Bounce TV Sets Black History Month Specials

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The African American-focused diginet Bounce TV will honor Black History Month in February with Our History, a month-long programming tribute that includes documentaries, specials and a new original short-form series called Memories of My Father featuring Martin Luther King III sharing his personal memories and impressions of his father, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Memories of My Father segments were filmed in Ebenezer Baptist Church where Reverend King Jr. began his ministry.

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The Chrysler Motor Co. will sponsor Bounce TV’s Our History tribute.

Other highlights of Bounce TV’s Our History Black History Month programming include:

The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College (Feb. 4 at 10 p.m.) The inspiring true story of the 1935 Wiley College debate team. Under the tutelage of their dynamic coach, Melvin B. Tolson, three young debaters from a small black college in the Jim Crow South managed, against all odds, to defeat the all-white reigning national championship team.  Their stunning achievement shattered racial stereotypes and earned them the lasting respect of their peers and the nation.

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (Feb. 6 at 9 p.m.)  Part documentary and part concert performance, this film is an introduction to the intriguing personas of the Funk Brothers, the Hitsville studio band originally assembled by Berry Gordy in 1959. Over 40 years later, the remaining members reunited in their home base of Detroit to tell their stories, remember their departed band mates and put on a concert.

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Wattstax (Feb. 6 at 11:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.) An exciting, vibrant documentary about music and the black experience, centering on the Los Angeles community of Watts, and featuring exceptional monologues by Richard Pryor. Released in 1973, Wattstax covers a Stax Records-sponsored concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and The Staples Singers.

Rize (Feb. 8 at 11 a.m., Feb. 24 at 10 p.m.) In 1992, after long-simmering racial tensions in Los Angeles erupted in riots following the verdicts in the Rodney King trial, a man named Tommy Johnson sought to spread a new message in a new way to the city's African-Americans. Creating a character called Tommy the Clown, Johnson developed an act that combined hip-hop-flavored comedy and dancing with an anti-gang and anti-violence message.

Rising from the Rails (Feb. 11 at 10 p.m.) Chronicles the relatively unheralded Pullman Porters, generations of African American men who served as caretakers to wealthy white passengers on luxury trains that traversed the nation in the golden age of rail travel. Based on the best-selling book by Larry Tye.

A Defining Moment (Feb. 11 at 11 p.m.) Examines the personal stories of four of the famed Tuskegee Airmen whose contribution to the civil rights movement helped pave the way for an historic event: the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States. Through courage, discipline and faith, these men come full circle to witness this defining moment in history.

The Hip Hop Project (Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.) The dynamic and inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.

President Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey (Feb. 18 at 10 p.m.) Documents President Obama’s life and career. This inspirational story is a tribute to the first African American president of the United States, from his early days, through his run for the White House in 2008.

500 Years Later (Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.) The multiple award-winning documentary, filmed on five continents and in more than 20 countries, tells the compelling story of the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right — freedom.

In the Shadow of Hollywood (Feb. 25 at 10 p.m.) The story, sounds and images of a nearly-forgotten era in film history when African-American filmmakers and studios created “race movies” exclusively for black audiences.

A Colored Life: The Herb Jeffries Story (Feb. 25 at 11:30 p.m.) An honest, entertaining, and often humorous look at a charismatic personality who used his light complexion to survive — and thrive — in both the black and white worlds.

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Ratings

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Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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