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On TV: Black History Month — February 2023

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"Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World" premieres Tuesday, January 31 at 9pm on KQED 9.

KQED is proud to celebrate Black History Month starting in February with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below.


Wed, 2/1
11pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1401
Four lads from Liverpool, dubbed "the black Beatles" by the British tabloids, recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth- an inner-city area of Liverpool- to the bright lights of New York. A journey of international stardom as Britain's pioneering million-selling soul and funk band. Against a backdrop of prejudice and political turmoil in the 1970s, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit #1 in the UK pop charts.

Fri, 2/3
9pm Making Black America: Through the Grapevine #101
This four-hour series, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., introduces viewers to a world that showcases Black people's ability to collectively prosper, defy white supremacy and define Blackness in ways that transformed America itself. The first episode explores how free Black people, in the North and South, built towns, established schools, held conventions - creating robust networks to address the political, economic, and social needs of the entire Black community.

10pm Making Black America: Through the Grapevine #102
This four-hour series, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., introduces viewers to a world that showcases Black people's ability to collectively prosper, defy white supremacy and define Blackness in ways that transformed America itself. The second episode explores how African Americans turn within, creating a community that not only sustains but empowers. From HBCUs to Black businesses to the Harlem Renaissance to political organizations, Black life flourished.

Sat, 2/4
3:30pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas #101
We travel to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. In the capital, we meet with one the country's most renowned writers, whose career spans more than 50 years and is responsible for introducing the Afro-Costa Rican experience in Costa Rican literature.
6pm Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story


11:30pm Love and Respect with Killer Mike #115
Love & Respect with Killer Mike is a weekly interview program featuring respectful, straight talk with an eclectic mix of guests equally passionate about today’s issues. Emory professor and political analyst Andra Gillespie joins Killer Mike to discuss why Georgia is once again at the center of American politics in 2022.

Mon, 2/6
9pm Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana
Highlights include an 1821 US citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African American beauty book written by Madam CJ Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Independent Lens: Outta the Muck" premieres Monday, February 6 at 10pm on KQED 9.

10pm Independent Lens: Outta The Muck (NEW)
Wade into the rich soil of Pahokee, Florida, a town on the banks of Lake Okeechobee. Beyond its football legacy, including sending over a dozen players to the NFL (like Anquan Boldin, Fred Taylor, and Rickey Jackson), the fiercely self-determined community tells their stories of Black achievement and resilience in the face of tragic storms and personal trauma.

11:30pm Love and Respect with Killer Mike #116 (NEW)
Love & Respect with Killer Mike is a weekly interview program featuring respectful, straight talk with an eclectic mix of guests equally passionate about today’s issues. Georgia football legend Herschel Walker joins Killer Mike for a conversation about his life, career and current campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Tues, 2/7
9pm Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World #102 (NEW)
Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop’s political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators he tracks Hip Hop’s socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."

"Nova: Star Chasers of Senegal" premieres Wednesday, February 8 on KQED 9.

Wed, 2/8
9pm NOVA: Star Chasers of Senegal (NEW)
A visionary astronomer in West Africa attempts a high-stakes observation of a distant asteroid vital to a NASA mission. From prehistoric ruins to Islamic skywatchers, explore the heritage and future of African astronomy.

11pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1402
Ghofrane, 25, is a young Black Tunisian woman. A committed activist who speaks her mind, she embodies Tunisia's current political upheaval. As a victim of racial discrimination, Ghofrane decides to go into politics. We follow her extraordinary path, ranging from acting on her ambition to disillusion. Through her attempts to persuade both close friends and complete strangers to vote for her, her campaign reveals the many faces of a country seeking to forge a new identity.

Fri, 2/10
9pm Making Black America: Through the Grapevine #103
This four-hour series, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., introduces viewers to a world that showcases Black people's ability to collectively prosper, defy white supremacy and define Blackness in ways that transformed America itself. To survive economic disaster, episode three shows how African Americans relied on informal economies, grassroots organizations and cultural innovations behind the color line to dismantle the oppressive realities of Jim Crow.

10pm Making Black America: Through the Grapevine #104
Despite the gains of legal desegregation, hour four reveals how Black political and cultural movements - from Black Power to Black Twitter - provide a safe space to debate, organize and celebrate.

