Black History Month 2016 Cable Programming Guide

Texas Cable Association members and cable programmers are proud to observe Black History Month with broadcasts that commemorate important events and individuals in our country’s African American history. Below is some of the special Black History Month programming for February (All times CST. Programs are subject to change, check local listings).


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10 Things You Don’t Know About: Civil Rights – Series host Henry Rollins crosses the country in search of the unknown stories that built a generation of heroes.  From the little-known actions of iconic pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Lyndon Johnson to the many courageous deeds of unheralded champions, there’s much more to America’s fight for equality than you’ve ever been taught. Feb 5, 8 a.m.

10 Days that Changed America: Freedom Summer – In 1964, national attention turned to Mississippi when three Civil Rights workers (two white and one black) were murdered by the Ku Klux Clan.  This watershed moment eventually led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Feb 12, 7 a.m.

Stories from the Road to Freedom – This special gives a fresh perspective of the African-American movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. Feb 12, 8 a.m.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in this chronicle of the exceptional man’s life journey, from his early years as a herd boy in South Africa’s rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and apartheid resistance leader, and on to his 27 years spent in Robben Island prison before becoming the nation’s first democratically elected president. Feb. 2, 9 p.m.

Pride – Terrence Howard stars in this true-life story of a Philadelphia swim coach in the mid-1970s who faces racism in trying to land a coaching position, and instead transforms a group of trash-talking teenagers from the ghetto into a championship squad. Feb. 2, 7 p.m.


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Finding Your Roots, Season 3 – Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he delves into the genealogy of 27 new guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. Tuesdays through March 8, 7-8 p.m.

Mercy Street – Follow a colorful cast of characters – doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists – who intersect in the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Va., and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. Sundays through Feb. 21, 9-10 p.m.

Independent Lens: A Ballerina’s Tale – Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. Feb. 8, 9-10 p.m.

B.B. King: American Masters – Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars. Feb. 12, 8-9 p.m.

Fats Domino: American Masters – Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ’n roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music. Feb. 26, 9-10 p.m.


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Six episodes of Celebrity Legacies to celebrate Black History Month:

Whitney: One of the biggest female pop stars of all time, Whitney Houston influenced and inspired many vocalists and left a legacy of groundbreaking, best-selling music. Her second album alone racked up a record-breaking seven consecutive number-one hits.

Bob Marley: Bob Marley, the king of reggae, revolutionized music and had an everlasting effect on society. When he died at 36 he’d changed the world with his music – and created a multi-million dollar legacy. With Marley’s empowering message came a powerful fortune.

Ray Charles: Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status as a music pioneer. The blind piano man with the distinctive voice is credited with virtually inventing soul music. He was the first major recording artist to get control over his recordings with a big label – creating a lifetime of valuable intellectual property. It earned him a fortune that keeps growing to this day.

Jimi Hendrix: Undoubtedly the greatest guitarist in the history of rock and roll, Jimi Hendrix was a prolific talent whose music blew people’s minds. He left a legacy that can be heard in all the greatest guitarists that succeeded him.

Marvin Gaye: The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye pushed the limits of rhythm and blues like no artist before him. He left a legacy that can be heard in the most successful black singers that came after him.

James Brown: The hardest working man in show-business, James Brown was arguably more essential to the development of modern music than any other artist – including Elvis.


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A Murder in the Park – Documentary glimpse into a very broken criminal justice system as nearly 16 years after his confession exonerated a death row inmate and sparked the end of the death penalty in Illinois, Alstory Simon languishes in prison serving a 37-year sentence over a confession he claims was coerced. Premieres Feb. 17 at 9PM CST

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall – Director Spike Lee documents an in-depth look into the evolution of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the cultural significance – and lasting impact – of his seminal first solo album as an adult, ‘Off The Wall.’ Premieres Feb 5. at 8PM CST

In My Father’s House – Award winning documentary following hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith – co-writer of the 2015 Oscar winning song “Glory” from the motion picture ‘Selma’ and 2005 Grammy winner for the song “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West – as he moves into his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side and hesitantly sets out to reconnect with his estranged father, the man who abandoned him over twenty years ago. Premieres Feb. 10 at 9PM CST

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in this chronicle of the exceptional man’s life journey, from his early years as a herd boy in South Africa’s rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, and on to his twenty-seven years spent in Robben Island prison before becoming the nation’s first democratically elected President. Airs Feb. 2 at 9PM CST on The Movie Channel

Pride – Terrence Howard stars in this rousing true-life story of a Philadelphia swim coach in the mid-1970s who faces racism in trying to land a coaching position, and instead transforms a group of trash-talking teenagers from the ghetto into a championship squad. Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise and Tom Arnold costar in this inspiring drama Airs Feb. 2 at 7PM CST on The Movie Channel

Iverson – Feature-length documentary charting the rise of basketball great Allen Iverson, told largely in his own words. From a turbulent childhood of crushing poverty in Virginia to controversial run-ins with the law to iconic Philadelphia 76ers all-star, his audacious rejection of convention and off the court embrace of hip-hop sent shockwaves through the NBA and influenced an entire generation. Airs Feb. 8 at 3:15PM CST

I Am Giant: Victor Cruz – Documentary chronicling Victor Cruz’s improbable rise to football stardom, the life shattering injury that derailed his career and his dramatic attempt at a comeback, revealing the man behind the mask, as he faces the biggest challenge of his life. Airs Feb. 11 at 5:55PM CST

Play it Forward – SHOWTIME® Sports presents an emotional story of family, sacrifice and the pursuit of your dreams as candidly told through the lives of legendary NFL tight end and future Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris. Airs Feb. 9 at 3:20PM CST

