Blacks, Blues, Black! Episode 1 [positive behavior]

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Episode 1 of a 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968 called Blacks, Blues, Black!, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society. As Dr. Angelou puts it: "What is Africa to me?" Includes scenes of Dr. Angelou in the studio discussing "positive Africanisms": childrens games, dance, poetry, religion and the blues. She states: "The preachers and the blues singers are the poets of the black American world." Also features views on location of children playing street games, of Rev. WR Drummer and Rev. JL Strawther preaching at the Little Zion Baptist Church in San Francisco and of B.B. King performing on-stage and being interviewed by Dr. Angelou. This episode was written by Dr. Angelou and produced by Tony Batten. We'd like to thank KQED, WNET and the Library of Congress for collaborating with the TV Archive in making this series available. WNET deposited 2-inch video masters of 'Blacks, Blues, Black!' with the Library of Congress. The Library's Recording Laboratory remastered these 2-inch tapes onto digital, QuickTime masters and copyright holder KQED agreed to let us stream the compressed screener footage in DIVA. The TV Archive provided funding and coordination for this project.

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 Thank you so much for bringing this program back.  I've been waiting to see it again since I was 14 years old.  My mother, sister and I used to watch it every week.  There was nothing else like it on to my knowledge.  This series was my first introduction to Dr. Angelou.  She was warm, entertaining and sparked a life long pride and  drive to learn all I can about the land of my ancestors and pass the knowledge to my child.  My sister has even been blessed to have met Dr. Angelou in person

Thank you so much for restoring this series and making it available to the public. I remember watching these episodes when the program first aired on National Educational Television.

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