Sat, 2/11
3:30pm Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas #102
We travel to Limon, Costa Rica, on the Caribbean coast. This sun drenched coastal city is steeped in African Diasporic history including a legacy by Pan Africanist Marcus Garvey. We also learn about the role thousands of Jamaicans, Afro-Costa Ricans and other Caribbean islanders played in the construction of the country's railroad more than a century ago. While on the Caribbean coast, one of the most beloved restauranteurs teaches us how to cook rondon, the Jamaican inspired seafood stew.

6pm John Lewis – Get in the Way
Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.

11:30pm Love and Respect with Killer Mike #110
Love & Respect with Killer Mike is a weekly interview program featuring respectful, straight talk with an eclectic mix of guests equally passionate about today’s issues. Dr. King's youngest child and King Center CEO Bernice King joins Killer Mike for a look at her father's life and legacy and her continued work on behalf of civil rights.

Sun, 2/12
7am Ken Burns: The Civil War
The Civil War is a nine-part series that explores the most important conflict in our nation’s history. The war was fought in 10,000 places, more than 3 million Americans fought in it, and over 600,000 men – 2 percent of the population – died in it. It saw the end of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy. It was the watershed of a new political and economic order, and the beginning of big industry, big business, big government. It was the first modern war and, for Americans, the costliest, yielding the most American casualties and the greatest domestic suffering, spiritually and physically.

"African Americans: Many Rivers Left to Cross Marathon" airs Sunday, February 12 at 9am on KQED 9.

9am African Americans: Many Rivers Left to Cross Marathon
The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the Trans-Atlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a ten-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South.

Tues, 2/14
9pm Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World #103 (NEW)
Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

Wed, 2/15
11pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1403
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange brings a harrowing documentary the victims of the Six-Day War in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For two decades, the victims have been fighting with authorities in the city of Kisangani for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation. Tired of unsuccessful pleas, they have finally decided to voice their claims in the capital Kinshasa, after a long journey down the Congo River.

Watch "Muhammad Ali: Round One: The Greatest" on Sunday February 12, at 9am on KQED 9.

Sun, 2/19
1pm Ken Burns: Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

Tues, 2/21
8pm Finding Your Roots #908 (NEW)
Henry Louis Gates reveals the unexpected family trees of activist Angela Y. Davis and statesman Jeh Johnson, using DNA and long-lost records to redefine notions of the black experience-and challenge preconceptions of America's past.

9pm Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World #104 (NEW)
Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

Wed, 2/22
11pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1404
A unique art-history saga, this film recounts the troubling story of the African artwork that fills European museums, and whose return is now being demanded by their countries of origin. Snatched up like trophies by colonizers, the works fertilized European art before acquiring recognition as universal masterpieces in their own right. But in Africa, their absence is still traumatic. Through the burning question of their possible restitution, the film invites us to reconsider both our cultural heritage and museums' role in reinventing our relationship with Africa.

"Great Performances: The Magic of Spirituals" premieres Friday, February 24 at 9pm on KQED 9.

Fri, 2/24
9pm Great Performances: The Magic of Spirituals (NEW)
Glimpse behind the curtain at opera legends Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman's famed concert at Carnegie Hall on March 18, 1990, featuring performance clips and new interviews with opera star Angel Blue, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb and more.

10pm Next at the Kennedy Center: Let My Children Hear Mingus
The Kennedy Center celebrates jazz icon and social activist Charles Mingus at 100. Through performances and conversations, we explore how his outsized personality and inimitable style pushed boundaries and paved the way for future generations.

Sun, 2/26
12pm Driving While Black
Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new freedoms and new perils for African Americans on the road in this deep look into the dynamics of race, space and mobility in America over time.

3pm Slavery By Another Name
The documentary, Slavery By Another Name, challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. This documentary tells a harrowing story of how in the South, even as chattel slavery came to an end, new forms of involuntary servitude, including convict leasing, debt slavery and peonage, took its place with shocking force -- brutalizing and ultimately circumscribing the lives of hundreds of thousands of African Americans well into the 20th century.

Tues, 2/2
8pm Black Broadway: A Proud History, A Limitless Future
Join an all-star cast performing songs from the hit musicals Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin, The Color Purple, Porgy and Bess and so many more to celebrate the rich history and evolution of Black roles and voices on Broadway. Weaving the history, prominence and hopes for the future through music, the cast is led by Stephanie Mills, Norm Lewis, Corbin Bleu, Niki Renee Daniels, Peppermint, Tiffany Mann and Sydney James Harcourt. Special appearances include Clayton Cornelius, James Monroe Iglehart, Brittany Johnson and many more.


