TV One To Do Special On Black Achivement

Posted: August 14, 2008 in Our Expression

TV One Special To Document Top Black Achievements
Network Will Countdown Top Moments in African-American History This Fall
By R. Thomas Umstead — Multichannel News

TV One will countdown the top moments in African-American history and culture over the past century with a weeklong, five-hour special debuting Nov. 9.

The Blacklist: 100 Greatest Power Moves, hosted by Arsenio Hall, will chronicle the unforgettable moments, cultural movements and personal achievement that have advanced the black race and helped change the course of American history, according to the network.

The special will air over five consecutive nights and will highlight such events as the Thurgood Marshall’sinduction into the Supreme Court; the birth of Motown records; Michael Jackson’s Thrillerbecoming one of the top-selling albums of all time; the emergence of Rap musicas a voice of the inner city; Malcolm X’sstance of self-preservation “By Any Means Necessary”; the steadfast determination of the Little Rock Nineas they helped to desegregate the school system; and Barack Obama’s historic bid for the Presidency.

The special will include commentary from scholars Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and William Jelani Cobb, as well as Hip Hop pioneer Russell Simmons. (more…)

I’m not holding my breath on this one. As I dicussed the other day regarding how Black achivement is always anchored with the “Yeah, but..” clause, Dyson will in no doubt continue his ‘eternally shakled’ rehtoric. We’ll see.

  1. Trina says:

    Well… what do you think of the show so far?? It premiered this past Sunday, and I actually just finished watching the 3rd hour (aired @ 10pm) on TVOne tonight. Pretty entertaining, I’d say. Don’t mistake it… Arsenio is still ‘Arsenio’ (LOL) but its very educational and done with integrity.

    Air your thoughts, rants and critiques (with the Producer) on the show’s blog at They need to know!

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