Black Music Month is here and Vh1 will be showing the following:
“Pop Up Video – Soul Men” – premieres Monday, June 2 at 8pm*
Featured videos: Babyface “Everytime I Close My Eyes;” Prince “Most Beautiful Girl In The World;” Michael Jackson “Strange In Moscow;” Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing;” and Lionel Richie “Hello.”
“Marvin Gaye: The Real Thing In Performance” (1964-1981) – premieres MONDAY, JUNE 2 at 9pm*
In a rare presentation, Marvin Gaye performs his biggest Motown hits, from “Hitch Hike” to “Let’s Get It On” and more in original classic clips from television and film.
“SoulStage: The Roots Presented by Infiniti” – premieres Wednesday, June 4 at 9PM*
“SoulStage” offers viewers an inside look into the heart and soul of some of their favorite artists through their new music and past hits. VH1 Soul artists share the inspirations and stories behind each soulful song and give an exclusive live performance to their most dedicated fans. This episode of “SoulStage” will feature The Roots, a.k.a. The Legendary Roots Crew, an influential, Grammy Award-winning hip hop band from Philadelphia, famed for a heavy jazzy sound and live instrumentation. They made their debut in 1993 and have gone on to collaborate with artists from a range of genres, such as Roy Ayers and Cody Chesnutt. Inspired by Stetsasonic, The Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip hop and R&B acts.
“PRINCE WEEKENd” – premieres Saturday, june 7 beginning at 6AM*
· The Prince of Paisley Park – This documentary is a unique celebration of one of the world’s most important musical figures. This program examines how one man’s musical vision has revolutionized the contemporary face of popular music. The doors are opened to Paisley Park; the mythic monument to Prince’s musical achievements – and examines it as both an idea and as a creative Mecca. The program will also show never-before-seen archival interviews and concert footage with collaborators, friends and music critics, fluidly intercut with concert footage, which explores the ways in which Prince has redefined Black American music. The program also reveals how Prince reawakened rock and pop’s long dormant power-to-shock establishing himself as a modern pop icon.
· Pop-Up Video: Prince – Features videos: “When Doves Cry,” “7,” “Raspberry Beret,” “1999,” and “Kiss.”
· Various Prince video blocks will air through-out the weekend.
“Soul Story: Usher” – premieres Tuesday, june 10 at 9pm*
“Soul Story” features the body of work of a core VH1 Soul artist. Beginning with Usher’s first video and continuing to his most recent work, “Soul Story” is told through the artist’s own words to offer insight into their personal journey. Driven by Usher’s personal anecdotes, stories and memories, “Soul Story” will incorporate music videos to bring a new perspective to his career. This installment of Soul Story will feature Grammy Award-winner Usher.
“pop-up video: ladies of soul” – premieres Friday, june 13 at 8PM*
Featured videos: Whitney Houston “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Toni Braxton “Unbreak My Heart;” Erykah Badu “Next Lifetime;” Natalie Cole “Unforgettable;” and Vanessa Williams “Save The Best For Last.”
“Classic Concert: James Brown – Live From The House Of Blues” – Premieres Saturday, june 14 at 9pm*
This program presents a live performance of one of modern music’s living legends, James Brown. The singer from Augusta, GA, has been thrilling audiences for five decades with his electrifying performances. Backed up by his famous revue, James Brown entertains the audience at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The “Godfather of Soul” performs many of his greatest hits, including “Try Me,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” “I Feel Good,” “Soul Man,” and “It’s a Man’s World.”
“WattStax” – premieres Monday, june 16 at 10pm*
Wattstax is a 1973 documentary film that focused on the Wattstax music festival and the African American community of Watts in Los Angeles. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Documentary in 1974. The concert itself was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20th, 1972 and was organized by Memphis-based Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Wattstax was seen by some as “the Afro-American answer to Woodstock.” In addition to songs and performances, viewers will see Jackson’s invocation as well as interviews with Richard Pryor, Ted Lange and others who discuss the black experience in America.
“Soul School Weekend” – premieres Saturday, June 21 beginning at 6AM*
· And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop – With never-before-seen footage, this cultural explosion in a five-part series traces the history of this art form from “back in the day” to the meteoric rise and success of Russell Simmons’ Def Jam label, to the gangsta rap wars, to how hip hop and Eminem conquered America. The five-part documentary concludes with the new moguls who have come to define “bling bling.”
· VH1 Goes Inside Yo! MTV Raps – A celebration of one of the most memorable and groundbreaking shows on television. From its premiere in 1988, Yo! changed the landscape of not only MTV but society in general by introducing hip hop videos to the masses. VH1 Goes Inside Yo! MTV Raps will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite moments from the series by allowing the people who experienced them-stars and production staff-to tell their stories first hand. Through original interviews, show clips, and never-before-seen archival footage, VH1 Goes Inside Yo! MTV Raps will uncover some of the untold stories of one of the most successful franchises in entertainment history.
· Top 10: Best In Hip Hop – MC Lyte hosts a countdown of her Top 10 favorite hip hop videos.
“Pop Up Video – The Jacksons” – premieres Monday, June 23 at 9:30pm*
Featured videos: The Jacksons “Torture;” LaToya Jackson “Heart Don’t Lie;” Jermaine Jackson “Dynamite;” Janet Jackson “Nasty;” and Michael Jackson “Beat It.”
“Listen Up! Quincy Jones” – premieres Monday, june 23 at 10pm*
This documentary celebrates the pulsating career of recording artist/arranger and film composer Quincy Jones. Sort of an oral history on film, the entire narrative unfolds in a punchy collage of interview snippets offered by Jones and his illustrious contemporaries. Often several points of view come out at once, backed by stock footage. The film includes pungent interviews with Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Flavor Flav, and even Michael Jackson.