An African American boy looks up at burned out buildings in the Bronx, circa late 70s
Beyond the Films

November 04, 2019

How the Burning of the Bronx Led to the Birth of Hip-Hop

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Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a geographer and writer who co-edited, with Rebecca Solnit, the remarkable, fascinating book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, helped us create a playlist to accompany both Decade of…...

an abstract shot of John Coltrane playing sax, as if through water
Beyond the Films

October 31, 2017

Chasing Trane Playlist: Coltrane and His Disciples

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By Nick Dedina, Guest Contributor Drop a needle on a John Coltrane record, hit play on one of his digital playlists, or watch Chasing Trane and it’s easy to understand…...

February 03, 2014

Four Films Streaming Online for Black History Month

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While PBS kicks off Black History Month in fine style tonight with the broadcast premiere of the ITVS-funded American Promise on POV [trailer], Independent Lens and PBS's Black Culture Connection have launched four…...

October 14, 2013

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes Online Screening & Chat

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Tuesday, Oct 15  |  8:30pm ET Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes OVEE online screening and chat This Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30pm, ITVS presents an online screening and live discussion about the Independent…...

August 08, 2013

Throwback Thursday: “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” Free Online

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As part of Independent Lens's Throwback Thursdays series, and in honor of the 40th anniversary of hip-hop music, we're offering the documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes to watch online for free…...

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…...