Anchoring BET’s Black History Month fare is the annual Celebration Of Gospel, back for its fifth year celebrating both the traditional and contemporary art form as sung by some of the biggest names in gospel music along side secular artists with gospel roots. Performers for this spiritual salute include Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, Angie Stone, Smokie Norful, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Pastor Shirley Caesar, J. Moss, BET’s own Dr. Bobby Jones, The Clark Sisters, Kiki Sheard, Tye Tribbett and others. Celebration Of Gospel V premieres on Thursday, February 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The Cousin Jeff Chronicles, a new, in-depth quarterly forum and talk show featuring BET’s own “Cousin Jeff” Johnson, makes its series debut during Black History Month on Monday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Quickly earning a reputation as urban America’s newest voice of social and political consciousness, Cousin Jeff will engage viewers with his unique ability to stimulate dialogue and examine differing perspectives in an effort to frame and explore social ills. For its debut installment, The Cousin Jeff Chronicles will address the subject “The Bridge is Over—The Gap Between the Civil Rights and Hip Hop Generations.”
Produced by BET Pictures in association with Strange Fruit Films, a new original made-for-television movie Book Of Love—The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs will add some special spice to BET in Black History Month. This “mock-u-mentary” features an all-star ensemble cast and delivers comical insight to a tale of unrequited love and male/female relationships gone bad. Written by Jeffrey W. Byrd and Eric K. George, the film stars Robin Givens (Head of State, Boomerang), Salli Richardson Whitfield (Biker Boyz, Antwone Fisher), Richard T. Jones (Twisted, Judging Amy), Anthony “Treach” Criss (Playas Ball, Jason’s Lyric), Mari Morrow (National Security, How To Be A Player) and Eric K. George (NYPD Blue, The Practice). Book Of Love premieres on Monday, February 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Also highlighting the BET Black History Month slate is a special mini-series event The Jacksons: An American Dream. It all began with a working class family from Gary, Indiana. But when their extraordinary gift for singing is discovered, the music world is set on fire by some talented youngsters who would become the world famous Jackson 5. This three-part journey through success, trouble and turmoil televises February 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
BET Jazz, The 24-Hour Jazz Channel, will satisfy a range of musical tastes with its Black History Month sampling of compelling performances from the worlds of jazz and R&B. The special programming includes Seal: Live From The 2004 Bermuda Music Festival, The Jazz Foundation Of America Presents A Great Night In Harlem, Angie Stone: The Stone Love Tour, and Anthony Hamilton: Comin’ From Where I’m From.
For more information and show times, check out www.bet.com.