Black History Month Specials 2016

Various Times

Join us as we celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions in the arts, literature, sciences, and humanities that African Americans have achieved through the centuries.

Airs Sunday, February 28, at 6 p.m. Protests against shootings of young black men by the police have pushed the issue of race to the top of the public agenda. The BBC's Washington Correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, has covered many of the recent protests, from Baltimore to Ferguson. In this series of two one-hour documentaries, Rajini takes a step back and examines some of the deep, underlying structural issues which America still has with race.

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Repeats Saturday, February 27, at 7 p.m. Patti LaBelle: Gospel Into Soul examines the artist's evolution over a 60-year career.  Producer Steve Rowland created works on Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Leonard Bernstein and more. His thesis, that Patti's gospel based, improvisational vocals are as profound as the spiritual communications of some of our jazz giants, is evident in this piece.

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Airs, Friday, February 26 at 10 p.m. This one-hour program features live music from and stories about his last concert.  Songs recorded live at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in Sep 1980 include "Exodus," "Could You Be Loved," "Redemption Song," "No Woman, No Cry," "Jamming" and more.  Rita, Damien and Rohan Marley are interviewed, as well as Marcia Griffiths, biographer Vivien Goldman, and Doug Gebhard - a former journalist who covered the 1980 Pittsburgh show and is now a priest.

Caravan: Brian Blade

Feb 26, 2016
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Airs Friday, February 26, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a special one our profile of Shreveport's own Brian Blade featuring selected works from Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band plus numerous works from other artists with whom he collaborated. You'll hear works by Norah Jones, Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and of course Brian Blade & Fellowship Band.

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Airs Thursday, February 25, at 8 p.m. From The Kitchen Sisters and PRX, a Black History Month Special: "Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs," with host, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard. These stories come from The Kitchen Sisters collection -- stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries. People who said "yes we can" and then did.