How It Feels To Be Free
A documentary that tells the inspiring story of how six iconic African American women 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.
The musician talks about why she admires Horne so much.
Carroll tells the story of an early makeup session for the TV show “Julia.”
Historian Ruth Feldstein on the role of women entertainers in the civil rights movement.
Waithe describes how Tyson's natural hair was an inspiration to many others.
Having a role model on TV who looked like her made a big difference for Halle Berry.
Producer, actor and writer Lena Waithe on the mixed feelings Blaxploitation evokes.
Tyson was mindful of how she performed Black womanhood.