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – Documentary unveiling previously unseen footage of Jimi Hendrix’s seminal performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival playing his greatest hits in front of 300,000 people. Features interviews with Hendrix, and fellow musicians, including Paul McCartney and Mitch Mitchell, who provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius at the juncture of this important cultural gathering, hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock’. Airs Feb. 19 at 2:45AM CST

Dreamcatcher – Documentary about a former Chicago prostitute who helps women and teenage girls break the cycle of abuse and exploitation – and lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities they live in. Airs Feb. 3 at 2:10AM CST

12 O’clock Boys: The Director’s Cut – Lotfy Nathan’s wild and dynamic documentary envisions the stunning antics of a notorious Baltimore dirt bike pack through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Airs Feb 21 at 2AM CST

Public Enemy: Live from Metropolis Studios – Documentary featuring a special performance by one of the most influential hip hop acts of all time at the world famous Metropolis Sound Studio in London. Twenty-five years after the release of Public Enemy’s most successful album Fear of a Black Planet, the rap legends Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord and The S1W perform all of their fan favorites, interspersed with frank interview footage. Airs Feb. 18 at 1:30PM CST

Dave Chapelle’s Block Party – Documentary showcasing music and comedy as superstar comedian Dave Chapelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with a once-in-lifetime free block party. Moves from private rehearsal footage and candid shots of Chapelle handing out golden ticket invites in his hometown in Ohio to the riotous event itself that features performances from Kanye West, Mos Def, Dead Prez and Erykah Badu, among others. Captured by filmmaker Michele Gondry, Airs Feb. 9 at 7PM CST

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic – Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor – one of America’s most brilliant, iconic comic minds – in this new documentary. Directed by Emmy(R)-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich and executive produced by Roy Ackerman and Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor. Airs Feb. 24 at 1:45AM CST

LT: Life and Times – A SHODOCS premiere chronicling the spectacular NFL career of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, as well as his tumultuous personal life. Former teammates and coaches share their insights into LT’s dominance on the football field with the New York Giants during the 1980s. Friends and family members provide a glimpse into Taylor’s personal life from the perspectives of those closest to him. Airs Feb. 23 at 3PM CST

Against the Tide – A Showtime Sports chronicle of the seminal 1970 college football matchup between Alabama’s Crimson Tide and USC Trojans at Birmingham’s Legion Field. Through interviews with former Alabama legends Joe Namath, John Mitchell and USC stars Sam “Bam” Cunningham, Jimmy Jones and more, this documentary examines coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s surprising decision to bring a dominant, racially integrated football team onto the field in Birmingham for the very first time and reveals the impact college football played in the struggle for integration. Airs Feb. 7 at 8AM CST

Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly – A documentary following the atypical path of soul singer Roberta Flack and her rise to fame, set against the turbulent backdrop of America’s Civil Rights movement. Features interviews with Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Cissy Houston. Airs Feb. 20 at 4:30AM CST

Bronx Obama – Documentary chronicling the story of a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx who shaves his beard to discover he looks remarkably like Barack Obama, and decides to cash in on the look of a lifetime by becoming an impersonator, which takes him on a journey across the world and threatens to divide his family. Airs Feb. 22 at 12:30PM CST

Freedom – Two men are separated by time and united by their search for freedom in this tale of a slave escaping via the underground railroad in the 1800s and a sea captain setting sail one hundred years earlier, with a ship full of slaves that will set in a motion an unstoppable legacy. Stars Cuba Gooding Jr. Airs Feb. 15 at 12:30PM CST

Beloved – On a difficult journey to find freedom, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is confronted by the secrets that have haunted her for years. Then, an old friend from out of her past (Danny Glover) unexpectedly reenters her life. With his help, she may finally be able to rediscover who she is. Based on the best-selling book by Toni Morrison. Airs Feb. 21 at 9PM CST


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Major League LegendsThe four-part weekly series will launch Feb. 29 with a profile of Hank Aaron, the first player ever to hit more than 714 home runs. Feb. 29, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.


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February is TV ONE’s first “Black History in the Making Month.” Programming will include:

Change Agents: History in the Making – 21 short films, produced by four award-winning content creators, will focus on current day achievers and change agents from college campuses, the community, corporate America, government, technology, medicine, and beyond, who are making changes in the African American community and making history. Their stories focus on people making history by defying expectations. Every weeknight throughout February, 9 p.m., followed by the posting of a longer version on www.tvone.tv.

47th NAACP Image Awards – For the third consecutive year, TV One is serving as the television home for the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s award show, hosted by Emmy Award nominated actor Anthony Anderson. The live telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show from the star-studded red carpet. Feb. 5, 7-10 p.m.

Here We Go Again – This new half-hour comedy series follows three generations of women whose lives are upended after a series of events sends them along an unexpected journey. Sneak peak to air after TV One’s live 47th NAACP Image Awards telecast, Feb. 5, 10 p.m. Weekly series begins Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Unsung – The network’s signature series returns with new episodes featuring Hip Hop group The Sugarhill Gang and R&B legends Donell Jones, Johnnie Taylor and Patrice Rushen. Series returns Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors – Hosted by Yolanda Adams, former Trailblazer recipient, renowned gospel singer-songwriter and national radio personality, this two-hour special will pay tribute to and celebrate sibling duos Be Be & Ce Ce Winans and Mary Mary. Throughout the show will be performances by R&B and gospel greats, such as Deborah Cox, Faith, Charlie Wilson, Kelly Price, Marvin Winans and more. Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m.