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Celebrating Black Culture, Art & History
In "Mud Row," two sisters are seated on a couch wrapped in plastic.
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Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, the Cygnet Theatre production of Dominique Morisseau's "Mud Row" is on stage through Jun. 19, 2022.
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TV HIGHLIGHTS
  • Premieres Friday, May 20, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand with the PBS Video App. Experience Shakespeare's comedic masterpiece from the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park set in South Harlem telling the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV / On demand with KPBS Passport. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.
  • Premieres Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV / On demand with PBS Video App. The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a PBS music special, honors singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, as he receives the distinguished honor from the Library of Congress.
PROGRAMS & PODCASTS
  • A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. Segments include: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, American new pioneer Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Nelson Mandela in Detroit, Nasa's pioneering black women, The "Godfather of Gospel Music" and what the Confederate flag represents in America's battle over race.
  • What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.
  • On this episode, Farai Chideya talks with Rep. Underwood about how the federal government can tackle the Black maternal health crisis.

    Dr. Rachel Hardeman of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity explains why she focuses on the impact of racism on health. And we learn about Dr. Justina Ford, a Black doctor in the 1900s who served patients of color in Denver.

    On Sippin’ the Political Tea, Farai and Errin Haines of the 19th welcome journalist Fernanda Santos to talk about the state of things at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the possibilities of immigration reform under the Biden-Harris administration.
  • A new Kitchen Sisters and PRX exclusive, "Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs," is hosted by Alfre Woodard, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. These stories come from The Kitchen Sisters collection -- stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries. People who said "yes we can" and then did.
  • From American Public Media, part of the American RadioWorks: Black History series. New! "Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.
  • From American Public Media, part of the American RadioWorks: Black History series.

    New! Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, "State of Siege" brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today.
  • A special hour-long edition of "Witness History" from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are fascinating, harrowing, and inspiring. Segments include: NASA's pioneering black women, When Nelson Mandela went to Detroit, African Americans and the "Three Strikes Law", The last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade and Ann Lowe - African American Fashion Designer.
How does family legacy contribute to culture? In the season 1 finale, host Parker Edison talks with his brother about their family legacy. Then he sits down with underground hip-hop royalty Masta Ace about how family influenced his music.
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