The Tribute Event will Tape December 5, 2019 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD and Broadcast on TV One on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 20, 2020
(SILVER SPRING, MD) – November 26, 2019 – Urban One, Inc. announced today that
Ford Motor Company will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the annual Urban One Honors. The tribute event will take place on December 5, 2019, at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. Ford Motor Company is a global company that designs, manufactures, markets, and services automobiles and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.
This is Ford’s inaugural year as an Urban One Honors sponsor. The automaker will present a backstage pass segment hosted by celebrity influencer Tai Beauchamp, as part of its participation. The specialty segment will take viewers behind the scenes of the broadcast and feature exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters. Promotional units will message the partnership and drive tune-in to the broadcast, and a custom intro will lead into the telecast, debuting January 20, 2020, on the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday.
Ford will also sponsor the Entertainment Icon Award, which will be presented to Oscar award-winning actor Jamie Foxx.
“We are thrilled to partner with such a dynamic company that understands the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans,” said Rahsan Lindsay, TV One EVP of Ad Sales and Marketing. “As we celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone of Radio One, Ms. Hughes’ contributions as a media pioneer and the impact of the honorees, the Ford brand demonstrates a commitment to excellence within their industry and communities they serve.”
URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7; WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event will herald the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community. It will also pay tribute to the 40-year history of Radio One, the radio division of the company, and its extraordinary founder, Cathy Hughes.
This year’s honorees include: veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Award); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Award); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx(Entertainment Icon Award); and actor/dancer and star of “Pose,” Ryan Jamaal Swain(Represent Pride Award).
Performers include: Grammy Award-winning recording artist and songwriter
Ne-Yo; Grammy-nominated rapper Wale; Grammy Award-winning, R&B superstar Brandy; R&B singer Eric Benét; gospel singer Pastor Charles Jenkins; new music artist Jac Ross; and television host Egypt Sherrod. The actor/singer and star of “Pose,” Billy Porter, and the subject of Netflix’s documentary “The Black Godfather,” Clarence Avant, are among the show’s presenters.
URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are the Executives in Charge of Production for TV One. For TV One’s Original Programming and Production, Robyn Greene Arrington serves as Vice President and Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President.
Tickets to Urban One Honors are available to the public and can be purchased at urbanonehonors.com
ABOUT URBAN ONE, INC.
Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com
), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the United States. Urban One is the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com
),TV One (tvone.tv
), CLEOTV (mycleo.tv
), iOne Digital (ionedigital.com
) and One Solution. Formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the company was founded in 1980 with a single radio station and now owns and/or operates 59 broadcast stations (including HD stations) in 15 urban markets in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. The Company’s growth led to diversification into syndicated radio programming, cable television and online digital media. As a result, in 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the Company’s multi-media operations. While the Company was renamed Urban One, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets. Through Reach Media, Inc., the Company operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. TV One is a national cable television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV, is a lifestyle and entertainment cable television network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. iOne Digital is a collection of digital platforms providing the African-American community with social, news and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire branded websites. One Solution provides award-winning, fully integrated advertising solutions across the entire Urban One multi-media platform. Through its national, multi-media operations, the Com.pany and One Solution provides advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African-American and urban audiences. Finally, Urban One owns a minority interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland
ABOUT TV ONE
Launched in January 2004, TV One
serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, The DL Hughley Show, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com
, the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.