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Discovery+ launching hub to showcase Black voices

Discovery+ has announced the launch of a “Black Voices” hub with programming spotlighting the African American community ahead of Black History Month. The hub will live on the streaming service year-round ...
January 20, 2022

Discovery+ has announced the launch of a “Black Voices” hub with programming spotlighting the African American community ahead of Black History Month.

The hub will live on the streaming service year-round with curated series, documentaries and specials showcasing Black culture and voices, in genres including entrepreneurship, relationships, real estate and design, history, food, lifestyle and more.

“Black voices should be celebrated 365 days a year,” said Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy for Discovery in a statement announcing the hub. “We are proud to bring universal and relatable stories to the platform that highlight and represent the Black community across genres that we know will resonate with viewers.”

Among the Discovery+ Originals to be featured in the Black Voices hub:

Profiled: The Black Man (launching February 12), a four-part docuseries examining the origins of the stereotypes that permeate society and have impacted the lives of Black men in America for centuries. Episodes will feature actors, musicians and activists, including executive producer Tina Knowles-Lawson.

Uprooted (premiering February 18), focusing on Keith Warren, whose body was found hanging from a tree in 1986 at the age of 19. The police ruled it a suicide at the scene, and there was no autopsy or criminal investigation. The special follows Keith’s sister Sherri, who has spent the last 34 years investigating his death and seeking closure.

The Great Soul Food Cook Off (streaming now) is a soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions. Produced in partnership with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, the series launched on Discovery+ last November.

Remix My Space With Marsai Martin (streaming now, pictured) tells the stories of remarkable young people who have made a lasting positive impact in their communities who get the surprise of a lifetime when actress Marsai Martin (Black-ish) shows up to give them a personalized bedroom makeover with her team.

Other specials and series will be included in the hub, including Love & Marriage Huntsville, Black Love, Dr. Mercy, Home Grown, Family or Fiance, The Legacy of Black Wall Street, OWN Spotlight: Oprah + 100 Black Fathers, and Home Grown.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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