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  1. Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats &Rhymes Premiering Tonight on Independent Lens on PBS

    January 26, 2010

    "... a broad and eye-opening portrait of hip-hop masculinity." - The Washington Post Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes takes an in-depth look at machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture -- where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia. Get broadcast listings and discover other films featured now

  2. Robert Clift Looks at Racial Identity in Hip-Hop Music

    January 21, 2010

    Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity, airing in February on public television, explores the tension between white racial identity and black cultural propriety at a time when hip-hop is redefining American life. Filmmaker Robert Clift recounts some of the questions he received about the film and what it was like working with white rappers --

  3. Sam Cooke: Crossing Over: Tonight on American Masters on PBS

    January 11, 2010

    “What to Watch Monday: American Masters opens with a profile of the soul titan Sam Cooke. A highlight: Lou Rawls explaining how touring gospel singers (like Mr. Cooke, early in his career) 'got over good' — even better than R&B and jazz musicians — because of their wholesome reputations." - The New York Times In 1958, when Sam Cooke crossed over from

  4. Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman Discusses MORE THAN A MONTH

    October 21, 2009

    ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. Check out the clip below with filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman, who received Open Call funds for MORE THAN A MONTH, a tongue-in-cheek film about his cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. The film looks at what

  5. Watch HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE: A Paris Jazz Story Tonight on Great Performances

    August 26, 2009

    After World War I, many African Americans remained or returned to Europe, and over the next two decades, created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers, dancers, and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris' hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Based on the book by William Shack, HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE: A Paris Jazz Story looks at the