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Celebrating the Power and Legacy of Black Artists

Welcome to Black Music Month on Impact Network!

It’s a time to appreciate the incredible impact Black musicians have had on music around the world. Black music has changed the way we listen, dance, and even think about music itself.

Here at Impact Network, we’re dedicating the whole month to honoring these amazing artists, both from the past and present. We’ll be highlighting their achievements, exploring the different styles they created, and remembering the power their music has had on society.

Black Music: A Story of Innovation and Change

Black music is full of creativity and new ideas. Black artists have constantly pushed boundaries and invented new ways to express themselves. From the soul-stirring melodies of gospel music to the driving rhythms of hip-hop, Black music has a sound that’s all its own.

Impact Network Celebrates Black Music Legends

This month, we’ll be celebrating some of the most influential Black musicians of all time. Here are just a few of the amazing artists we’ll be honoring:

  • Aretha Franklin: The “Queen of Soul” broke barriers and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her powerful voice and iconic songs influenced generations of singers.
  • Bob Marley: Bob Marley’s message of peace and unity spread around the world. His song “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium, showing how powerful music can be.
  • Nina Simone: A classically trained pianist, Nina Simone used her skills to create a unique blend of jazz, blues, and classical music. Her voice and her music spoke out against injustice.
  • Stevie Wonder: A child prodigy who started making music at 11, Stevie Wonder’s career has spanned decades. His uplifting songs are loved by people of all ages.
  • Miles Davis: A true innovator, Miles Davis helped shape the sound of jazz music throughout his career. He was always pushing the boundaries and exploring new ways to make music.
  • Prince: A musical genius, Prince wrote his first song at just 7 years old! He wrote countless hits for himself and other artists, like “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald had an incredible vocal range and a talent for mimicking instruments with her voice.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix revolutionized rock and roll with his electric guitar skills. His performance of the national anthem at Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement.
  • Beyoncé: A superstar who continues to break records, Beyoncé inspires millions. Her music celebrates Black culture and empowers women.
  • Louis Armstrong: A trumpet player and singer with a one-of-a-kind voice, Louis Armstrong’s music spanned decades and genres. His song “Hello, Dolly!” even knocked The Beatles off the charts!

This is just a small sampling of the amazing Black musicians who have shaped the world of music. Tune in to Impact Network this Black Music Month to learn more about these incredible artists and discover the power of Black music!

Watch These Family Friendly Shows on Impact TV this June

Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, inspiration, and heartwarming stories! This June, Impact TV is bringing you a fantastic lineup of family-friendly movies and shows that are perfect for movie nights, lazy afternoons, or just spending quality time with your loved ones.

1. The People’s Place: Turning Farewell into Fanfare

This captivating series, “The People’s Place,” will have you glued to your screen. Created by John Wynn, the show features a talented cast, including Stephen Gardner and Deborah Ali-Williams, who bring relatable characters to life as they navigate the ups and downs of life with humor and heart. Whether it’s a family celebration, a new job opportunity, or a personal challenge, “The People’s Place” explores the everyday moments that bind us together, making it a delightful addition to your family’s viewing experience.

2. Overcomers: Rising Above with Strength and Hope

Looking for something inspiring? Then don’t miss “Overcomers,” a docuseries hosted by the amazing Gina Grant. This show takes you on a powerful journey alongside five single mothers as they overcome challenges and build successful lives. Grant, a successful entrepreneur herself, shares her own story of overcoming adversity as a young single mom, offering a relatable perspective. Through personal stories, inspiring coaching from experts like life coaches and financial literacy advisors, and practical advice on everything from budgeting to managing past trauma, “Overcomers” will leave you feeling empowered and motivated to tackle your own challenges.

3. Portia: Uplifting Conversations for Black Women

“Portia” is more than just a lifestyle program – it’s a community-focused platform designed to empower and celebrate Black women. Join host Portia for engaging conversations on a wide range of topics, from faith and family to health and social issues. This thoughtful program offers valuable insights and inspiration for viewers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for advice on navigating your career, tips for healthy living, or simply want to hear the stories and perspectives of other Black women, “Portia” has something to offer.

4. The Jacksons: Next Generation – A Legacy Continues

Dive into the lives of the talented Jackson family in “The Jacksons: Next Generation.” This reality show follows the sons of Tito Jackson – Taj, Taryll, and TJ – better known as the music group 3T, as they juggle family life, musical aspirations, and the legacy of their iconic family name. It’s a heartwarming and insightful look at the challenges and triumphs of a family living in the spotlight. Witness the dedication it takes to balance family life with pursuing musical careers while also navigating the expectations and pressures that come with being part of such a legendary family.

This June, Impact TV has something for everyone. So, grab your popcorn, snuggle up with your family, and prepare for a month of laughter, inspiration, and unforgettable stories! Let Impact TV be your one-stop shop for family entertainment this summer!

With the exclusive premiere of the Impact SOAR Awards on June 17th

IMPACT HONORS THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM  WITH GOSPEL MUSIC TRIBUTE SPECIAL

DayDateTimePlace
MondayJune 17th, 20248 PM ESTImpact TV

May 22, 2024 – Detroit-The Impact Network, the 100% Black-founded and operated independent multi-platform cable network, the premier home for Black family and community entertainment, today announced the exclusive broadcast premiere of its first-ever music honors special, the Impact SOAR Awards, in partnership with SOAR Radio, airing on June 17th at 8 pm EST.

