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Six African-American female entertainers challenge an industry that was hell bent on keeping them out

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm

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In a fireside chat, Yoruba Richen, the founding director of Newmark J-School’s documentary program, will discuss her latest documentary, “How It Feels to Be Free,” with April Reign, an advocate for diversity and inclusion who created the movement “oscarsowhite.”

The film is a story of how six iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process. Part of PBS’ American Masters series, the documentary is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Dean Sarah Bartlett will introduce the speakers as part of the J-School’s marking of Black History Month and the honoring of African-Americans who have long enriched this country’s history, culture and journalism.



February 25
6:00 pm
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