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XM Radio Celebrates Black History Month With New Programming
Published January 30, 2008

Features a variety of music, talk, and entertainment programs, including performances and interviews with Natalie Cole, Gamble & Huff, and Aaron Neville.

It was announced today that XM Radio will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of music, talk, and entertainment programming, including performances and interviews with Gamble & Huff, Aaron Neville, Natalie Cole and more Throughout the month of February, XM will offer listeners a range of shows that highlight the lasting contributions of African-Americans.

Beginning February 1st, XM's Black History Month programming highlights include, "Hour of Power," a special weekday interview series on XM's African-American talk channel, "The Power" (XM 169), featuring one-on-one conversations with accomplished African-American men and women. "A Moment in Time," is a month-long series of short-form programming on XM's Gospel channel, "The Spirit" (XM 33), depicting historical events where Gospel artists have made great achievements in African-American history. "Black First," a daily segment on XM's classic soul channel, "Soul Street" (XM 60), pays tribute to the accomplishments and contributions of African-American men and women, including Arthur Ashe, Alvin Ailey, A. Phillip Randolph and many others.

A panel discussion exploring African-Americans in Presidential politics on XM's talk and lifestyle channel, "Take Five" (XM 155), with insight from journalists and political experts will air February 3rd. The following day presents episodes of XM's popular performance/interview series "Artist Confidential" each week on "The Groove" (XM 64), showcasing the life and work of notable African-American artists, including Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville and Gamble &amp Huff.

"Mission Songs," a special three-part, weekly series on XM's old school R&B channel, "The Groove" (XM 64), begins February 6th and will highlight classic and contemporary R&B tracks with a social message, including music by Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder.

An interview on XM's "Soul Street" (XM 60) with Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach whose career inspired the movie "Remember The Titans," about his experience dealing with segregation and racial prejudice in the early 1960s will also air on the 6th. Complete information about XM's Black History Month programming, including a full list of shows and schedules, will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.xmradio.com.