SiriusXM celebrates Black History month with Ancestry Radio, Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulubeatz show + more

African Ancestry Radio is a three-week series of live, call-in shows during which the hosts help listeners and celebrities of African descent in their quest to reconnect with their heritage.

Hosted by Gina Paige and Shirley Neal, African Ancestry Radio will launch on Sunday 2/8 at 12 pm ET live on Urban View, Ch. 126, with Louis Gossett Jr. as its first celebrity guest. Launched in celebration of Black History month, the hosts will lead the conversation on heritage, guiding SiriusXM guests and listeners of African descent on the journey of retracing their roots.

Lou Gossett Jr. stars in the six-part miniseries, The Book of Negroes, which begins on BET on Monday 2/16 in honor of Black History month. It is based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill that details the account of an enslaved woman who assists in leading a revolution that will secure freedom for herself and a number of slaves in South Carolina.

“We have a prolific history,” Gossett told the Washington Post. “It behooves us to know all of it.”

In addition, African Ancestry Radio will feature discussions on how a person’s roots influence personality, who they are and how they act. Each show will include at least one celebrity guest who has previously tested their DNA and whose African ancestry will be revealed during the broadcast.

All month, Maggie Linton is also celebrating African American Poets, with readings by producer Adell Coleman Williams. Twice a show through all of February, she will highlight poetry from historical African American figures, like Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Hear the Maggie Linton Show every weekday at 10 am ET.

In music the legendary Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulubeatz show will broadcast LIVE from the SiriusXM NYC studios. Tune in on Thursday 2/12 at 10 pm ET and Tuesday 2/17 10 pm ET to Backspin, Ch. 46, as Bam and the Zulubeatz crew pay tribute to the greats of hop-hop and the artists that influenced them!

SiriusXM will also be replaying encore concerts of KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane to further celebrate this commemorative month, tune in Thursday 2/5 at 10 pm ET, Thursday 2/19 at 10 pm ET and Saturday 2/21 at 8 pm ET to Backspin to hear why fans love Big Daddy Kane for bringing sexy back to hip hop with his cool persona and dance moves. Check him out in his 1990 performance at The Apollo:

Kicking knowledge as usual, KRS-One spoke to us about hip hop’s importance here:

Finally, on Saturday 2/28 at 12 pm ET on Soul Town, Ch. 39, The Soul Town Countdown will feature 15 of the top songs revolving around Civil Rights with songs including Amen, Keep On Pushing, Why Can’t We Live Together, Respect Yourself, (For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People, and many more.

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