Discovery+ has announced its plan to launch a Black Voices hub that will spotlight the African American community. The hub will include two new originals: docuseries Profiled: The Black Man, featuring commentary from celebrities like Billy Porter and Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Uprooted, a true-crime doc about the hanging of Black teen Keith Warren in 1986.
“The hub will live on the platform year-round with curated series, documentaries and specials that will take viewers on an educational, entertaining and exploratory journey through stories of empowerment and entrepreneurship, love and relationships, real estate and design, history and investigation, food and lifestyle and more,” says the Discovery, Inc- owned streamer.
“Black voices should be celebrated 365 days a year. We are proud to bring universal and relatable stories to the platform that highlight and represent the Black community across genres that we know will resonate with viewers,” says Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy for Discovery.
Profiled: The Black Man is a four-part docuseries that explores the origins of the stereotypes that have permeated society and impacted the lives of Black men in America for centuries. Profiled: The Black Man aims to show the difficulties Black men have faced and are still facing while celebrating the triumphs and resilience of these extraordinary men. The docuseries will show a combination of historical footage, real-life testimony, and commentary from renowned leaders. Episodes will feature commentary from notable community members such as executive producer Knowles-Lawson, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, activist Tamika Mallory, hip-hop culture icon Sway Calloway and the Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winning Pose star Porter.
Uprooted tells the story of Keith Warren, a 19-year-old boy who was found hanging from a tree in 1986. The police ruled it a suicide. The tree was cut down, and Warren’s family was not informed for over six hours. No autopsy was ever performed and no criminal investigation was ever opened. However, Keith’s sister, Sherri, has spent the last 34 years investigating her brother’s death and looking for closure.
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Aside from Profiled: The Black Man and Uprooted, additional titles that will be featured on the Black Voices hub include The Great Soul Food Cook Off, Remix My Space With Marsai Martin, Love & Marriage Huntsville, Black Love, Dr. Mercy, Home Grown, Family or Fiance, Burger Truck Brawl, Where Do We Go From Here?, (In)visible Portraits, Super Soul,, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, The Legacy of Black Wall Street, OWN Spotlight: Oprah + 100 Black Fathers, Reno My Rental, Ghost Brothers: Lights Out, Home Grown, and Doubling Down with the Derricos.
Profiled: The Black Man will launch on Feb. 12, and Uprooted will launch on Feb. 18 on Discovery Plus.
Discovery and WarnerMedia will form Warner Bros. Discovery when the recently announced multi-billion-dollar merger is finalized.
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