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Watch The First 2 Hours Of PBS’ Documentary Series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” (Video)

Yes indeed. PBS’ 6-hour documentary series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” (hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) hit the airwaves as advertised, February 27th through March 1st; shedding light on the stories, kingdoms and cultures of Africa. Groundbreaking and enriching. Fertile soil for fruitful discussions.

Got the first two hours for you here; hour one embedded above, with hour two after the jump. Take it as seed to build with your bretheren, your family… your human family. Africa’s history is WORLD history. Enjoy!

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Africa’s Great Civilizations (Documentary Series Trailer)

It’s February. Black History Month to those who want to celebrate it as that. But since we make history every month, and we predate history, let’s go with the LOVE theme (not even waiting until the 14th *wink*).

So, on everything we LOVE, the late author & renaissance man Dr. Henry Louis Gates is at bringing us this POWERFUL docu-series on “Africa’s Great Civilizations.” Stirring, speaking truth for the ages… A must-watch when it drops Monday, February 27th on PBS. Peep the trailer above.

(And don’t let “them”… any “them” tell you YOUR history. “They” should not determine YOUR place in the universe. YOU should!)

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Unforgivable Blackness (Documentary Trailer)

Sometimes it takes outsiders to tell you about yourself. PBS America – out of the United Kingdom – put out this documentary on the first Black American boxing champion, Jack Johnson. Dude was ahead of his time ways that would still scare a good amount of White people today. Just saying.

This film by Ken Burns tells the story of one of the greatest boxers of all time and his refusal to accept the rules of a society that considered people of his colour to be second-class citizens. This is the story of a man who refused to recognise racial differences and who forced America to reconsider its very definition of freedom.

Check out this trailer. Watching this documentary would be the way to end your Black History Month viewing with a bang…to the rib cage. Damn. Johnson was a baaaad maaan (Muhammad Ali voice).

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Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (Documentary Trailer)

“Neshoba: The Price of Freedom” tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, “Mississippi Burning.” Although Klansmen bragged about what they did in 1964, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist and mastermind of the murders. Through exclusive interviews with Killen, intimate interviews with the victims’ families, and candid interviews with Black and White Neshoba County citizens still struggling with their town’s violent past, the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice and whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth.

NESHOBA: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM (DVD ORDER LINK)

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PBS: Freedom Riders (Documentary)

Wow. Another moment in American History that just so happens to fall into the Black History category. You know how when someone gets in over his head and exclaims, “I did not sign up for this!” Well, in the first few minutes of this film you see that these young adults knew EXACTLY what they signed up for… and they went anyway. Civil Rights fighters of the highest caliber. Man, the courage it must have taken for CORE (Council On Racial Equality) to get on those buses.

Watch the story of the “Freedom Riders” – expertly told by PBS.

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Documentary Series)

Five centuries of history… Black History… our history. Encapsulated in an outstanding documentary mini-series you’ve gotta watch if your Black History Month is to be truly complete. Dr. Robert Louis Gates already does fine work helping celebs learn about their ancestries and themselves on “Find Your Roots.” But to teach a people, a nation, a WORLD about itself through something like this? Outstanding!

(Above is Episode 1 to get you started. Hit the jump for Episodes 2-6.)

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4 Little Girls: Spike Lee Speaks On The Heart-Wrenching Decision He Had To Make (Video)

Another must-see before the focus on Black History for 2016 is lost…“4 Black Girls” (a real gut punch; but you still MUST watch). It will be hard to watch. Let Spike tell you (as he tells Oprah, above): It was hard to make.

In 1997, Spike Lee released “4 Little Girls,” a moving documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four African-American girls. The film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary. Watch as Spike discusses one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made as a director and how the birth of his daughter, Satchel, changed his perspective.

You can see a trailer for the actual documentary here.

4 LITTLE GIRLS (HBO PROMO TRAILER)

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The Murder of Fred Hampton (Documentary Trailer)

‘All Power To The People’ as a concept should not scare us. Fred Hampton’s stance in the above trailer comes through just as plain and clear on grainy archival footage as it would were he standing flat-footed saying it to our faces today: ‘If you are scared of socialism…you are scared of yourselves.’ How deep is that?!

