Urban One revealed the honorees for “URBAN ONE HONORS,” set to tape on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA. This year’s two-hour telecast theme is “Best in Black” and premieres during Black History Month on Sunday, February 25, 2024, on TV One and simulcast on CLEO TV.
“URBAN ONE HONORS” is the ultimate celebration of Black Excellence, acknowledging individuals whose remarkable achievements and significant contributions have left an indelible mark on the arts, media, music, and the community. This year’s distinguished recipients include Dionne Warwick, recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Honoree; Chlöe, celebrated as the Generation Next Honoree; Frankie Beverly, honored as a Living Legend, and Donald Lawrence, acclaimed for his Inspirational Impact.
"As we unveil the lineup for this year's ‘URBAN ONE HONORS,’ we are delighted to highlight the incredible musical journeys of Dionne Warwick, Chlöe, Frankie Beverly, and Donald Lawrence. Their selection as honorees is a recognition of their profound impact on both music and culture, spanning generations,” says Michelle Rice, President of TV One and CLEO TV, " From soulful ballads to timeless contributions and contemporary brilliance, these iconic artists have not only shaped the musical landscape but have also contributed significantly to the cultural fabric of our society. Each honoree represents a unique chapter in the story of music, and we are honored to celebrate their enduring legacies at this year's Urban One Honors: Best In Black."
Teyana Taylor, Bebe Winans, Damon Little, Angie Stone, October London, alongside a reunion featuring KeKe Wyatt, Chanté Moore, and Nicci Gilbert (cast of R&B Divas) round out the star-studded lineup of performers and presenters with additional names to be announced. GRAMMY™ Award-winning singer and actress LeToya Luckettreturns to host the event’s “Backstage Pass,” featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters.
Sponsors for Urban One Honors include Ally, P&G, Rocket Mortgage, Subaru, Intuit TurboTax, Walt Disney World® Resort, and Walmart.
“URBAN ONE HONORS” is produced for TV One by James Seppelfrick of The Cheat Code. Marilyn Gill is the Executive Producer. Myriam Leger will serve as Director and Daniel Moore as Music Director. Kashon Powell is the Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One.
LIFETIME TO DEBUT THE RAW AND COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY
WHERE IS WENDY WILLIAMS?
AS A TWO-NIGHT EVENT DEBUTING FEBRUARY 24 & 25
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2, 2023) – After Wendy Williams was placed under a financial guardianship and her hit talk show was unexpectedly canceled, she was determined to make a career comeback. Opening the doors to her private life like never before, cameras chronicled her comeback journey to reclaim her life and legacy despite facing health issues and personal turbulence.
With unparalleled access granted by Wendy to film with her and her family for nearly two years, what was captured was not what anyone expected. The four and a half hour, two-night documentary event, Where is Wendy Williams? will debut on Saturday, February 24 and 25 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. On the Friday night prior on February 23, Lifetime will encore Wendy’s biopic, Wendy Williams: The Movie and her 2021 documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess.
“Wendy has been part of the Lifetime family for over a decade and during that time, we partnered with Wendy for her revealing biopic and doc,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A&E, Lifetime and LMN. “But her story is not finished. There is so much more to it. Nobody truly knew the depths of Wendy’s reality so we hope that what our cameras captured can help shine a light on what she is facing now.”
“I'm gonna tell you something, if it happens to me, it could happen to you,” said Wendy Williams in the documentary.
“This was a complex project – and it became a labor of love for everyone involved,” said executive producer Mark Ford, Creature Films. “We are grateful to Wendy and her family for their utmost commitment to honesty, even when painful – in this documentary.”
Over the course of nearly two years, cameras chronicled the former television host and radio star Wendy Williams’ on the next phase of her life, following the end of her iconic talk show. The documentary provides a raw, honest and unfiltered reality of Wendy’s life after she was placed under financial guardianship, shedding light on the vulnerabilities that has turned Wendy into the Hot Topic herself. Suffering mental and physical issues, Wendy’s delicate state of mind, erratic behavior and declining health were all captured by the cameras. Where is Wendy Williams? is the story of Wendy’s journey to resurrect her career, and what filmmakers discovered along the way. But many questions remain - who truly has Wendy’s best interest at heart? Is she healthy now? And Where is Wendy Williams?
