Showtime pays homage to black entertainers

Lathan helming special

Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years.

Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light It Up”) will host the show, slated to premiere in February.

Notables to appear

Stan Lathan (“Moesha,” “Martin”) will direct the special, which will feature interviews with Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Hines, Little Richard, Berry Gordy, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx, and Smokey Robinson.

“This special will underscore the unique and dazzling stamp that black entertainers have put on music and the movies,” said Showtime Networks exec VP of original programming Mark Zakarin.

Simmons, Lathan, John Davies and Steven Lewis will exec produce.

More TV

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Elmarie Wendel, '3rd Rock From the Sun' Actress, Dies at 89

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Deals on Non-Primetime TV, Telemundo

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • Issa Rae, Natasha Rothwell and Yvonne

    'Insecure' Season 3 to Introduce New 'Timely' Show Within The Show

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • Nicole MainesVariety Studio Comic-Con, Day 3,

    Nicole Maines on Being TV's First Trans Superhero: 'I'm Nervous Because I Want to Do It Right'

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • Nicole Maines'The Trans List' film premiere,

    Warner Bros. Television SDCC Roundup: Nicole Maines Cast as First Transgender Superhero on 'Supergirl'

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • Man in the High Castle

    Amazon Renews 'The Man in the High Castle' for Season 4

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

  • SDCC News Roundup: First Look at

    SDCC News Roundup: 'Midnight Texas' Adds Three Cast Members, First Look at Live-Action 'Kim Possible'

    Showtime has begun production on “It’s Black Entertainment,” a 90-minute special which will pay homage to the most memorable musical performances by African-American in film over the past 70 years. Peter Guber’s Mandalay Media Arts is producing the spec for Showtime in association with Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “Light […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content