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    1964: The Fight for a Right

    September 12, 2018

    1964: The Fight for a Right By the mid 20th century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name - Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. Moreover, these laws also disenfranchise other people of color, the elderly, poor, and disabled. With the 2015 anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as well as the upcoming presidential primaries and general election, voting rights will remain at the forefront of a national debate. With historical footage and interviews with Freedom Summer architects and volunteers, as well as present day activists, 1964: THE...

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

    September 17, 2018

    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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    Africa’s Great Civilizations

    September 21, 2018

    Africa's Great Civilizations In his new six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.             [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]  

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    African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Episodes 1-6)

    September 18, 2018

    The series will take viewers across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African-American community, which abolitionist Martin R. Delany famously described as “a nation within a nation,” has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

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    Against All Odds: The Fight For A Black Middle Class

    September 12, 2018

    Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. Through dramatic historical footage and deeply moving personal interviews with prominent African Americans, including Isabel Wilkerson, Elijah Cummings, Alvin Poussaint, and Angela Glover Blackwell, Against All Odds explores the often frustrated efforts of black families to pursue the American dream.

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    America Reframed: Agents of Change

    September 12, 2018

    America Reframed: Agents of ChangeAgents of Change looks at a pivotal moment when our nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-Vietnam War Movements. The film examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S., focusing on two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969.At San Francisco State, students and their supporters which included faculty and the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched the longest student strike in U.S. history. Struggling for themselves and the generations of students to come, Black, Latino and Asian student groups worked together to form the Third World Liberation Front. Their efforts birthed the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and ignited similar actions across the country.Told through the voices of past student activists and organizers, Agents of Change unfolds with rich archival footage, compelling interviews, and a dynamic soundtrack. Today,...

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    American Experience: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (EXCERPT)

    September 12, 2018

    American Experience: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (EXCERPT) In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi’s African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment was prepared to use any means necessary to keep them away from the polls and out of elected office. For years, local civil rights workers had tried unsuccessfully to increase voter registration amongst African Americans. Those who wished to vote had to face the local registrar, an all-powerful white functionary who would often publish their names in the paper and pass the word on to their employers and bankers. And if loss of jobs and the threat of violence wasn’t enough to dissuade them, the complex and arcane testing policies were certain to keep them off the rolls. In 1964, a...

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    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

    September 16, 2018

    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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    Bastards of the Party

    September 17, 2018

    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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    Creation of Black Studies at San Diego City College

    September 16, 2018

    Retired Professor of Black Studies, Nathan Katungi, discusses the history of the Black Studies Department at San Diego City College -- how the department was created, the vision, philosophy and goals, and the challenges faced by the department.

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    Discharged Without Honor: The Brownsville Affair

    April 11, 2018

    This episode investigates a controversial action taken by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1906, a street shooting occurred in Brownsville, TX. Amid allegations that the culprits were black soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Infantry, Roosevelt took the unprecedented action of discharging without honor all 167 men. The documentary weighs old and newly discovered evidence in the case, using archival accounts and photographs and commentary by experts.

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    Dr. Shirley Weber Speaks on California’s Anti-Racial Profiling Law

    December 2, 2015

    Dr. Shirley Weber Speaks on California's Anti-Racial Profiling Law Friday, December 4, 2015 Lincoln High School San Diego, CA At an event featuring Dr. West Aaron Harvey and Brandon "Tiny Doo" Duncan, focusing on the prosecution of 33 black men through the use of an obscure and draconian gang injunction law (Penal Code 182.5), California Assemblymember, Shirley Weber spoke at Lincoln High School on the challenges of getting an anti-racial profiling bill through the California State Legislature and into law.

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    Episode 10: Unity In Diversity? (Part 1)

    April 7, 2013

      Unity In Diversity? (Part 1) -- Introduction: In this episode, Unity In Diversity? In Part 1 of this series, we will explore the political and social climate up to 1920s that is going to shape the boundaries of African Americans’ ideological responses to the failure of Reconstruction.  

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    Episode 11: University in Diversity? (Part 2)

    April 7, 2013

      Unity In Diversity? (Part 2) -- Introduction: In this episode, Unity In Diversity? We saw in Episode 10 two approaches to the problems facing African Americans as a result of the failures of Reconstruction. The integrationist and the Black Nationalist approaches were fundamentally in opposition to one another and the conflict between WEB DuBois and Booker T. Washington was simply built in to their philosophical ideologies. In part two, we will explore other ideological approaches. Just like integration and Black Nationalism, the approach to problems in the 1920s and 1930s are each going to have their own set of strength and weaknesses. As we also see, they carry with them their own built in conflicts with other philosophical approaches.    