Premiering during Juneteenth Week, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom in 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in recognition of Black Music Month, a dynamic celebration honoring the deep impact of Black music on global culture and society, the SOAR Awards spotlights the musical innovation and cultural shifts driven by Black artists while also acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of Black musicians across various genres, past and present.  

Impact Network Founder and CEO Wayne T. Jackson commented “As the Founder and CEO of Impact Network it’s always our desire to lift up those in our community who made great contributions in our lives, honoring gospel legends through heartfelt tributes not only preserves their contributions but also inspires future generations. We are excited to share this moving event with our viewers and continue to champion the enduring power of gospel music.”

The SOAR Awards is a musical tribute special that honors the most influential figures in contemporary gospel music, showcasing their treasured songs with tributes performed by fellow artists. This year’s ceremony is hosted by gospel recording artists Todd Dulaney and Jekalyn Carr and honors gospel’s greats, including: 11-time Grammy Awards nominee and 3-time BET Awards winner Marvin Sapp; 2-time Grammy Awards nominee Ricky Dillard; Multiple Stellar Award winner, 2-time Grammy nominee and the Godmother of Gospel Jazz, Kim Burrell; and Travis Greene, 7-time Stellar Awards winner. Performers and special guests include: Brian Courtney Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Todd Galberth, Chrystal Rucker, Anita Wilson, Todd Dulaney, Jabari Johnson, Lena Byrd miles, Jekalyn Carr, Titus Showers, and presenters such as Tim Bowman, Jr. and many more. The SOAR Awards are executive produced by Royal W. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Impact Network. 

Royal Jackson commented, “The SOAR Awards shines a spotlight on gospel music and its rich heritage and significance on our culture. Impact Network’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month with the SOAR Awards fosters unity and inspiration through the power of music.”

“As the creator of SOAR Radio and the SOAR Awards, I am immensely proud of the incredible journey we’ve embarked on since our inaugural show in 2017. We are thrilled to partner with the Impact Network, a collaboration that elevates the SOAR Awards to new heights,” said Justin Francis, SOAR Radio and Awards Founder and CEO. 

In addition to the SOAR Awards, Impact Network is incorporating 30-second Black Music Month on-air vignettes that celebrate influential Black music figures and musical moments across various genres, amplifying their significant contributions to music and culture.

Impact Network recently aired its first tentpole special, The 5th Annual Pink Awards, which recognizes achievements in the fight against breast cancer while celebrating the human spirit, the power of community and the unwavering commitment to making a difference.

CLICK TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

 About Impact Network

Impact Network is the premier home for Black family entertainment and is dedicated to offering the highest quality lifestyle programming, including movies, scripted and non-scripted series, and specials. A 100% Black founded and operated multi-platform media company, Impact is driven by family values and community. Established in 2010 by community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, the company is defined by its legacy and mission to inform, empower, educate, and serve to positively impact the Black community. Based in Detroit, MI, the Impact Network is distributed in over 70% of US homes broadcasting via cable and satellite systems across the United States on Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, Cox, Time Warner, Spectrum, Charter, Spectrum, ATT-U-Verse, Verizon, Fios, Altice, DirecTV, DISH and expanding digitally. For more information, visit watchimpact.com and follow Impact at @watchimpactofficial.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

Celebrate Juneteenth with Impact TV

On June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally received the news they’d longed to hear for generations: they were free. This historic day marked the end of slavery in the United States, and even though it’s been over 150 years, people across the country still celebrate this crucial turning point in American history.

Juneteenth: A Celebration Rooted in History

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, a day filled with immense joy and a powerful symbol of resilience. For many years, African American communities have held Juneteenth celebrations, filled with vibrant music, delicious food, and joyful family gatherings. These traditions reflect not only the hard-won freedom but also the rich cultural heritage of Black America.

Renewed Significance in a Time of Change

In recent years, Juneteenth has taken on even greater importance. The tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with countless others, sparked a national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality. Protests erupted across the country, demanding change in how law enforcement interacts with Black communities.

A Time for Reflection and Action

The events surrounding Juneteenth and the recent movements for racial equality are undeniably linked. Juneteenth is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. It’s a day to celebrate the hard-fought freedom earned by countless brave individuals, but also a stark reminder of the work that remains to achieve true racial equality.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Impact TV

Join Impact TV as we celebrate Juneteenth! We’ll be dedicating the entire day to honoring this important moment in history. Tune in for special programming and events all day long, featuring:

  • Documentaries: Dive deep into the historical significance of Juneteenth and the fight for emancipation.
  • Musical Performances: Immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of Black America with uplifting performances from talented artists.
  • Panel Discussions: Join thought-provoking conversations about racial justice and the ongoing pursuit of equality.
  • Community Voices: Celebrate the stories and perspectives of Black Americans as they share their experiences and hopes for the future.

Let’s celebrate Juneteenth together! By learning from the past, honoring the present, and actively working towards a more just future, we can all contribute to a more equitable society.

Juneteenth Resources and Ways to Get Involved

While Juneteenth is a day for celebration, it’s also a call to action. Here are some resources and ways you can get involved in the ongoing fight for racial equality:

  • Register to Vote: Make your voice heard by registering to vote and participating in elections at all levels.
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses: Help empower Black communities by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area.
  • Donate to Racial Justice Organizations: Contribute to organizations working towards dismantling racism and building a more just society.
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed and engaged by reading books, articles, and watching documentaries about racial justice issues.
  • Speak Out Against Injustice: Use your voice to challenge racism and discrimination whenever you see it.

Remember, celebrating Juneteenth is just the beginning. Let’s work together to create a future where freedom and equality ring true for all.

