Video: Black Heritage Programming on THIRTEEN

February 1st, 2010

Celebrate Black history throughout the month of February with THIRTEEN.

Tuesday, February 2


Independent Lens
“Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness” examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits, a controversial Jewish anthropologist whose writings challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture. Premieres Tuesday, 2/2 at 10:30pm. Read more…

Wednesday, February 3


NOVA “Forgotten Genius”
“Forgotten Genius” is a fascinating and largely unknown story of scientific triumph and racial inequality. It covers the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century.


A Ripple of Hope
“A Ripple of Hope” captures one poignant day in the life of Robert Kennedy. The film explores Kennedy’s little-known act of personal courage and responsibility the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — April 4, 1968. The film dramatically retells the events of that tragic day 40 years ago through the eyes of those who were there.

Saturday, February 7


Great Performances “Harlem in Montmartre”
Beloved American jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway once said, “You hear about the Duke Ellingtons, the Jimmy Luncefords, the Fletcher Hendersons, but people sometimes forget that jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.” While far from ordinary, “Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the long-forgotten “extraordinary ones” who left America to create the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars.

Thursday, February 11


In Performance at the White House: Music of the Civil Rights Era
“In Performance at the White House: Music of the Civil Rights Era” showcases special guests including Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, Smokey Robinson and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Monday, February 22


Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968
Scarred Justice brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial.


American Masters | Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Zora Neale Hurston attained unique success in many areas, but during her lifetime her words and conclusions were often surrounded in contention. This definitive film biography portrays Zora Neale Hurston in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original.

Tuesday, February 23


Independent Lens “Behind the Rainbow”
What if you took the American civil war and mashed it up with the French Revolution and the U.S. civil rights movement? That’s what it felt like in South Africa, when the Mandela miracle brought down Apartheid. But can the deal between the old Apartheid regime and the new government withstand the test of time?

Sunday, February 28


Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity
“Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race” and Identity explores racial identity through the lens of hip-hop music and culture. Participants in the film include Russell Simmons, Chuck D., Vanilla Ice, Amiri Baraka, Paul Mooney, Nelson George, M1, Greg Tate, Power, Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, Empire Isis, John Leland, DJ Kool Herc, Empire Isis, among others.