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BMA: Black Media Archive: Episodes

40 years ago (1967), this short newsreel clip showed Nigeria engaged in civil war. The Republic of Biafra was a short-lived secessionist state in southern Nigeria. It existed from May 30, 1967 to January 15, 1970.
50 years ago (1957), this newsreel showed the ceremony as the people of the former British colony the Gold Coast celebrated the new African state of Ghana.
This is a part of an interview with former slave Mrs. Laura Smalley of Hempstead, Texas (1941). Interview conducted by Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Faulk. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.
In the cartoon "Angel Puss" (1944) a little black boy is hired to kill a cat, but the feline escapes and proceeds to play tricks on the kid, pretending he's a ghost come back to haunt his "killer."
The conclusion of "HUEY", this documentary is filmed mostly at a rally of the Black Panther Party to free Huey P. Newton (1968) from jail. Directed by Agnes Varda, the film includes speakers, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Huey P. Newton.
Also titled "HUEY", this documentary is filmed mostly at a rally of the Black Panther Party to free Huey P. Newton (1968) from jail. Directed by Agnes Varda, the film includes speakers, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Huey P. Newton.
In 1963, Malcolm X appeared on the television talk show "City Desk" broadcast in color in Chicago.
Before he took the name Louis Farrakhan, or became leader of the NOI, Louis X was an accomplished calypso musician. This is a copy of his song, "A White Man's Heaven is a Black Man's Hell" (1960), recorded from the original 45rpm record.
In 1959, television commentator Mike Wallace, in conjunction with Louis Lomax, a Black journalist, aired the documentary, "The Hate That Hate Produced," on a local New York City station. The documentary misrepresents the message of the Nation of Islam, calling it a hate teaching. This is a segment from ...
This short, by Feeber Film Corp. you just have to see for yourself. It features singers Bill Powers, and the Brown Sisters. (estimated 1930s)
In Spring 1963, James Baldwin appeared on "The Negro and the American Promise," a talk show aired on Boston public television. This is a segment of his interview with Dr. Kenneth Clark.
This is a part of an interview with former slave Mr. Bob Ledbetter of Oil City, Louisiana (1940) conducted by folklorist John A. Lomax. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.
"The Blood of Jesus" (1941) is a classic example of the "race film" genre of films by African-American directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer William Jr. of the TV show Amos & Andy Show (who also played Razz Williams in the ...
"The Blood of Jesus" (1941) is a classic example of the "race film" genre of films by African-American directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer William Jr. of the TV show Amos & Andy Show (who also played Razz Williams in the ...
Labeled as a "Darky lullaby", "You'se Just A Little N*****, Still You'se Mine, All Mine" (1910) is performed here by Ada Jones, and recorded on an Edison Amberol cylinder as a release from "The Edison Phonograph Monthly". The song actually was very popular in the early 1900's.
Henry Brown, Farmer was a short propaganda film produced in 1942 about African-American contributions to the American home front. It is narrated by Canada Lee.
After the death of Malcolm X, Ossie Davis gave a eulogy at the Faith Temple Church of God in Harlem on February 27, 1965. This is a portion of his eulogy, memorializing Malcolm X.
On December 3, 1964, Malcolm X participated in a classic debate at Oxford University in England. This is a clip of the speech that Malcolm X gave at Oxford Union, a special all university organization.
Short speech and interview clips of Fred Hampton and Huey P. Newton as well as a description of the Panther's Ten Point Program.
This is the trailer for the movie "Bright Road". The film was a real rarity in 1953: a major-studio production with an all-black cast. This clip shows the film's stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in short acting and musical performances.
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