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    • The New Black
      The New Black
      Episode 21
      6/15/14
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      The struggle over gay rights within the African-American community is examined via the fight for and against a 2012 referendum on same-sex marriage in Maryland, where blacks make up almost a third of the electorate. The documentary also delves into the split within the black church on the issue, as some pastors supported the referendum while others opposed it; and details the historical role and importance of the church to the black community. It also shares the stories of gay African-Americans.moreless
    • God Loves Uganda
    • Let the Fire Burn
      Let the Fire Burn
      Episode 19
      5/12/14
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      Recalling a 1985 confrontation between Philadelphia police and the radical MOVE organization, which espoused black power and back-to-nature philosophies. The police dropped an incendiary device on the roof of the group's fortified house, resulting in a fire that killed 11 people (including five children) and destroyed 61 homes. The documentary relies solely on found materials, including archival news coverage; televised public hearings; and documentary footage and interviews.moreless
    • A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times
      The story of former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, whose serial plagiarism and fabrications were uncovered in 2003. The documentary includes how the Times dealt with the scandal; and features remarks from Blair, former executive editor Howell Raines and reporter Jerry Gray, who acted as Blair's mentor; and media reporters Howard Kurtz and Seth Mnookin.moreless
    • Muscle Shoals
    • The Trials of Muhammad Ali
      4/14/14
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      Recalling a formative period in Muhammad Ali's life, the mid-1960s, when he embraced the Nation of Islam, changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and refused induction into the Army (and possibly being sent to Vietnam). The latter led to the toughest bout of his life: fighting to overturn a prison sentence he received for draft evasion. Included: remarks from his brother Rahman; ex-wife Khalilah Camacho-Ali; journalist Robert Lipsyte; and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.moreless
    • Brothers Hypnotic
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