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Black History Month

FEBRUARY TV LISTINGS: Celebrating African-American Innovators Of Yesterday And Change Makers Of Today

Tune in to Houston Public Media TV 8 throughout the month.


Monday, Feb. 5 at 10pm Richard Pryor: Icon

"From his troubled upbringing in the slums of Peoria, Illinois, to his brave battle against multiple sclerosis, from performing on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show' to being banned by the networks, RICHARD PRYOR: ICON examines the roller coaster life and times of this comedic trailblazer. Though he was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of his generation, Pryor wrestled with self-destructive behaviors that threatened his life." – PBS


Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10pm Winnie

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time on screen, Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things." – Independent Lens


Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30am – Everyone Has A Place

"EVERYONE HAS A PLACE is a short musical documentary featuring a ground-breaking collaboration of jazz, gospel and vocals. This body of work is entitled, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. It was composed by the American musical treasure Wynton Marsalis. This inspirational work of art was performed by a unique pairing of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and choir Chorale Le Chateau." – American Public Television


Friday, Feb. 9 at 10:30pm – BB King: The Life of Riley

"B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper's son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker ‘King of the Blues.' " – American Masters


Friday, Feb. 16 at 8:30pm Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

"Distinctly referred to as "a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture," Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before." – American Masters


Friday, Feb. 16 at 10:30pm Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n' Roll

"Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n' roll." – American Masters


Monday, Feb. 19 at 8pm – Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges And Universities

"The rich history of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), America's foremost film chronicler of the African American experience, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life." – Independent Lens


Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7pm We'll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

"Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice." – PBS


Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10pm In Their Own Words: Mohammad Ali

"Follow Muhammad Ali's path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics." – PBS