TV One to Air All 99 “Unsung” Episodes in 1st-Ever Marathon Leading Up to Landmark 100th Episode Special Hosted by Donnie Simpson

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In a network first, TV One has announced that the network will air all 99 episodes of its entire library of its signature series, “Unsung,” beginning Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

The “epic” six-day marathon will take over TV One, all day and night, leading up to the 100th episode premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Donnie Simpson (he inked a multi-year agreement with Radio One – parent company of TV One – earlier this year, bringing the veteran out of retirement), the landmark 100th new episode, “Unsung: Top Ten That Changed The Game,” will feature a countdown of the top 10 most exceptional “Unsung” episodes – impacting profiles that were selected for their representation of the breadth and depth of the series through fan feedback, social engagement and their influence on pop culture.

“Since its conception over seven years ago, ‘Unsung’ has been, hands-down, one of our most loved series,” commented Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “Music is at the root of black culture and this show continues to celebrate and honor artists vital to those roots and explore stories that continue to shock and amaze our viewers today.”

The marathon and 100th episode will be pushed across TV One’s digital and social landscape with episodic trivia, quizzes and user guesses for the top 10 artists. In addition to the six-day ‘Unsung’ event, themed episodes will air in primetime throughout the marathon, as listed below:

Primetime Episode Themes:

Motown Masters: Thursday, Nov. 26, 8 – 11 p.m. ET

· 8 p.m. ET – David Ruffin

· 9 p.m. ET – Eddie Kendricks

· 10 p.m. ET – Tammi Terrell

Legendary Icons: Friday, Nov. 27, 8 – 12 a.m. ET

· 8 p.m. ET – DeBarge

· 9 p.m. ET – Teena Marie

· 10 p.m. ET – Rick James

· 11 p.m. ET – Ike Turner

Disco Infernos: Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 – 12 a.m. ET

· 8 p.m. ET – Jennifer Holliday

· 9 p.m. ET – Sylvester

· 10 p.m. ET – Nile Rodgers & Chic

· 11 p.m. ET – Rose Royce

R&B Groups: Sunday, Nov. 29, 8 – 12 a.m. ET

· 8 p.m. ET – H-Town

· 9 p.m. ET – Force MDs

· 10 p.m. ET – Hi-Five

· 11 p.m. ET – DeBarge

Hip Hop Classics: Monday, Nov. 30, 8 – 12 a.m. ET

· 8 p.m. ET – Kid N Play

· 9 p.m. ET – Big Daddy Kane

· 10 p.m. ET – DJ Quik

· 11 p.m. ET – Nate Dogg

article by Tambay A. Obenson via ShadowAndAct

Afrika Bambaataa Gets Vinyl Record Collection Archived for Cornell University Library

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One of the most important vinyl record collections in the history of hip-hop will be on display to the public when archivists sort, organize and even play music from the crates of DJ Afrika Bambaataa – the godfather of hip-hop culture and an instrumental figure in the rise of electro funk. Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray Gallery, together with Afrika Bambaataa, the Universal Zulu Nation and Cornell University Library are organizing the records for the Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records vinyl archive, which will permanently live at Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection in fall 2013.

From July 11 through Aug. 10, Kugelberg and his team will be organizing, cataloguing and documenting Afrika Bambaataa’s peerless vinyl collection on business days between noon and 5 p.m. at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, Manhattan. Visitors are encouraged to stop by, hear some great music and see how the cultural artifacts of this important strand of American history are preserved.

Please join the Afrika Bambaataa vinyl archive mailing list at afrikab@gavinbrown.biz and follow Gavin Brown’s enterprise on Facebook and Twitter for announcements of visiting DJs playing selections from the archive during the sort.  Originally from the South Bronx, Afrika Bambaataa is among the most influential American DJs. He is considered the godfather of hip-hop culture and was instrumental in the rise of electro funk and break-beat deejaying beginning in the 1980s.

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