CPTV, CPTV4U and CPTV Sports to Air Special Black History Month Programming Throughout February

Release Date: 01/31/2014

 For Immediate Release

Carol Sisco

csisco@cptv.org

(860) 275-7212

cpbn.org, cptv.org, wnpr.org

 

CPTV, CPTV4U and CPTV Sports to Air Special
Black History Month Programming Throughout February

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 29, 2014) – In commemoration of Black History Month and as part of its year-round commitment to providing diverse programming for all Americans, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); CPTV4U, CPTV’s 24/7 over-the-air and cable channel; and CPTV Sports, CPTV’s local sports channel, will all air special Black History Month programming throughout February.

 

CPTV’s featured offerings will include:

 

POV “Homegoings”

Sunday, February 2 at 10 a.m. (Repeats Tuesday, February 4 at 11 p.m.)

Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, this documentary combines cinema vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs to examine the beauty and grace of African-American funerals and the unique sense of tradition, history and celebration that they incorporate.

 

American Masters “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m.
Alice Walker, activist and author of The Color Purple, is profiled through interviews with her friends and colleagues including Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover and Gloria Steinem, as well as Walker herself.

 

Independent Lens “Spies of Mississippi

Sunday, February 16 at 10 a.m. (Repeats Tuesday, February 18 at 11 p.m.)

This film pulls back the curtain on a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in an attempt to derail the civil rights movement.

 

Independent Lens “Soul Food Junkies”

Saturday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Follow filmmaker Byron Hurt as he sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to African-American cultural identity.

 

CPTV4U’s featured offerings will include:

 

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Upaj – “Improvise”

Sunday, February 2 at 10 p.m. (Repeats Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m.)

Sixty-eight-year-old artist Das exemplifies the elegance and precision of kathak, a classical dance of North India. Jason, a 32-year-old African-American dancer, hails from the freestyle American tradition of contemporary tap. The two form an unlikely friendship that bridges continents, generations, cultures and communities.

 

Black in Latin America (Four-Part Series)

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning February 5 (Repeats Fridays at 1 p.m. beginning February 7)

Latin America and the Caribbean have the largest concentration of people with African ancestry outside Africa — up to 70 percent of the population in some countries. In this series from renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Gates explores how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean; celebrates the influence people of African descent have had on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean; and considers why and how their contribution is often forgotten or ignored.

 

POV – “American Promise”

Thursday, February 6 at 9 p.m. (Repeats Monday, February 10 at noon)

This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son and his best friend, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths, this documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

 

Independent Lens – “Spies of Mississippi
Wednesday, February 12 at 10 p.m.

(See descriptor above.)

 

American Masters – “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

Thursday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and Monday, February 17 at noon

(See descriptor above.)

 

American Masters – “Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll”

Thursday, February 13 at 9:30 p.m.

During the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of rock 'n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. With her newly electrified guitar, this African-American gospel superstar was a natural-born performer, a rebel and one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century.

 

CPTV Sports’ featured offerings will include:

 

American Experience – “Jesse Owens”

Sunday, February 2 at 8 p.m. (Repeats Saturday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 19 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.)

To tell the story of Jesse Owens' legendary Olympic victories in the face of Nazi racism, this film begins in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where the young athlete grew up; details his early career; describes Adolf Hitler's outsized ambitions for the 1936 Olympics; explores the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event; and explains the pressures on Owens to attend.

 

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange – “Doin’ It in the Park”

Monday, February 3 at 9:30 p.m. (Repeats Friday, February 7 at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.)

The documentary visits 180 city basketball courts throughout New York City's five boroughs to uncover the world of pick-up basketball. Playground legends, NBA athletes and everyday players tell the story and show off their athleticism (and trash-talking) on local basketball courts.

 

The Black Kungfu Experience

Friday, February 14 at 9:30 p.m. (Repeats Saturday, February 15 at 11 p.m.)

The Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu's African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art. The four martial artists profiled include Ron Van Clief, an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who starred in more than 40 kungfu films and earned the nickname "Black Dragon" from Bruce Lee.

 

Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson

Part 1 – Monday, February 17 at 10 p.m. (Repeats Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m.)

Part 2 – Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m. (Repeats Monday, February 24 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 10:30 p.m.)

 

Follow Jack Johnson's remarkable journey from his humble beginnings in Galveston, Texas, as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing, where, in turn-of-the-century Jim Crow America, the heavyweight champion was an exclusively "white" title.

 

Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit

Monday, February 24 at 9:30 p.m.

 

Explore the story of Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became one of the most celebrated athletes in the world after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

 

The complete schedule of Black History Month programming can be found online at CPTV.org/black-history-month.

 

About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org

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