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Celebrating Black History in February

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Here at ThinkTV and CET we are excited to be celebrating Black History Month! In celebration here are some specials we are broadcasting on-air and have available online:


Great Performances: Nas Live from the Kennedy Center – Classical Hip-Hop

Friday, February 2, at 9pm on CET

Saturday, February 3, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

The groundbreaking hip-hop artist performs a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a densely textured lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.


Independent Lens: Winnie

Monday, February 5, at 10pm on CET

Thursday, February 8, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

One of the more misunderstood and intriguing contemporary female political figures, Winnie Mandela's rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid in South Africa from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those closest to her and enemies who sought to extinguish her activism.


Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising

Monday, February 19, at 9pm on CET

Thursday, February 22, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

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 more than 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 PanthersFreedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.


We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

Tuesday, February 20, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Tuesday, February 20, at 8pm on CET

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.


American Creed

Tuesday, February 27, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Tuesday, February 27, at 9pm on CET

Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs, an American creed, can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.


Maya Angelou: American Masters

Friday, February 16, at 9pm on CET

Saturday, February 17, at 10 pm on Think TV16

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. She inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.


POV: All the Difference

Tuesday, February 20, at 2am on ThinkTV16

Tuesday, February 20, at 2am on CET

The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly –and heroically  – to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college.


We’re airing additional shows about African American history on ThinkTV16 Ohio/World and on CET Arts, including Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of RaceEducation of Harvey GanttFighting on Both FrontsCaged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price and more. Explore our online schedules for details: www.thinktv.org/air and www.CETconnect.org/schedule.

There are also some awesome shows available online, including:


Basic Black: The 5oth Anniversary of Loving Day

In 1967, The Supreme Court made the life changing decision of allowing interracial marriages which were banned up until this point. Watch as the 50th anniversary of this day is celebrated. Watch online: https://video.thinktv.org/video/3001531782/


In Performance at The White House: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement features songs from the Civil Rights Movement performed by top entertainers, as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings. Watch online: http://video.thinktv.org/video/1410865290/


Austin City Limits: BB King

Watch in remembrance as jazz legend B.B King lights up the crowd with his ACL performance. “B.B. King personified blues music for the whole world...He was larger than life, but a gentle man with a kind soul and big heart,” Terry Lickona, ACL Executive Producer said. Watch online here: http://video.thinkv,org/video/2365490253/