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  1. New Films Available on the PBS Video Player

    February 2, 2010

    ITVS programs regularly explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans. In fact, three ITVS films –– Brother to Brother, Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Life and Debt –– were recently recognized by The Grio’s “Ten Most Important Black Films of the Decade." In celebration of Black History Month, ITVS and PBS are

  2. Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness Premiering Tonight on Independent Lens on PBS

    February 2, 2010

    "Herskovits 'was one of the most important people you've never heard of... But when it comes to the topic of African-American cultural history, he's at the center of the debate.'" - The Jewish Week Who has the authority to define your identity? Considered one of the most controversial scholars of our time, Melville Herskovits -- a Jewish anthropologist --

  3. John Antonelli Discusses Inspiration Behind Sam Cooke

    January 28, 2010

    The ITVS film Sam Cooke: Crossing Over recently premiered on American Masters on PBS. The film looks at the musical and political significance of composer, performer, and pioneering pop music entrepreneur Sam Cooke and the circumstances that led to his murder. Beyond the Box recently caught up with producer John Antonelli to discuss his interest in the

  4. ITVS Celebrates Black History Month

    January 27, 2010

    ITVS and PBS offers viewers the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout the year, but this month offers a special slate of new and encore programs in honor of Black History Month. Independent Lens brings race to the forefront with four new films in February. Herskovits at the Heart of

  5. Reconstructing History: Filmmakers Discuss Objective Storytelling

    January 26, 2010

    This is the companion piece to Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, which airs in February on public television, and investigates the continued cover-up of the tragedy of 1968 on the campus of South Carolina State University and follows ongoing efforts to seek justice. Filmmakers Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson discuss how they visually