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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars.

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Wed., February 22, 2017
6:00 am
(120 minutes)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters  

A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist perhaps best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her autobiography. The documentary explores her early years in the Depression-era South; her career as a calypso dancer-singer; her transition to writing; and her friendship with Malcolm X. Included: archival photos and videos; and insights from her and such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll and Quincy Jones.

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Wed., February 22, 2017
2:30 pm
(120 minutes)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters  

A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist perhaps best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her autobiography. The documentary explores her early years in the Depression-era South; her career as a calypso dancer-singer; her transition to writing; and her friendship with Malcolm X. Included: archival photos and videos; and insights from her and such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll and Quincy Jones.

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Wed., February 22, 2017
2:30 pm
(120 minutes)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters  

A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist perhaps best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her autobiography. The documentary explores her early years in the Depression-era South; her career as a calypso dancer-singer; her transition to writing; and her friendship with Malcolm X. Included: archival photos and videos; and insights from her and such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll and Quincy Jones.

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Wed., February 22, 2017
4:30 pm
(90 minutes)

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand  

A profile of playwright August Wilson (1945-2005), who some call America's Shakespeare, featuring insights from family, friends and actors Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad. His credits include the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fences" and Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Piano Lesson."

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Wed., February 22, 2017
4:30 pm
(90 minutes)

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand  

A profile of playwright August Wilson (1945-2005), who some call America's Shakespeare, featuring insights from family, friends and actors Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad. His credits include the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fences" and Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Piano Lesson."

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Thu., February 23, 2017
12:30 am
(120 minutes)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters  

A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist perhaps best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her autobiography. The documentary explores her early years in the Depression-era South; her career as a calypso dancer-singer; her transition to writing; and her friendship with Malcolm X. Included: archival photos and videos; and insights from her and such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll and Quincy Jones.

WETA HD Logo

Thu., February 23, 2017
12:30 am
(120 minutes)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters  

A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist perhaps best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her autobiography. The documentary explores her early years in the Depression-era South; her career as a calypso dancer-singer; her transition to writing; and her friendship with Malcolm X. Included: archival photos and videos; and insights from her and such friends as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll and Quincy Jones.

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Tue., February 28, 2017
2:30 pm
(90 minutes)

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth  

A profile of writer Alice Walker, the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (for her 1982 novel "The Color Purple"). Included: remarks from Walker; Danny Glover; Quincy Jones; Sapphire; Steven Spielberg; and Howard Zinn.

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Tue., February 28, 2017
2:30 pm
(90 minutes)

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth  

A profile of writer Alice Walker, the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (for her 1982 novel "The Color Purple"). Included: remarks from Walker; Danny Glover; Quincy Jones; Sapphire; Steven Spielberg; and Howard Zinn.

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Clips

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Go behind the scenes with John Singleton

Go behind the scenes with John Singleton

John Singleton shares why he believes Dr. Angelou's story is so important.

Hear how Maya Angelou met Tupac Shakur for the first time

Hear how Maya Angelou met Tupac Shakur for the first time

Without realizing it, Maya Angelou met Tupac Shakur.

Previews

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Trailer

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You - Trailer

Trailer for the American Masters film Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.