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Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

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"THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television." Description from mrqe.com.
DVD
2011
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The Black Candle

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A documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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South [electronic resource]: The Black Belt

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Gates travels to Memphis, Birmingham and Atlanta - once the battlegrounds on which civil rights were won for black southerners in the 1950s and 60s. The very cities from which African Americans fled during the era of legal segregation are today drawing them back by the tens of thousands. But how much have these cities really changed since the civil rights era? Interviewees include Morgan Freeman and Maya Angelou.
Online
2005; 2003
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East Coast [electronic resource]: Ebony Towers

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The existence of a small group of African Americans at the heart of the political establishment and at the pinnacle of corporate America is something that, just two decades ago, seemed unimaginable. How did they get there and what is the significance of their success? Beginning at Harvard, Gates travels to Washington, DC, and New York to ask if this new black power elite represents genuine progress for black America as a whole. Interviewees include Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Vernon Jordan, Franklin Raines and the first African-American chess grandmaster in history, Maurice Ashley.
Online
2005; 2003
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Chicago [electronic resource]: Streets of Heaven

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Gates goes inside the notorious housing projects in Chicago's South Side - the Robert Taylor and the Ida B. Wells - to find out from the people who live there what life is like for America's "underclass." "What happened to the city of refuge my father's generation sought in the North; North where 'the streets of Heaven were paved with gold'?" wonders Gates. Caught up in a culture of criminality, poverty and despair, is there any hope for the fifth of black Americans who have been left behind?
Online
2005; 2003
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Los Angeles [electronic resource]: Black Hollywood

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Does the unprecedented success of African-American actors at the last Oscars signal a genuine shift in the way race operates in the movie business? In the final episode, Gates asks whether Hollywood is institutionally racist or whether it is becoming increasingly color-blind in pursuit of the box office dollar. Interviewees include Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Nia Long, Don Cheadle and John Singleton.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Black List: Volume Two

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"In this follow-up to the NAACP Image Award-winning The Black List: Volume One, interviewer Elvis Mitchell and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders explore 15 new African-American lives on the cusp of this historic moment. Now more than ever, The Black List continues a riveting and singular work of video portraiture." - Container
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Terrie Williams

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Author, public relations executive, and talent agent Terrie Williams was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on May 12, 1954. After high school, Williams attended Brandeis University, earning a B.S. degree in psychology in 1975. She attended Columbia University, earning her M.A. degree in social work. After working as a social worker, Williams founded the Terrie Williams Agency in 1988 with her first clients - Eddie Murphy and Miles Davis. Thereafter, she represented some of the biggest names in entertainment, sports and politics, including Janet Jackson, Russell Simmons, Johnnie Cochran, Stephen King and Sally Jesse Raphael. The author of three books, and a highly sought after speaker, Williams became a co-founder of the Stay Strong Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to youth. S [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Francis Ward

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Professor and newspaper reporter Usher Francis Ward was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 11, 1935. After graduating high school, Ward attended Morehouse College, earning his B.A. degree in 1958, and then earned his M.A. degree in journalism from Syracuse in 1961. In 1964, Ward was hired by Jet magazine, and four years later, he joined the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times. There, he covered the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the aftermath, as well as writing a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks. During the 1970s, Ward worked for the L.A. Times and the Miami Herald, and in 1984, he joined the press corps for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. He remained there through Eugene Sawyer's term, leaving in 1989. In 1990, Ward returned to his alma mater, Syracuse, to teach journalism. H [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Lt. Col. Charles Dryden

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Tuskegee Airman Charles W. Dryden was born on September 16, 1920, in New York City to Jamaican parents. He earned his B.A. degree in political science from Hofstra University and his M.A. degree in public law and government from Columbia University. In August 1941, Dryden was selected for aviation cadet training at the Tuskegee Army Flying School in Alabama. Dryden was then named a member of the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron, and later the 332 Fighter Group, which served in the Mediterranean during World War II. On June 9, 1943 Dryden led a flight of six pilots engaging enemy fighter aircraft in aerial combat over Pantelleria, Sicily. It was the first time in aviation history that black American pilots of the U.S. Army Air Corps engaged aircraft in combat. Following the war, Dryden bec [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Jocelyn Dorsey

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Television producer and reporter Jocelyn Dorsey was born on October 10, 1950, in Boston Massachusetts. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Ohio State University where she majored in journalism. Dorsey began her television career in 1972, working as a reporter at WKRC- TV for a year before she found her permanent home at WSB-TV in Atlanta in 1973. Since 1983, she has been director of editorials and public affairs at WSB-TV. Dorsey has also been executive producer and host of People 2 People. She won numerous awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional Emmys for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was the first African American inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle. She was also the first woman and first [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Evans Crawford

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Theologian Evans Edgar Crawford, Jr. was born on July 2, 1923, in Temple, Texas. Crawford received his diploma from Dunbar High School in 1939. He earned his B.S. degree from Huston College in Austin, Texas in 1943; his B. A. degree in sacred theology at Boston University Divinity School in 1946; and his Th.D. degree in 1957. His paternal grandmother who felt religion was very important raised him and Crawford received his 'call' to the ministry when he was eleven years old. Beginning his career at Howard University in 1958 as a theology instructor, he served as acting dean of the university chapel. For nearly fifty years, he served in a number of posts at Howard, including professor of ministry and dean of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. He retired in 1991 and continued to teach as a [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With George Curry

