New releases this week in Black TV & Film include: Ball culture competition series Legendary, documentary chronicling the sexual assault of a music industry exec in On the Record, Soul Train inspired series American Soul, musical drama The High Note and a tribute to Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell.

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5/24/2020

A Tribute to Andre Harrell: Mr. Champagne & Bubbles

Air/Release Date: 5/24/2020 @ 7/6c
Network: BET, Revolt, Fox Soul
Writer/Director/Creator:
Wendy Credle, Gianni Credle-Harrell, Rikki Hughes
Cast:
Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock
Category/Genre: TV Special
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Synopsis: The biggest stars across the entertainment industry will honor one of the cultural architects for black media and the founder of Uptown Records, the late Andre Harrell, affectionally called “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” by friends and family.

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5/27/2020

Legendary

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020
Network: HBO Max
Writer/Director/Creator:
Deondray Gossett
Cast:
DJ MikeQ, Megan Thee Stallion, Dashaun Wesley
Category/Genre: TV Series, Game Show
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Synopsis:  If you slay, you stay. In Legendary, a new HBO Max competition series that pulls from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka “houses”) must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion.

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5/27/2020

On the Record

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020
Network: HBO Max
Writer/Director/Creator:
Kirby Dick, Sara Newens, Amy Ziering
Cast:
Tarana Burke, Drew Dixon
Category/Genre: Film, Documentary
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Synopsis:  On The Record presents the powerful haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon (collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

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5/27/2020

American Soul: Season 2

Air/Release Date: 5/27/2020 @ 10/9c
Network: BET
Writer/Director/Creator:
Devon Greggory, Jonathan Prince
Cast:
Sinqua Walls, James Devoti
Category/Genre: TV Series, Drama
Rating: TV-14

Synopsis: The story of entrepreneur Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train show, which rose to prominence in the 1970s.

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5/29/2020

The High Note

Air/Release Date: 5/29/2020
Network: On Demand
Writer/Director/Creator:
Flora Greeson, Nisha Ganatra
Cast: Tracee Ellis Ross, Ice Cube, Kelvin Harrison, Jr.
Category/Genre: Film, Drama/Romance
Rating:
PG-13

Synopsis: Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer.

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