BIO.com and History.com Celebrate Black History Month with New Content Detailing the Figures and Events Shaping Black History

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Online Features Include the Origins and Significance of Black History Month, Interactive Timelines, a Black History Widget, Enhanced Bios, In-Depth Coverage of the Apollo Theater and More

Fresh off the history-making inauguration of President Barack Obama, BIO.com and History.com have added new content to their award-winning Black History mini-sites, http://www.BIO.com/blackhistory and http://www.history.com/blackhistory. Just in time for February, new video and other interactive content is being featured, including historical information on the origins and significance of Black History Month, interactive timelines, a black history widget, enhanced biographies of notable African Americans, in-depth coverage of the famed Apollo Theater - celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009 - and much more.

Content being featured on BIO.com's Black History mini-site includes:

  • A Black History widget that features pieces of trivia and facts about black history.
  • A section devoted to the Apollo Theater with an interactive timeline and interactive tour of the world famous theater; the significance and history of the Harlem Renaissance; biographies on 50 legends who performed at the Apollo as well as famous residents of Harlem and a classroom study guide for teachers.
  • Enhanced biographies with timelines, related works, quotes, photo galleries, videos and more covering such notable individuals as President Obama, Ella Fitzgerald, Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks, among others. Plus, a section devoted to 200 notable African American Icons, from athletes to scientists, who helped make Black History.
  • A fully interactive timeline, complete with photo galleries, quick facts, and quizzes, beginning with the first Africans arriving in America and progressing to the first African American president.
  • Additional content includes 101 Facts You Didn't Know About Black History; a History in the Making calendar, recounting recent African American achievements; a list of the top 50 notable African American first achievers; Foundations of Freedom which outlines some of the milestones in the struggle for equality; two games; and more.

History.com's Black History mini-site is now featuring:

  • A multimedia, interactive Black History timeline covering key milestones from slavery to President Barack Obama's historic election. The timeline includes over 40 original articles, as well as still images and video.
  • Black History Facts - a fact sheet featuring info about significant moments and people in African American history.
  • The site also includes a section of maps detailing significant locations in African American history, short-form video of memorable events - including a special section of Barack Obama videos - clips of famous speeches and more.

About History:
History™ and History HD™ are leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, The Universe, Cities of The Underworld and Ice Road Truckers, as well as acclaimed specials including King, Life After People, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, Lost Book of Nostradamus, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed and Sherman's March. History has earned four Peabody Awards, three Primetime Emmy® Awards, 10 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. History's website, located at http://www.History.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games, podcasts and more.

About BIO:
At BIO, we prove that the truth about people is always more entertaining than fiction. BIO is about real people and their real lives: up close and personal, gritty and provocative, always unfiltered. BIO original series uncover the real drama in people stories: everyday situations with a twist; celebrities going off-script; people-centric crime stories and paranormal events. In addition to being the exclusive home to the Emmy-Award winning Biography® series, the dynamic blend of original and acquired series on BIO includes I Survived…, Final 24, Psychic Investigators and the William Shatner hosted talk show, Shatner's Raw Nerve. The 24-hour network is now available in more than 52 million households. The BIO web site is located at http://www.BIO.com.

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