Monday night will be monumental for the culture. The Urban One Honors returns to TV One and Cleo TV, just in time to close out Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The show’s host, Neyo, shared with Forbes Magazine about how fitting of a moment it will be to celebrate the soundtrack of black America on such a powerful and important day.
“Everybody’s familiar with what Martin Luther King’s dream was and that was basically, in laymen’s terms, for everyone to rock together. To realize that underneath this skin, whatever color, we’re all one tribe. So for this kind of show to fall on this day with that message—it just all makes perfect sense,” Neyo shares with Forbes. The show, presented by T-Mobile, will honor some of the culture’s brightest and influential stars like Timbaland, Jennifer Hudson, Tasha Cobbs, Gamble & Huff, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and others. Monday’s celebration will really highlight music’s power and what it’s meant to us for decades and beyond.
“Music has been an integral part of the African American experience, and the influence of Black music can be seen in all aspects of our culture,” says Honors executive producer Marilyn Gill. “And oftentimes musicians and artists are mirroring what’s happening in the fabric of our society spiritually, socially, economically,” Gill added. “They help tell our stories, they help us celebrate our pride and carry us through times of struggle and oppression. We felt the timing was right for us to celebrate that.”