Just what you needed for the start of 2012-Tamar Braxton?
David Goodson | 1/4/2012, 6:27 p.m.
Hello, 2012. Glad to welcome you. As we delve into the New Year, we at the AmNews will continue to bring news and information of the quality and standards expected from our readers. Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, let's go in.
Area promoters need to be mindful of when their shows are booked over the next few weeks, as TV One and BET are back with brand-new episodes of their most popular programs.
Jan. 2 began Season 6 of the biography series "Unsung" by featuring Vesta Williams. Viewers expecting a posthumous episode filled with stock interview footage and testimonials were thrown a curveball when they saw Williams actually participating in all her sassy, vibrant flair. It came across that Williams was poised to take full advantage of the attention she would have received as a result of the show, but unfortunately she passed before it aired.
The Jan. 9 episode sustains this momentum and may even raise the bar as it examines the life and career of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Womack. It's must-see TV.
The rest of the season features Atlantic Starr, Freddie Jackson, Full Force, Millie Jackson, Ray Parker Jr., Sheila E., David Ruffin and Whodini. Expect to see in-depth coverage of a few of those artists in the coming weeks.
"There's no better way for TV One to say Happy New Year to our viewers than with new episodes of 'Unsung,'" said TV One Executive Vice President of Original Programming Toni Judkins. "We are honored that 'Unsung' has become a beloved classic and are confident that these talented artists and their stories will resonate with our viewers and continue to build on 'Unsung''s legacy of helping to paint a richer portrait of Black music in America."
Later in the month, TV One sheds light on the seldom-mentioned stories of African-Americans who have vanished without a trace in "Find Our Missing." The 10-episode, hour-long docudrama begins airing Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m.
Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, who for 16 years portrayed Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC's "Law & Order," "Find Our Missing" is designed to put names and faces to those who have vanished and how the uncertainty of their plight impacts those who love them.
"Nearly one-third of the missing in this country are Black Americans, while we make up only 12 percent of the population. Yet, stories about missing people of color are rarely told in the national media," said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas. "'Find Our Missing' will be dramatic television, but we also hope that TV One's combined efforts on air, through digital and social media and through partnerships will also draw attention to a critical issue and bring new information to light for the loved ones of the missing featured in this series and for others.
"We hope these profiles will trigger the memory of someone who might have seen something and feel compelled to come forward and help these families who have suffered for so long," she said.