Celebrities Who Should Be Featured On Unsung’s Spin-Off, “Unsung Hollywood”

January 9, 2014 ‐ By

Good news! After so much success catching up with the underrated and often off-the-radar music stars in music with Unsung, TV One is about to bring us Unsung Hollywood. Same format, but giving us a back story on all the ups and downs of the careers and lives of black folks we love from TV and film. They already have episodes with Pam Grier, Kadeem Hardison and Robin Harris (to name a few) on deck, but we couldn’t help but throw a few options of stars they need to also profile out there. Check ’em out!

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Dorothy Dandridge

Talk about a beauty. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the road to getting the nomination, and how life went for her after the fact wasn’t easy. Dandridge had the type of story that (if any of her colleagues are still alive to tell it) had everything from financial struggles (accountants swindled her out of thousands and she owed back taxes), nervous breakdowns, affairs, career explosions and moments that stalled, and the reinvention of her career later in life. She only lived 42 years, but her life and career has been one that has influenced everyone from Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and more.

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  • Tzepora

    Can I get a response to the insulting show you have put on TV or is this something I have to start a movement to stop? My email is redtailbob37@gmail.com My name is Robert L Birt

  • Darrell Johnson

    I was wondering when are the rap group The Topdawgs are going to appear on UNSUNG, they have been on BET network and video top 100.

  • Miss E

    Most of these aren’t “unsung”..we know their stories

  • HarlemGem

    Merlin Santana was killed back in 2002. May he rest in peace

  • HarlemGem

    Merlin Santana

  • Chaz

    Can you guys do more in-depth research? Most of these celebrities were on either Celebrity Crime Files or Where are They Now. And we already know Wesleys story. He havent been paying his taxes like he not suppose to. lol

  • Mary

    JODECI!!!! they need one ASAP !

    • Tee Elyse

      WHAT???? “Come and talkkk to meeee, I really wanna meet you, girllllllllll!” HA!!!! #FlashbackFriday I’m about to go listen to my Jodeci station on Pandora!!!

  • Audrey

    Frankie Lymon!!!

  • Lissa

    They already did a Celebrity Crime Files on Merlin Santana. Granted it went in deph on his murder but it gave insight to his career and love life.

  • Akira J. Fox

    Countess was already on Unsung…how y’all miss that? Lol

    • Gigi

      It was Life After. Jackee was on there too.

  • Nicolet75

    I think you confuse Unsung with where are they now… While some of these folk wouldake interesting interviews, I am not sure we need the back story or if there is one for the majority of folks on this list.

  • Tee Elyse

    Countess Vaughn already told her story in another TV One show called Life After… I would love to see Max Julien’s story also, as well as Richard Pryor. He was Unsung as well, marred by all of his drug problems and subsequent multiple sclerosis disease. He had an interesting story as well!

  • Yah

    Jackee is currently on the TV sitcom ‘The First Family’

  • Yah

    Ernest Lee Thomas and Haywood Nelson (i.e. Roger Thomas and Dwayne from’What’s Happening!!!’) , Geoffrey Ownes (Elvin from ‘The Cosby Show’), Rapper Yo Yo (‘You Can’t Play with my Yo Yo!’), Jasmine Guy (a.k.a Whitley from ‘A Different World’), The Jets (80s music group), Marpessa Dawn from Black Orpheus, and so many more.

  • lovd

    Tevin Campbell needs an unsung. Yesssss

  • Tonte

    Tracie Spencer needs an UnSung….”Tender kisses, blown away… etc” and EnVouge…oh and Train Campbell

  • Rosemary Davis

    There are some who just don’t want people to know what their lives are like now not being on the scene and recording music anymore.Stephanie Mills is one who refuse to be on unsung she want her life kept private and let’s face it many of these people have got old and have little or no money and are struggling like many to make ends meet.They want us to remember them as they use to be not who they are today

  • AR Ellis

    *Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American to be nominated for BEST ACTRESS.

    • shaine

      They meant for an Emmy Dandridge was for an Oscar. And if I’m incorrect she still could’ve been the first African American nominated for supporting actress.

  • Lilly

    I’d like to see DeVante Swing on Unsung.

    • ThaTruthful1

      Oh yes, me too.

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  • MiaSara

    Some of those people were already featured on tv 1’s life after.
    I’d add Judy Pace to the list while she’s still alive and vibrant, Theresa Graves, Cynda Williams, the stunning actresses Marpessa Dawn , Senait Ashenafi(sp?), Nina Mae McKinney, Fredi Washington and James Edwards.

    • mind_sayer

      NEVER heard of neither one you mentioned..ugh I hate being young sometimes lol…I think they should do a Jackie Wilson unsung (his life was very interesting to me..even the way he died was crazy ) and the pretty chick that use to sing w Marvin Gaye I forget hername but she deserve an unsung episode.

      • MiaSara

        I’m young too, I’ve just always been interested in classic films and black actresses of the past. You should look into these ladies, very talented and beautiful group of actresses 🙂

      • Mary Jackson

        Tammi Terrell. They had an episode for her already. Very good!!

        • mind_sayer

          Yea her! I always thought she was a pretty woman (and she’s way before my time). I didnt know she had an Unsung. I gotta check into that. I dont know much about her besides the already known but I love her. She was beautiful.

          • Mary Jackson

            It was very good. It’s a shame that she had to leave this earth so soon, she was a great talent.

      • ThaTruthful1

        You talking about Tammi Terrell.

      • Rosemary Davis

        You are speaking about Tammi Terrel and they did one on her

      • bigbootyjudy

        They already did an unsung on Tami Terrell

      • Tee Elyse

        I would LOVE to see Jackie Wilson’s Unsung!! I looked him up after I watched Berry Gordy’s Master Class on OWN, and all I could say was WOW!!!!! Berry Gordy and the Gordy family’s life story should be a movie in itself, because they had some DRAMA behind the scenes!!