WORTH A WATCH
BBC iPlayer - Fighting the Power: Britain after George Floyd Daniel Henry follows the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK, as the country is forced to look again at its record on race in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US
BBC iPlayer - BLACK AND BRITISH: A Forgotten History Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From the African Romans who guarded Hadrian's Wall in the 3rd century AD to the black trumpeter of the Tudor courts, David uncovers a history that is as surprising as it is revealing.
BBC iPlayer - Alt History
Series 1: 1. Black British History We’re Not Taught in Schools
Writer and historian David Olusoga introduces a series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history that we're not taught in schools.
BBC iPlayer - Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners. In 1834 Britain abolished slavery, a defining and celebrated moment in our national history. What has been largely forgotten is that abolition came at a price. The government of the day took the extraordinary step of compensating the slave owners for loss of their 'property', as Britain's slave owners were paid £17bn in today's money, whilst the slaves received nothing.
For nearly 200 years, the meticulous records that detail this story have lain in the archives virtually unexamined - until now. In an exclusive partnership with University College London, historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain's forgotten slave owners. Forensically examining the compensation records, he discovers the range of people who owned slaves and the scale of the slavery business.
James Baldwin - The iconic Cambridge Speech.
Music Documentaries& Performances
BBC iPlayer - Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this special film explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century
BBC iPlayer - Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. AVAILABLE FOR JUST ONE MORE MONTH (Oct 2020)
Contains very strong language.
Miles Davis - horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.
The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star. It also made him incredibly difficult to live with for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention - and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles's bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music - from bebop to cool jazz, modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll and even hip-hop.
Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes and rare photos, this film tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the music and the myth of the man behind the horn.
BBC iPlayer - SOUL AMERICA Three-part series chronicling the journey of soul music from its origins in gospel and R&B.
In the 1970s, Bob Marley rose from humble beginnings to become a global superstar. It was a journey that took place not just in his homeland of Jamaica but also in Britain - the place he came to regard as his second home.
Featuring rarely seen archive and interviews with people who met him, this documentary examines Marley’s special relationship with Britain and reveals how his presence influenced British politics, culture and identity during a time of massive social and civil unrest in the UK - and how his universal message of one love and unity helped inspire a generation of black British youth.
Dr. Martin Luther King - How he changed the world and why he is still an icon of positivity and equality even today in 2020.