American Masters

John Singleton on having Maya Angelou as a mentor

On April 23, 2014, director John Singleton reflected upon coming to Maya Angelou for guidance while working on his film "Poetic Justice," and how Angelou influenced him and Tupac on the set of the film and in the years after. Interview conducted for "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" (2017), directed by Rita Coburn and Bob Hercules.

John Singleton on having Maya Angelou as a mentor

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    Love, Jamie

    19m 45s

    Jamie Diaz is a 66-year-old Mexican-American trans woman and self-taught artist who has spent nearly 30 years in a men’s prison in Texas. See how her enduring friendship with Gabriel Joffe, a volunteer who happened upon one of her works, has helped Jamie’s art reach far beyond the prison walls.

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    Joan Rivers finds humor in being yourself

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    On November 16, 2006, Joan Rivers spoke about her experience as a female comic in the early 60s and finding her comedic voice. Interview conducted by director Michael Kantor for the six-hour PBS comedy series, “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America” (2009).

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    Conan O’Brien gets serious about silliness

    15m 32s

    On July 16, 2008, Conan O’Brien spoke about his style of late night and his reason for doing comedy. Interview conducted by director Michael Kantor for the six-hour PBS comedy series, “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America” (2009).

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