ATL: Urban One Marks TV One’s 20th Anniversary With Honors And Receives Award

January 23, 2024

Urban One celebrated “The Best In Black” in Atlanta kicking off an Urban One Experience with a private invite-only media event at The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead.

The event took place on Friday, January 19th followed by the 6th Annual URBAN ONE HONORS: Best In Black taped at The Coca-Cola Roxy the following day. The two-hour “URBAN ONE HONORS: Best in Black” will premiere during Black History Month on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 8p/7c, on TV One and simulcast on CLEO TV. View video and photo highlights from the two-day Urban One Experience.

At the Urban One Honors kickoff, Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman presented a proclamation on behalf of the City of Atlanta to Alfred C. Liggins III in recognition of TV One’s 20th Anniversary & Urban One Honors, thanking Urban One “for all of the ways you’ve helped bring families and our community to a deeper understanding of ourselves.”

Select talent from the 6th Annual URBAN ONE HONORS: Best In Black were in attendance including CeeLo Green (Urban One Honors Performer), Nicci Gilbert (Urban One Honors Performer), Reginae Carter & Yandy Smith-Harris (Urban One Honors Red Carpet Hosts), and Chef Jernard Wells – (The Chef of Love, CLEO-TV Host #newsoulkitchen & New Soul Kitchen Remix).

The following day, January 20th, TV One taped the 6th Annual URBAN ONE HONORS: Best In Black, the ultimate celebration of Black Excellence, acknowledging individuals whose remarkable achievements and significant contributions have left an indelible mark on the arts, media, music, and the community.

The City of Atlanta honored TV One and Urban One again with Mayor Andre Dickens presenting the City’s highest award, The Phoenix Award at the close of Red Carpet. 

In honor of this milestone, throughout the year, TV One is set to roll out an array of special programming, featuring curated retrospectives, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and a series of commemorative events.


As part of the festivities, viewers can anticipate engaging interviews with key figures who have shaped the network’s journey and showcase iconic moments that have defined TV One over the past 20 years.

The anniversary celebration underscores TV One’s commitment to delivering exceptional content and fostering a deep connection with its audience.  

6th Annual Urban One Honors

GRAMMY™ and EMMY Award-winning singer, OSCAR®-nominated actress and legendary Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, was recognized as the prestigious “Entertainment Icon Honoree” at the 6th Annual Urban One Honors. Blige joined esteemed honorees:  Dionne Warwick, recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Honoree; Chlöe, celebrated as the Generation Next Honoree; Frankie Beverly, honored as a Living Legend; and Donald Lawrence, acclaimed for his Inspirational Impact. 

A star-studded lineup of performers and presenters, Harlem‘s Teyana Taylor, Bebe Winans, Damon Little, Angie Stone, and October London rounded out the entertainment alongside a reunion featuring KeKe Wyatt, Chanté Moore, and Nicci Gilbert (cast members of R&B Divas). GRAMMY™ Award-winning singer and actress LeToya Luckett hosted the Urban One Honor’s “Backstage Pass,” featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters.

TV One Networks

TV One Networks is the hub of black culture and entertainment with a broad offering of original programming and classic series, serving both diverse audiences for TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January 2004, TV One currently serves 44 million households and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 41 million household reach.

Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung, Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, Payback, Tough Love: Atlanta, Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story and Urban One Honors.

While, CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color, delivers content that uplifts and inspires today’s modern-day woman. Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content in both original and acquired series including Boss Girl’s Guide, Culture Kitchen, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Global Gourmet, Living By Design, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix and All Things Adrienne House to Home.

Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American-owned and operated multi-media company.

Urban One

Urban One Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 44 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform, and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers.

As of September 30, 2022, we owned and/or operated 66 independently formatted, revenue-producing broadcast stations (including 55 FM or AM stations, 9 HD stations, and the 2 low power television stations)  branded under the trade name “Radio One” in 15 urban markets in the United States.

Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and the DL Hughley Show. In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly-owned digital platform serving the African American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands.

We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African American and urban audiences.

Photo credit: 1) Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. with City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens at the 6th Annual Urban One Honors: Best In Black. 2) Michelle L. Rice (TV One & CLEO TV President) and Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall. 3) Alfred C. Liggins, CEO of Urban One and Founder/Chairman/CEO of TV One, and Cathy Hughes, Founder & Chairperson of Urban One, Inc.


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