Celebrating the Power and Legacy of Black Artists

Welcome to Black Music Month on Impact Network!

It’s a time to appreciate the incredible impact Black musicians have had on music around the world. Black music has changed the way we listen, dance, and even think about music itself.

Here at Impact Network, we’re dedicating the whole month to honoring these amazing artists, both from the past and present. We’ll be highlighting their achievements, exploring the different styles they created, and remembering the power their music has had on society.

Black Music: A Story of Innovation and Change

Black music is full of creativity and new ideas. Black artists have constantly pushed boundaries and invented new ways to express themselves. From the soul-stirring melodies of gospel music to the driving rhythms of hip-hop, Black music has a sound that’s all its own.

Impact Network Celebrates Black Music Legends

This month, we’ll be celebrating some of the most influential Black musicians of all time. Here are just a few of the amazing artists we’ll be honoring:

  • Aretha Franklin: The “Queen of Soul” broke barriers and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her powerful voice and iconic songs influenced generations of singers.
  • Bob Marley: Bob Marley’s message of peace and unity spread around the world. His song “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium, showing how powerful music can be.
  • Nina Simone: A classically trained pianist, Nina Simone used her skills to create a unique blend of jazz, blues, and classical music. Her voice and her music spoke out against injustice.
  • Stevie Wonder: A child prodigy who started making music at 11, Stevie Wonder’s career has spanned decades. His uplifting songs are loved by people of all ages.
  • Miles Davis: A true innovator, Miles Davis helped shape the sound of jazz music throughout his career. He was always pushing the boundaries and exploring new ways to make music.
  • Prince: A musical genius, Prince wrote his first song at just 7 years old! He wrote countless hits for himself and other artists, like “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald had an incredible vocal range and a talent for mimicking instruments with her voice.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix revolutionized rock and roll with his electric guitar skills. His performance of the national anthem at Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement.
  • Beyoncé: A superstar who continues to break records, Beyoncé inspires millions. Her music celebrates Black culture and empowers women.
  • Louis Armstrong: A trumpet player and singer with a one-of-a-kind voice, Louis Armstrong’s music spanned decades and genres. His song “Hello, Dolly!” even knocked The Beatles off the charts!

This is just a small sampling of the amazing Black musicians who have shaped the world of music. Tune in to Impact Network this Black Music Month to learn more about these incredible artists and discover the power of Black music!

Watch These Family Friendly Shows on Impact TV this June

Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, inspiration, and heartwarming stories! This June, Impact TV is bringing you a fantastic lineup of family-friendly movies and shows that are perfect for movie nights, lazy afternoons, or just spending quality time with your loved ones.

1. The People’s Place: Turning Farewell into Fanfare

This captivating series, “The People’s Place,” will have you glued to your screen. Created by John Wynn, the show features a talented cast, including Stephen Gardner and Deborah Ali-Williams, who bring relatable characters to life as they navigate the ups and downs of life with humor and heart. Whether it’s a family celebration, a new job opportunity, or a personal challenge, “The People’s Place” explores the everyday moments that bind us together, making it a delightful addition to your family’s viewing experience.

2. Overcomers: Rising Above with Strength and Hope

Looking for something inspiring? Then don’t miss “Overcomers,” a docuseries hosted by the amazing Gina Grant. This show takes you on a powerful journey alongside five single mothers as they overcome challenges and build successful lives. Grant, a successful entrepreneur herself, shares her own story of overcoming adversity as a young single mom, offering a relatable perspective. Through personal stories, inspiring coaching from experts like life coaches and financial literacy advisors, and practical advice on everything from budgeting to managing past trauma, “Overcomers” will leave you feeling empowered and motivated to tackle your own challenges.

3. Portia: Uplifting Conversations for Black Women

“Portia” is more than just a lifestyle program – it’s a community-focused platform designed to empower and celebrate Black women. Join host Portia for engaging conversations on a wide range of topics, from faith and family to health and social issues. This thoughtful program offers valuable insights and inspiration for viewers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for advice on navigating your career, tips for healthy living, or simply want to hear the stories and perspectives of other Black women, “Portia” has something to offer.

4. The Jacksons: Next Generation – A Legacy Continues

Dive into the lives of the talented Jackson family in “The Jacksons: Next Generation.” This reality show follows the sons of Tito Jackson – Taj, Taryll, and TJ – better known as the music group 3T, as they juggle family life, musical aspirations, and the legacy of their iconic family name. It’s a heartwarming and insightful look at the challenges and triumphs of a family living in the spotlight. Witness the dedication it takes to balance family life with pursuing musical careers while also navigating the expectations and pressures that come with being part of such a legendary family.

This June, Impact TV has something for everyone. So, grab your popcorn, snuggle up with your family, and prepare for a month of laughter, inspiration, and unforgettable stories! Let Impact TV be your one-stop shop for family entertainment this summer!

With the exclusive premiere of the Impact SOAR Awards on June 17th

IMPACT HONORS THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM  WITH GOSPEL MUSIC TRIBUTE SPECIAL

DayDateTimePlace
MondayJune 17th, 20248 PM ESTImpact TV

May 22, 2024 – Detroit-The Impact Network, the 100% Black-founded and operated independent multi-platform cable network, the premier home for Black family and community entertainment, today announced the exclusive broadcast premiere of its first-ever music honors special, the Impact SOAR Awards, in partnership with SOAR Radio, airing on June 17th at 8 pm EST.