Wed, 2/1
12:30am The Chavis Chronicles #317 (NEW)
The Chavis Chronicles is a thought-provoking half-hour weekly talk show with an urban American flair featuring interviews with famous leaders and politicians, doctors and scientists, cultural leaders and influencers from around the globe. The public affairs program goes beyond the headlines offering insights on matters that impact the public, and provides a unique perspective from a renowned living legend of the African-American world. Each week, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. hosts the 52-part series. Dr. Chavis - an award-winning journalist, civil rights icon, and consummate intellectual influencer - is a skilled interviewer who presents important content and diverse conversations that are engaging, enlightening and entertaining to a wide audience.

Thurs, 2/2
5:30pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1301
Mama Gloria is a feature documentary about Gloria Allen, a 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. It is the story of a mother's love - the love that Gloria's mother had for her and the love that Gloria has for her chosen children. And it is driven by the love that director Luchina Fisher has for her teenage transgender daughter, Gia.

11pm Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World #101
Discover the factors that led to the birth of Hip Hop and its first socially conscious hit The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.

"From The Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis" airs Sunday, February 5 at 12pm on KQED Plus.

Sun, 2/5
12pm From The Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis
Follow ballet dancer Frederick Davis' personal journey, which began with a broken family and homelessness. His exposure to dance at 11 changed his life - he found inspiration and support from Ballet Tennessee, his church family and a caring community.

1pm Music Makers of Gennett Records
The Music Makers of Gennett Records tells the story of the little studio in Richmond, Indiana that captured early recordings of Jazz Age music legends Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and the singing cowboy Gene Autry. The documentary features several rare 1920s recordings from the Gennett Records archive, plus interviews with jazz great Wynton Marsalis, country music legend Ricky Skaggs, Broadway star Michael Feinstein and gospel music executive Dr. Bobby Jones.

2:30pm Gennett Suite
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music associate professor Brent Wallarab conducts the Indiana University student jazz ensemble in an original composition, which pays tribute to the Jazz Age titans whose legendary early recordings were produced at a little studio in Richmond, Indiana called Gennett Records.

3pm Songs at the Center: Celebrating Black History Month (NEW)
Talented African American Singer-Songwriters perform their own original compositions across a wide variety of styles, describe their creative processes and discuss the inevitable struggles they've overcome.

6pm We’ll Meet Again #105
Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

9pm 87th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The 87th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards highlights the 2022 winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and their work. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is the only national juried prize recognizing literature that has contributed to our understanding of racism and human diversity. The program is hosted by acclaimed scholar, lecturer, social critic, writer, and editor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., chairman of the Anisfield-Wolf Books Awards jury and host of the popular public programming show Finding Your Roots.

"We Were Hyphy" airs Sunday, February, 5 at 10pm on KQED Plus.

10pm We Were Hyphy (NEW)
"Hyphy" was a musical movement that emerged from the streets of Oakland, California in the '90s and encouraged kids to "go dumb" -- to stop thinking, have fun, and dance instead of get violent. We Were Hyphy explores this movement through interviews with the charismatic artists behind the music and also looks at the dances, fashions, and culture spawned by their genius.

11pm Don Lewis and the Live Electronic Orchestra (NEW)
Don Lewis, an African American musician/inventor/engineer battles technical barriers and institutional racism in his quest to change the world's musical landscape. His pioneering spirit, technological vision and musical mastery would go on to shape the sounds of Electronic Music.

Wed, 2/8
12:30am The Chavis Chronicles #318 (NEW)
Each week, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. hosts the 52-part series. Dr. Chavis - an award-winning journalist, civil rights icon, and consummate intellectual influencer - is a skilled interviewer who presents important content and diverse conversations that are engaging, enlightening and entertaining to a wide audience.

11:30pm Reel South: Hindsight #101
"Udaan" tells the story of a Pakistani student who immigrates to Arkansas to attend college during the pandemic; "This Body" focuses on a Black woman in New Orleans who enrolls in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Thurs, 2/9
5:30pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1302
Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country's revolutionary fervor and landed on the military government's Most Wanted List. She went underground and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally's disappearance, filmmaker Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her Aunt Sally.

Sun, 2/12
6pm The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song #101
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the extraordinary ways enslaved Africans preserved and adapted faith practices from the brutality of slavery to emancipation.

9pm The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song #102
Discover how the Black church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement, and the Black church's role in the present.

Mon, 2/13
10:30pm We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
We Knew What We Had: the Greatest Jazz Story Never Told chronicles the unrecognized history of jazz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hour-long documentary features the talents of international jazz legends George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams-all Pittsburghers. Using archival footage and photos, it also sheds light on the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the world's leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music.

