Harlem’s Dougie Fresh, LL Cool J, Pharrell, And More At The 5th Urban One Honors

Today, Urban One announced the return of the annual URBAN ONE HONORS taping in Atlanta, GA on Friday, December 2, 2022. 

The two-hour telecast premieres Monday, January 16, 2023, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on TV One and Cleo TV, a division of Urban One, and will be hosted by R&B singer and actor, Tank. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.

Under the theme, “Celebrating Icons of the Culture,” this year’s honoree class recognizes an esteemed group of individuals that have left an indelible mark in the categories of Entertainment Icon, Lifetime Achievement, Inspirational Impact, Music Innovation, and the first-ever Phoenix Honor.

Honorees include Entertainment Icon Honor, 2x GRAMMY and NAACP Image Award winner, LL Cool J, and Inspirational Impact Honor, NAACP Image Award winner David Mann and his wife, GRAMMY Award winner, Tamela Mann (TV One’s “The Manns”).

The 5th Urban One Honors will include a performance by Keke Wyatt; and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop with DJ Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa), Monie Love, and Harlem’s Doug E. Fresh.


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This year’s annual celebration will also include special appearances by: Rev. Run (Run DMC, “Run’s House”) and Lamman Rucker (TV One’s Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session).

GRAMMY Award-winning singer and actress LeToya Luckett will host a special backstage pass segment, featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters.

URBAN ONE HONORS is Executive Produced by Eric Tomosunas and Robert A. Boyd, II of Swirl Films. Kim Burse serves as the Musical Director. 

Marilyn Gill serves as Executive Producer. Kashon Powell is the Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One.

For more information on the Urban One Honors visit TVOne.tv.

2023 Urban One Honors Hosts Performers And Honorees:

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 43 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. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned and operated multi-media company.

Swirl Films

Swirl Films is America’s “number one urban film production company,” a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features, and multi-camera productions.

Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016), which was TV One’s first-ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan, and Teyonah Parris as Howard. 

According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network’s history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the network’s highest ratings week ever.

Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One’s #1 original premiere of all time, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland, and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith.

Swirl Films’ previous production credits for TV One include Born Again Virgin, starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder, and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again, starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr’s award-winning film, The Under Shepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 & Ticking (Kevin Hart).

Photographs of the stars

Photo credit: 1) Dougie Fresh. 2) Tank. 3-4). 5) The Manns. 6-8) Source.

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