“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” Announced

Susan Sarandon‘s production company, Reframed Pictures, American Masters and Submarine are partnering on a feature-length documentary film about 1940s screen siren Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000).

Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks, the First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize

The 2017 National Black Writers Conference will recognize the enduring legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for updates and interviews from the event. Share your thoughts on Gwendolyn Brooks and other women in literature by using the hashtag #InspiringWomanPBS.

Commemorating Patsy Cline

On this day in 1963, at only 30 years old, Patsy Cline was killed in a multiple-fatality plane crash after performing to a packed house in Kansas City, Kansas. In her short career, Cline re-defined femininity, developing a unique sense of style while cutting a fiercely independent path for herself. Despite growing up in poverty with […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month with American Masters

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight some of the incredible, inspirational women who are part of American Masters. Whether breaking norms or cooking up storms, American Masters have been changing history for women in so many ways. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned from these powerful, […]

Screenings & Showings: March 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 March: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise For more information on all […]

Our Favorite B.B. King Expressions

The “King of the Blues,” was was known for his guitar’s vibrato, his work as a soloist, and also for his animated expressions. Be sure to catch the full documentary, B.B. King: The Life of Riley, available publicly for streaming through Friday, March 3. Here are our top three B.B. King GIFs, for when  you really need an animated […]

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 […]