UMC – Urban Movie Channel's Unveils Varied Black Music Month Documentary Collection
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UMC – Urban Movie Channel's Unveils Varied Black Music Month Documentary Collection


Urban Movie Channel (UMC) will celebrate Black Music Month, beginning on Friday, June 2, 2017, with a Black Music Month collection of documentaries, concert performances, and more, including the Damon Dash production “Welcome to Blakroc,” the documentary “The Industry” from Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Speaks Series, and the documentary that tells the untold story of the legendary Sugarhill Gang titled “I Want My Name Back.”

Also included are documentaries about late hip hop greats Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., and Jam Master Jay; as well as filmed concert performances from Earth Wind and Fire, Jimi Hendrix, and Unlocking the Truth; and little known stories of black musicians in history such as the enslaved pianist Thomas Greene Bethune and Queen of the Trumpet, Valaida Snow,and more.

Throughout the month, UMC will present “American Beatboxer,” an award-winning documentary that follows the experience of the first American Beatbox Championship. The inaugural event, which took place in Brooklyn, NY, brought together beatboxers and beatbox fans of all races from across the country and featured a judging panel of hip hop legends Rahzel the “Godfather of Noyze”, Masai Electro, Parrish Smith of EPMD, and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest. Directed by Manauvaskar Kublall, produced by Richard McKeown, and executive produced by Chesney Snow – co-founder of the American Beatboxing Championship, the film is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum & Archive and documents one of the most neglected genres of hip hop culture, acknowledging beatboxing’s rightful place in Hip Hop history, as well as its establishment as an American art form.

As part of UMC’s tribute to Tupac Shakur, UMC will host a special UMC All Access Facebook Live interview with Leila Steinberg, the artist mentor and first manager for Tupac Shakur. A veteran music industry executive who has worked with Atlantic Records, Sony, Def Jam, Interscope and more, Steinberg first met Tupac in the Spring of 1988, when he entered The Microphone Sessions, her writing workshop that develops spoken word, poetry, musicals, hip hop, pop, dance, and more. Currently, Leila manages rapper Earl Sweatshirt, formerly of Odd Future.

Finally, #ThrowbackThursdays continues with episodes from Season 1 of WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” added to UMC each and every week through July 27, 2017.

Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is the first subscription streaming service created for African American audiences in North America that features a variety of content including feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusives. UMC is available on Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Fire TV. At, UMC offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

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