World Premiere of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” at the Toronto International Film Festival

World Premiere of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) screening dates are available here. American Masters Pictures’ Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart will also have its world premiere at TIFF. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress […]

American Masters Celebrates 2017 Emmy®-Nominated Season

American Masters Celebrates 2017 Emmy®-Nominated Season

American Masters is thrilled and honored to celebrate their 2017 Emmy®-nominated season. Congratulations to all of the incredible filmmakers, producers, directors and team members who have brought us inspirational documentaries each year. Keep reading to learn more about the films in our nominated series.

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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 […]