Episode 2 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. Includes scenes of Dr. Angelou in the studio discussing issues relating to "negative Africanisms," which she characterizes as modes of behavior which were neccesary as survival tactics for African Americans until now but will need to be re-examined. Dr. Angelou uses poetry, verbal analysis, music dramatic sketches and interpretive dance to illustrate her points. 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.
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