Tag Archives: Racism

Celebrating Black History Month on HBO and PBS

As Black History Month draws to a close, what better day than Presidents’ Day 2018 to shine a light on African-Americans who’ve defied cultural, economic, sexist and, most especially, racist roadblocks in pursuit of higher education. Tonight, Monday, February 19, … Continue reading

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A Time for Burning Revisited at the Film Forum in NYC

Just a quick heads-up…encouraging my FrontRowCenter readers living in the New York metropolitan area to attend a highly anticipated screening and Q&A at Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, in New York City tonight, Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The landmark documentary, A … Continue reading

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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes Feeling Heart Debuts on PBS

“We had her voice for as long as we really needed it, if we were wise enough to listen.” Actress/activist Ruby Dee makes that startlingly prophetic statement (Dee died in June 2014) about her lifelong friend and colleague at the … Continue reading

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American Masters Celebrates Bambi Artist Tyrus Wong

“Tyrus Wong’s story is a prime example of one of the many gaping holes in our society’s narrative on art, cinema and Western history,” said writer/producer/director Pamela Tom. “By telling his story, I wanted to shine a light on one … Continue reading

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Queen Latifah Is Red Hot as Bessie Smith on HBO

“I’m looking forward to people finding out who Bessie Smith is, if they don’t know about her already.”–Queen Latifah. You may come to HBO’s latest bio-pic, Bessie, knowing little or nothing about blues singer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).  But by the end of … Continue reading

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Children of Giant Takes a New Look at an Old Film on PBS

Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo and film director George Stevens.  Through the years, it’s been hard to dodge the after-hours buzz on this stellar crew.  It’s also hard to imagine them playing second fiddle to anyone, but that’s what … Continue reading

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Freedom Summer a Must-See on PBS

“I just wanted the right to vote.”  How many of us take that right for granted?  In his powerful and poignant new documentary, Freedom Summer, filmmaker Stanley Nelson reminds us that a mere five decades ago, voting was virtually off-limits to Mississippi’s … Continue reading

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