Black + Iconic, a four-part and eight-hour documentary series, is coming on BET. It premieres on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00/7:00c on BET, BET Her, BET+, and VH1. The first two-hour episode, Style Gods, will feature award-winning actor, singer, director, producer, composer, and playwright Billy Porter as the narrator, host, and executive producer. Lynne Robinson is the director.
The show centers on Black cultural pioneers, activists, and icons and their contributions to the fashion, music, film, and dance industries. Also, it highlights the historic accomplishments of Black people in varying fields while emphasizing the influence of Black cultural innovators.
“We’re thrilled to be working with BET again after the success of our first project together, ‘Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama.’ I couldn’t think of a better home for this series celebrating Black icons via the numerous mediums through which Black creatives have made an indelible mark on the culture,” said Stanley Nelson, co-founder of Firelight Films and Executive Producer of the Black + Iconic series.
“With this definitive and original documentary franchise, we look forward to giving some of the amazing Black icons who have shaped and continue to influence popular culture their well-deserved recognition,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming, Music Strategy, and News.
“We are proud to partner with Firelight Films and Stanley Nelson again, a pillar in the creative and documentary communities, and Firelight Films on this groundbreaking series. We loved having Billy Porter perform at last year’s BET Awards, and we are honored to have one of the most recognizable entertainers, trailblazing forces, and a style icon in his own right, narrate ‘Style Gods.’ We hope ‘Black + Iconic’ inspires our viewers while reinforcing how Black people are both the source and the driving force of what is cool and next in culture,” she added.
About Black + Iconic TV Show
The groundbreaking BET original franchise, "Black + Iconic" celebrates Black cultural icons, pioneers, and activists and their impact, influence and legacies in fashion, music, film, and dance. "Black + Iconic" examines of the momentous achievements of Black people across various fields while celebrating the power of Black cultural innovators. Executive producers Connie Orlando and Jason Samuels developed "Black + Iconic" for BET, along with senior supervising producer Steven Ramey.
Directed by Lynne Robinson, the inaugural film in the series, "Black X Iconic: Style Gods," has signed on Emmy(R), Tony(R), and Grammy(R) Award-winning and Golden Globe(R)-nominated actor, singer, director, producer and activist Billy Porter to narrate, host, and serve as executive producer for the groundbreaking doc. "Black + Iconic: Style Gods" premieres on Saturday, February 18 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, BET+, and VH1.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite shows. Check out and bookmark our TV shows cancelled in 2019-20 season and TV shows renewed for 2020-21 season lists.