Premiering during Juneteenth Week, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom in 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in recognition of Black Music Month, a dynamic celebration honoring the deep impact of Black music on global culture and society, the SOAR Awards spotlights the musical innovation and cultural shifts driven by Black artists while also acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of Black musicians across various genres, past and present.  

Impact Network Founder and CEO Wayne T. Jackson commented “As the Founder and CEO of Impact Network it’s always our desire to lift up those in our community who made great contributions in our lives, honoring gospel legends through heartfelt tributes not only preserves their contributions but also inspires future generations. We are excited to share this moving event with our viewers and continue to champion the enduring power of gospel music.”

The SOAR Awards is a musical tribute special that honors the most influential figures in contemporary gospel music, showcasing their treasured songs with tributes performed by fellow artists. This year’s ceremony is hosted by gospel recording artists Todd Dulaney and Jekalyn Carr and honors gospel’s greats, including: 11-time Grammy Awards nominee and 3-time BET Awards winner Marvin Sapp; 2-time Grammy Awards nominee Ricky Dillard; Multiple Stellar Award winner, 2-time Grammy nominee and the Godmother of Gospel Jazz, Kim Burrell; and Travis Greene, 7-time Stellar Awards winner. Performers and special guests include: Brian Courtney Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Todd Galberth, Chrystal Rucker, Anita Wilson, Todd Dulaney, Jabari Johnson, Lena Byrd miles, Jekalyn Carr, Titus Showers, and presenters such as Tim Bowman, Jr. and many more. The SOAR Awards are executive produced by Royal W. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Impact Network. 

Royal Jackson commented, “The SOAR Awards shines a spotlight on gospel music and its rich heritage and significance on our culture. Impact Network’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month with the SOAR Awards fosters unity and inspiration through the power of music.”

“As the creator of SOAR Radio and the SOAR Awards, I am immensely proud of the incredible journey we’ve embarked on since our inaugural show in 2017. We are thrilled to partner with the Impact Network, a collaboration that elevates the SOAR Awards to new heights,” said Justin Francis, SOAR Radio and Awards Founder and CEO. 

In addition to the SOAR Awards, Impact Network is incorporating 30-second Black Music Month on-air vignettes that celebrate influential Black music figures and musical moments across various genres, amplifying their significant contributions to music and culture.

Impact Network recently aired its first tentpole special, The 5th Annual Pink Awards, which recognizes achievements in the fight against breast cancer while celebrating the human spirit, the power of community and the unwavering commitment to making a difference.

CLICK TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

 About Impact Network

Impact Network is the premier home for Black family entertainment and is dedicated to offering the highest quality lifestyle programming, including movies, scripted and non-scripted series, and specials. A 100% Black founded and operated multi-platform media company, Impact is driven by family values and community. Established in 2010 by community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, the company is defined by its legacy and mission to inform, empower, educate, and serve to positively impact the Black community. Based in Detroit, MI, the Impact Network is distributed in over 70% of US homes broadcasting via cable and satellite systems across the United States on Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, Cox, Time Warner, Spectrum, Charter, Spectrum, ATT-U-Verse, Verizon, Fios, Altice, DirecTV, DISH and expanding digitally. For more information, visit watchimpact.com and follow Impact at @watchimpactofficial.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

Celebrate Juneteenth with Impact TV

On June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally received the news they’d longed to hear for generations: they were free. This historic day marked the end of slavery in the United States, and even though it’s been over 150 years, people across the country still celebrate this crucial turning point in American history.

Juneteenth: A Celebration Rooted in History

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, a day filled with immense joy and a powerful symbol of resilience. For many years, African American communities have held Juneteenth celebrations, filled with vibrant music, delicious food, and joyful family gatherings. These traditions reflect not only the hard-won freedom but also the rich cultural heritage of Black America.

Renewed Significance in a Time of Change

In recent years, Juneteenth has taken on even greater importance. The tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with countless others, sparked a national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality. Protests erupted across the country, demanding change in how law enforcement interacts with Black communities.

A Time for Reflection and Action

The events surrounding Juneteenth and the recent movements for racial equality are undeniably linked. Juneteenth is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. It’s a day to celebrate the hard-fought freedom earned by countless brave individuals, but also a stark reminder of the work that remains to achieve true racial equality.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Impact TV

Join Impact TV as we celebrate Juneteenth! We’ll be dedicating the entire day to honoring this important moment in history. Tune in for special programming and events all day long, featuring:

  • Documentaries: Dive deep into the historical significance of Juneteenth and the fight for emancipation.
  • Musical Performances: Immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of Black America with uplifting performances from talented artists.
  • Panel Discussions: Join thought-provoking conversations about racial justice and the ongoing pursuit of equality.
  • Community Voices: Celebrate the stories and perspectives of Black Americans as they share their experiences and hopes for the future.

Let’s celebrate Juneteenth together! By learning from the past, honoring the present, and actively working towards a more just future, we can all contribute to a more equitable society.

Juneteenth Resources and Ways to Get Involved

While Juneteenth is a day for celebration, it’s also a call to action. Here are some resources and ways you can get involved in the ongoing fight for racial equality:

  • Register to Vote: Make your voice heard by registering to vote and participating in elections at all levels.
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses: Help empower Black communities by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area.
  • Donate to Racial Justice Organizations: Contribute to organizations working towards dismantling racism and building a more just society.
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed and engaged by reading books, articles, and watching documentaries about racial justice issues.
  • Speak Out Against Injustice: Use your voice to challenge racism and discrimination whenever you see it.

Remember, celebrating Juneteenth is just the beginning. Let’s work together to create a future where freedom and equality ring true for all.