Tues, 2/14
5:30pm Reel South #606: Rap Squad
An Arkansas community mobilizes around a divisive ballot initiative for a new high school, led by a group of high school writers and performers who seek healing for themselves and justice for their community through hip hop.

Wed, 2/15
12:30am The Chavis Chronicles #319 (NEW)
Dr. Chavis - an award-winning journalist, civil rights icon, and consummate intellectual influencer - is a skilled interviewer who presents important content and diverse conversations that are engaging, enlightening and entertaining to a wide audience.

2pm Black Ballerina
Black Ballerina is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the over- whelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson (the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's first black ballerina) confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America.

11:30pm Reel South: Hindsight #102
What does life in the American South and Puerto Rico look like for people of color? From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reckonings, experience life through the lens of filmmakers from communities of color in #HINDSIGHT, an initiative created by Firelight Media, Reel South and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Thurs, 2/16
5:30pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1303
Covering everyday topics like hairstyles and hair care, personal fashion and style, Professional Black Girl (PBG) features a curated selection of episodes from the popular web series. Every story is like a conversation with a woman you know, whether it is your homegirl, your sister, your auntie, or your mama. Each PBG shares her Black girl cultural experience, sharing personal stories and reflection. Entertaining yet engaging, the series reminds us that 'Black Girl Magic' isn't just reserved for those with unprecedented achievement, but that it applies to all of us.

Sun, 2/19
4:30pm Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Uncovering America
Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of the renowned, respected and popular historian, author and filmmaker. Features appearances by distinguished guests seen in Gates' work including Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, Jelani Cobb and LL Cool J.

Watch "American Experience: The American Diplomat" on Monday, February 20 at 10:30pm on KQED Plus

Mon, 2/20
10:30pm American Experience: The American Diplomat
Discover how three Black diplomats broke racial barriers at the US State Department during the Cold War. Asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the Foreign Service.

Tues, 2/21
5:30pm Reel South #607
A dying shopping mall outside of Birmingham, Alabama, its patrons, and its tenants embody the diversity and tenderness of Americana culture in a changing South.

Wed, 2/22
12:30am The Chavis Chronicles #320 (NEW)
Dr. Chavis - an award-winning journalist, civil rights icon, and consummate intellectual influencer - is a skilled interviewer who presents important content and diverse conversations that are engaging, enlightening and entertaining to a wide audience.

2pm Editor and the Dragon: Horace Carter Fights The Klan
Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, The Editor and the Dragon tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era. Carter, the 29-year-old editor of the weekly Tabor City Tribune, stood against the Klan and risking life, livelihood, friendships and his family's safety to protest the Klan's racist rhetoric and vigilantism.

7pm Finding Your Roots #509
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shares the family histories of director Alejandro G. Inarritu, iconoclastic performance artist Marina Abramovic and painter Kehinde Wiley. These visionary artists find their identities challenged -- and affirmed.

11:30pm Reel South: Hindsight #103
What does life in the American South and Puerto Rico look like for people of color? From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reckonings, experience life through the lens of filmmakers from communities of color in #HINDSIGHT, an initiative created by Firelight Media, Reel South and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Thurs, 2/23
5:30pm AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1304 Film Shorts
Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business: There's no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93. Pushing boundaries for 70 years, this portrait of artist Betye Saar shows she isn't done fighting inequality in her personal and powerful work. Inside her LA studio, Saar talks about collecting objects, African American history, art as a weapon, and making people think. Even though she is 93, Saar shows no signs of slowing down. Man of the People: A political thriller surrounding the legacy of Chicago mayor Harold Washington. A complex unfolding of his two campaign runs, leads to his sudden and mysterious death during his second term. Elena: Director Michele Stephenson's new documentary follows Elena and her family through their despair and small joys, as they struggle to remain in the country they've called home for generations.

"Redlining: Mapping Inequality In Dayton & Springfield" airs Friday, February 24 at 5:30pm on KQED Plus.

Fri, 2/24
5:30pm Redlining: Mapping Inequality In Dayton & Springfield
Redlining: Mapping Inequality In Dayton & Springfield tells the national and local story of redlining, a practice that embedded racial segregation and inequality into the development of American cities and suburbs. Redlining maps, introduced in the 1930s, delineated risk areas for federally-backed mortgages and home-ownership programs. Risk was determined almost entirely by race. In neighborhoods outlined in red, loans were not extended, resulting in wealth, community asset and health inequities that continue to impact communities of color today. This hour-long documentary shares the stories of families impacted by redlining, and examines the lasting effects of lending policies and practices that legally encouraged injustices against non-white Americans.


Wed, 2/1
11am Bird: Not Out of Nowhere
As the world celebrates the centennial of Charlie "Bird" Parker's birth, this film looks back at the twenty-one years Charlie spent at home in Kansas City and on his long-lasting impression on Kansas City Jazz.

12pm American Masters: Miles Davis
Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.

4pm Reel South #502: Unmarked
Much of America's rich history is being lost to time. In the South, vast amounts of African-American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years. In Virginia alone, stories of thousands at rest could vanish from history altogether if these locations are not restored. Those with personal connections to these burial sites have recently begun to uncover and maintain locations across the state. However, there is much work to be done in order to preserve this part of America's history. Unmarked not only explores these untold stories of the past but also the efforts underway to preserve them.

4:30pm Independent Lens #2407: The Picture Taker
The vibrant, complicated life of Ernest Withers African American photographer of the Civil Rights movement, and paid FBI informant was anything but black and white.

Savoy Ballroom lindy hoppers rehearsing for the film Hellzapoppin' in 1941. Watch "Queen of Swing" on Thursday February 2, at 11am on KQED World.

Thurs, 2/2
11am Queen of Swing
Queen Of Swing recounts the true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer - 95-year-old entertainer Norma Miller. The engaging biography highlights the life, career and indomitable spirit of the Harlem-born actress, dancer and choreographer known as "The Queen of Swing." Discovered at the age of 12, Miller's show business career has spanned seven decades (and counting). Among her many accomplishments, Miller developed the acrobatic "Lindy Hop" dance, appeared in the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races (1937), took up stand-up comedy at the prompting of Redd Foxx (Sanford and Son), entertained soldiers in Vietnam, worked with Sammy Davis Jr. in Las Vegas, appeared in Richard Pryor specials, and authored two books about swing culture.
12pm Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street
4pm Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
5pm America Reframed #801: Where the Pavement Ends

Fri, 2/3
8am POV Shorts #501: Shut Up and Paint
Painter Titus Kaphar uses film as a medium while grappling with an insatiable art market seeking to silence his activism.

4pm The Groveland Four
In 1949, when a white farm-wife alleged she was assaulted by four black men on the rural roads of Lake County, Florida, town Sheriff Willis McCall identified four suspects: Samuel Shepherd, Walter Irvin, Earnest Thomas and Charles Greenlee. The documentary The Groveland Four chronicles the injustices faced by these defendants at the hands of the Jim Crow-era U.S. criminal justice and court systems, employing historical re-enactments, witness accounts, and narration by actor Courtney B. Vance.

"American Experience: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard" airs Friday, February, 3 at 5pm on KQED World.

5pm American Experience #3303: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
Discover the 1946 incident of racial violence by police that led to the racial awakening of President Harry Truman and set the stage for the landmark 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, jump-starting the civil rights movement.

Sat, 2/4
6pm We’re Still Here
Through their music and work in communities and in schools, First Nation indigenous hip-hop artists in Canada lead an effort to right long standing social injustices, heal personal traumas, and preserve their cultures.

Sun, 2/5
4pm Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom
Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout, and a spy.

6pm Finding Your Roots #905: Rising from the Ashes
Henry Louis Gates traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis, uncovering records from workhouses in Scotland and slave plantations in South Carolina that reveal individuals who battled to build a better life for their families.

7pm American Experience: Freedom Riders
In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face-to-face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Mon, 2/6
11am Eyes on the Prize #101: Awakenings 1954-1956
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

12pm Eyes on the Prize #102: Fighting Back 1957-1962
States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School and in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi.

4pm Guilty Until Proven Guilty (NEW)
Guilty Until Proven Guilty takes a hard look at the criminal justice system and its treatment of African-Americans. It focuses on 24-year-old Tim Conerly, who was picked off the streets because he was Black, identified by dazed and drunk victims as a person that robbed them, and spent the next two and a half years in jail awaiting trial. Then, Tim faced an awful choice: Accept a plea bargain of five years, or risk 50 to 198 years in prison if found guilty. Although Tim knew he was innocent, he wasn't willing to bet his life on the outcome. Tim's story is not unique. Young Black men without resources face similar choices every day.

"When the Waters Get Deep" airs Monday, February 6 at 5pm on KQED World.

