This year for Black History Month, we’re celebrating “African Americans & The Arts” with a lineup of specialty programming spotlighting the transformative music and artists in Black culture. Explore Black History Month channels, specials, podcasts, and more on the SiriusXM app and player now.
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While SiriusXM amplifies Black music legends and rising stars of the genre year-round, we’re honoring Black History Month with newly curated pop-up channels including Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Radio and The Apollo Theater Channel, along with exclusive content that showcases Black artists, comedians, and athletes.
On the SiriusXM app, explore everything from the pioneering sounds of jazz legends to the revolutionary bars and beats of hip-hop trailblazers, as well as the most powerful voices in politics, history, and religion to game-changers in comedy, sports, and beyond. Explore Guest DJ sessions from A-list artists, discover sounds from throughout the diaspora, and dive into insightful interviews led by Kevin Hart, Sway Calloway, Gayle King, and other essential hosts. Plus, immerse yourself in podcasts and shows highlighting the history of Harlem, gospel heritage, civil rights champions, and much more.
Black History Month Channels
Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Radio
Available February 20–26 on channel 107 and February 2–29 on the SiriusXM app
In the late ’80s, a new hip-hop/R&B hybrid sound emerged, created and perfected by producer Teddy Riley. Today, we’re celebrating the sound of New Jack Swing and its innovative creator, Teddy Riley, as he adds his unique commentary and stories, exclusively on this SiriusXM channel. You’ll hear throwbacks from Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, SWV, Blackstreet, and more from this classic era of music.
The Apollo Theater Channel
Available February 13–19 on channel 107 and February 2–29 on the SiriusXM app
From the early days of jazz through decades of R&B and hip-hop, The Apollo has been — and continues to be — a focal point of Black culture. Now, we’re spotlighting the music and artists that have influenced the iconic venue. The Apollo Theater Channel features artists who’ve performed at the Apollo and those who’ve been inspired by the legendary organization which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. You’ll also hear classic performances from artists who’ve graced the incredible Apollo stage over the years.
Black History Month Specials
Revival! The Heritage of Black Gospel | Kirk Franklin’s Praise
Journey through time for Black History Month with stories about the gospel songs that have become standards in churches throughout the world, as told by the legendary artists who first created them to the artists who carry the torches today. Celebrate gospel through the eyes of those who have made music to inspire worshippers throughout the decades. It’s our stories from the pews to the stages. A new episode premieres each Thursday in February at 3pm ET.
En Vogue & TLC on The Jody Watley Show | The Groove
The Jody Watley Show celebrates Black History Month with exclusive interviews from ’90s R&B history makers, En Vogue and TLC, premiering on The Groove (Ch. 51) on February 11 at 6pm ET.
Best in Comedy | Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio
Hear some of the best Black comedians every weekend throughout the month of February, including the premiere of Hart of the City, featuring comedians hand-selected by Kevin Hart (weekend of February 2); the premiere of the Laugh Tonight catalog with Damon Williams (weekend of February 9); and a rebroadcast of Bernie Mac’s Tapes from a King (weekend of February 16). Plus, enjoy marathon blocks of Kevin Hart’s Gold Minds with some of his biggest guests and brand new full album plays from comedians Kevin wants listeners to hear (weekend of February 23).
Black Diamonds | Podcast
SiriusXM and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum present the exclusive podcast series, Black Diamonds, hosted by museum president and historian Bob Kendrick. The podcast showcases the history of the Negro Leagues, highlighting the players, people, and events that shaped them, as well as spotlighting the leagues’ achievements and innovations during a time of segregation and inequality. Hear the stories of baseball legends like Jackie Robinson, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, and Satchel Paige, and important figures like Rube Foster, Effa Manley, Buck O’Neil, and many more.
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