Black Panthers exiting building armed with rifles.

February 11, 2016

Stanley Nelson Reveals the Real Black Panther Party

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who won an Emmy for the PBS documentary The Murder of Emmett Till, three Emmys for Freedom Riders, and made an acclaimed film about Marcus Garvey, has for years…...

Ballerinas Raven Wilkinson and Misty Copeland hold hands.
Beyond the Films

February 04, 2016

Breaking Barriers on Stage: African American Ballet Dancers Who Made History

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

As we learn in A Ballerina's Tale, Nelson George's new documentary about Misty Copeland [February 8; check local listings], Eurocentric standards of body shape, muscle tone, and skin color excluded…...

African American sound recorder on the streets

August 11, 2015

Black Power Playlist: Music is the Message

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The soundtrack to America’s civil rights movement before the mid-1960s was predominantly made up of gospel standards and spirituals, with a smattering of popular folk. But by the late 1960s,…...

Headshot of Little White Lie filmmaker Lacey Schwartz.

March 23, 2015

Lacey Schwartz Uproots Her Family Tree

Craig Phillips in Uncategorized

As a girl, Lacey Schwartz grew up wondering why she had darker skin, which became a source of embarrassment for her and eventually led her to question everything. Little White Lie…...

Archival family photo from the Digital Diaspora Family Roadsow

February 16, 2015

Black Family History Through a Lens

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A wonderful companion piece to Thomas Allen Harris's new film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project — a roadshow connecting communities and…...

February 13, 2015

Thomas Allen Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

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The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black…...

February 01, 2013

Celebrate Black History Month With Us!

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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…...

July 23, 2012

Independent Lens Drops in on the TV Critics Press Tour

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[caption id="attachment_1658" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dick Gregory, Mary-Louyise Parker, and director Byron Hurt. Photo by Rahoul Ghose/PBS.[/caption] What a whirlwind weekend. In Beverly Hills, the nation's television critics assembled to get…...