5pm When the Waters Get Deep
When The Waters Get Deep is conceived as a tool to help Black and Brown communities tend to the trauma and grief brought on by gun violence and loss. The film focuses on the community-based healing practices of Oakland-based hip-hop, soul and jazz ensemble, SOL Development.

6pm Local, USA #601: Heaven: Can You Hear Me?
In Philadelphia, gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men. Heaven: Can You Hear Me? explores the impact on families through the eyes of mothers like one woman whose youngest of four sons was murdered. The film demonstrates the challenges gun violence prevention advocates confront while allowing viewers to understand the often-untold trauma and resilience of survivors.

6:30pm Stories from the Stage #609: Through Thick and Thin (NEW)
When we are faced with adversity, it's easy to believe that the universe is conspiring against us. However, the lessons we learn from the battle last a lifetime. Linda Button learns the difference between curses and kindness; ToRena Webb-Thomas works to recover economically after the crash of 2008; and Marlon Fisher uses comedy to lessen the pain of war. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Through Thick And Thin, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Tues, 2/7
11am Eyes on the Prize #103: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.

12pm Eyes of the Prize #104: No Easy Walk 1961-1963
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. The triumphant March on Washington shows a mounting national support for civil rights.

1pm Jim Crow of the North
The hour-long documentary Jim Crow Of The North explores the origins of housing segregation, examining how racist real estate covenants set the stage for loan refusals, or redlining, in the U.S. The film also looks at the University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Project, a research program that creates a visual representation of structural racism, informing current conversations around racial disparities.

Wed, 2/8
11am Eyes on the Prize #105: Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964
Mississippi's civil rights movement becomes an American concern when students travel south to help register black voters and three of them are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular delegation at the convention.

12pm Eyes on the Prize #106: Bridge to Freedom 1965
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.

"American Experience #512: Goin’ Back to T-Town" airs Wednesday, February 8 at 1pm on KQED World.

1pm American Experience #512: Goin’ Back to T-Town
Revisit Greenwood, a Black community in Tulsa. Torn apart in 1921 by a racially- motivated massacre, the neighborhood rose again but could not survive integration and urban renewal. A bittersweet portrait of small-town life told by those who lived it.

4pm Justice in Chester
During the 1990s, residents in Chester, Pennsylvania, a predominantly poor, African American community, organized a movement to stop the ongoing permitting of waste treatment facilities in their city. Between 1986 and 1996, the PA Department of Environmental Protection issued seven permits for commercial waste facilities in the county, and five of them were in the 4.8 square miles of Chester. Concerned citizen Zulene Mayfield led a group called Chester Residents Concerned With Quality Living (CRCQL) as they stood up for the well-being of their community, becoming a national symbol for the growing environmental justice movement. Justice In Chester chronicles the decades-long history of increasing pollution and grievances, and the grassroots struggle to halt the clustering of commercial and hazardous waste facilities in the city.

Thurs, 2/9
11am Eyes on the Prize #201: The Time Has Come 1964-1966
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. "BlackPower!" replaces "Freedom Now!" as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

12pm Eyes on the Prize #202: Two Societies 1965-1968
King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference help Chicago's civil rights leaders in the struggle against segregated housing. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal."

1pm Reel South #603: You Asked for the Facts
Four years after the historic enrollment of James Meredith, student activists at Ole Miss devise a plan to defy the campus' speaker-ban in 1966 by inviting Robert F. Kennedy, who reveals the truth about back-room politics, the belief-systems of those holding the highest power, and how campus-activism shapes the future of civil rights and all those who bear witness.

4pm POV #2601: Homegoings
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, "Homegoings" takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinema verite with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

5pm America Reframed #805: Vision Portraits
Acclaimed director Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother and The Happy Sad) takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life and work as a filmmaker. Interviewing blind and low vision artists - a photographer, a dancer and a writer - Evans embarks on a quest to learn how other artists have continued to create art and how their journeys might serve as inspiration for his own.

Fri, 2/10
4pm Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten
Learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, on the 100th anniversary of the crime, and how the community of Tulsa is coming to terms with its past, present and future.

"American Masters: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" airs Thursday, February 9 at 5:30pm on KQED World.

5:30pm American Masters: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
This program is an in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Using archival material that reflects Baldwin's worldwide influence and appeal, the film includes interviews with family members, friends and notable colleagues, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon, and Bobby Short, among others.

Sat, 2/11
10pm And Now We Rise: A Portrait of Samuel Johns
And Now We Rise is a portrait of Samuel Johns, a young Athabaskan hip hop artist, founder of the Forget Me Not Facebook Group for displaced people in Alaska, and activist for a cultural renaissance as he heals from his own legacy of historical trauma.

