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by Robert Levi
The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.
by Freida Lee Mock
A profile of bestselling author, humorist, recovering alcoholic, born-again Christian and single mother Anne Lamott.
by Martha Burr and Mei-Juin Chen
From Blaxploitation cinema in the 1970s to hip-hop and reggae iconography, the martial art of kungfu provides a vital subtext for the modern African American cultural experience.
by Robert A. Clift
As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.
By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof
Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.
by Demetria Royals and Louise Diamond
A performance-based documentary, Brothermen features five African American men who through their art transmit the historic, political, and cultural realities of the African American experience.
by Reuben Atlas
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not-always-willing participants in an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.
by Phillip Rodgriguez
Comedian George Lopez examines how American media and Hispanic marketing are shaping the contemporary Latino identity.
by Rebecca Snedeker
New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker gives an unprecedented look at the secrets and inner workings of the old-line Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras.
by Ela Troyano
The Carmelita Tropicana Story is an experimental narrative that explores the bicultural and bilingual experiences of Latinos and Latinas living in New York.