Activist Jose

January 22, 2020

Finding Common Ground: The Story of an Unlikely Chicago Alliance

Craig Phillips in Interviews

It takes an incredible amount of tenacity and belief in a project to stick with it for 14 years, but that's just how long it took for Ray Santisteban to…...

Simons and Parham in Oakland
Beyond the Films

April 19, 2019

Stepping Up for Homeless Black People in Oakland

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Pendarvis Harshaw The Independent Lens documentary Charm City brings to mind the long list of urban American cities that fall into the same category as the Baltimore seen in…...

Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality.
Test Your Knowledge

February 12, 2016

Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter Quiz

Independent Lens in Test Your Knowledge

It was 50 years ago that the Black Panther Party, originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was formed in Oakland, California by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The Black Panther…...

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…...