How It Feels To Be Free
A documentary that tells the inspiring story of how six iconic African American women entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.
Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.
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S35 Ep2 | 1m 53s
Explore the life of Flannery O’Connor whose fiction was unlike anything published before.
S35 Ep1 | 43s
Tyson was mindful of how she performed Black womanhood.
S35 Ep1 | 1m 59s
Producer, actor and writer Lena Waithe on the mixed feelings Blaxploitation evokes.
S35 Ep1 | 1m 57s
Having a role model on TV who looked like her made a big difference for Halle Berry.
S35 Ep1 | 1m 58s
Waithe describes how Tyson's natural hair was an inspiration to many others.
S35 Ep1 | 1m 8s
Historian Ruth Feldstein on the role of women entertainers in the civil rights movement.
S35 Ep1 | 1m 50s
Carroll tells the story of an early makeup session for the TV show “Julia.”