African American Museum
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Feeddate/Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1330-1430ET/HD
The National Museum Of African-American History and Culture
It was an emotional affair as the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture finally opened to the public on September 24, 2016. President Obama gave a lengthy heart-felt speech praising the long fought for and long awaited space that has been 100 years in the making. Countless celebrities including Oprah, Will Smith, and Angela Basset christened the building with inspirational words. Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder came to mesmerize the crowd with beautiful performances.
Black America, a half hour series now available from EPS, captures the sentiment at the opening ceremony for an hour-long documentary special on the museum. This is a perfect program for Black History Month — or anytime in your schedule.
The film’s host, former WNBC-TV Anchor and Correspondent Carol Jenkins, also speaks to several key players who were instrumental in taking the museum from conception to reality.
Early in the film, viewers will hear from Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the museum. He talks about the racism he faced as a child, which led him to pursue a career as a historian. Bunch tells Jenkins that it is his hope that the African American Museum of History and Culture becomes a place that sparks conversation about racism in America and is a catalyst for healing and reconciliation.
This special also pays special attention to one of the most fascinating details of the museum: the actual building itself. Dr. Mabel Wilson, Professor of Architecture and African American Studies at Columbia University and one of few black women who is tenured in the field of architecture, sits down with Jenkins to discuss her authorized book on the museum titled Begin With The Past. She explains the important details of the building’s façade—a “beautiful bronze colored, three tiered lantern.” According to Wilson, it’s meant to invoke the craft of cast iron railings and gates that black craftspeople, both freed and enslaved, created in many parts of the south. The building’s three-tiered design, fashioned by renowned British Ghanaian Architect David Adjaye, was modeled after wooden sculptures found in Yoruba shrines in Nigeria.
This film also touches on the placement of the museum on the National Mall. This is symbolic to the African American experience throughout our history — from early slave auctions in the area, the March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom in 1963, the Million Man March in 1995, and the inauguration of the first African American president in 2009.
The film also takes you inside the museum to see precious items like Michael Jackson’s performance wear, James Baldwin’s passport, and collectibles from several other contemporary artists including Whitney Houston and En Vogue.
Overall, this special captures the details, ingenuity, and the history surrounding the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Viewers will learn more about what went into creating the space that some are calling a gift to the country and a dream come true.
Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD
“One of the most exciting lessons I’ve learned from looking at all our scans is that your brain does not have to deteriorate. With the right plan, you can slow or even reverse the aging process.” – Dr. Daniel Amen
In this program, award-winning psychiatrist, neuroscientist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen will show you how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you.
In Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD, we’re going to talk about how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if you think it’s headed for trouble. This very simple idea to strengthen your memory is based on treating the 11 major risk factors that destroy your brain. Most of these risk factors are either preventable or treatable.
I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant
“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”
– Hattie Bryant
As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.
From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.
Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.
Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.
Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.