Members Only TV highlights Black music
Chronicling the history of R&B groups
The Marvelettes (pictured with the “Master Blaster,” Tom Reed), were voted number 10 among the top 15 Black duos and/or girls groups in the 20th century. For Members Only TV, one of the longest running Black music television shows, will air a special program on the will chronicle groups with either a male of female leader singer in the R&B Soul music category and the winner were selected by ballots submitted by DJs, community members, music critics and historians as well people in the recording industry.
For Members Only TV was created by Tom Reed in 1980, at a time that when not television station was airing serious programming focusing on African American culture. Over the years, Reed, who graduated from Los Angeles City College with a degree in broadcasting has won numerous awards for his efforts including three Greater L.A. Press Club honors, an NAACP Image award for the 1987 documentary “The Black Music History of L.A.” Reed is also a founding member of the STAX Museum of American Soul Music and a national advisory board member for the Archive of African American Music at Indiana University.