Although I didn’t catch it as it aired originally this week, it won’t be long before I take in the current talk of the town, in the two-part Lifetime documentary, “Janet.” Part of the reason myself and a few others I ran across missed the original airing was because while we knew of the project, it wasn’t ingrained as to when the show would air. Could be because aside from being a legendary artist, no other project is associated with Janet
Jackson at the moment. That will not be the case when the next big documentary on one of music’s iconic figures hits the screen. Let me explain.
On February 16, the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Ga. plays host to the first of a 30-city national trek of the Culture Tour, headlined by Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, and Ralph Tresvant: the collective known as New Edition. In a recent appearance on Entertainment Tonight, Ronnie assured that this is not a money grab reunion. Far from it. “It’s not about New Edition, it’s about Brotherhood, it’s about people passing. Let’s just mend fences on THAT level. We miss each other.”
For the one-time King of Stage, Bobby Brown the tour adds another layer. “You know, I’ve been through a lot in the past and, you know, just getting through it and being able to love what I love, which is entertainment again, is just something special,” Brown tells ET hostess Nischelle Turner.
The sentiments are not just sincere, in Brown, however. He has a dedicated fan base as a member of the New Edition and as a solo artist, who await expectantly for the spectacle to hit their town. If all parties involved hold up their end of the bargain, all participants of the tour can bask again in the winner’s circle. To help enhance his chances, A&E Network gives viewers VIP access to music icon and Grammy Award-winner Bobby Brown and his family with a new definitive biography event and docuseries launching this summer. With more than 20 million records sold worldwide with New Edition, a solo career selling in excess of 12 million records, five gold singles, three No. 1 R&B hits, a Top 100 No. 1 hit, the New York Times best-selling author and one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 60 Male Artists of All Time details his transformation from Bad Boy artist to a responsible husband and father. Through exclusive access and interviews, the definitive documentary “Biography: Bobby Brown” gives fans an up-close-and-personal look at the American Music Award winner’s journey to superstardom and the fallout from his personal struggles with sobriety and the tragic deaths of his two children and first wife, Whitney Houston. The new 12-episode series “Bobby Brown: Every Little Step” takes us in to present day for an exclusive look at his life with wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their children as he focuses on new business ventures, new music as well as the 2022 reunion with New Edition on The Culture Tour.
“Biography: Bobby Brown” two-night event airs Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “Bobby Brown: Every Little Step” premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting June 7.
In exclusive interviews, the R&B icon unveils his struggles with substance abuse, his marriage to Whitney Houston, the devastating loss of Houston and his two children and his life as a devoted father and husband to Alicia Etheredge-Brown. Confronting his very personal yet very public struggles, Brown recounts what it was like to become a music phenomenon at such an early age in this tell-all documentary. To come to terms with his tumultuous past, Bobby, for the very first time, visits the gravesite of Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina and holds a deeply moving tribute in honor of Bobby Junior. The documentary includes interviews with Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Keith Sweat, Babyface, his New Edition bandmates as well as his family, friends and those who experienced this journey with him. Over the course of two nights, viewers will get to hear never-before-heard stories as they reflect on Bobby’s life both on and off stage.
Now that’s how a program gets promoted.
Over and out y’all. Holla next week. Till then, enjoy the nightlife.