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

In Documentary ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ Black Musician Meets, Befriends KKK Members to Forge Racial Conciliation


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

Sam Pollard/PBS Documentary ‘The Talk – Race in America’ Tackles Issue of Young People of Color and Encounters with the Police


“The Talk – Race in America” is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are… Continue Reading

Tonight: FRONTLINE Will Examine Deep Racial Divisions from Obama to Trump in 4-Hour Documentary, ‘Divided States of America’

PBS Frontline

Days before the inauguration of the 45th American president in January 2017, PBS’ FRONTLINE documentary series will premiere “Divided States of America,” a four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries that looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have revealed deep… Continue Reading

Perfectly-Timed, PBS Announces the First Documentary Biography of John Lewis, ‘Get in the Way,’ Premiering Feb. 10 (Trailer)


PBS and Georgia Public Broadcasting announced today that “John Lewis – Get in the Way,” a new documentary produced and directed by Kathleen Dowdey, will premiere Friday, February 10, 2017, 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. The first… Continue Reading

TCA: Trailer + 2 Clips from INDEPENDENT LENS Documentary on How ‘Birth of a Nation’ Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights


PBS unveiled a strong and quite robust winter/spring 2017 season lineup that includes a lot of original programming that you will be interested in (based on my initial skim of the schedule), including an INDEPENDENT LENS documentary titled “Birth of a… Continue Reading

TCA: American Masters Presents Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,’ Feb. 21 (Trailer)

"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise"

The first feature documentary about the prolific life of Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) will premiere on PBS’ American Masters series, the network announced during its Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour segment earlier today. “Maya Angelou: And… Continue Reading

Watch Now: Byron Hurt’s Entertaining, Thoroughly Researched and Revealing ‘Soul Food Junkies’ Documentary


In “Soul Food Junkies” Byron Hurt created a vastly entertaining, hilarious, passionate, revelatory and thoroughly researched documentary which examines Soul Food’s significance in Black American culture. Hurt narrates the project, edited by Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, via his personal journey. His family members… Continue Reading

Watch Now in Full: PBS’ ‘Breaking Barriers’ (A History of People of Color on American Television)


PBS’ exploration of trailblazing moments of TV history featured an episode titled “Breaking Barriers,” which traces the history of people of color on American television. You can watch it in full below. It was all part of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, “Pioneers Of Television.”… Continue Reading