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Get Your Dose of History: 8 Documentaries for Black History Month

The most fascinating chapters of America’s past, including our stories of tragedy, pride, creativity, and triumph, are arguably contained in African American history. Black History Month is our yearly pop-up reminder to reconnect with these stories. Though, as last year’s Independent Lens documentary More Than a Month points out, why contain it to just one … READ MORE

Celebrate Black History Month With Us!

It’s February, and have we got some great ways to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy these fascinating films and exciting educational resources all month long. Watch Spotlight on Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr. on PBS. See more from Independent Lens. Catch our premiere broadcast about a forgotten civil rights hero Civil rights leader Whitney … READ MORE

Hundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University and a science education advocate, learned about the Independent Lens film The Revisionaries and contacted us. Kopplin, a winner of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education, has done some intensive research with MSNBC that reveals the extent of public school money going to fund education at … READ MORE

We’re Having Fun Behind the Scenes at Sundance

Can’t make it to Sundance Film Festival this year? Neither could some of us at the office, and at least a few other people in the world. But tens of thousands of others have descended on the festival, and our very own crack(pot) reporter Steve Goldbloom is right in the thick of the crowd. Check … READ MORE

Artist Wayne White’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

Artist Wayne White, who will be featured on the Independent Lens film Beauty is Embarrassing, is beloved in the fine arts world for his “word paintings.” He buys big landscape paintings at flea markets and transforms them into unique works of art by painting block-letter phrases and words across them. You can see a few … READ MORE

Healthy Soul Food Recipe Contest Winner!

Byron Hurt’s wonderful film Soul Food Junkies aired on Monday, and it was a big hit. We’ve heard from viewers around the world about how inspiring it was, and how they’ll be looking at making some changes in their diets. Just in time for people wanting to improve their health, we have a bunch of … READ MORE

Be a Great Artist! Or Just Vaguely Resemble One…

I don’t know about you, but my talents do not lie in the visual arts. Stick figures run away screaming when they see me coming. So it was with great happiness that I discovered that the artist featured in the upcoming Independent Lens broadcast, Beauty is Embarrassing (10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, check local listings), … READ MORE

The Invisible War Nominated for Oscar!

We’re thrilled to report that The Invisible War, a groundbreaking film exposing the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, is one of five nominees for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

‘Green Book’ Helped Keep African Americans Safe on the Road

Hardly anyone knows about The Green Book now, but from 1936 to 1964, it was an essential publication for African Americans who hoped to travel safely. The book listed businesses that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous.

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