BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - LANGSTON HUGHES
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".
BHMD MICRO DOCS - DAISY BATES
Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (November 11, 1914 – November 4, 1999) was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - BETTY SHABAZZ
Betty Shabazz (May 28, 1934 – June 23, 1997), born Betty Dean Sanders and also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of Malcolm X.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - RON VAN CLIEF
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972) was a pastor of the largest black church in America in his time, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, and an American politician, who represented Harlem, in the United States House of Representatives (1945 – 1971). During his distinguished congressional career, Powell is credited as passing more bed-rock legislation then any other congressmen in American history, even up to today.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS presents THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with its only international chapter operating in Algeria from 1969 until 1972.
The reviews are in, the people have had their say. Everyone is singing Queen Sugars’ praise. Finally, it's the television show we've all been waiting for. OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey, according to a review in USA Today, is “life, in all its colors.” As you have read on our website a few months back, Duvernay tapped Neema Barnette as producing director for the series’ 13 episodes.
Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode (July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994), was a decathlete, football star, and activist who become a film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Spartacus, released in 1960. In 1946, almost a year before Jackie Robinson broke the color lines in baseball, Strode was one of the first Blacks to play in the NFL after the ban in 1934. He was also a professional wrestler and served in the United States Army during World War II.
Black History Mini Docs' Neema Barnette has boarded OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava Duvernay and Warner Horizon Television, as a director and producer.
Written, directed and executive produced by Duvernay, the contemporary series is adapted from the debut novel by Natalie Baszile. It centers on Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), a formidable journalist and activist based in New Orleans. Her life, and that of her brother and their extended family, undergoes significant change when her sister, Charley, returns to Louisiana from Los Angeles to help run the family sugarcane farm. Oprah Winfrey will have a recurring role on the show.
Barnette recently directed the feature Woman Thou Art Loosed On The 7th Day, starring Pam Grier, Blair Underwood, Nicole Jarbari and Sharon Leal. Barnette most recently directed episodes of BET’s Being Mary Jane last season.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS presents PAM GRIER
Watch the premiere of our brand-new mini doc on this extraordinary living legend.
Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress that became famous in the early 1970s after starring in a string of successful women in prison and black films like The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974) and Sheba Baby (1975). She starred in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS presents JUDITH JAMISON
Jamison (born May 10, 1943) is among the most influential African American dance figures of the late 20th Century. She began her dance career at the age of ten and served as the Artistic Director at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1989 to 2011. Her efforts in the dance industry also opened the doors to many young aspiring women and African Americans. Watch the premiere of our brand-new mini doc on this extraordinary living legend.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS presents MAMIE TILL
Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley (born Mamie Elizabeth Carthan; November 23, 1921 – January 6, 2003) was the mother of Emmett Till, whose murder mobilized the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, at the age of 14, after being accused of acting inappropriately with a white woman. For her son's funeral in Chicago, Mamie Till insisted that the casket containing his body be left open, because, in her words, "I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby."
Black History Mini Docs - FACT DOC - Dorothy Dandridge
Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was a film, stage, dance and singing dynamo who is best known for being the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - FACT DOC - Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) and Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) were American film, television and Broadway actors, directors, poets, playwrights, authors, and social activists. Watch our brand-new Black History Mini Docs - FACT DOC on the life and careers of the legendary dynamic couple, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS presents Gordon Parks
Celebrate the life of Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) today on his birthday. Watch our Mini Doc Video tribute on this great American photographer, musician, writer, film director and ture Renaissance man. Best remembered for his photographic essays for "Life" magazine and as the director of the 1971 classic film, "Shaft".
If you thought Madam C. J. Walker was the first black millionaire, think again. Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone was the real first millionaire businesswoman and with no tragic end to her story.
Celebrate James Baldwin's (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) life by watching our Mini Doc on he's life as a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and Social and political activists.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett an early leader in the civil rights movement.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - Frederick Douglass
He was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
There was truly no one like Nina Simone. She composed over 500 songs, recorded almost 60 albums. First woman to win the Jazz Cultural Award "Woman of the Year" 1966. In the 1960s, Nina Simone was part of the civil rights movement and later the black power movement. Her songs are considered as anthems of those movements.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - Billie Holiday
A special live performance re-edited in honor of Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit.
BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - 4 Little Girls of Birmingham
50 years ago the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, a bombing that also injured 22 other churchgoers.
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