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by Byron Hurt
Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.
Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens
by Brian Gerber and Matthew Buzzell
Overcoming Kallman's Syndrome, prejudice, self-destruction and powerful enemies in the music industry, rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott recounts his rise and fall and rise again as one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time.
by David Berger and Holly Maxon
An insider's view of jazz and life in 20th-century America, as told by legendary bassist and photographer Milt Hinton (1910-2000) and his fellow musicians.
by Ela Troyano
Legendary Afro-Cuban pop singer Lupe Yoli, the Queen of Latin Soul, was famous for her emotional — and controversial — performances before her tragic death in 1992.
by Francois Verster, Dan Jawitz, and Mark J. Kaplan
In the 1920s, Zulu singer Solomon Linda composed "Mbube," a hit melody in his native South Africa. Decades later, it skyrocketed to the top of the international pop charts as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Follow this beloved song's rocky history, from South Africa to Brooklyn and back, asking why Linda died penniless, while American artists made millions off of his music.
Global Voices, Independent Lens
by John Whitehead and Ben Sandmel
From their days as a teenage duo in the Depression to recent gigs on MTV and the Grand Ole Opry stage, The Hackberry Ramblers have been the life of the party since 1933, with their energetic blend of Cajun music and western swing.
by Daniel Anker
Featuring the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music from the Inside Out weaves together a mosaic of the stories, ideas, experiences and music making that form the heart of these musicians’ lives, inside and outside the concert hall.
by Jamie Meltzer
An engaging look at the fascinating subculture of the song-poem industry, where a dream and a song come together as ordinary people mail in their poems to be set to music for a fee.
True Stories, Independent Lens
by Natasha Uppal
How did L.A.'s Grand Star restaurant become one of the city's liveliest, intergenerational, and culturally-integrated neighborhood nightclubs?
by Gabriel Noble
Rapper Priscilla Diaz was dazzling New York nightclub crowds at age nine. But chasing music stardom isn’t child’s play when you live in a shelter, your mom’s an addict, and your dad’s struggling to keep the family afloat.