BBC Radio 1Xtra to broadcast special programming in support of the Black community


BBC Radio 1Xtra

Tomorrow (2 June) BBC Radio 1Xtra will broadcast special programming of music, discussions and debates in support of the Black community in the UK and around the world.

1Xtra has a long history of reflecting its audience as well as providing a platform for cultural discussion alongside the best in Black music, entertainment, news and current affairs. Tomorrow the station will look to lead the BBC’s popular music stations with some special moments.

There will be an extended 1Xtra Talks special hosted by Seani B and DJ Ace between 6-8pm which will give listeners a chance to share their views and opinions on the recent tragic events in the US surrounding the death of George Floyd and the broader topic of racial injustice and the Black community.

DJ Ace says: “This is a conversation that is long overdue. It’s sad that it’s taken recent events to make it happen but I’m more than ready to help facilitate a platform for dialogue, a chance to vent pain and frustration and hopefully a catalyst to spark some change.”

Seani B says: “In 2016 I made documentary called ‘Black is a Dirty Word’ for 1Xtra and Radio 1. It seems not much has changed since that time. In truth nothing much has changed in a very long time. On Tuesday at 6pm we will discuss IF and HOW we can make a change because one is so desperately needed.”

As well as this, throughout the day the 1Xtra playlist will focus on Black empowerment, pride and identity, with 1Xtra DJs including Dotty, Yasmin Evans and MistaJam each choosing a personal selection of tracks for their show. Jamz Supernova and Snoochie Shy will continue the focus on Black pride and equality throughout the evening.

BBC Radio 1 will have moments of reflection throughout the day and Annie Mac’s evening show will celebrate songs from black musicians reflecting the contributions they’ve made to our culture. Greg James spoke about the importance of challenging racism in his Breakfast Show today

On BBC Radio 2, Jo Whiley will reflect musically during her show between 20.00 – 23.00, as well as being reflected within the daytime schedule.

As well as relevant music and features throughout the day on BBC Radio 6 Music, there’s another chance to hear The 6 Music Black Power Soundscape presented by Don Letts between 1200-1300.

BBC Asian Network will reflect the day with UK and US reaction in The Big Debate from 10am, whilst Bobby Friction picks music from some of his most inspiring Black American artists from 7pm.

All DJs across the BBC pop music stations will be supported should they wish to use the day to focus on their community, and all individual views across the stations will be respected.

June 1, 2020 11:40am ET by Pressparty  

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