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Broadcasting While Black

Celebrate Black History Month with THIRTEEN. Read about our 'Broadcasting While Black' web project, which covers the early years of black-produced public affairs and arts programs for television, from 1968-on.

The History of Soul! and influence of Host Ellis Haizlip

staff | February 7, 2009

It’s 1973. An impressively-dressed Ashford & Simpson launch into “Keep It Comin’,” a radiant soul song about the sustaining power of love. As she sings, Simpson raises her arm above her head, the gesture simultaneously a nod to the rhythm and a revolutionary salute. Both she and Ashford are beaming. As the camera pans back…

Soul!: 1971–Miriam Makeba, Muhammad Ali, Nikki Giovanni, the Delfonics

staff | February 5, 2009

We unearthed an episode of the late 60s/early 70s show Soul! from the WNET archives, including a number of songs performed by singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, an in-depth interview with her about her political activities, and a little about her then-husband, Black Panther Stokely Carmichael. In addition, the episode contains poet Nikki Giovanni…

Petey Greene’s Washington

staff | February 5, 2009

Petey Greene, one of the strongest characters to ever grace the small screen, was profiled in ‘Adjust Your Color’ (streaming below). See clips of his program and read more about Greene. Larger than life, ex-convict Petey Greene burst onto the airwaves in the 1960s with raw and uncensored radio and TV shows on racism, poverty,…

Black Omnibus, hosted by James Earl Jones

staff | February 4, 2009

In between his Oscar-nominated role as Jack Jefferson in The Great White Hope, and as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, James Earl Jones hosted a 1973 television series called Black Omnibus. Combining both interview and performance segments, the series, which only lasted 12 episodes, featured an eclectic range of prominent African-American musicians,…

About our ‘Broadcasting While Black’ web project

staff | February 1, 2009

It’s that time of year again–African-American History Month. Read about our ‘Broadcasting While Black’ web project, which covers the early years of black-produced public affairs and arts programs for television, from 1968-on. See all articles and videos in the project, or read more here.