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.

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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.

American Masters Episodes

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How It Feels To Be Free

S35 Ep1 | 1h 53m 19s

The inspiring story of six trailblazing Black women entertainers.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page

S34 Ep7 | 1h 23m 2s

An unvarnished look at the unlikely “Little House” series author.

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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

S34 Ep9 | 52m 28s

Explore the life of artist Keith Haring who revolutionized pop culture and fine art.

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

S34 Ep6 | 1h 23m 37s

Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer.

American Masters Extras

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Why Cicely Tyson was selective about her acting roles

S35 Ep1 | 43s

Tyson was mindful of how she performed Black womanhood.

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Lena Waithe on mixed feelings towards Blaxploitation

S35 Ep1 | 1m 59s

Producer, actor and writer Lena Waithe on the mixed feelings Blaxploitation evokes.

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Halle Berry on how seeing Diahann Caroll on TV changed her

S35 Ep1 | 1m 57s

Having a role model on TV who looked like her made a big difference for Halle Berry.

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Lena Waithe on why Cicely Tyson's hair was revolutionary

S35 Ep1 | 1m 58s

Waithe describes how Tyson's natural hair was an inspiration to many others.

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