | Richmond Standard

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) has announced its lineup of three winter exhibitions, including Art of the African DiasporaConnected Always and The Remembrance Project, on display at its galleries Jan. 18 through March 18, 2023.

Community members can check out Art of the African Diaspora Jan. 18 through March 18 in the RAC’s Main Gallery, with the opening reception being held Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibition will spotlight the work of more than 120 artists of African descent “through representation, professional development and building a creative community,” per the RAC.

Artists Derrick Bell, Cynthia Brannvall, and Pryce Jones will be featured in the exhibition and community members can find the Art of the African Diaspora print catalog at the center for info about open studios and satellite exhibitions off-shooting from the RAC event. Learn more about the exhibition https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/art-of-the-african-diaspora-2023

Amanda Ayala’s exhibition, Connected Always, will take place in the RAC’s South Gallery Jan. 20 through March 11, 2023. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m., while a free Ancestor Wheel Workshop and artist talk open to everyone will be held by the artist Saturday, Feb. 18, 12 – 2 p.m.

Connected Always will see Ayala — who identifies as a Xicana indigenous visual artist — explore our ancestral connections through her latest works. The interdisciplinary Santa Rosa artist runs workshops “that combine artist liberation and social justice for people of all ages,” per the RAC, and will have one as part of her continuing Ancestor Wheel project during her RAC exhibition. Find out more about Ayala’s exhibition at: https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/connected-always/.

The third winter exhibition, The Remembrance Project, will be shown in the Community Gallery Jan. 18 to March 18, with the opening reception being hosted Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The Remembrance Project Workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. and a book talk with Sara Trail will happen on Saturday, March 4, from 1-2:30 p.m.

The Remembrance Project is not only “a cloth memorial of activist art banners commemorating the many people who have lost their lives to systems of inequity and racist structures,” per the RAC, but also two special events for community members — the aforementioned workshop and book talk.

The Social Justice Sewing Academy is presenting the cloth memorial, which has been created by volunteers nationwide “to help educate and inform communities about the human impact of systemic violence,” said the RAC.

The community can coalesce with others fighting for social justice and remember those lost to violence, while also learning about the academy’s work, through two related special events. A workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28 will blend craft, art and activism, while the founder of the academy, Sara Trail, will give a talk and book signing of her work Stitching Stolen Lives on Saturday, March 4. The events are free and available to community members of all ages. Learn more about The Remembrance Project at https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/the-remembrance-project

The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the exhibitions and events are free and open to the community.

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Parade Planned to Honor Historic Pinole Valley High School Football Season

The Spartans football team captured its first ever state title last fall, defeating Mendota High 34-21 in the Division 7-AA California State Championship. The victory marks the first time a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) school has earned a high school state football title.

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Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.
Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

By Mike Kinney

A parade is being planned to celebrate the Pinole Valley High School football team’s historic championship season, Principal Kibby Kleiman said. School officials are considering holding the parade on Feb. 4, 2023, although an official date has not yet been confirmed.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

The parade will start at the Pinole Valley Park and will proceed to the Pinole Valley High School football field. The high school’s marching band, cheerleading squad and color guard will participate, along with clubs and service organizations connected to the school.

“It will almost be like a mini homecoming event,” Kleiman said.

The Spartans football team captured its first ever state title last fall, defeating Mendota High 34-21 in the Division 7-AA California State Championship. The victory marks the first time a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) school has earned a high school state football title.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

The Spartans earned their bid to play in the state championship after defeating Justin-Siena (Napa) 7-0 on Nov. 25, 2022, capturing their first North Coast Section title in 43 years.

Kleiman noted the team will also be recognized in a ceremony at Pinole City Council in February.

“We could not be prouder of the level of support coming from the community and the school,” he said. “It is wonderful to feel valued and honored. We are extremely proud of our Spartan football team!”

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Activism

PRESS ROOM: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Set for Jan. 16 in San Leandro

The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace. This year’s event will be held at the Marina Community Center, located at 15301 Wicks Blvd., and includes live entertainment and student performances for the oratorical contest. Light refreshments and crafts for kids will also be provided with free admission for all those who wish to attend.

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The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace.
The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace.

SAN LEANDRO, CA —Mayor Juan Gonzalez and the San Leandro City Council are pleased to invite the community to attend the City of San Leandro’s annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace. This year’s event will be held at the Marina Community Center, located at 15301 Wicks Blvd., and includes live entertainment and student performances for the oratorical contest. Light refreshments and crafts for kids will also be provided with free admission for all those who wish to attend.

San Leandro students in 3rd through 12th grades are invited to participate in the oratorical festival and poetry slam. Students can win gift card prizes in their grade category ($100 first place, $50 second place). Prizes are made possible by the San Leandro Optimist Club.

For more information, contact Liz Hodgins at 510-577-3473 or ehodgins@sanleandro.org.

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