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BMA: Black Media Archive: Episodes

Aimed at African Americans and shot at Tuskegee University, this film instructs viewers in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis by focusing on a pair of sympathetic siblings, George and Mary, whose lives are altered by the disease. Starring Rex Ingram as Dr. Gordon, the film suggests that organized ...
This episode is the short documentary titled, "Negro Pilots" (1943) produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces. Featuring the first class of Tuskegee Airmen, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — world’s first Negro aerial fighting unit, girding for its opening sky-joust with the enemy.
"Wings for this Man" is a short propaganda film produced in 1945 by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African-American pilots in the US military. The film is narrated by none other than Ronald Reagan.
This episode is a sermon given by Reverend Jasper Williams, founder and builder of Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis. In this recording, Rev. Williams delivers a sermon on the subject of "Jesus' Funeral" (1968).
This episode is a recording of two gospel songs, "I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned" and "Most Done Travelling" by the Tuskegee Institute Singers Quartet. This 78RPM selection was undated, but the choir made several recordings from 1914-1930.
This episode is a recording of "Old Country Stomp" by country and blues music pioneer Henry Thomas. Recorded on June 13, 1928, this a square dance tune, which were still popular with rural African-Americans early in the 20th-century.
Clara Smith was a part of the great migration from the south, moving from her home in South Carolina to Harlem in the early 1920s, where she became a popular blues singer. She actively recorded throughout the 1920s, including this performance of "Don't Advertise Your Man" on April 23, 1924. There is ...
In this episode, blues legend Son House performs his song "Death Letter" as recorded in England in 1965 accompanied on guitar by Jerry Ricks.
This episode is parts of two sermons, inluding "Burn Baby Burn" from the album "Keep the Faith, Baby!: Adam Clayton Powell's Message to the World." The LP was recorded in Bimini in January 1967 during Powell's self-imposed exile after the U.S. House of Representatives voted not to let him take the seat ...
This episode is an interview with the members of Sweet Honey in the Rock (1992), from Pacifica Radio Archives.
Movie: The conclusion of the film "Black Fist" (1975), starring Richard Lawson as a young fighter who is brought into the world of a Los Angeles illegal street fighting ring.
Movie: This episode is the film "Black Fist" (1975), starring Richard Lawson as a young fighter who is brought into the world of a Los Angeles illegal street fighting ring.
This episode is a 1968 interview with poet and playwright Leroi Jones (interviewed by Earl Anthony) about his life and work.
This episode is a collection of two songs by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long".

Recorded on July 22, 1929 in New York City, "Ain't Misbehavin" was composed by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf for an all-Black revue titled "Hot Chocolates." The band ...
The conclusion of the television movie "Black Brigade", or "Carter's Army", which aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on January 27, 1970. A WWII drama, it starred a host of prominent African-American film actors, including Richard Pryor, Glynn Turman, Rosie Grier, Robert Hooks, Billy Dee Williams and Moses Gunn.
"Black Brigade" is re-release title of the television movie "Carter's Army", which aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on January 27, 1970. A WWII drama, it starred a host of prominent African-American film actors, including Richard Pryor, Glynn Turman, Rosie Grier, Robert Hooks, Billy Dee Williams and Moses Gunn.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This episode is a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961.

Southern Baptists were not unified in their posture toward the Civil Rights movement and in 1961 the outcome was far from certain. ...
This episode is the short documentary film "Introduction to Haiti" (1942) which presents a tourist's view of Haiti: its history, tradition, daily life of the people, Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien and Henri Christophes' Palace. Presented in Kodachrome.

If you can, please contribute to the Haiti earthquake ...
This episode is a sermon titled "I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968), delivered by Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor of Salem Bible Church (formerly Salem Baptist Church) in Atlanta, GA, where he has been for over 40 years.

The first of four children, born on July 22, 1943, to the late Reverend ...
The second half of "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" which showcased his talents in this Musical Variety series broadcast on ABC. This episode aired March 4, 1966 with special guests, The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters, Jonathan Winters, and Johnny Hartman.

Sammy ranges all over his talented scale, from singer ...
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