Blacks, Blues, Black! Episode 7 [business]

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Episode 7 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 arguing that it's useless for African Americans to try and conform to white middle-class values, if they want to lead a productive and fulfilling life. She emphasizes how African Americans should instead be: "breaking new ground ... opening avenues in business, in ... coping with a capitalistic society." Also features views on location of Dr. Angelou interviewing Ralph Bradley at Arabesco Air, Everett Brandon at PACT (which helps with business start-ups) and James Treadgill of Jamaican Tours, who benefitted from PACT's services. Ends with a panel discussion featuring Zack Thompson, Ralph Bradley, Mrs Josephine Richardson and Lee Deamous, led by Dr. Angelou. This episode was written and produced by Dr. Maya Angelou and directed by Robert Hagopian. 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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