Black religious tradition and trailblazing Black female entertainers get the spotlight in upcoming PBS programming announced Tuesday.
The projects feature big names behind the camera: “Finding Your Roots” host Henry Louis Gates Jr. is behind “The Black Church” and music superstar Alicia Keys is producing a documentary on Lena Horne, Nina Simone and other iconic Black female artists.
And a PBS kids special, due in October, will focus on conversations between adults and children about race.
PBS, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, announced these programs Tuesday:• “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” (Feb. 16 and 23, 9 EDT/PDT) – Gates explores the 400-year history of the Black church in America.
Filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, his niece, includes archival footage and interviews with Black artists who appeared on “SOUL!”