Celebrating the Power and Legacy of Black Artists

Welcome to Black Music Month on Impact Network!

It’s a time to appreciate the incredible impact Black musicians have had on music around the world. Black music has changed the way we listen, dance, and even think about music itself.

Here at Impact Network, we’re dedicating the whole month to honoring these amazing artists, both from the past and present. We’ll be highlighting their achievements, exploring the different styles they created, and remembering the power their music has had on society.

Black Music: A Story of Innovation and Change

Black music is full of creativity and new ideas. Black artists have constantly pushed boundaries and invented new ways to express themselves. From the soul-stirring melodies of gospel music to the driving rhythms of hip-hop, Black music has a sound that’s all its own.

Impact Network Celebrates Black Music Legends

This month, we’ll be celebrating some of the most influential Black musicians of all time. Here are just a few of the amazing artists we’ll be honoring:

  • Aretha Franklin: The “Queen of Soul” broke barriers and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her powerful voice and iconic songs influenced generations of singers.
  • Bob Marley: Bob Marley’s message of peace and unity spread around the world. His song “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium, showing how powerful music can be.
  • Nina Simone: A classically trained pianist, Nina Simone used her skills to create a unique blend of jazz, blues, and classical music. Her voice and her music spoke out against injustice.
  • Stevie Wonder: A child prodigy who started making music at 11, Stevie Wonder’s career has spanned decades. His uplifting songs are loved by people of all ages.
  • Miles Davis: A true innovator, Miles Davis helped shape the sound of jazz music throughout his career. He was always pushing the boundaries and exploring new ways to make music.
  • Prince: A musical genius, Prince wrote his first song at just 7 years old! He wrote countless hits for himself and other artists, like “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald had an incredible vocal range and a talent for mimicking instruments with her voice.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix revolutionized rock and roll with his electric guitar skills. His performance of the national anthem at Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement.
  • Beyoncé: A superstar who continues to break records, Beyoncé inspires millions. Her music celebrates Black culture and empowers women.
  • Louis Armstrong: A trumpet player and singer with a one-of-a-kind voice, Louis Armstrong’s music spanned decades and genres. His song “Hello, Dolly!” even knocked The Beatles off the charts!

This is just a small sampling of the amazing Black musicians who have shaped the world of music. Tune in to Impact Network this Black Music Month to learn more about these incredible artists and discover the power of Black music!

Watch These Family Friendly Shows on Impact TV this June

Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, inspiration, and heartwarming stories! This June, Impact TV is bringing you a fantastic lineup of family-friendly movies and shows that are perfect for movie nights, lazy afternoons, or just spending quality time with your loved ones.

1. The People’s Place: Turning Farewell into Fanfare

This captivating series, “The People’s Place,” will have you glued to your screen. Created by John Wynn, the show features a talented cast, including Stephen Gardner and Deborah Ali-Williams, who bring relatable characters to life as they navigate the ups and downs of life with humor and heart. Whether it’s a family celebration, a new job opportunity, or a personal challenge, “The People’s Place” explores the everyday moments that bind us together, making it a delightful addition to your family’s viewing experience.

2. Overcomers: Rising Above with Strength and Hope

Looking for something inspiring? Then don’t miss “Overcomers,” a docuseries hosted by the amazing Gina Grant. This show takes you on a powerful journey alongside five single mothers as they overcome challenges and build successful lives. Grant, a successful entrepreneur herself, shares her own story of overcoming adversity as a young single mom, offering a relatable perspective. Through personal stories, inspiring coaching from experts like life coaches and financial literacy advisors, and practical advice on everything from budgeting to managing past trauma, “Overcomers” will leave you feeling empowered and motivated to tackle your own challenges.

3. Portia: Uplifting Conversations for Black Women

“Portia” is more than just a lifestyle program – it’s a community-focused platform designed to empower and celebrate Black women. Join host Portia for engaging conversations on a wide range of topics, from faith and family to health and social issues. This thoughtful program offers valuable insights and inspiration for viewers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for advice on navigating your career, tips for healthy living, or simply want to hear the stories and perspectives of other Black women, “Portia” has something to offer.

4. The Jacksons: Next Generation – A Legacy Continues

Dive into the lives of the talented Jackson family in “The Jacksons: Next Generation.” This reality show follows the sons of Tito Jackson – Taj, Taryll, and TJ – better known as the music group 3T, as they juggle family life, musical aspirations, and the legacy of their iconic family name. It’s a heartwarming and insightful look at the challenges and triumphs of a family living in the spotlight. Witness the dedication it takes to balance family life with pursuing musical careers while also navigating the expectations and pressures that come with being part of such a legendary family.

This June, Impact TV has something for everyone. So, grab your popcorn, snuggle up with your family, and prepare for a month of laughter, inspiration, and unforgettable stories! Let Impact TV be your one-stop shop for family entertainment this summer!

With the exclusive premiere of the Impact SOAR Awards on June 17th

IMPACT HONORS THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM  WITH GOSPEL MUSIC TRIBUTE SPECIAL

DayDateTimePlace
MondayJune 17th, 20248 PM ESTImpact TV

May 22, 2024 – Detroit-The Impact Network, the 100% Black-founded and operated independent multi-platform cable network, the premier home for Black family and community entertainment, today announced the exclusive broadcast premiere of its first-ever music honors special, the Impact SOAR Awards, in partnership with SOAR Radio, airing on June 17th at 8 pm EST.

Premiering during Juneteenth Week, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom in 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in recognition of Black Music Month, a dynamic celebration honoring the deep impact of Black music on global culture and society, the SOAR Awards spotlights the musical innovation and cultural shifts driven by Black artists while also acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of Black musicians across various genres, past and present.  

