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Making Black America

Making Black America: Through the Grapevine is a four-part series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that chronicles the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people—beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders, and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today.

Episode 1

53m 16s

As Black people fought for full citizenship, hour one explores how free African Americans exercised their self - determination by building communities, establishing schools, and creating associations that would become the foundational pillars of Black America. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the organizations, networks and artistic impression created by and for Black people.

Episodes

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    Episode 1

    S1 E1 - 53m 16s

    As Black people fought for full citizenship, hour one explores how free African Americans exercised their self - determination by building communities, establishing schools, and creating associations that would become the foundational pillars of Black America. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the organizations, networks and artistic impression created by and for Black people.

Extras + Features

  • Annie Malone's and CJ Walker's Beauty Empires: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Annie Malone's and CJ Walker's Beauty Empires

    S1 E2 - 1m 19s

    "Making Black America" explores how Annie Malone and CJ Walker built their beauty empires. Both women envisioned their businesses as more than money-making enterprises, and also operated as a vehicle to create economic opportunity for Black women and a home for culture and community.

  • The Evolution of Black Literature: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Evolution of Black Literature

    S1 E1 - 52s

    The first episode of "Making Black America" includes an exploration of the evolution of Black Literature, including a discussion on poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. She influenced her fellow Black writers to expand the subjects of their work to include universal feelings, such as love, loss, aspiration, to showcase the Black experience beyond oppression by White people.

  • What is “Black Love?”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What is “Black Love?”

    S1 E1 - 1m 55s

    "A love that allows for grace... creating spaces for one to be their whole self, all the time."
    "Radical love... radical empathy."
    -- These are some of the ways "Making Black America" panelists respond when Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks, "What is Black love?"

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    Making Black America

    S1 - 3m 20s

    Making Black America: Through the Grapevine is a four-part series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that chronicles the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people -beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders, and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today.

Schedule

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    Making Black America

    Episode 1

    Saturday
    Oct 8

    1 Hour

    Exploring how free Black people in the North and South built towns, established schools and held conventions, creating networks to address the political, economic and social needs of the Black community.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 1

    Sunday
    Oct 9

    1 Hour

    Exploring how free Black people in the North and South built towns, established schools and held conventions, creating networks to address the political, economic and social needs of the Black community.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Tuesday
    Oct 11

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Tuesday
    Oct 11

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Wednesday
    Oct 12

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Wednesday
    Oct 12

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Saturday
    Oct 15

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Sunday
    Oct 16

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 1

    Sunday
    Oct 16

    1 Hour

    Exploring how free Black people in the North and South built towns, established schools and held conventions, creating networks to address the political, economic and social needs of the Black community.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 2

    Sunday
    Oct 16

    1 Hour

    How Blacks created a community that sustained and empowered, from HBCUs to Black businesses and Harlem Renaissance to political organizations.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 3

    Tuesday
    Oct 18

    1 Hour

    To survive economic disaster, Blacks rely on informal economies, grassroots organizations and cultural innovations to dismantle the realities of Jim Crow.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 3

    Tuesday
    Oct 18

    1 Hour

    To survive economic disaster, Blacks rely on informal economies, grassroots organizations and cultural innovations to dismantle the realities of Jim Crow.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 3

    Wednesday
    Oct 19

    1 Hour

    To survive economic disaster, Blacks rely on informal economies, grassroots organizations and cultural innovations to dismantle the realities of Jim Crow.
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    Making Black America

    Episode 3

    Wednesday
    Oct 19

    1 Hour

    To survive economic disaster, Blacks rely on informal economies, grassroots organizations and cultural innovations to dismantle the realities of Jim Crow.

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