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Black History Month TV and Radio Programming Jan/Feb 2018

NasGreatPerformances2/2/18 at 9 p.m. on WCNY                    Great Performances – Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop

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Two decades after the album’s critically acclaimed release, hip-hop artist Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic,” one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history. The new concert film Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop captures the energy and nostalgia of this collaborative performance.


AliciaKeysGreatPerformances2/2/18 at 10 p.m. on WCNY                 Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

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The series premieres with a native New Yorker from Hell’s Kitchen, Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys. Her collaboration with Jay Z, “Empire State of Mind,” instantly became the City’s newest anthem. In this debut Landmarks Live special recorded over a one-year period, Alicia’s love affair with New York continues as she performs in notable locations all around the city.


IndependentLens_Winnie2/5/18 at 10 p.m. on WCNY                 Independent Lens – Winnie

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Most globally known as the wife of Nelson Mandela, the overshadowed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace in South Africa bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time on screen, Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

Working chronologically through influential events and important memories, along with interviews with Winnie herself, as well as her daughter Zindzi, biographers, journalists, lawyers, police and other involved parties among her family, allies and opponents alike, coupled with rare and striking archival clips, the film shows the multi-layered journey that Winnie went on for her personal and societal freedom.


2/12/18 at 3 p.m. on WCNY                 African American Museum

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It was an emotional affair as the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture finally opened to the public on September 24, 2016. President Obama gave a lengthy heart-felt speech praising the long fought for and long awaited space that has been 100 years in the making. Countless celebrities including Oprah, Will Smith, and Angela Basset christened the building with inspirational words. Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder came to mesmerize the crowd with beautiful performances.


2/12/18 at 10 p.m. on WCNY              POV – Do Not Resist

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A vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Do Not Resist puts viewers in the center of the action — from inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments.


Maya-Angelou_American-Masters2/16/18 at 9 p.m. on WCNY                 Maya Angelou: American Masters

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Journey through the prolific life of the ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.


IndependentLens_Universities2/19/18 at 9 p.m. on WCNY                 Independent Lens – Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

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The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.


Talk_Race-in-America2/25/18 at noon on WCNY                Talk – Race in America

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THE TALK is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly necessary 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 ever stopped by the police.


DeepCity_TheBirthOfATheMiamiSound2/25/18 at 2 p.m. on WCNY                 Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

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Explore the story of two men who created Florida’s first black-owned record label.


Paul-Laurence-Dunbar2/26/18 at 1 p.m. on WCNY                 Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” is a documentary on the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer.Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), is best remembered for his poem, We Wear the Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” A clip of Angelou reciting Dunbar’s poem on the David Frost Show is featured.


Karamu100-Years-in-the-House2/28/18 at 2:30 p.m. on WCNY         Karamu: 100 Years in the House

Chronicle the incredible story of the oldest African-American performing arts theater in America, the Karamu House in the historic Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland. This documentary highlights the key players, productions and claims to fame over the 100-year history of Karamu House.

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