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    Episode 12: University in Diversity? (Part 3)

    April 7, 2013

    In this episode,Unity In Diversity? We look at the various often conflicting elements of Black Nationalism in the struggle for Black liberation and self-determination, and specifically at Maulana Karenga and his notion of cultural nationalism within the US organization.

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    Episode 13: Race vs Gender – Femiphobia and Homophobia Within the Black Liberation Struggle

    April 7, 2013

    In this episode, we will look at the social construct of patriarchal masculinity as it is expressed in the Black liberation struggle. We will start with the critical question posed by the brilliant scholar and social critic, bell hooks. We will then take a look at some specific controversies vis-à-vis gender and homophobia. Has homophobia and femiphobia (fear of women) hurt the Black Liberation struggle?

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    Episode 14: The Conservative Era From Reagan to Obama

    April 7, 2013

      The Conservative Era From Reagan to Obama -- Introduction: In this episode, The Conservative Era: From Reagan to the Age of Obama. The late 1970s and 1980s brought about a shift in American attitudes towards race and civil rights. In this episode we will see how the neoconservative movement was able to simultaneously embrace the ideals of the old civil rights movement and leaders such as Martin Luther King, while at the same time undermining the systemic changes that the civil rights movement fought for. We will begin with one of the ideological underpinnings of a neoconservative movement -- new racism. We will then look at some of the specific aspects of the neoconservative era under Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton, as well as some prominent Black conservatives. We will end on a discussion with Cornel West and Carl Dix on Race and Politics in the...

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    Episode 1: What is Black Studies?

    May 7, 2013

    In this episode, we look at the origins of a relatively new academic discipline. How did Black Studies come about and how is it distinct from other academic disciplines? Also, what are the challenges faced by scholars, academics and students of Black Studies in higher education?

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    Episode 2 Black Studies

    Episode 2: Why Pursue Black Studies?

    May 6, 2013

    In this episode, why pursue Black Studies? What is the significance of Black Studies in higher education? Also, we look at the contributions that Black Studies as a discipline has made in academia. How has the Black Studies pioneered and developed theories and approaches to problems in ways that have added to academia and society as a whole? Is Black Studies solely for the consumption of African American students? Should it be? Why should Asian, Latino, or White students have an interest in pursuing Black Studies?

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    Episode 5: Healing as Resistance

    April 8, 2013

      Healing as Resistance -- Introduction: The middle passage subjected enslaved Africans to an ordeal the depths of which are literally abysmal. That is, the further and deeper one looks at the Atlantic Slave Trade, the more and more suffering one finds. New evidence continues to emerge that suggests to historians that we have not yet begun to approach the depths of the African experience on the Atlantic Slave Trade. Like the bodies of countless Africans whose bones lie somewhere at the bottom of the Atlantic, the full breadth of the experience of enslaved Africans may never be fully uncovered.  

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    Episode 9: The Unfinished Revolution

    April 7, 2013

    The Unfinished Revolution -- Introduction: In this episode, we examine different perspectives on the success and failure of Reconstruction. We look at the African American responses to the Reconstruction  as well as African Americans who are taking matters in their own hands by seeking out opportunities on the United States frontier. Finally, we examine the ideological responses that frame the continued struggle to finish an unfinished revolution.    

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    Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Law?

    April 11, 2018

    In 1969, the F.B.I. names the Black Panther Party the number one threat to the nation's internal security. Some law enforcement officials feel this gives them justification to break the law and destroy the organization. The extent of the FBI's counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO, will be uncovered by activists in 1971.

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    Guest Lecture: Elbert ”Big Man” Howard (June 7, 2015)

    June 15, 2015

    Guest Lecture: Elbert ”Big Man” Howard Speaks at San Diego’s Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation June 7, 2015

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    Guest Lecture: Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College

    June 12, 2015

    San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is seeking to use a provision in state law to charge purported gang members in conspiracy related to over a dozen murders by Lincoln Park gang members in 2013.

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    Let the Fire Burn: Philadelphia Police Clash with MOVE Group

    September 17, 2018

    On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By 5:00pm, police had already fired over 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the fortified MOVE row house that contained children and adults. On orders from local authorities, police then dropped military-grade explosives onto the roof of the house. Captured live on television news, the ensuing conflagration quickly escalated, resulting in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. Only later was it discovered that authorities had decided to stand by and “let the fire burn.”

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    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

    October 1, 2018

    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy In March 1931, a freight train crowded with homeless and jobless hoboes left Chattanooga, Tennessee, bound for points west. A short time after it crossed into Alabama, a fight erupted between two groups of hoboes, one black and one white. The train was stopped by an armed posse in the tiny town of Paint Rock, Alabama. Before anyone knew what had happened, two white women stepped from the shadows of a boxcar to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers aboard the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. Before it was over, the Scottsboro affair — so-named for the little Alabama town where the nine were put on trial for their lives — would divide Americans along racial, political, and geographic lines. It would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since...

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