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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

UMC – Urban Movie Channel Celebrates Black Music Month with June Streaming Slate, Paying Homage to Musical Icons and Hip Hop Legends

— First Premiere, “Welcome to Blackroc,” Debuts Friday, June 10 —

RLJ Entertainment/ UMC

Los Angeles, CA — In honor of Black Music Month, RLJ Entertainment’s Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents a month long of tributes and new titles to be added on Fridays throughout June. Join UMC as it pays tribute to music legends, with a special focus on old school hip hop. Kicking off the month is the premiere of Welcome to Blakroc, from hip hop pioneer and producer Damon Dash. The music/performance documentary focuses on the making of the album of the same name by the Rock/Blues duo, The Black Keys, and features guest appearances from several hip hop acts, including Mos Def, Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Jim Jones, NOE of ByrdGang, Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan. A follow-up documentary, Blakroc 2, will debut on UMC later in 2016. Also premiering this month is the docu-series Hip Hop Nation, a behind-the-scenes look at the Hip Hop movement and its influence on pop culture.

On Friday, June 17, UMC adds the documentaries Tupac Shakur Vs, which features an in-depth never before seen 1995 interview with the late rapper, and Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake, a look back on Tupac’s final years through the eyes of rap industry legends Eazy-E and Russell Simmons, among others. Finally, UMC closes out the month with two titles premiering on Friday, June 24th that pay homage to two of the most legendary artists in music: Hendrix on Hendrix, the Jimi Hendrix documentary, and the UMC exclusive streaming premiere of the biopic, NINA, a tribute to the life and legacy of Nina Simone, which stars Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps, Keith David and Ella Joyce.

Available at urbanmoviechannel.com, UMC is the first urban-focused streaming service in North America showcasing quality and exclusive urban content designed for African American and urban audiences from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE). Sign-up today for your free 14-day trial offer at www.UrbanMovieChannel.com. To join the conversation, follow @WatchUMC on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook (UrbanMovieChannel).

About UMC
UMC – Urban Movie Channel was created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). UMC is an urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America and features quality urban content showcasing feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences. New titles added weekly include live stand-up specials like Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand Up and Comedy Underground Series, and performances featuring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; dramas including Blackbird starring Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, and Playin’ For Love, starring and directed by Robert Townsend; documentaries including Bill Duke’s Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; action/thrillers including The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert. For more information visit: www.urbanmoviechannel.com.


Traci Otey Blunt

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