Honor Black excellence, history & more all month long on SiriusXM

Honor Black History Month this year with specials that celebrate the Black American experience, from music to sports and beyond.

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SiriusXM Editor
February 14, 2020

Every February, the United States dedicates the month to celebrating Black history and culture and the central role they’ve played in the fabric of the country. And SiriusXM is no different — all month long, we’ve been shining a spotlight on the impact of Black achievements across multiple channels to exemplify the diversity of the Black American experience. Don’t miss any of the special moments below!

The Jimmy Jam Show

The impact Jimmy Jam has had on music is unmistakable, and he’s been spending the month celebrating other legendary Black contributions on SiriusXM VOLUME (Ch. 106). During his thrice-weekly music program, The Jimmy Jam Show, the R&B songwriter and producer (responsible for classics like Janet Jackson’s “All for You,” Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee,” and Usher’s “U Remind Me,” to name a few) is replaying interviews with other iconic African American artists. Hear his chat with Smokey Robinson On Demand below and tune in when he revisits his interview with Motown Records founder Berry Gordy starting on Monday, February 24 at 1pm ET.

Layin’ It Down with Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan has lived a storied life of collaborating and rubbing elbows with influential musicians (it comes with the territory when you’re an influential drummer and record producer yourself) and has shown no signs of slowing down. Multiple times a week, he sits down with fellow artists to discuss their inspirations, experiences, and more during Layin’ It Down, and in honor of Black History Month, he’s revisiting conversations with some of the most impactful names in music history. All this week, don’t miss encores of Jordan’s chat with Bill Withers (which will re-air at 4am ET on Saturday, February 22). The following week, hear Jordan discuss music with 2020 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette and “The Queen of Percussion,” Shelia E.

Stream all of the above live encores on SiriusXM VOLUME below!

Sunday Civics with Attorney General Letitia James

Few people exemplify the importance of representation in the civic space better than New York State Attorney General Letitia James, the first African American and woman to hold the seat. To celebrate that fact in conjunction with Black History Month, James will be joining L. Joy Williams for Sunday Civics to share valuable lessons about advocacy that most listeners probably didn’t learn back in school. Be inspired to take action when you catch it On Demand below.

Coloring Outside of the Lines

As the pathways to success are constantly evolving, it’s important for people of color to have a seat at the table. This Black History Month, SiriusXM’s African American Ancestry Group & Pandora‘s Mixtape Community are presenting Coloring Outside of the Lines – Black Representation in Untraditional Careers to explore the need for diversity in creative spaces. Urban View’s Mike Muse will host a panel featuring artists and creators Abdul Karim Abdullah, Jay West, and Imani Ellis (founder of CultureCon) as they explore their success in careers outside of traditional fields with the end goal of inspiring listeners to enter a space they’re passionate about even if they’re the only one that looks like them in the room. Catch the special when it airs on Sunday, February 23 at 11am and 10pm ET.

For the above and even more Black History Month perspectives, stay tuned to SiriusXM Urban View.

You can also catch additional highlights from hosts Laura Coates, Joe Madison, and more On Demand below.

Ak & Barak

While Akin Reyes and Barak Bess specialize in unmatched boxing coverage, both hosts can recognize the feats of impactful athletes both in and out of the boxing community. All February, The Ak & Barak Show is dedicated to highlighting influential African American athletes at 2pm ET every day on Fight Nation (Ch. 156). Don’t miss their special Black History Month honors of legends like Mark Henry, the late Kobe Bryant, and more.



Top 10 African American Wrestlers

Busted Open, SiriusXM’s source for the best pro wrestling talk on radio, is celebrating some of the best in the sport to coincide with Black History Month. Host Dave LaGreca will count down the top 10 African American wrestlers to reinforce the impact that the Black community has throughout the sport. Hear where your favorites rank on the list via Fight Nation on Friday, February 28 at 9am ET.

Catch all of Fight Nation’s live Black History Month specials below!

Pandora FLUENT

With its roots in the Black musical experience, R&B has long served as a language spanning cultures, backgrounds, and generations around the world. In celebration of that universality, Pandora launched Fluent, a brand-new station dedicated to capturing the dynamic, ever-changing, and global R&B movement. Curated by experts across multiple sub-genres, you can hear music from Ozuna, Summer Walker, H.E.R., and more.