1Xtra celebrates Black Month

BBC Radio 1Xtra is marking Black History Month, with a month-long celebration of music icons from Stevie Wonder to Dizzee Rascal.

They'll also feature black cinema and classic music from over the decades in Old School Sunday – a weekly show which will celebrate black music through the decades.

Starting today, the Breakfast Show will see Trevor and Gemma celebrate a black history icon every Friday morning including Jazzy B, Floella Benjamin and Norman Jay.

Trevor Nelson says: "I, like most of my peers, have similar icons from Dr Martin Luther King to Muhammad Ali. What Black History Month allows us to do is celebrate icons from all industries and at all levels. This year, I will try to shine a light on a few whom are close to home and still striving in their chosen fields."

There'll also be a selection of 30-second interviews, where famous black success stories will discuss their lives from a young age and their lifetime achievements, before unveiling their identities. These personal snapshots will feature across the daytime schedule, with each programme showcasing a different individual each day.

Willber Willberforce, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1Xtra, says: "The annual month-long celebration allows BBC Radio 1Xtra to be a centre for major contributors to the black music scene. We also showcase individual achievements in black history and highlight the beauty of black culture through the decades."

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