The Women-Authored Masterpieces that You Should Read (or Revisit) this Summer

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Women’s voices have enriched America’s literary heritage since the country’s founding, despite attempts […]

15 Essential Songs you Must Listen to for African-American Music Appreciation Month

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] By: Whitney McGowan President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be the month […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Ella Fitzgerald’s Adolescent Years

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] In 1958, Ella Fitzgerald became the first Black woman to win a Grammy […]

Celebrating Pride: Four Inspiring Women Who Believed in Equality for All

[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Women have been critical to every major social movement in America, and the […]

What I Learned About Love from Rereading ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

By Eve Dunbar, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] This year marks the […]

Screenings & Showings: June 2017

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery showing, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to join the conversation in June: EERO SAARINEN AIA SHANGHAI June 3 *Guest Speaker Director of Photography Eric […]

It’s Time to Recognize Sweet Honey in the Rock for their Essential Contributions to American Music

By Fredara Mareva Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology, Oberlin College [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] The first […]

A Chefs Flight of American Masters

Get to know some of America’s most iconic chefs through American Masters’ Chefs Flight: four documentaries on iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters. The films premiered in May and are available to stream online for the next month. American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie Watch the full episode online now! […]

Op Ed: Five of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Greatest Legacies

By Whitney McGowan [Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Visit the Inspiring Woman page to join the campaign and submit the story of a woman who inspires you.] Today marks the three-year anniversary of Dr. Maya Angelou’s death, […]

Eight Haunting Quotes from ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

Lorraine Hansberry was not yet 30 when she completed the manuscript for "A Raisin in the Sun," a play that went on to premiere on Broadway in 1959 and earn the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. She was the first Black playwright and the youngest person to win the honor. An activist whose circle of friends included luminaries such as James Baldwin, Hansberry leveraged […]