This trailer was made before Fred Hampton’s death when the film was to be called “Black Panther.” It shows Hampton (August 30, 1948 — December 4, 1969) giving a speech on revolution and racism in front of a large audience. Includes glimpses of Panthers Bobby Rush and Bobby Seale and filmmaker Howard Alk. This trailer is not included in the DVD release of the film.
– Chicago Film Archives

Black History is OUR history, all of ours (not just Black people’s). You should watch this; even after February 29th.

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Nine From Little Rock (Documentary)

“Nine From Little Rock” is the Academy Award-winning (1965) documentary short that chronicles the experiences of the nine students selected to integrate Central High School in Little Rock (Arkansas, USA) in 1957. One of those nine students, Jefferson Thomas is the narrator. Famed doc director Charles Guggenheim helmed the storytelling effort. Though scripted, Thomas’ polish does not prevent viewers from understanding the realness of what the nine – Ernest Green (b. 1941), Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1941), Terrence Roberts (b. 1941), Carlotta Walls LaNier (b. 1942), Minnijean Brown (b. 1941), Gloria Ray Karlmark (b. 1942), Thelma Mothershed (b. 1940), and Melba Pattillo Beals (b. 1941), and Thomas himself (1942–2010, RIP) – went through.

Sure, first days at school can make you nervous. But how about riding there and being walked in by armed military escort; being eyeballed by the overly curious and malicious haters alike. Then imagine the pressure to perform! Folks already thinking you should not be there; expecting you to fail!

Watch. Make your Black History Month OFFICIAL!

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The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) [Trailer]

Another must-see for your Black History Month experience: “The Black Power Mixtape” (1967-1975). That’s right man. We wouldn’t lead you wrong. A mixtape, before we really recognized the term for the most part, of powerful stuff on the Civil Rights Era struggle. Peep the trailer above ( rent/buy link below), teasing footage of Black Pathers co-founder Bobby Seale, reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., activist Angela Davis, and others; with commentary from contemporaries (like Talib Kweli).

The Black Power Mixtape is an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with sparkling, beautiful and deep footage, lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years.

WATCH THE FULL FILM NOW: THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE (IFC FILMS)

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Eyes on the Prize Parts 1 & 2 (Documentary Series)

Not to say that any print, audio, or audio-visual work is the end-all of what Black History Month should be… But if you have not watched the PBS American Experience documentary “Eyes On The Prize,” you have NOT had Black History Month! Above, you have your chance: Part 1 (“Awakenings”) and Part 2 (“Fighting Back”) are ready for your viewing and enrichment. Arguably, the best series on the decades-long American Civil Rights Movement. Filmmaker Henry Hampton and PBS have, no doubt, taken tremendous pride in bringing this presentation to the masses over the years.

Watch. Now.

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The Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till (Trailer)

Of course, since Black History is truly World History, every month should allow for some study of Black History. Here in the United States, however, we have designated the month of February as Black History month each year.

(Check out the KRS-ONE lecture posted on here for why February was chosen. Powerful!)

Before Black History month is over, you should take every opportunity remember African Americans’ contributions and accomplishments, triumphs and troubles, success and sacrifices. Sacrifices… far too many Black people have made the ultimate sacrifice, losing lives at the hands of vile violent racists. The trailer above is for “The Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till,” whose long-unpunished race-motivated murder has been acknowledged as the spark that lit the fire known as the American Civil Rights movement. Such a tragic story; but one we must NEVER forget!

Watch above.

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KRS-ONE – Black History Month: Lessons 1 & ​2 (Lecture Audio)

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Black History Month: Lessons 1 and 2 is an eye-opening lecture of Black historical teachings by KRS-ONE. Narrated by Kris himself, this is a critique of Black History Month itself, re-frames the historical narrative of Black people in America properly, speaks of Black consciousness, cites and honors Black revolutionaries (past & present), and covers modern-day Black intellectuals. Mainly, Black History Month: Lessons 1 and 2 is meant to do away with misinformation regarding the African American ancestral narrative. Who better to do this with sharp intellectual analysis, retrievable facts, cited literature and poignant commentary than KRS-ONE? Nobody!

