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PBS announces black history month programming slate

Starting this month and running through Black History Month (February 2010), PBS will be running a collection of new and encore programs looking at African American life and culture. Included in the new programming to air on PBS will be Tavis Smiley Reports, a primetime series of four hour-long specials which starts January 27 with Smiley accompanying Secretary of State Hillary Clinton behind the scenes at the State Department. Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will investigate the ancestry of 11 renowned Americans including poet Elizabeth Alexander and writer Malcolm Gladwell in a new four-part series Faces of America, and 'Independent Lens' will air two new films on the subject of race in February: Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness, which looks at the legacy of Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits and his ideas from the '40s and '50s which challenged the accepted views on race and culture, and Behind the Rainbow which examines the political obstacles on the path to South Africa's democracy. In addition, a concert from the White House in honor of the Civil Rights Movement will air on February 11, featuring Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and the Blind Boys of Alabama. In mid-January the PBS Video Portal will release a special collection for Black History Month 2010.
January 7, 2010

Starting this month and running through Black History Month (February 2010), PBS will be running a collection of new and encore programs looking at African American life and culture. Included in the new programming to air on PBS will be Tavis Smiley Reports, a primetime series of four hour-long specials which starts January 27 with Smiley accompanying Secretary of State Hillary Clinton behind the scenes at the State Department. Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will investigate the ancestry of 11 renowned Americans including poet Elizabeth Alexander and writer Malcolm Gladwell in a new four-part series Faces of America, and ‘Independent Lens’ will air two new films on the subject of race in February: Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness, which looks at the legacy of Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits and his ideas from the ’40s and ’50s which challenged the accepted views on race and culture, and Behind the Rainbow which examines the political obstacles on the path to South Africa’s democracy. In addition, a concert from the White House in honor of the Civil Rights Movement will air on February 11, featuring Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and the Blind Boys of Alabama. In mid-January the PBS Video Portal will release a special collection for Black History Month 2010.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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