This Week on TV: Black History Month commences

This Week on TV: Black History Month commences

A selection of programs this weekend on Channel 9, to start the month's celebrations.

  • Posted on: 30 January 2017
  • By: lily

Highlights from this weekend's Black History Month programming on Channel 9 include:

From Block Starz Media, In The Hour of Chaos is a documentary about the life and times of Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. (1899-1984) and the King family history. Watch on Fri. Feb. 3 at 6:05pm, Sat. Feb. 4 at 12pm.

Also from the Block Starz team, Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood chronicles the life and career of African American flmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951) - watch on Sat. Feb. 4 at 1:45pm. And, Profiles of African American Success documents the lives of 10 African American entrepreneurs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who overcame incredible obstacles and achieved success - watch on Sat. Feb. 4 at 2:55pm.

Our Story is a two-part show with local historian Joel McKall, taking viewers on a journey through Black History rarely seen - watch on Fri. Feb. 3 at 7:50pm.

Hands Up Student Walk Out is an episode of CCTV's Cambridge Uncovered series - filmed in December 2014, when demonstrations were held around the country to protest the grand jury's decision not to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. In an effort to spread awareness and support the cause, CRLS students walked out of school and into Harvard Square to assert that #BlackLivesMatter. In this episode, citizen journalist Beverly Mire talks with two students from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School who led and participated in a student walkout in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. Watch on Sat. Feb. 4 at 5:40pm. Immediately following, What's Next? is a short film produced by Mohamed Mohamed and Mohammed Hussain in CCTV's Summer Media Institute 2016, discussing police brutality issues and Black Lives Matter on both a national and a local level - on Sat. Feb. 4 at 6:10pm.

The Art of Black Dance and Music is a series of interviews and performances by local artists of the African Diaspora and beyond - watch on Sat. Feb. 4 6:25-9pm.

The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde is a documentary by Jennifer Abod of legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). One of the most celebrated icons of feminism’s second wave, Lorde inspired serveral generations of activists with her riveting poetry, serving as a catalyst for change and uniting the communities of which she was a part: black arts and black liberation. Watch on Sat. Feb. 4 at 9pm.

Other programs to look out for this week:

A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J Ainslinger's War on Drugs at Harvard Book Store

On January 6th, the Harvard Book Store hosted author Alexandra Chasin, as she gave a reading and held a discussion about her new book, Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J Ainslinger's War on Drugs.

Watch footage of the Assassin of Youth reading during CCTV's Local Issues & Events block this week on Channel 8, Mon. Jan. 30, Wed. Feb. 1, and Sat. Feb. 4 at 5pm.

New videos by Cambridge producers include timelapses around the city, a new episode of Rooster Tails, and a visit to a local barbershop.

Watch A Day And Night in Cambridge, the new Rooster Tails, and PrimeTime Cutz - on Channel 8, Tues. Jan. 31, Thu. Feb. 2 and Sun. Feb. 5 at 7pm, and Wed. Feb. 1 and Fri. Feb. 3 at 11am.