Starz InBlack, the first and only premium movie channel dedicated to meet the entertainment choices of African Americans, will celebrate Black Music Month with a month-long tribute to African American musicians beginning on Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Every Saturday night in June Starz InBlack will present a double feature of music films including Starz InBlack premieres like Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, Tupac: Live at the House of Blues, Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour, and Wyclef Jean’s All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall and the Starz InBlack Original New Orleans Music in Exile.
“To commemorate Black Music Month, we have created a month-long tribute, recognizing the rich history of African American musicians with a double feature every Saturday night at 8 p.m.,” said Jonathan Shair, vice president of planning and scheduling, Starz Entertainment. “The featured films include a look at celebrated musicians from the jazz, hip hop and blues genres.”
The Saturday Music Double Features will be hosted by Marcus Woodswelch, the winner of the Starz Original micro-series “Looking for Stars,” from the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Films airing as part of the Saturday Music Double Features include (all times are ET/PT):
· Saturday, June 2
o 8 p.m. – The Roots Present – Concert showcase includes performances from some of the most exciting, hottest hip-hop acts at work today, including Young Gunz, Mobb Deep, Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Skillz and The Roots.
o 9:30 p.m. – Herbie Hancock: Possibilities – An intimate documentary about Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and his in-studio collaborations with a dozen formidable pop recording artists, collaborations that explore the unexpected like jazz improvisations. Features interviews with artists including Christina Aguilera, Annie Lenox, Carlos Santana, Sting, Paul Simon, and more.
· Saturday, June 9
o 8 p.m. – A Night of Ferocious Joy – Captures a concert produced by the Artists Network of Refuse & Resist at the historic Palace Theater in Hollywood – the first act of defiance against America’s “War on Terrorism.” Featured artists include Saul Williams, Blackalicious, Ozomatli, Dilated Peoples and Mystic.
o 9:10 p.m. – Diplomats: The Book of Hip Hop: Chapter One – This documentary, hosted by Doug E. Fresh, was shot at a concert in Harlem. The special features the performances of many hip hop artists including Cam’ron, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones of the Harlem Diplomats, plus interview segments with Damon Dash, DJ Clue and Tony Touch.
· Saturday, June 16
o 8 p.m. – Tupac Live at the House of Blues – Hip hop legend Tupac Shakur’s final live performance on July 4, 1996.
o 9:35 p.m. – Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour – Documentary following Snoop Dogg on his tour through 29 cities.
· Saturday, June 23
o 8 p.m. – Make it Funky! …It All Began in New Orleans – Salute to the music of New Orleans features musicians including The Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alan Toussaint, Keith Richards and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
o 9:50 p.m. – New Orleans Music in Exile – A Starz InBlack Original documentary following the plight of displaced musicians, forced to flee from their home city as a result of the deadly assault by Hurricane Katrina.
· Saturday, June 30
o 8 p.m. – Wyclef Jean’s All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall – Multi-platinum award-winning superstar Wyclef Jean welcomes an all-star gathering to legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first annual “Clef’s Kids” concert. Features performances by Jean, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray and Mary J. Blige.
o 9:05 p.m. – Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
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