The inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.
Follow the remarkable story of an Ozarks farm woman who, at 65, turned her childhood into the best-selling Little House series. This portrait dives into the life, times and controversial legacy of this pioneer woman.
AMERICAN MASTERS tells the story of international art sensation Keith Haring, who blazed a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and beyond. Haring’s style revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art before his early death at age 31. The film features previously unheard interviews with the artist and those who knew him.
Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer Michael Tilson Thomas. A National Medal of Arts recipient and longtime music director of the San Francisco Symphony, he helped set the standard that an American orchestra should champion modern American music.
Meet Walter Winchell, the newspaper columnist, radio commentator and television personality who pioneered the fast-paced, gossip-driven, politically charged journalism that dominates today. At his peak, his audience was 50 million.
As the world remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday, AMERICAN MASTERS presents the film LENNONYC, an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. The documentary features conversations with Lennon’s close friends and includes concert film outtakes and home movies.
He was "Mr. Entertainment," a show-business meteor who blazed across the twentieth century. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. Yet, his life was complex, complicated, and contradictory. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me explores Davis' journey to create his own identity - as a black man who embraced Judaism - through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress. A veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions, Davis strove to stay relevant, even as he found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America.