Throughout the airing of the program and on Lifetime’s social media platforms, Lifetime will drive messaging to mylifetime.com/WendyWilliams, directing viewers to a range of resources including SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), NAMI for Mental Health Resources, and information and resources for Graves’s Disease and Lymphedema.
Where is Wendy Williams? is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Wendy Williams, Kevin Hunter Jr, Will Selby, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Pat Lambert and Erica Hanson who also serves as showrunner. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for Lifetime.
A VALENTINE’S DAY TREAT FOR FANS OF
“TOUGH LOVE: ATLANTA,”
CLEO TV ANNOUNCES RETURN OF POPULAR DRAMA
10 Episode Second Season to Heat Up Screens This Summer
SILVER SPRING, Md. (February 14, 2024) - The newest season of CLEO TV’s “TOUGH LOVE: ATLANTA” promises to capture the drama and intensity of the characters’ darkest secrets in an explosive way. In season two, the group navigates a shocking underworld, grappling with blurred moral lines. Amidst the criminal chaos, the characters also untangle their tumultuous love lives, adding a layer of complexity to the storyline. As the group faces choices that will shape their destinies and the fate of their loved ones, "TOUGH LOVE: ATLANTA" promises a gripping season filled with suspense, unexpected twists, and the relentless pursuit of survival and love in Atlanta.
Power couple Roni and Caleb Davis are the creators of the “TOUGH LOVE” franchise which began as a web series in 2017. The Emmy®-nominated drama series, starting with “TOUGH LOVE (NYC), led the couple to multiple successful spinoff series based in different regional locations: “TOUGH LOVE: LA” and “TOUGH LOVE: ATLANTA”, both of which made their network debut on CLEO TV.
“With the TOUGH LOVE franchise, Roni and Caleb have mastered the art of storytelling that captures the realities of Black millennial relationships across multiple urban regions,” says Dexter Cole, SVP, Program Scheduling and Acquisitions at TV One. “We are thrilled to bring another season of this highly successful anthology series to CLEO TV and to see how each character again manages to take Atlanta by storm.”
The second season of “TOUGH LOVE: ATLANTA” recently wrapped production and includes ten half-hour episodes. The new season debuts on CLEO TV this Summer.
About the Cast:
Anissa LaShay (Jackie)
Anissa LaShay takes over the role of “Jackie” for the series second season. An actor and producer, LaShay is known for her roles in “Auntie’s Dearest,” “Two’s A Couple , 3’s A Crowd” and “About Him: The Other Side.”
Julian Horton (Drew)
Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Atlanta, GA, Julian Horton is a multi-hyphenate figure who has found success in sports, music, and in film and television. Working with JK Simmons and Uzo Aduba, Horton can be seen in the STX film, “National Champions” that is available via Netflix. Horton has also recently appeared on BET and Amazon Prime in the movies “Ruined” and “The Re-Education of Molly Singer” and soon to be released Black Spartans alongside Neal McDonough and J. Alphonse Nicholson.
Kadeem Isaiah (Kenny)
Kadeem Isaiah, a native of Atlanta, GA, by way of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having a background in musicianship and visual arts has opened his interest in the craft of telling stories. Since his discovery, Kadeem has graced screens worldwide on a national level in episodic television and feature films.
Alisha S. Ward (Lisa)
Alisha Ward grew up in Lagrange Georgia. As a kid She would run around creating imaginary adventures. She has landed roles in various projects, including “Mike” on Hulu, “Finding Happy” on Bounce TV, “How Did I Get Here “on Pureflix, “Forbidden Fruit,” “Read Between The Lines,” “False Advertisement,” “A. Love's Journey,” “Line Sisters” on Lifetime, “All The Queen's Men” on BET.
Ashanti Harris (Iesha)
Ashanti Harris is an actress whose magnetic performances have left an indelible mark on the screen. Harris has roles in shows like "A La Carte" on AllBLK, "The Lost Sex Tape" on Tubi, "Finding Happy" on Bounce TV, and "ATL Homicide" on TV One. She’s proven her versatility and acting prowess. In a standout achievement, Harris achieved success by winning the "Shoot Your Shot" showcase at the 2023 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), earning her a leading role alongside Omarion in an upcoming series on ALLBLK.