TV One's critically acclaimed documentary series sheds much-deserved light on some of the most influential, talented, yet somehow forgotten R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, and gospel artists of the last 30 years.
This Six-time NAACP award winner has been picked up for a tenth season. The show has been TV One’s #1 rated series since it premiered in 2008. This documentary series celebrates some of the most critically influential yet professionally under-acknowledged artists in music history.
A. Smith & Co. Productions is home to trendsetting, innovative, and larger-than-life programming. Producing more than 200 series for over 50 different networks, A. Smith & Co. Productions has created some of the longest-running, culture-shaping series in television history since it was founded in 2000. A pioneer in nonfiction television, the company’s productions have been nominated for several Emmys and received dozens of additional awards including NAACP Image Awards, Realscreen Awards, and Critics Choice Awards. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with the Tinopolis Group to create a transatlantic television powerhouse.
A. Smith & Co. launched the modern food competition television genre in the U.S. with “Hell’s Kitchen,” FOX’s longest-running reality show now in its 20th season and counting. A. Smith & Co.’s flagship summer primetime show, “American Ninja Warrior,” recently aired its 13th season on NBC, garnered its seventh Primetime Emmy® Award nomination, and hatched multiple new formats in addition to the burgeoning “ninja sports'' lifestyle industry.
Also among the eclectic array of current A. Smith & Co. series are “Floor is Lava” (Netflix), “Titan Games” (NBC), “Mental Samurai” (FOX), “Welcome to Plathville” (TLC), “American Ninja Warrior Junior” (Peacock), “Unsung” (TV One), and “American Gangster: Trap Queens” (BET+). Additional A. Smith & Co. projects with marquee talent include “Ellen’s Next Great Designer'' in collaboration with Ellen DeGeneres for HBO Max and “Voices of Fire” with 13-time Grammy Award-winner and global superstar Pharrell Williams for Netflix. The company's credits also include “Kitchen Nightmares” (FOX), “Trading Spaces” (TLC), “Pros vs. Joes” (Spike TV), “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (ABC), “Paradise Hotel” (FOX), and “The Swan” (FOX) and more.
A. Smith & Co. ensures that every production is one that the audience doesn’t just see, but one that they feel on an emotional level. As visionaries in unscripted entertainment across every sub-genre of the category, A. Smith and Co. has forever altered the landscape of nonfiction TV and positively impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of viewers across generations, through the decades, and around the world.