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Enter the worlds of talented Black Artists & Entertainers with this special collection of videos and web-only features from trusted producers and PBS member stations. Each of the features below is a window into a documentary or program about a variety of artists & entertainers in film and television, preforming arts, sports, poetry and beyond. The features will connect you directly to the website of a PBS partner where it can be viewed in full or allow you to watch a preview directly within the collection below. Get started now! Explore Black Artists & Entertainers with PBS.

Vocalist and Actress Ethel Waters

Vocalist and Actress Ethel Waters

She was a woman of many ‘firsts’ who rose above adversity her entire career.

Renaissance Man: Quincy Jones

Renaissance Man: Quincy Jones

Celebrate the life and legacy of Quincy Jones.

Getting to know Ray Charles

Getting to know Ray Charles

They call him the “genius” and they call him the Father of Soul.

Follow the intense creative journey of celebrated director/choreographer Bill T. Jones. From American Masters.
Cosby Challenged Television's Racial Barriers

Cosby Challenged Television's Racial Barriers

He sparred with racial stereotypes and left his comedic mark.

America's favorite TV mom

America's favorite TV mom

Phylicia Rashad explains how she avoids being typecast as an actress.

A Conversation with Muhammad Ali

A Conversation with Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali discusses his boxing career, the Vietnam War, and the Nation of Islam.

Breaking The Color Line in Baseball

Breaking The Color Line in Baseball

In 1947, Jackie Robinson makes a major breakthrough that changes the game of Baseball.

Olympian Jesse Owens

Olympian Jesse Owens

His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympics captivated the world and infuriated the Nazis.

The videos and features above are from PBS documentaries and productions by American Masters, American Experience, OPB, WNETPioneers of Television, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, and Poetry Everywhere.  

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Tavis Smiley: Interviews

Tavis Smiley: Interviews

Every weeknight, Tavis brings you a unique mix of news and pop culture through interviews with artists & entertainers, activists, news makers, politicians and everyday people.

More videos and films featuring Black Artists & Entertainers: 

Mark Twain Prize honors Bill Cosby  

Cab Calloway Sketches, American Experience 

When I Rise, Independent Lens 

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