5 Reasons Patsy Cline Was A Trailblazer For Women

Despite being known for songs like “You’re Stronger Than Me,” and “I Fall to Pieces,” Patsy Cline was a true powerhouse – a trailblazer for women. She was one of the most successful and iconic women in the country music movement coming out of Nashville in the 1950s and ’60s. She pioneered a way for […]

Learn which American Masters have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Exactly 6 years ago today, Dr. Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama, joining an astonishing group of 15 other American Masters who have also been honored with the medal. Explore this gallery to see the all of the American Masters who have been honored by the White House […]

Learn More about Dr. Angelou through KQED’s “Legacy of an Artist”

If you’d like to know more about Dr. Maya Angelou, look no further than our media partners at KQED. They’ve created a space dedicated to Dr. Angelou’s work, especially focusing on her time in the Bay Area. Watch remarkable archival footage from Blacks, Blues, Black!, Dr. Angelou’s 10-part series on the connection between Blues music and […]

Explore Dr. Maya Angelou’s Life through her books

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird […]

Screenings & Showings: February 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 February: SCREENINGS Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise ALABAMA Thursday, Feb. 16 […]

A Night of Country with American Masters & Great Performances

Tonight, two iconic country music stars, Loretta Lynn and Brad Paisley, will be featured by American Masters and Great Performances. Starting at 9/8c as part of Great Performances’ Landmarks Live in Concert series, best-selling country artist Brad Paisley will return home to perform before a crowd of 35,000 at West Virginia University. Immediately following his performance, […]

American Masters Launches Inspiring Woman Campaign

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of  Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, February 21 on PBS During Black History Month First feature documentary on the author/activist features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others Year-long #InspiringWomanPBS online campaign launches today at pbs.org/americanmasters Distinctly referred to as […]

New Documentary “Tyrus” coming to American Masters

Tyrus, a documentary about recently deceased Bambi artist Tyrus Wong, will premiere on American Masters this summer on PBS. The film is an in-depth portrait of the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, taking viewers on a journey from his birthplace in Guangzhou, China in 1910, to the boarding houses of LA’s old […]