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  • Leslie Uggams Frightened Southern States With Her 1960s NBC Gig (Watch)

    Apr 15, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *The fourth season of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” will include a “Breaking Barriers” episode dedicated to the actors who changed the racial landscape of the small screen…often against improbable odds. “The network was trying to get rid of me because the South would not carry the show,” says Leslie Uggams, discussing her first TV gig […]

  • Muhammad Ali’s 2nd Wife Recites Poem She Wrote for The Champ (Listen)

    Apr 14, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *PBS’ Independent Lens special ‘Trials of Muhammad Ali,’ premieres tonight at 10 p.m. with a closer look at the boxer’s arrest and conviction for refusing military induction during the Vietnam War. For those who can’t fathom yet another Ali documentary revealing anything new or different, you’d be mistaken. “Trials” zeroes in on the time before […]

  • PBS Series ‘Call the Midwife’ Deals with Surprise Black Baby – Again (Watch)

    Apr 9, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *PBS series “Call the Midwife” dipped back into familiar territory with this week’s episode. The BBC drama is about midwives working out of a nursing convent in London’s impoverished East End during the 1950s. Race relations in London during the time period weren’t any better than in the States, so you can imagine the reaction […]

  • CORRECTION: Madam C.J. Walker’s Kin Sets Record ‘Straight’ on Hot Comb

    Apr 8, 14 by EURPublisher01 2 Comments


    *In our story about a Madam C.J. Walker book that was appraised on Monday’s episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” we stated that she had invented the straightening comb, when, in fact, she did not. “We always are glad to see interest in Madam Walker, but I hope you will allow me to set the historical […]

  • Madam C.J. Walker Item Pops Up on Tonight’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’

    Apr 7, 14 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *No, it’s not her original straightening comb, but the very first hair styling and fashion book published for African American women, written by the entrepreneur who invented the straightening comb, shows up on Monday’s episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow.” (8 p.m. EST) Loretta L. of Independence, Missouri, ironically a hair stylist herself, brought in a […]

  • REVIEW: ‘In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul’ (Sneak Peek)

    Apr 7, 14 by Cherie Saunders 7 Comments


    *Tonight, PBS airs the concert that had President Obama so hyped that he fumbled the spelling of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You won’t see that moment in the final edit of “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” (April 7, 9 p.m. EST) featuring Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande […]