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Posted Oct 18, 2018

TV One’s original, documentary series UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD and UNCENSORED will air new episodes Sunday, October 21.  Kicking off at 9 p.m. ET/8C with untold stories from comedian/actor/singer Wayne Brady, the popular franchise UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD profiles influential black celebrities in Hollywood. UNCENSORED, which gives unprecedented access to your favorite personalities, follows at 10 p.m ET/9C with actress Tichina Arnold.

Multi-Emmy Award winning comic, singer and actor Wayne Brady broke barriers as one of the first African Americans to specialize in improvisational humor but his success triggered backlash from some members of the black community who felt his style was too safe.  On Sunday, October 21at 9/8C, Wayne Brady reveals to UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD his professional ups and downs, and personal struggles that nearly cost him his career and life.
Wayne Brady shot to fame on the primetime hit series “Whose Line Is It Anyway” where his quick-witted riffs earned him an Emmy award in 1993. He went on to star in his own variety show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” as well as a talk show of the same name, for which he would win four more Emmy’s. While he gained mainstream popularity, his style of comedy didn’t go over well with all audiences. Many in the black community felt he watered down his style in attempts to be more likeable.  In true comedic fashion, Wayne Brady responded to his critics with an unforgettable portrayal of a ruthless, hardcore gangster on the “Dave Chappelle Show.” He continued to demonstrate his versatility as a performer when he released a rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “Change is Gonna Come,” which earned him a Grammy nomination in 2008. Wayne Brady hosted Fox’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and currently hosts the classic CBS daytime game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” For all of his accolades, his personal life has been filled with divorce, drinking and a longtime battle with clinical depression. Find out how Wayne Brady navigated Hollywood while dealing with his private battles.
UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD is a spin-off born of TV One’s longest-running, six-time NAACP Image Award winning franchise UNSUNG, and profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, from movies and television to comedy, sports and more. The remaining episode delves deep into the life of comedian/TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley.

Hollywood leading lady Tichina Arnold has captivated audiences with her quick wit and undeniable charm for over four decades.  On the next episode of TV One’s hit auto-biographical series UNCENSORED airing Sunday, October 21 at 10/9C, Tichina Arnold discusses her rise from humble beginnings and the challenges of balancing a successful career with motherhood.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tichina Arnold was encouraged by her family early on to pursue her dreams of acting.  After landing her first role in a play, she knew acting was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  She eventually booked her first acting job on the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” and went on to land a major role in the film “Little Shop of Horrors,” where she would meet her longtime best friend Tisha Campbell.
Together, they ventured to California and Tichina secured a string of roles in hit shows including “All My Children,” “Martin,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Survivors Remorse.” Her years of success were also accompanied by loss and hardships but she remained focused on her dreams. A three-time NAACP Image Award winner, Tichina Arnold finds joy in her most challenging role to date – motherhood. She’s transcended generations and continues to bring laughter and love into the lives of millions. This episode goes deep into Tichina Arnold’s life chronicling her journey of good times and bad.
UNCENSOREDexplores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers. The episodes give unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, including actor/comedian Lil Rel Howery as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words.

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