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Journalist George Edward Curry was born on February 23, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Curry attended Knoxville College. From 1970 until 1972, he worked as a reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine. He was then a beat reporter for The St. Louis Post Dispatch. In 1977, he founded the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop, a training program for aspiring high school journalists. That year, he wrote his first book Jake Gaither: America's Most Famous Black Coach. From 1983 until 1989, Curry worked for the Chicago Tribune. From 1989 until 1993, he worked as the New York bureau chief of the Tribune. Curry then served as editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine. In 2003, he became editor-in-chief for BlackPressUSA.com and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service or NNPA, until [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Wayne Curry

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Lawyer and government official Wayne Keith Curry was born on January 6, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Cheverly, Maryland. Curry earned his B.A. degree in psychology from Western Maryland College and his J. D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1980. From 1972 until 1973, he worked as a teacher and director of the child daycare center of Prince George's County. From 1975 until 1980, Curry held several positions in county government. He was a community affairs assistant; administrative assistant; and senior assistant to the county's chief administrative officer. Curry also worked as a real estate and development lawyer for the Michael Companies. From 1984 until 1994, he worked in private practice. In 1994, Curry became the first African American county [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Mary Hatwood Futrell

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Educator and academic administrator Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell was born on May 24, 1940, in Altavista, Virginia. In 1958, Futrell earned her high school diploma from Dunbar High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, and in 1962, she received her degree in business education from Virginia State University. From 1962 until 1964, she worked as a teacher at Parker Gray High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and from 1965 until 1980, she worked at George Washington High School. In 1968, Futrell earned her M.A. degree in secondary education from George Washington University. From 1983 until 1989, Futrell served as president of the National Education Association, and in 1992, she joined the faculty at George Washington University while earning her Ph.D. degree in education policy studies. I [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry

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Minister Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry was born on August 25, 1935 in Jackson, Mississippi. After completing her A.A. degree, Guidry moved to Los Angeles in 1972. The following year, she answered the call to ministry. In 1977, she was ordained as a minister. Starting her career at the First A.M.E. Church in Indio, California in 1977, Guidry held the distinction of being the first female to be appointed a major metropolitan charge when she was assigned to Walker Temple in Los Angeles in 1989. On July 5, 2004, Tyler Guidry was elected a bishop of the A.M.E. Church, becoming the second woman to hold that title. In addition to her ministry, Tyler Guidry was active in a number of civic organizations. She served as president of Riverside County Board of Mental Health and as the treasurer of [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Lorraine Toussaint

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Actress Lorraine Toussaint was born on April 4, 1960, in Trinidad, in the West Indies, but moved with her family to Brooklyn, New York when she was ten years old. Toussaint attended the High School of Performing Arts and went on to attend the Juilliard School. She landed her first acting job on the day she graduated from Juilliard, playing Lady MacBeth with "Shakespeare & Company" in New York. After more than a decade on-stage in New York, she moved to Los Angeles, where she began working in television and the movies. Toussaint was perhaps best known for numerous roles on Law & Order and in the TV miniseries, Queen, based on the book by Alex Haley. Her role in Lifetime TV's Any Day Now, garnered her three nominations for the NAACP Image Awards. She also appeared in the made-for-telev [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Harold A. Dawson, Sr.

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Entrepreneur Harold A. Dawson, Sr., was born on March 5, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia. While still in grade school, Dawson began working odd jobs. Following high school, he became a realtor with Alexander & Associates, known later as Alexander, Dawson & Associates. He earned his B.S. degree from Morehouse College in 1963, and in 1969, he founded the Harold A. Dawson Company. HADCO has developed multi-million dollar projects across the United States; it has remained a family-owned and operated business. Dawson was active in the Atlanta community, serving on numerous boards. He was the first African American board member and former chairman of the Georgia Real Estate Commission. He gave generously to support both his church and to provide scholarships to students studying real estate. He [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Michael Thurmond

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Historian and politician Michael L. Thurmond was born in Athens, Georgia on January 5, 1953. He graduated from consolidated Clarke Senior High School in 1971. Thurmond attended Paine College, was class president, and graduated cum laude with B.A. in philosophy and religion in 1975. In 1978 he graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School. In the summer 1975, Thompson co-launched the black Athens Voice newspaper; in 1978 he published A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens History. In 1986, he became the first African American to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. In 1994, Thurmond became the first African American elected Georgia State Labor Commissioner in 1998. He published a second book; Freedom: An African Americ [...]
Online
2016
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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Fletcher "Flash" Wiley

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Lawyer Fletcher "Flash" Wiley was born on November 29, 1942. Wiley attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned his nickname on the football field and was the Academy's first black Fulbright Scholar. After serving in the Air Force as a captain, he earned his M.P.P. degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1974. Wiley went on to establish the law firm of Budd, Reilly and Wiley, the largest minority-dominant firm in New England. He later served as vice president and general counsel of PRWT Services, Inc., and then as counsel to the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP and chairman and chief executive officer of the Centaurus Group, LLC. Wiley also served as president and national chairman of the Black Entertainm [...]
Online
2016