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  1. Whatever It Takes Premiering Tonight on Independent Lens on PBS

    March 30, 2010

    "The Week's Guide to What's Worth Watching: In Whatever It Takes, Edward Tom gave up an executive post at Saks Fifth Avenue for a far-lower-paying job as principal of a small public high school in the South Bronx. Cameras follow him through his first year as he struggles to deal with its challenges, epitomized by a failing 14-year-old girl whose mother is a

  2. Filmmaker Profile: Avon Kirkland Discusses Legacy of Sam Cooke

    February 26, 2010

    Documentary filmmaker Avon Kirkland didn’t follow the typical path to filmmaking – earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and working as a research scientist and educational publishing executive before starting a career in television in 1972. Since then, his work as a producer, director, and writer has focused on

  3. Shukree Tilghman: The End of Black History Month

    February 19, 2010

    ITVS offers viewers the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout the year, but this month we're offering a special slate of new and encore programs in honor of Black History Month. We recently asked Shukree Tilghman, filmmaker of the ITVS-funded film More Than A Month, to share his

  4. Remembering the 42nd Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre

    February 8, 2010

    Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the most unknown tragedy in the history of the civil rights movement. On 1968, police opened fire on the campus of South Carolina State University, leaving three young African American men dead and 27 wounded. Unlike a similar incident at Kent State, the incident did not make national headlines and there has never been an

  5. Video Extra: Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story

    February 4, 2010

    In conjunction with Black History Month Great Performances is airing a special encore presentation of Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story (check local listings). Based on the book by William Shack, the film looks at the impact of African American performers and musicians during the great jazz era of Paris. In the video extra below, learn more about