Tubi Honors Black History Month With Two Premieres Including 'Howard High' Starring Marques Houston
Looks like Tubi is bringing great Black cinema to its platform as the streaming service recently announced they will be providing "thousands of hours" of premium Black content while also announcing a new original musical drama 'Howard High' and original music documentary 'Pass The Mic.'
Premiering on February 4th, 'Howard High' stars an ensemble cast including Marques Houson and Keith Sweat. The film follows a high school musical group that must compete against a rival school in order to save their arts program, while also battling issues from the inside. Based on the 2020 hit TV mini-series, which will be available on Tubi during Black History Month, HOWARD HIGH is an entertaining and fun-loving film that also sheds light on the challenges students and school arts programs face in underfunded neighborhoods.
On February 16th, 'Pass the Mic' is honoring music stars Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, who are known risk-takers and rebels who have used music as a way to shatter stereotypes and overcome adversity, embodying the indomitable spirit symbolic of the Black experience. While they build on the movements of those that came before them, they are igniting their own movements – and inspiring a new generation – to ensure their influence will live on.
See the press release below: TUBI HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF PREMIUM BLACK CINEMA, PLUS ALL-NEW ORIGINAL MUSICAL DRAMA “HOWARD HIGH," AND ORIGINAL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY “PASS THE MIC” Season One of FOX’s OUR KIND OF PEOPLE to Run on Tubi Throughout Month, Beginning February 2 Debuting Friday, February 4, HOWARD HIGH Features All-Star Cast of Singers and Dancers, Including Chrissy Stokes, Anthony Lewis, Earanequa Carter, Lindsay Davis, Veronika Bozeman, Jarell Houston, Christian Gonzalez, Kida Burns, Marques Houston, and Award-Winning R&B Singer-Songwriter Keith Sweat Premiering Wednesday, February 16, PASS THE MIC, from FOX Alternative Entertainment, Celebrates the Careers of Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar WATCH/SHARE “HOWARD HIGH” PROMO: HERE WATCH/SHARE TUBI’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROMO: HERE Tubi, FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service, will honor Black History Month with a celebration of stories, voices, and triumphs, featuring thousands of hours of Black film and television. To anchor this month-long tribute, the service will debut two all-new Tubi Originals: musical drama HOWARD HIGH, directed by Christopher B. Stokes (“You Got Served”), premiering Friday, February 4; and PASS THE MIC, a two-hour Tubi Original documentary spotlighting the careers of Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, debuting Wednesday, February 16. And starting Wednesday, February 2, Tubi will be the only place where viewers can stream the entire first season of FOX’s OUR KIND OF PEOPLE for free. In addition to HOWARD HIGH and PASS THE MIC, more than 1,400 Black Cinema titles will be available on Tubi throughout Black History Month, including the award-winning documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”; “Sorry to Bother You,” starring LaKeith Stanfield; “Bessie,” featuring Queen Latifah, Michael K. Williams, Mo’Nique and more; “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”; and “The Jacksons: An American Dream”; as well as Tubi Originals TWISTED HOUSE SITTER, MOST WANTED SANTA and GIRLS GETAWAY GONE WRONG. “As home to the largest free collection of Black Cinema, Tubi is dedicated to empowering and elevating Black voices and stories year-round,” said Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi. “We’re honored to celebrate Black History Month with a super-charged offering of premium programming, including two exciting new Tubi Originals -- the high-energy musical drama
HOWARD HIGH and the inspiring documentary PASS THE MIC.” Premiering February 4, HOWARD HIGH follows a high school musical group that must compete against a rival school in order to save their arts program, while also battling issues from the inside. Based on the 2020 hit TV mini-series, which will be available on Tubi during Black History Month, HOWARD HIGH is an entertaining and fun-loving film that also sheds light on the challenges students and school arts programs face in underfunded neighborhoods. In addition to director Christopher B. Stokes, the film from Footage Films features an ensemble cast that includes Chrissy Stokes (“Southland”), Anthony Lewis (“Madea’s Farewell Play”), Earanequa Carter, Lindsay Davis, Veronika Bozeman (“Karen”), Jarell Houston (“You Got Served”), Christian Gonzalez and Kida Burns (“Battlefield America”), as well as Keith Sweat, Marques Houston, Ross Fleming, Hannah Malone, Deonte Jackson, Rayan Lopez, Diany Arias, Asha Franklin and Lindsay Diann. Additionally, the HOWARD HIGH original soundtrack will drop on February 4 on all digital platforms.
Premiering February 16, Tubi’s two-hour documentary from FOX Alternative Entertainment, PASS THE MIC, celebrates the careers of Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, risk-takers and rebels who have used music as a way to shatter stereotypes and overcome adversity, embodying the indomitable spirit symbolic of the Black experience. While they build on the movements of those that came before them, they are igniting their own movements – and inspiring a new generation – to ensure their influence will live on.
Additionally, starting on February 2, Season One of FOX’s OUR KIND OF PEOPLE’s will be available on Tubi. The series was inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class,” and takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful Black elite have come to play for more than 50 years. From writer and executive producer Karin Gist (“Star,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and executive producer Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”), OUR KIND OF PEOPLE follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of Black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of Black resilience and achievement. Produced by 20th Television and FOX Entertainment, the series stars Yaya DaCosta (“Chicago Med,” “Whitney”), Morris Chestnut (THE RESIDENT), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Lance Gross (“Hawaii 5-0”), Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Empire”), Kyle Bary (“Ginny & Georgia”), Debbi Morgan ("Power Book II: Ghost," "All My Children") and newcomer Alana Bright. Additional titles available on Tubi during Black History Month include “A Weekend with the Family,” “Boy Bye,” “Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1,” “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Jacob’s Ladder” (2019), “A Woman Called Moses,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?,” “ATL,” “Devil in a Blue Dress,” “Death at a Funeral” and more.
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