The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »
The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.
Featuring never before seen footage and exclusive interviews with Michael's Mother Katherine and siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson covering all the highs and also the lows in the King of ... See full summary »
In the mid-1960's, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two... See full summary »
Mama Flora reflects on her life while trying to help her grand-daughter get her life right and be a better mother for her son. All while bringing the family she has left back together. Movies takes place from the 1910s to the 1970s.
The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoil Written by
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Broadcast as two episodes with a total audience of 38.3 million viewers, a huge success for the ABC network. See more »
During their performance at the Apollo, the strap on Jermaine Jackson's bass snaps off, nearly dropping the bass guitar. But since Michael Jackson's character is obviously the focus, this scene was never corrected. See more »
You know, Berry Gordy's not gonna be satisfied until he has one of my boys calling him "Daddy".
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First, this mini-series was produced by Suzanne De Passe who played by Vanessa Williams in the mini-series. I didn't realize so much about the Jacksons as a family before. Angela Bassett gives a moving performance as the family's matriarch that Katherine is both strong and loving. Her controversial husband, Joe Jackson, becomes more sympathetic to the viewer. Maybe his portrayer Laurence Hilton Jacobs has done a brilliant job in showing his complex relationship with his children. Holly Robinson is casted as Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams plays the legendary Berry Gordy (founder of Motown and not inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors is bewildering). Once the Jacksons win the amateur night at the Apollo Theatre then they get to go to Detroit, home of Motown Records, and first sing for Suzanne who must persuade Berry to listen to them. He was hesitant at first but he liked what he saw. From there on, the Jacksons were going to be big but there were problems in the family as always. Since the loss of Michael Jackson, this mini-series is a tribute for both him and the family.
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