Impact Network Founder and CEO Wayne T. Jackson commented “As the Founder and CEO of Impact Network it’s always our desire to lift up those in our community who made great contributions in our lives, honoring gospel legends through heartfelt tributes not only preserves their contributions but also inspires future generations. We are excited to share this moving event with our viewers and continue to champion the enduring power of gospel music.”

The SOAR Awards is a musical tribute special that honors the most influential figures in contemporary gospel music, showcasing their treasured songs with tributes performed by fellow artists. This year’s ceremony is hosted by gospel recording artists Todd Dulaney and Jekalyn Carr and honors gospel’s greats, including: 11-time Grammy Awards nominee and 3-time BET Awards winner Marvin Sapp; 2-time Grammy Awards nominee Ricky Dillard; Multiple Stellar Award winner, 2-time Grammy nominee and the Godmother of Gospel Jazz, Kim Burrell; and Travis Greene, 7-time Stellar Awards winner. Performers and special guests include: Brian Courtney Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Todd Galberth, Chrystal Rucker, Anita Wilson, Todd Dulaney, Jabari Johnson, Lena Byrd miles, Jekalyn Carr, Titus Showers, and presenters such as Tim Bowman, Jr. and many more. The SOAR Awards are executive produced by Royal W. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Impact Network. 

Royal Jackson commented, “The SOAR Awards shines a spotlight on gospel music and its rich heritage and significance on our culture. Impact Network’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month with the SOAR Awards fosters unity and inspiration through the power of music.”

“As the creator of SOAR Radio and the SOAR Awards, I am immensely proud of the incredible journey we’ve embarked on since our inaugural show in 2017. We are thrilled to partner with the Impact Network, a collaboration that elevates the SOAR Awards to new heights,” said Justin Francis, SOAR Radio and Awards Founder and CEO. 

In addition to the SOAR Awards, Impact Network is incorporating 30-second Black Music Month on-air vignettes that celebrate influential Black music figures and musical moments across various genres, amplifying their significant contributions to music and culture.

Impact Network recently aired its first tentpole special, The 5th Annual Pink Awards, which recognizes achievements in the fight against breast cancer while celebrating the human spirit, the power of community and the unwavering commitment to making a difference.

CLICK TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

 About Impact Network

Impact Network is the premier home for Black family entertainment and is dedicated to offering the highest quality lifestyle programming, including movies, scripted and non-scripted series, and specials. A 100% Black founded and operated multi-platform media company, Impact is driven by family values and community. Established in 2010 by community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, the company is defined by its legacy and mission to inform, empower, educate, and serve to positively impact the Black community. Based in Detroit, MI, the Impact Network is distributed in over 70% of US homes broadcasting via cable and satellite systems across the United States on Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, Cox, Time Warner, Spectrum, Charter, Spectrum, ATT-U-Verse, Verizon, Fios, Altice, DirecTV, DISH and expanding digitally. For more information, visit watchimpact.com and follow Impact at @watchimpactofficial.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

Celebrate Juneteenth with Impact TV

On June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally received the news they’d longed to hear for generations: they were free. This historic day marked the end of slavery in the United States, and even though it’s been over 150 years, people across the country still celebrate this crucial turning point in American history.

Juneteenth: A Celebration Rooted in History

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, a day filled with immense joy and a powerful symbol of resilience. For many years, African American communities have held Juneteenth celebrations, filled with vibrant music, delicious food, and joyful family gatherings. These traditions reflect not only the hard-won freedom but also the rich cultural heritage of Black America.

Renewed Significance in a Time of Change

In recent years, Juneteenth has taken on even greater importance. The tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with countless others, sparked a national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality. Protests erupted across the country, demanding change in how law enforcement interacts with Black communities.

A Time for Reflection and Action

The events surrounding Juneteenth and the recent movements for racial equality are undeniably linked. Juneteenth is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. It’s a day to celebrate the hard-fought freedom earned by countless brave individuals, but also a stark reminder of the work that remains to achieve true racial equality.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Impact TV

Join Impact TV as we celebrate Juneteenth! We’ll be dedicating the entire day to honoring this important moment in history. Tune in for special programming and events all day long, featuring:

  • Documentaries: Dive deep into the historical significance of Juneteenth and the fight for emancipation.
  • Musical Performances: Immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of Black America with uplifting performances from talented artists.
  • Panel Discussions: Join thought-provoking conversations about racial justice and the ongoing pursuit of equality.
  • Community Voices: Celebrate the stories and perspectives of Black Americans as they share their experiences and hopes for the future.

Let’s celebrate Juneteenth together! By learning from the past, honoring the present, and actively working towards a more just future, we can all contribute to a more equitable society.

Juneteenth Resources and Ways to Get Involved

While Juneteenth is a day for celebration, it’s also a call to action. Here are some resources and ways you can get involved in the ongoing fight for racial equality:

  • Register to Vote: Make your voice heard by registering to vote and participating in elections at all levels.
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses: Help empower Black communities by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area.
  • Donate to Racial Justice Organizations: Contribute to organizations working towards dismantling racism and building a more just society.
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed and engaged by reading books, articles, and watching documentaries about racial justice issues.
  • Speak Out Against Injustice: Use your voice to challenge racism and discrimination whenever you see it.

Remember, celebrating Juneteenth is just the beginning. Let’s work together to create a future where freedom and equality ring true for all.

