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Through A Lens Darkly — Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

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50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘Beyond Vietnam Speech

April 4-April 8, 2017, Tavis Smiley comemmorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech: Hollywood legend and activist Harry Belafonte discusses his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King. Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr talks about the backlash his friend faced after the “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Professor and author Marc Lamont Hill, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the ‘Highlander Research and Education Center’ and Rashad Robinson from ‘Color of Change’ look at the future and the future of the Civil Rights movement.

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Civil War Journal: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.

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Bastards of the Party

Directed by former Bloods gang-member Cle Sloan, Bastards of the Party explores the creation of two of Los Angeles’s most notorious gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, from the perspective of the Los Angeles community. The film also denounces gang violence and presents meaningful solutions from former gang-members to stop this problem.

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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a portrait of the artist, revealing Sanchez’s uncompromising life. Deemed “a lion in literature’s forest” by poet Maya Angelou, Sanchez is a winner of major literary honors, including the American Book Award in 1985 and the Harper Lee Award in 2004, among others. A significant figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, often considered the artistic arm of the Black Power Movement, she raised her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women’s liberation, and world peace.

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