8 Must-See TV Shows For Black History Month
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Community
- Published: 01 February 2023
Join us in celebrating Black History Month throughout February with a wide range of programming featuring Black artists and changemakers.
This Month on WHRO TV 15
Tuesdays, January 31-February 21, 9 p.m. | Fight the Power: The Story of Hip Hop
Featuring firsthand accounts from some of rap’s most integral players, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World recounts the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there at the beginning, creating an anthology of how hip hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments via intimate interviews and archival footage, the docuseries will explore how hip hop quickly created a provocative narrative of America.
Monday, February 6, 2023, 10 p.m. | Independent Lens: Out of the Muck
Wade into the rich soil of Pahokee, Florida, a town on the banks of Lake Okeechobee. Beyond its football legacy, including sending over a dozen players to the NFL (like Anquan Boldin, Fred Taylor, and Rickey Jackson), the fiercely self-determined community tells their stories of Black achievement and resilience in the face of tragic storms and personal trauma.
Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. | American Experience: Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History
Discover the fascinating and unexpected history behind America's favorite board game. Part detective story and part pop culture commentary, the film explores what makes this game - a celebration of unbridled capitalism - such an enduring favorite.
Friday, February 24, 9 p.m. | Great Performances: The Magic of Spirituals
Glimpse behind the curtain at opera legends Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman’s famed concert at Carnegie Hall on March 18, 1990, featuring performance clips and new interviews with opera star Angel Blue, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb and more.
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Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also a trained anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean -- reclaiming, honoring and celebrating Black life on its own terms.
The vibrant life of Ernest Withers—civil rights photographer, and FBI informant—was anything but black and white.
American Masters: Roberta Flack follows the music icon from a piano lounge through her rise to stardom. From “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” to “Killing Me Softly,” Flack’s virtuosity was inseparable from her commitment to civil rights. Detailing her story in her own words, the film features exclusive access to Flack’s archives and interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Peabo Bryson and more.
After their sold-out performance in 2019, The legendary Roots crew make their electrifying return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Presented as part of #KenCenHipHop’s For the Culture Artist Residency program and The Bridge Concert Series.
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