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It was 1871, and the young singers - all but two of them former slaves - were performing before far-off audiences to save their struggling new school. The Jubilee Singers' first concert, in Oberlin, Ohio, raised hopes but little else. Still, they refused to quit, and as word of their talent spread along the route of the old Underground Railway, both crowds and collections grew. The youths from Nashville, Tennessee, made history by saving Fisk University, introducing the world to the power of spirituals, and challenging racial stereotypes. See - and hear - this profound and moving story of students who battled prejudice and oppression to sing their way into a nation's heart....
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Watching Pryor go from imitating a drinking deer to a woman debating about going in the woods gives just a hint of the comedic genius of the man. Crude, foul, and real, this is the first and best of his concert films. Pryor does dead-on impersonations of the respective races, cussing, trying to act tough, getting kicked in personal spots. But it's his imagination that elevates him to a different level. He gives his impressions of what animals think, from his own animals (a monkey, a Doberman) to police dogs, and it seems so exact, so prescient. Not to mention the fact that he is self-deprecating in the extreme, and has as much fun skewering himself as any other subject. Still vibrant, still funny. --Keith Simanton...
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From the moment the young, Kunta Kinte is stolen from him life and ancestral home in the 18th century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in American, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history t the 20th century author, Alex Haley, a Kinte descendent. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into the six volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of Chicken (George), a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family fels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to forced separation of spouses a...
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Amazon.com In January of 1999, the world's greatest basketball player announced his retirement from professional basketball, citing the lack of challenges for him from the game. No wonder. During his roughly 12-year career, Michael Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, captured the MVP award several times, broke various records, and invented a kind of graceful, deeply competitive athleticism that fans had never seen before. Charles Barkley claimed he was not a role model, but Michael did, and the best of his career is well captured in this three-video set, Michael Jordan: The Ultimate Collection. The earliest tape, Come Fly with Me, chronicles Michael's youth in North Carolina, his college years, and an early career with the Chicago Bulls. It's a fun token for fans who want to remember the squeaky-clean Michael who sported a thin layer of hair on his green head. Air Ti...
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Hailed as a documentary masterpiece without parallel, Ken Burns' filmed chronicle of America's most terrible and destructive conflict will hold you in thrall as it portrays the strategies and action of the war's famous battles, and tells the stories of illustrious generals and ordinary field soldiers, politicians and rogues, heroes and a beleaguered President. Winner of two Emmy Awards, the series begins by looking at the fateful causes of the war that led to the firing on Fort Sumter, to the devastating battles of Shiloh, Antietam and Gettysburg, climaxing with Lee's surrender and the assassination of President Lincoln. Vivid photographic imagery and narration by many of today's most acclaimed performers highlight this epic program. Titles are: "The Cause of 1862," "A Very Bloody Affair 1862," "Forever Free 1862," "Simply Murder 1863," "The Universe of Battle 1863," "Valley of the Shado...
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When Jesse stumbles on a drug deal gone bad, he finds himself on the run with a suitcase full of money and its previous owners in hot pursuit. They'll kill anything and anybody that gets in their way-including Jesse's friends and lovers....
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Whether it's hot or cool, bebop or blues, big band or a lone guy on a mournful sax, jazz is the all-American musical idiom. In this long-awaited series, documentarian Ken Burns traces the 100-year history of a rich, varied art form and its most influential composers and performers. 6 years in the making, 2,400 still photos, 2,000 film clips, 75 interviews, 500 pieces of recorded music-the numbers behind this sweeping effort are staggering. Equally impressive is the sharp commentary, especially the outspoken narrative of Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter and Lincoln Center's artistic director of jazz. About 19 hours on 10 cassettes....
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Founded in 1867 to educate promising African American male students, Morehouse College in Atlanta has evolved into one of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning. This inspiring program profiles the school, its spiritual mission, and the rigorous demands it makes in molding the black leaders of tomorrow. Today's Morehouse Men are following in the footsteps of many illustrious alumni including Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses, and filmmaker Spike Lee....