First look: How It Feels To Be Free trailer

How It Feels To Be Free tells the inspiring story of how six iconic African American female 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 film premieres nationwide Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app. Directed by Yoruba Richen.

Do you know the story behind Nina Simone’s song “Mississippi Goddam"? This powerful anthem, which Simone called her “first civil rights song,” is one of the cultural touchstone moments featured in How It Feels To Be Free. The film explores how these six pioneering women broke through in an entertainment industry hell-bent on keeping them out and situates their activism as precursors to contemporary movements like #TimesUp, #OscarsSoWhite and #BlackLivesMatter. We’re excited to bring the doc to audiences on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

What’s streaming in January

Don’t miss the last few weeks to watch our Peabody Award-winning film on Dr. Maya Angelou, which sheds light on untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage. Our documentary on Garry Winogrand, the photographer whose “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making, is also available to stream.

Last chance to stream:
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

Today is the last day to watch the definitive story of international art sensation Keith Haring who blazed a trail through the art scene of ‘80s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. Directed by Ben Anthony.

Neil Young’s archive reveals much about an artist we thought we knew well

Neil Young saved just about everything: multitudes of recorded concerts, many albums’ worth of unreleased studio recordings, photos, news clippings, scraps of paper containing lyrics in various drafts. And now much of it is available via the Neil Young Archives.



Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward
Now Streaming: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page
An unvarnished look at the “Little House” author.
Also streaming:
Watch our Peabody Award-winning film on Dr. Maya Angelou and our documentary on photographer Garry Winogrand.


American Masters is an award-winning, signature PBS series, created by The WNET Group, the parent company of New York's PBS stations, and supported by the community we serve.    

Support for American Masters provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, Rosalind P. Walter, Judith and Burton Resnick, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Vital Projects Fund, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Seton J. Melvin, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers.

Investment support for American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free is provided by Rogers Cable Network Fund. Produced with the participation of Ontario Creates - Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Production support provided by Black Public Media.

Funding for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is provided by IDP Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, National Endowment for the Arts, National Black Programming Consortium, Anne Ulnick, Michael Metelits, and Loida and Leslie Lewis.

Support for American Masters – Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is provided by Derek Freese Film Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Major funding for Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Doug and Carole Baker Sr., The Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation
and The Julie and Doug Baker Jr. Foundation.

Copyright © 2020 WNET All rights reserved.

WNET Privacy Policy

825 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10019

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.