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1971 SPECIAL REPORT: “COMPTON, BLACK CITY”

“For many years, Compton was a much sought-after suburb for the black middle class of Los Angeles. This past affluence is reflected in the area’s appearance—Compton’s streets are lined with relatively spacious and attractive single-family houses. However, several factors have contributed to Compton’s gradual decline. One of the most significant factors was a steady erosion of its tax base, something …

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The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

“In this award-winning PBS documentary, archival footage and photographs are skillfully juxtaposed with interviews with editors, photographers and reporters from African-American newspapers, who toiled on the front lines to give voice to a culture disenfranchised by white media. Stanley Nelson’s film sheds light on the courageous progenitors of the black press in America and examines the historic contributions and long-lasting legacy …

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Video: “The Issue Is Race: A Crisis in Black and White.” [1992]

Sister Souljah, author, rap performer and scholar who was taken to task by Gov. Bill Clinton for seeming to justify the black youths who helped burn and loot Los Angeles; Dhoruba Bin Wahad, a former Black Panther now described as an activist; Anna Deavere Smith, who wrote and performed a one-woman show about the 1991 race riots in Crown Heights, …

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1977 SPECIAL REPORT: “THE BLACK UPPER CLASS”

“A 1977 clip of “November Magazine” on National CBS programming featuring History Maker and prominent Minneapolis couple, Cornell Leverette and Wenda Weekes Moore sharing a glimpse into the life of progressive Blacks in the North during a critical time in our history. A primary resource for students of the African American influential revolution.”

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RARE 1978 SPECIAL REPORT: “GHETTO BASKETBALL, THE WAY OUT”

“In recent decades, countless scholars have examined the developing trend of African American dominance in United States’ professional sports. Many have hypothesized that this overrepresentation is caused by the presumed reliance on sports as an avenue out of poverty for the African American youths. This trend, it is believed, has a highly detrimental effect the African American community.”

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1962 SPECIAL REPORT: “MISSISSIPPI AND THE 15TH AMENDMENT”

“A college student, a schoolteacher and a fellow of the National Science Foundation were all three ruled illiterate by the local circuit clerk and ineligible to vote. Filmed in 1962, this program reveals the double standards and the dangers faced by African-Americans registering to vote in Mississippi. Interviews with local officials, segregationists, lawyers, clergy and citizens on both sides of …

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Episode 1: The Transient Diaries

Arcata, CA–I’ve always wanted to get to know the transient community in Humboldt County and create a mini docuseries called the Transient Diaries…well here is Episode 1. Don’t mind long-time homeless Arcata resident Sunflower, she stays out of it and talking in circles. LOL.

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Nas Performs “One Love” with the National Symphony Orchestra

“Critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Nas performs “One Love” alongside the National Symphony Orchestra. Two decades after its release, Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. to stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic,” one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history.” PBS

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler talks working with Kendrick Lamar

“Film director and Oakland native Ryan Coogler is earning stellar reviews for his work in the much-anticipated film “Black Panther,” with some critics going as far as to say the superhero film will “save blockbusters.” The action flick won’t be released to a wide audience until Feb. 16, but reviews have already started pouring in from film critics, who have …

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