'The Beat Don't Stop': Go-Go Music Doc Set For Black Music Month

May 21 2020

TV One will celebrate Black Music Month with the premiere of the Go-go music documentary, The Beat Don't Stop.

Executive produced by Urban One founder and chairwoman Cathy Hughes, The Beat Don't Stop will document the history and legacy of go-go music. The film "features trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the sound throughout the decades" and  "delves into the evolution of the Go-go culture, celebrating the legacy of the Godfather of Go-go music, Chuck Brown, and the pivotal role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for the music genre. Additionally, it examines the passion that fueled social movements, including the internationally recognized Don't Mute DC, which emphasized the music's power and influence amid a rapidly changing cultural landscape."

The official description reads: Go-go music is the indigenous sound of Washington, D.C., which emerged out of underprivileged neighborhoods during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. It was largely blamed for the rise in crime and violence that paralyzed D.C.  The Beat Don't Stop takes viewers through that history and addresses how the music served as a platform for African Americans to elevate and address issues such as class struggles, gentrification and the music's impact on black culture.

The documentary will feature a variety of interviews, such as rapper Doug E. Fresh, hip-hop artist DJ Kool, Radio One personality Angie Ange, Trouble Funk and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson.

"I always sought to represent the underrepresented. I always gave voice to the voiceless, and Go-go was very much that," Hughes. "We are proud to be a part of the Go-go story and grateful to tell the story of the men and women who helped to create and promote this amazing sound."

The film airs on the network June 21 at 8 p.m., followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/7C.

Watch the trailer for The Beat Don't Stop below.

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Photo: TV One

by Jordan Simon on May 21 2020

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