Celebrating the Power and Legacy of Black Artists

Welcome to Black Music Month on Impact Network!

It’s a time to appreciate the incredible impact Black musicians have had on music around the world. Black music has changed the way we listen, dance, and even think about music itself.

Here at Impact Network, we’re dedicating the whole month to honoring these amazing artists, both from the past and present. We’ll be highlighting their achievements, exploring the different styles they created, and remembering the power their music has had on society.

Black Music: A Story of Innovation and Change

Black music is full of creativity and new ideas. Black artists have constantly pushed boundaries and invented new ways to express themselves. From the soul-stirring melodies of gospel music to the driving rhythms of hip-hop, Black music has a sound that’s all its own.

Impact Network Celebrates Black Music Legends

This month, we’ll be celebrating some of the most influential Black musicians of all time. Here are just a few of the amazing artists we’ll be honoring:

  • Aretha Franklin: The “Queen of Soul” broke barriers and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her powerful voice and iconic songs influenced generations of singers.
  • Bob Marley: Bob Marley’s message of peace and unity spread around the world. His song “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium, showing how powerful music can be.
  • Nina Simone: A classically trained pianist, Nina Simone used her skills to create a unique blend of jazz, blues, and classical music. Her voice and her music spoke out against injustice.
  • Stevie Wonder: A child prodigy who started making music at 11, Stevie Wonder’s career has spanned decades. His uplifting songs are loved by people of all ages.
  • Miles Davis: A true innovator, Miles Davis helped shape the sound of jazz music throughout his career. He was always pushing the boundaries and exploring new ways to make music.
  • Prince: A musical genius, Prince wrote his first song at just 7 years old! He wrote countless hits for himself and other artists, like “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald had an incredible vocal range and a talent for mimicking instruments with her voice.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix revolutionized rock and roll with his electric guitar skills. His performance of the national anthem at Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement.
  • Beyoncé: A superstar who continues to break records, Beyoncé inspires millions. Her music celebrates Black culture and empowers women.
  • Louis Armstrong: A trumpet player and singer with a one-of-a-kind voice, Louis Armstrong’s music spanned decades and genres. His song “Hello, Dolly!” even knocked The Beatles off the charts!

This is just a small sampling of the amazing Black musicians who have shaped the world of music. Tune in to Impact Network this Black Music Month to learn more about these incredible artists and discover the power of Black music!

Watch These Family Friendly Shows on Impact TV this June

Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, inspiration, and heartwarming stories! This June, Impact TV is bringing you a fantastic lineup of family-friendly movies and shows that are perfect for movie nights, lazy afternoons, or just spending quality time with your loved ones.

1. The People’s Place: Turning Farewell into Fanfare

This captivating series, “The People’s Place,” will have you glued to your screen. Created by John Wynn, the show features a talented cast, including Stephen Gardner and Deborah Ali-Williams, who bring relatable characters to life as they navigate the ups and downs of life with humor and heart. Whether it’s a family celebration, a new job opportunity, or a personal challenge, “The People’s Place” explores the everyday moments that bind us together, making it a delightful addition to your family’s viewing experience.

2. Overcomers: Rising Above with Strength and Hope

Looking for something inspiring? Then don’t miss “Overcomers,” a docuseries hosted by the amazing Gina Grant. This show takes you on a powerful journey alongside five single mothers as they overcome challenges and build successful lives. Grant, a successful entrepreneur herself, shares her own story of overcoming adversity as a young single mom, offering a relatable perspective. Through personal stories, inspiring coaching from experts like life coaches and financial literacy advisors, and practical advice on everything from budgeting to managing past trauma, “Overcomers” will leave you feeling empowered and motivated to tackle your own challenges.

3. Portia: Uplifting Conversations for Black Women

“Portia” is more than just a lifestyle program – it’s a community-focused platform designed to empower and celebrate Black women. Join host Portia for engaging conversations on a wide range of topics, from faith and family to health and social issues. This thoughtful program offers valuable insights and inspiration for viewers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for advice on navigating your career, tips for healthy living, or simply want to hear the stories and perspectives of other Black women, “Portia” has something to offer.

4. The Jacksons: Next Generation – A Legacy Continues

Dive into the lives of the talented Jackson family in “The Jacksons: Next Generation.” This reality show follows the sons of Tito Jackson – Taj, Taryll, and TJ – better known as the music group 3T, as they juggle family life, musical aspirations, and the legacy of their iconic family name. It’s a heartwarming and insightful look at the challenges and triumphs of a family living in the spotlight. Witness the dedication it takes to balance family life with pursuing musical careers while also navigating the expectations and pressures that come with being part of such a legendary family.

This June, Impact TV has something for everyone. So, grab your popcorn, snuggle up with your family, and prepare for a month of laughter, inspiration, and unforgettable stories! Let Impact TV be your one-stop shop for family entertainment this summer!

With the exclusive premiere of the Impact SOAR Awards on June 17th

IMPACT HONORS THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM  WITH GOSPEL MUSIC TRIBUTE SPECIAL

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May 22, 2024 – Detroit-The Impact Network, the 100% Black-founded and operated independent multi-platform cable network, the premier home for Black family and community entertainment, today announced the exclusive broadcast premiere of its first-ever music honors special, the Impact SOAR Awards, in partnership with SOAR Radio, airing on June 17th at 8 pm EST.

Premiering during Juneteenth Week, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the date the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom in 1865, over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in recognition of Black Music Month, a dynamic celebration honoring the deep impact of Black music on global culture and society, the SOAR Awards spotlights the musical innovation and cultural shifts driven by Black artists while also acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of Black musicians across various genres, past and present.  

