Documentary

“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” Review

So many legendary jazz musicians are gone. Victims of father time. And as they pass, a bit of history does too. When enlightening documentaries revive their memories, we get a do over. For a brief moment, we can appreciate them and their eras, all over again.  Director Stanley Nelson is a gifted archivist who recreates…

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Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” Wins Mass Attention for Focus on Falsely Accused Central Park Five

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly vivid detail by director Ava DuVernay. The group known as the Central Park Five would receive 6 to 13 years…

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Historic Black Myrtle Beach nightclub documentary “Charlie’s Place” wins Emmy award

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast chapter on Saturday held the 45th Annual Southeast Emmy Awards ceremony in Buckhead, Ga. At the event, South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) received an Emmy award for Best Historical/Cultural – Program for “Charlie’s Place.” Part of the network’s “Carolina Stories” series, “Charlie’s Place” tells the story…

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PBS Documentary to Explore History of Transatlantic Slave Trade

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson and his production company Firelight Films announced that, “Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade,” will air on PBS in 2021. The four-part documentary will be the final installment in Firelight’s three-part series for Independent Lens, called America Revisited, which began with “The Black…

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Documentary “Black Memorabilia” Premieres on Independent Lens February 4

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans and promotes white supremacy. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, the film shines a light on those who reproduce, consume and reclaim these racially insensitive items, from “Jolly Nigger” banks to Mammy kitchenware,…

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