And what price is better than FREE? But, yeah, about that. Maybe… consider PAYING something for it; chipping in whatever you feel is doable financially. Because THIS is worthy work by a man who has been The Teacha to us all (Hip-Hop Nation, Black people AND Humanity) for so long. He did not have to do this. But once you click play you will be so glad he did!

DOWNLOAD: KRS-ONE – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: LESSONS 1 & 2

Dr. Boyce Watkins & Elementary Genocide Screening (ATL Event)

BOYCE-WATKINS_FINAL-e1450399023608The People’s Scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins is coming to Atlanta February 13, 2016. He will be speaking at Georgia State University the event will be from 4p-8p. There will also be a screening of Elementary Genocide 2 by filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz who is also hosting the event. If you are in Atlanta or nearby area make sure you come out and check out this event. Plenty of great information will be shared informative and timely for the days we are in along with it being Black History Month!

Click Here For Tickets February 13 4p-8p Georgia State University 55 Gilmer St Atlanta, GA 30302

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Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy (Trailer)

Well when it comes to movies or documentaries about Black History a majority of them deal with the same Civil Rights struggle or blacks in slavery stories.  Both are part of Black history but not the only story and the Hidden Colors documentary series has done a great job covering information/history.  The first three have been critically acclaimed with subtitles like “The Triumph of Melanin” & “The Rules of Racism” with the latest installment titled “The Religion of White Supremacy” that should be released later this year.  Tariq Nasheed the creator & director of the Hidden Colors series has already confirmed speakers like Dr. Umar Johnson, Dr. Francis Cress Welding & Phil Valentine who have all participated in the first three.  He has promise some new speakers with this upcoming edition.  If you watched Hidden Colors three you saw how he surprised us by having the rappers Nas & David Banner discussing Racism.  Who know he might have them back and other surprise rappers.  Here is a link to a kickstarter that he has for the funding of volume 4 Click Here.

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Davey D Speaks with Dick Gregory & Paul Mooney (Video)

Davey D caught up with comedians & political/social activists Dick Gregory & Paul Mooney earlier today on this new TradioV [Radio In TV] program I believe that just kicked off today. There’s many jewels dropped in this video if you pay attention. Check out this very interesting interview that just concluded just minutes ago via livestream. The livestream starts with several seconds of music before the show starts with video…

Sonny Liston: The Champion Nobody Wanted (Documentary)

My homie Fudge put me up on this documentary on Sonny Liston that I’ve never seen before & found it to be a very interesting piece to watch especially during black history month. More information about the documentary under the hood…
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DJ Premier – Black Fist Friday Mix on Hot 97 NYC (2/17/12)

I saw massive amounts of people tweeting about DJ Premier rocking on Hot 97 in NYC at noon for their Black Fist Friday series in celebration of Black History month.  At the time I wasn’t in a position to listen in live & as a matter of fact I still haven’t gotten around to fully listening to the mix that Questlove did in honor of J Dilla last week, but I’ll get to that eventually this weekend.  After a few hours I noticed DJPremierBlog had it up on Primo’s site as well as MissInfo who works at the station. Had to download it & peep it once I had time like now…. I like how DJ Premier started things off with Jeru Tha Damaja’s underground classic “Frustrated N*gga”. Dopeness…

DOWNLOAD: DJ PREMIER – BLACK FIST FRIDAY MIX ON HOT 97 NYC (2/17/12)

Slavery By Another Name (Documentary)

In case you missed the PBS documentary “Slavery By Another Name” when it aired Monday night February 13th, you can click on the link below to watch the whole thing from your computer. Read more about this powerful documentary after the jump below. The above video is just an insight into the making of the documentary, but the full 90 plus minute documentary can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

WATCH: SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME (90 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY)
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Questlove – Black Fist Friday Mix: Tribute To J Dilla On Hot 97 NYC

Questlove was up at HOT 97 in NY during lunchtime on Friday for their Black Fist Friday mix that’s been going down all Black History Month. The Roots crew band leader took an hour to pay tribute to J Dilla. He couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time & place to do that…..

DOWNLOAD: QUESTLOVE – BLACK FIST FRIDAY MIX: TRIBUTE TO J DILLA ON HOT 97

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