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by Daniel Birman
Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16.
Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens
by Shukree Hassan Tilghman
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, goes on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.
by Frank Christopher, Charles Burnett, and Kenneth Greenberg
The historical search for the mysterious Nat Turner, leader of the legendary 1831 slave rebellion, has inspired academics, novelists, dramatists, and others in a fierce battle over who he was and what he means to America.
by Sandra Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cara Pilson, and Cindy Hill
Negroes with Guns follows Robert Williams’s journey from North Carolina community leader to exile in Cuba and China, a journey that brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the Black Power and civil rights movements.
by Gordon Quinn, Gita Saedi, and Steve James
Follow a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.
Global Voices, Independent Lens
by Yoruba Richen
Gay gospel singer Tonex and the head of the National Black Justice Coalition challenge homophobia in the black church and confront traditionally white gay organizations around issues of race.
Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead
by Joanne Caputo
The founder of On a Roll talk radio, Greg Smith travels the globe in his power wheelchair, but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible — a minor challenge compared to living independently and having safe intimate relationships.
True Stories, Independent Lens
by Margaret Brown
Beneath the surface of pageantry at America’s oldest Mardi Gras lies a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide in America.
by Yvonne Smith, Harlene Freezer, and Sharon Davis
Follow one of the most unique and influential groups in music history. From a 1960s barbershop doo-wop group to 1970s masters of funk, through pitfalls, comebacks, to becoming the world's most sampled band, P-Funk continues to perform, record, and funk on into the 21st century.
by Stanley Nelson
Each summer, affluent and successful African Americans like filmmaker Stanley Nelson return to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, an upper middle class resort community that has historically provided an oasis for black professionals.