ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will honor Black History Month in February with a month-long programming tribute including some of the greatest African-American stories, motion pictures and performances of all-time.
The tribute will also include a new original short-form series of vignettes called "Today's History Makers" featuring influential African Americans such as Common, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle and GRAMMY®-winning producer, singer and songwriter The Dream sharing thoughts and perspective on contemporary African-American heroes. People discussed include: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, whose discoveries have revolutionized the treatment of brain cancer; Vernice "Flygirl" Amour, who became the first African-American female combat pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Michele Roberts, the first female Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association and Mo'ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win pitching in Little League World Series history.
BOUNCE TV HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015
(All Times Eastern)
Sunday, February 1
9:00 p.m. – Malcolm X - The story of America's fiery civil-rights leader who went from jail to leading a revolution, featuring Denzel Washington's acclaimed performance in the title role.
1:00 a.m. – For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story – Howard Rollins, Jr. stars as Medgar Evers, a successful insurance agent who moves to Mississippi to direct the regional headquarters of the NAACP. Fighting segregation and racist politics, Evers becomes a true leader of the black community. Despite death threats and physical assaults on his family, Evers vows to stay in Jackson until his mission is complete.
Sunday, February 8
9:00 p.m. – The Color Purple - The multiple Academy Award®-winning motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal sharecropper husband.
12:30 a.m. – Ghosts of Mississippi - The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, (Played by Whoopi Goldberg) and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.
Sunday, February 15
9:00 p.m. – Sounder - Black sharecroppers during the Depression fight to get their children a decent education in this multiple-Oscar® nominated classic starring Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield.
11:00 p.m. – The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman – Tyson also stars in this iconic and multiple award-winning film about a fictional African-American woman whose life began in slavery and ended at the inception of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sunday, February 22
9:00 p.m. – Ray - From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of the music charts, Ray Charles' inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit. Jamie Foxx won the Best Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the musical giant.
12:00 a.m. – Mandela & de Klerk - The story of the negotiations between Civil rights activist Nelson Mandela (Sidney Poitier) and South African President F.W. de Klerk (Michael Caine) -- onetime ideological enemies -- for South Africa's ordered, legal, and peaceful transition to a full democracy.
Bounce TV targets African Americans with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Bounce TV is currently seen in 90 markets, including all of the top African-American television markets, 90% of African-American television homes and 74% of the total television homes in the United States.
SOURCE Bounce TV