First, I want to give my condolences to the family of Don Cornelius. He was the mover and shaker behind the music series “Soul Train.” The music innovator was found dead this morning as a result of suicide. Mr. Cornelius will be missed and remembered forever.
I want to give kudos out to the Houston Public Library. They have an excellent line-up of films and author events slated for Black History Month this year. On Feburary 11th, they will feature the film, The Black Power Mixtape at the central location in downtown Houston.
The film centers around the 1960’s, and numerous Swedish journalists came to the US, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Filming for close to a decade, they gained access to many of the leaders of the Black Power movement – Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver among them – capturing them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews.
Thirty years later, this lush collection of 16mm film, peppered with footage of Black Panther activities and B-roll images of black America, was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this mesmerizing footage to light.
Date: Feb. 11th
Location: Houston Public Library (Central Location)
Time: 2 PM
Black History 365
Black History Freebie
In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, PBS will showcase an expansive line-up of programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African Americans. From the abolition of slavery to the rise of the black power movement, these programs take a profound look into a variety of historical events and individuals.