PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the second year in a row, CBS 3 and The CW Philly will highlight the next generation of influential Black artists in Philadelphia in celebration of Black History Month.  The television stations will air a series of six vignettes hosted by Anchor Ukee Washington all month, each focusing on a different young artist speaking about his or her profession and role in contributing to Black History.  KYW Newsradio 1060 will also feature a series of reports by Karin Phillips on the artists throughout February.

Featured artists include: Jeff Townes aka DJ Jazzy Jeff, renowned music producer; Carvin “Ransum” Haggins and Ivan “Orthodox” Barias, the GRAMMY Award-winning songwriting and production team known as Carvin & Ivan; singer/songwriter Carol Riddick, who is also senior project manager at the Philadelphia GRAMMY® Chapter; drummer George “Spanky” McCurdy, who is currently touring with Lady Gaga; entrepreneur Sulaiman Rahman, chairman of the board of directors of the African-American Chamber of Commerce and CEO/President of, and Ernel Martinez, an artist with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.

The young artists featured are creative ambassadors for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation’s Philly 360°® program, a campaign designed to expand the region’s visitor base by attracting a new group of African-American travelers who are young, affluent, tech savvy and driven to a destination based on its contemporary cultural offerings.

“We’re continuing this popular initiative for a second year,” says CBS 3/CW Philly President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock, “because it so clearly demonstrates that Black History is still happening today. It’s important that we record it for generations to come.” 

“The individuals spotlighted in this campaign continue to break new ground for those that come after them,” says Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for the CBS Radio Stations in Philadelphia.  “It’s an honor to bring them a platform to showcase their talents.”  

CBS 3 and The CW Philly acknowledge Philly 360°®, a marketing program from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), Jackson Hewitt and Community College of Philadelphia, sponsors of its Black History celebration.

CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.  KYW Newsradio 1060 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO.

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