After Seeing ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ Stream 1963 James Baldwin Documentary ‘Take This Hammer’ This Weekend

James Baldwin, "Take This Hammer"

WNET, America’s flagship PBS station (and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21), is making the groundbreaking 1963 documentary, “Take This Hammer,” available via Facebook Live on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm. This event marks the first time WNET will… Continue Reading

Review: ‘Let the Fire Burn’ Is Powerfully & Masterfully Structured (Independent Lens Doc Now Streaming for Free)

"Let the Fire Burn"

The Emmy award-winning documentary showcase Independent Lens announced earlier this week that it will stream for free, ten of its popular titles – feature documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers – from… Continue Reading

PBS’ Award-Winning Documentary Series Independent Lens to Stream for FREE 10 Fan Favorites from February 20 through March 18

"Let the Fire Burn"

The Emmy award-winning documentary showcase Independent Lens has announced that it will stream ten popular titles – feature documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers – from past seasons from Monday, February 20… Continue Reading

Missed Last Night’s Premiere of Sam Pollard’s PBS Documentary ‘The Talk – Race in America’? Watch It Online Now!

THIRTEEN

Since our journey began in this country, parents of Black and brown children have had very frank and often chilling conversations with their offspring about encounters and interactions with law enforcement. While many police officers honor their code; others wield… Continue Reading

We Spoke to Director Sam Pollard About His PBS Documentary ‘The Talk – Race in America’ Which Premieres Tonight, Feb. 20

Sam Pollard, director and supervising producer, "The Talk – Race in America" (Credit: © LaMont Hamilton Photographic Imaging)

Since our journey began in this country, parents of Black and brown children have had very frank and often chilling conversations with their offspring about encounters and interactions with law enforcement. While many police officers honor their code; others wield… Continue Reading

Watch 10 Clips from PBS’ Upcoming Epic 6-Hour Documentary on Africa’s Great Civilizations

PBS

First announced during its portion of the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour a month ago, PBS’ upcoming 6-hour documentary series “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on February 27, promising to bring “little-known yet epic stories to… Continue Reading

POV Acquires Oscar-Nominated Short ‘Joe’s Violin’ for 2017 Broadcast on PBS (Watch It Now)

JoesViolin

Celebrated PBS documentary series POV has acquired the broadcast rights for Joe’s Violin, an Academy Award nominee in Best Documentary (Short Subject). In the film, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and… Continue Reading

In Documentary ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ Black Musician Meets, Befriends KKK Members to Forge Racial Conciliation (Tonight on PBS)

INDEPENDENT LENS

Part of PBS’ Black History Month programming is the INDEPENDENT LENS documentary premiere “Accidental Courtesy” which is set to premiere tonight, Monday, February 13, 10-11:30 p.m. ET. Produced and directed by Matt Ornstein, “Accidental Courtesy” introduces audiences to African American… Continue Reading

Discover ‘Birth of a Race’ (The Great Black Film Epic That Never Was) & Then Watch ‘Birth of a Movement’

Emmett J. Scott and family

Last night, on PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS, the documentary “Birth of a Movement,” from producer-directors Susan Gray and Bestor Cram, premiered at 10pm, and is now available online to watch in full. Based on the book “The Birth of a Movement: How Birth… Continue Reading

Must-Watch Tonight: Documentary on How ‘Birth of a Nation’ Ignited Battle for Civil Rights (Trailer + 2 Clips)

PBS INDEPENDENT LENS

At the Television Critics Association winter tour last month, PBS unveiled a strong and quite robust winter/spring 2017 season lineup that included a lot of original programming readers of this blog will be interested in, including an INDEPENDENT LENS documentary titled “Birth… Continue Reading

Thumping Teaser Premiere for Stanley Nelson’s ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ (A Documentary on HBCU History)

Firelight Media

Veteran EMMY award winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s latest work is an ambitious two-hour documentary and multimedia project that explores the pivotal role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. An official selection… Continue Reading

PBS Will Air All-Star Tribute to Smokey Robinson in February, Hosted By Samuel L. Jackson

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson is the current recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, as was previously announced by Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao. The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of… Continue Reading