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200,000 years ago our ancestors took their first steps on the African savanna. Today, seven billion of us live across the planet. How did we beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? The series is a global detective story that traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents.
Previously unavailable on any format, the '70s-era sitcom was a showcase for iconic comedian Don Rickles, who played U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey, an abrasive, sharp-tongued veteran in charge of a company of new seaman recruits on a San Diego naval base. As a 24-year naval veteran, Otto Sharkey had pretty much seen and heard it all. The unseasoned recruits he whipped into shape received most of his wisdom, though sometimes it was served up as sharp-tongued, ethnic barbs.
Film and theater luminaries, including Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad, share their stories of the career- and life-changing experience of bringing August Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage. Wilson's sister Freda Ellis, his widow and costume designer Constanza Romero, as well as friends, colleagues and scholars trace Wilson's influences, creative evolution, triumphs, struggles and quest for cultural determinism before his untimely death from liver cancer.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues his journey into the past to illuminate the familial histories of 29 of today's most recognizable names in sports, music, film, television, theatre, and literature. Each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual's story together.
The remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry - a mentor to Miles Davis - is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the 1960's, he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC.
Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists of several pre-taped sketches starring the two actors, introduced by Key and Peele in front of a live studio audience. The sketches cover a variety of societal topics, often with a focus on African-American culture and race relations.
The epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. Cullen's journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot town that travels with and services the construction of the railroad. In Season 3, following the Indian attack that destroyed the railroad settlement, Cullen spends a long winter reshaping his lust for revenge into a burning ambition
In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City.
Robert (Darrin Henson) picked the wrong time to meet his soul mate! After being fired from his own father's company, he feels like his luck has run out - until Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis) enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan's ex-husband (Lamman Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert's gold-digging ex-girlfriend (Erica Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own.
Sharon Leal and Omari Hardwick head an all-star cast as newlyweds Catherine and Michael. The couple's marriage is challenged by Michael's disapproving mother and Catherine's own terrifying secret: a crippling sleep disorder that blurs nightmare and reality.
Featuring recently unearthed photographs, rediscovered performance footage and the words of entertainers and historians, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley includes interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who emphasize how Mabley paved the way for female comedians and performers everywhere in provocative stand-up routines that challenged racism, sexism and ageism.
While most popular shows of the era focused on the ideal American family (moms wearing pearls and baking cookies) or society's mainstream heroes (mostly White, macho men), ABC's The Mod Squad (1968-73) broke the mold and – to coin the vernacular of the day – was hip.
A coming-of-age drama about creating your own legacy. The directorial debut of Dante Wyatt, the film stars Romeo Miller, Darrin Henson, Mishon Ratliff and Denyce Lawton.
A fascinating combination of a classic, indie love story and an exploration of faith and fanaticism, set amidst the gritty urban world of lowrider culture.
While out one night with his buddy, ladies' man Ali (Lawrence Adisa) has his world rocked when he meets hardworking single mom, Sandrine (Davetta Sherwood). She is looking for love, and although Ali has never wanted to commit to anyone or anything.
Starring Lance Gross and directed by former pro-football player Matthew A. Cherry, takes a close look at the rough and tumble world of professional football, and its effect on affairs of the heart.
Features a stellar cast including NAACP Image Award winner and Daytime Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams, NAACP Image Award winner Terri J. Vaughn, Rachel True, Lamman Rucker, Tommy Ford and the Grammy-nominated Gospel music sensation VaShawn Mitchell.
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