Unsung is an hour-long music documentary program that airs on TV One. The series, which premiered November 27, 2008, uncovers the stories behind once well-known R&B and soul music artists, bands, or groups who exploded onto the Billboard music charts with a string of hits, only to have their career derailed by a major crisis that caused them to be essentially unappreciated by later generations of contemporary R&B and soul music listeners. The series is produced by production company A. Smith & Co. Productions.
With the classic ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’, Billy Paul’s mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound, but substance abuse and political controversy threatened his career.
Black Music Movies
The Clark Sisters First Ladies of Gospel
Now streaming on Lifetime.
Angela Birchett stars as Jacky, Sheléa Frazier stars as Dorinda, Kierra Sheard stars as Karen and Raven Goodwin stars as Denise in “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.” (Photo: Amanda Matlovich, Lifetime)
Upcoming music films in 2020
The Queen of Soul’s story Aretha Franklin movie coming 2020 on the big screen.
Jennifer Hudson will play Aretha Franklin in Respect. Picture: Getty
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom -coming 2020
JP Jazz Archive/Redferns
The file will focus on Ma Rainey recording a record in 1927 Chicago, when tension erupts between her, her white agent and producer and bandmates.
Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman will Star in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ on Netflix