Sun, 2/12
4pm Reel South #701: Little Satchmo
Little Satchmo is an intimate exploration of the iconic Louis Armstrong's life and legacy through his relationship with the daughter that the public never knew existed. Based on a revealing memoir written by Armstrong's silent daughter, the film seeks to correct a historical narrative relying on caricature for too long.

11pm Freedom Summer: American Experience
Revisit the hot and deadly summer of 1964, when student volunteers and local Black citizens faced racial violence in Mississippi while registering voters in an attempt to break the hold of segregation.

Mon, 2/13
11am Eyes on the Prize #203: Power! 1967-1968
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books and guns, is born in Oakland.

12pm Eyes on the Prize #204: The Promised Land
Martin Luther King, Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. In the midst of political organizing, he detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he's assassinated.

"The Stone of Hope: Moving the Dream Forward" airs on Monday, February 13 at 11am on KQED World.

1pm The Stone of Hope: Moving the Dream Forward
The Stone Of Hope: Moving The Dream Forward documents the first decade of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Now the fifth most visited Memorial averaging 3-5 million visitors a year, the King Memorial uniquely serves the country as the only Memorial on the National Mall honoring an activist, a preacher, and a man of peace.

4pm POV #2707: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. This film follows Young's struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society's most dangerous criminals.

5pm Independent Lens #2314: When Claude Got Shot
After being shot in the face by 15-year-old Nathan King, Claude's path to recovery leads to forgiveness. But that path is paved with the complexities of race, violence, and justice.

6:30pm Stories from the Stage #519: Match Made
The search for a life partner is usually far from perfect - bad choices, parental pressure and twists & turns are all part of the journey. Featuring Tae Chong, Diane Parker Mullen, and Kevin Gallagher. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Tues, 2/14
11am Eyes on the Prize #205: Aint’ Gonna Shuffle No More 1964-1972
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali. The National Black Political Convention tries to create a unified response to growing repression against the movement.

12pm Eyes on the Prize #206: A Nation of Law? 1968-1971
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. At New York's Attica State Prison, an inmate takeover leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.

1pm Through the Banks of the Red Cedar
In 1963 Michigan State Head Coach Duffy Daugherty gave 23 African American young men the opportunity of a lifetime. The daughter of Minnesota Vikings football legend Gene Washington deepens her connection to her father as she uncovers how the first fully integrated college football team in America changed the game forever.

Wed, 2/15
11am Eyes on the Prize #207: The Keys to the Kingdom 1974-1980
Antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. The Bakke Supreme Court case challenges affirmative action.
12pm Eyes on the Prize #208: Back to the Movement
1pm Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots

Thurs, 2/16
11am In Their Own Words #202: Chuck Berry
Take a riveting ride on the Chuck Berry train, exploring the life of the man behind the music. By blending "hillbilly" music with R&B and writing impactful lyrics, Berry birthed a renaissance in popular music we now call rock and roll.

"American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr." airs Thursday, February 16 at 12pm on KQED World.

12pm American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.
Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances.

5pm America Reframed #1101: Big Chief, Black Hawk
Big Chief T is a high school senior and the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in New Orleans. During COVID-19, he and the Black Hawk Hunters navigate the impacts of gentrification and systemic racism on their annual masking tradition. Through haute couture, movement, and words, Big Chief, Black Hawk celebrates the beauty and resilience of the culture? even in the face of crisis and change.

Fri, 2/17
8am Odessa’s Reign
Odessa Madre, nicknamed Queen of the Underworld, was a prosperous numbers runner and a key figure in a lucrative gambling ring in Washington, D.C. in the 1950s. Leading the paper chase gave her prestige within the mob, power in her neighborhood, and control over the men charged with enforcing the law - all while being an African American woman in a segregated city.

4pm American Masters: Charley Pride
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.

5pm American Masters: How It Feels to be Free
Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.

Sun, 2/19
4pm Becoming Frederick Douglass
Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Mon, 2/20
11am Gullah Roots
Gullah Roots follows leaders of the South Carolina and Georgia Gullah/Geechee communities as they experience a homecoming to Sierra Leone in December 2019. This is the fourth time Gullah/Geechee people have traveled to Sierra Leone to explore their roots.

12pm Finding Fellowship
Finding Fellowship captures how the seeds for potential reconciliation were planted in the same fields where slave masters once terrorized. This film shares how one community came together in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and offers an example of how communities can lean on their shared heritage to progress.