Impact Network Founder and CEO Wayne T. Jackson commented “As the Founder and CEO of Impact Network it’s always our desire to lift up those in our community who made great contributions in our lives, honoring gospel legends through heartfelt tributes not only preserves their contributions but also inspires future generations. We are excited to share this moving event with our viewers and continue to champion the enduring power of gospel music.”

The SOAR Awards is a musical tribute special that honors the most influential figures in contemporary gospel music, showcasing their treasured songs with tributes performed by fellow artists. This year’s ceremony is hosted by gospel recording artists Todd Dulaney and Jekalyn Carr and honors gospel’s greats, including: 11-time Grammy Awards nominee and 3-time BET Awards winner Marvin Sapp; 2-time Grammy Awards nominee Ricky Dillard; Multiple Stellar Award winner, 2-time Grammy nominee and the Godmother of Gospel Jazz, Kim Burrell; and Travis Greene, 7-time Stellar Awards winner. Performers and special guests include: Brian Courtney Wilson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Todd Galberth, Chrystal Rucker, Anita Wilson, Todd Dulaney, Jabari Johnson, Lena Byrd miles, Jekalyn Carr, Titus Showers, and presenters such as Tim Bowman, Jr. and many more. The SOAR Awards are executive produced by Royal W. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Impact Network. 

Royal Jackson commented, “The SOAR Awards shines a spotlight on gospel music and its rich heritage and significance on our culture. Impact Network’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month with the SOAR Awards fosters unity and inspiration through the power of music.”

“As the creator of SOAR Radio and the SOAR Awards, I am immensely proud of the incredible journey we’ve embarked on since our inaugural show in 2017. We are thrilled to partner with the Impact Network, a collaboration that elevates the SOAR Awards to new heights,” said Justin Francis, SOAR Radio and Awards Founder and CEO. 

In addition to the SOAR Awards, Impact Network is incorporating 30-second Black Music Month on-air vignettes that celebrate influential Black music figures and musical moments across various genres, amplifying their significant contributions to music and culture.

Impact Network recently aired its first tentpole special, The 5th Annual Pink Awards, which recognizes achievements in the fight against breast cancer while celebrating the human spirit, the power of community and the unwavering commitment to making a difference.

CLICK TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

 About Impact Network

Impact Network is the premier home for Black family entertainment and is dedicated to offering the highest quality lifestyle programming, including movies, scripted and non-scripted series, and specials. A 100% Black founded and operated multi-platform media company, Impact is driven by family values and community. Established in 2010 by community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, the company is defined by its legacy and mission to inform, empower, educate, and serve to positively impact the Black community. Based in Detroit, MI, the Impact Network is distributed in over 70% of US homes broadcasting via cable and satellite systems across the United States on Comcast-Xfinity, Frontier, Cox, Time Warner, Spectrum, Charter, Spectrum, ATT-U-Verse, Verizon, Fios, Altice, DirecTV, DISH and expanding digitally. For more information, visit watchimpact.com and follow Impact at @watchimpactofficial.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SOAR AWARDS

Celebrate Juneteenth with Impact TV

On June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally received the news they’d longed to hear for generations: they were free. This historic day marked the end of slavery in the United States, and even though it’s been over 150 years, people across the country still celebrate this crucial turning point in American history.

Juneteenth: A Celebration Rooted in History

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, a day filled with immense joy and a powerful symbol of resilience. For many years, African American communities have held Juneteenth celebrations, filled with vibrant music, delicious food, and joyful family gatherings. These traditions reflect not only the hard-won freedom but also the rich cultural heritage of Black America.

Renewed Significance in a Time of Change

In recent years, Juneteenth has taken on even greater importance. The tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with countless others, sparked a national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality. Protests erupted across the country, demanding change in how law enforcement interacts with Black communities.

A Time for Reflection and Action

The events surrounding Juneteenth and the recent movements for racial equality are undeniably linked. Juneteenth is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. It’s a day to celebrate the hard-fought freedom earned by countless brave individuals, but also a stark reminder of the work that remains to achieve true racial equality.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Impact TV

Join Impact TV as we celebrate Juneteenth! We’ll be dedicating the entire day to honoring this important moment in history. Tune in for special programming and events all day long, featuring:

  • Documentaries: Dive deep into the historical significance of Juneteenth and the fight for emancipation.
  • Musical Performances: Immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of Black America with uplifting performances from talented artists.
  • Panel Discussions: Join thought-provoking conversations about racial justice and the ongoing pursuit of equality.
  • Community Voices: Celebrate the stories and perspectives of Black Americans as they share their experiences and hopes for the future.

Let’s celebrate Juneteenth together! By learning from the past, honoring the present, and actively working towards a more just future, we can all contribute to a more equitable society.

Juneteenth Resources and Ways to Get Involved

While Juneteenth is a day for celebration, it’s also a call to action. Here are some resources and ways you can get involved in the ongoing fight for racial equality:

  • Register to Vote: Make your voice heard by registering to vote and participating in elections at all levels.
  • Support Black-Owned Businesses: Help empower Black communities by supporting Black-owned businesses in your area.
  • Donate to Racial Justice Organizations: Contribute to organizations working towards dismantling racism and building a more just society.
  • Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed and engaged by reading books, articles, and watching documentaries about racial justice issues.
  • Speak Out Against Injustice: Use your voice to challenge racism and discrimination whenever you see it.

Remember, celebrating Juneteenth is just the beginning. Let’s work together to create a future where freedom and equality ring true for all.