Black History Month Brings Cornucopia
Black History Month Brings Cornucopia, Black History Month brings programming this year that’s as raw as a late-’60s black power documentary and as breezy as new episodes of BET’s “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together.”
Here are some of the highlights:
Feb. 2, 5 p.m. (ESPN Classic). The rise of the black quarterback. Documentary with interviews. Repeats Feb. 5, 18, 19.
Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m. (Showtime). “Brooklyn Boheme.” Nelson George film that documents the black arts movement of the ’80s and ’90s in Fort Greene. Graduates include Spike Lee and Chris Rock.
Feb. 2, 10 p.m. (PBS). “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.” Powerful show on a woman who was both an integrationist and a feminist in a town that was highly suspicious of both in the 1950s.
Feb. 5, 9 p.m. (BET). “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters.” Two North Carolina women who each lived to be over 100 look back on their lives and all they faced.
Feb. 6, 10 p.m. (PBS). “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story.” Documentary on a free black man who helped slaves escape.
Feb. 9, 10 p.m. (PBS). “The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975.” Documentary by Swedish filmmakers talking with most of the important black power figures of the era, such as Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis.
Feb. 12, 11 a.m. (BET). Dr. Maya Angelou and Common. An uncommon dialogue between the scholar and the rapper/actor.
Feb. 12, 9 p.m. (Smithsonian). “MLK: The Assassination Tapes.” Material from the days around Dr. Martin Luther King’s death, some not heard since the late 1960s.
Feb. 13, 9 p.m. (BET). BET Honors. Hosted by Gabrielle Union.
Feb. 13, 9 p.m. (PBS). “Slavery by Another Name.” Sobering documentary on the second-class treatment of blacks all over America for many decades after the Civil War ended.
Feb. 14, 9 p.m. (PBS). “The Interrupters.” Community workers and former gang members who intervene to head off violent confrontations and situations in Chicago.
Feb. 14, 9 p.m. (HBO). “The Loving Story.” Documentary on a couple who challenged a ban on interracial marriage.
Feb. 17, 8 p.m. (NBC). The NAACP Image Awards.
Feb. 17, 10 p.m. (BET). “BET Takes Hollywood.” Focuses on black Oscar nominees.
Feb. 23, 8:30 p.m. (Showtime). “Phunny Business.” The rise and fall of All Jokes Aside, a Chicago club that was one of the few to welcome and encourage black comedians like Steve Harvey.
Feb. 24, 9 p.m. (PBS). “Memphis.” The hit Broadway show heavy on 1950s-inspired R&B, set against the backdrop of a forbidden interracial love story.
Feb. 26, 11 p.m. (Centric). “The Life of Heavy D.” Documentary on the influential rapper who died young.
Feb. 27, 10 p.m. (PBS). “Cab Calloway: Sketches.” Portrait of a fine musician who was also one of the great showmen of the 20th century.