1pm Korla
Korla is the amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India. As one of early television's pioneering musical artists, Korla Pandit's life was one of talent, determination, ingenuity and racial passing, a story not fully realized until after his death in 1998.

6:30pm Stories from the Stage #409: Growing Up Black Part 2
In America, growing up Black means so many things: cultural bonds, a struggle for visibility, and all too often, unearned judgement. Tonight, storytellers share their experiences of growing up black in the US. Valerie Tutson teaches her students about Africa greatest explorer Abubakari II; U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo takes her son to a protest of George Floyd's death; and Harold Cox shows how fear of the police affects his everyday life. Hosted by Theresa Okokon.

"Jesse Owens: American Experience" airs Tuesday, February 21 at 1pm on KQED World.

Tues, 2/21
1pm Jesse Owens: American Experience
On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was, he later remembered, barely able to control his anger. "I was angry because of the insults that Hitler and the other German leaders had hurled at me and my Negro teammates on the Olympic squad." The young athlete would channel his raw emotions into some of the most remarkable achievements in the history of athletics, winning four gold medals. To tell the story of Owens' remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism, this film begins in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where the young athlete grew up; details his early career; describes Adolf Hitler's outsized ambitions for the 1936 Olympics; explores the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event; and explains the pressures on Owens to attend. The film also reveals the unlikely relationship Owens struck up at the games with his German rival Carl "Luz" Long and shows that, in the end, despite his success in Germany, Owens struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched racism.

Wed, 2/22
11am POV #1512: The Two Towns of Jasper
After the brutal murder of African-American James Byrd, Jr. by three white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, friends Whitney Dow, who is white, and Marco Williams, who is black, made a film about their town.

12:30pm POV #3411: Unapologetic
Meet Janae and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Told through their lens, Unapologetic offers an inside look into the movement and ongoing work that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

4pm Independent Lens #2211: Coded Bias
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers most facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy, she joins the fight to expose the threats to civil liberties posed by an increasingly data-driven, automated world.

5:30pm Frontline #4013: American Reckoning
An unsolved 1960s murder reveals an untold story of the civil rights movement and Black resistance. With Retro Report, the film draws on rarely seen footage filmed more than 50 years ago in Natchez, MS, and follows one family's search for justice.

Thurs, 2/23
11am Independent Lens #2213: Down a Dark Stairwell
A Chinese American cop shoots and kills an innocent Black man in the dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. Suddenly, two marginalized communities must navigate an uneven criminal justice system together.

4pm Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville
Jefferson Street, once the northern boundary of Nashville, was a beacon for African Americans from the early 1800s through the 1950s. Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville is an hour-long documentary that explores the untold stories of a Nashville community struggling to preserve its vibrant African American culture.

Fri, 2/24
4pm Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story
Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story chronicles the life and career of one of the most popular rhythm and blues singers of the 1960s, tracing his journey from a young piano player to a famous R&B balladeer. Growing up, Stewart's early passion and talent made him a Washington, D.C. legend, and he regularly sang in area nightclubs and other popular venues across the city.

Sat, 2/25
8:30pm Reel South #503: All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk
After a contentious race, the 2017 runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women. The winner of this election would take office as the first female mayor of New Orleans and the city's fourth black mayor. Through news footage, campaign advertisements and archival audio and video, All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk is the unprecedented story of this mayoral runoff told through the eyes of black women living in this city.

Sun, 2/26
7pm Jackie Robinson #102
Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for "turning the other cheek." After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

Mon, 2/27
11am City of Ali
On the day of Muhammad Ali's funeral procession, more than 100,000 people lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life, and an estimated one billion people worldwide tuned in to events including Ali's memorial.

"We Are the Radical Monarchs" airs Monday, February 26 at 12:30pm on KQED World.

12:30pm POV #3303: We Are the Radical Monarchs
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice. Follow the group as they earn badges for completing units on such subjects as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment and disability justice.

6pm Reel South #602: Flat Town
In rural Louisiana, an annual high school football game unites a historically segregated town and allows sport to act as a form of inter-generational, anti-racist reconciliation.


Tues, 2/28
11am Beyond the Baton: A Conductor’s Journey
Born to a single mother on welfare, Thomas Wilkins grew up to become one of the few remarkable African American conductors leading a major orchestra - the celebrated Omaha Symphony. Beyond The Baton: A Conductor's Journey is an hour-long film that documents Wilkins' experience as a Black conductor and his larger impact on the musical world.

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