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CBC celebrates and honours Black voices and stories for Black History Month

Join CBC for the month of February for the best in Black storytelling, with documentaries, films, podcasts, music, and more.
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Join CBC for the month of February for the best in Black storytelling, with documentaries, films, podcasts, music, and more. 
 
In a red and orange frme is the CBC logo in black with a ring of red and orange around it. The text reads: BEING BLACK IN CANADA. The words: Being, In, Canada, are in red text and Black is in black text.
LEGACY ECHOES: PASSING DOWN OUR ROOTS - Available at cbc.ca/beingblackincanada and CBC Gem
Through a blend of documentary-style interviews and personal narratives, LEGACY ECHOES: PASSING DOWN OUR ROOTS offers a look at the rich tapestry of multigenerational Black families as they navigate the intricate journey of transferring culture, traditions and stories from one generation to the next. Each episode will focus on a different aspect of Black cultural transfer, shedding light on the significance of language, dance, food and parenting/sex talk — together they weave a powerful narrative of cultural preservation and evolution.
 
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PlayME - 'DA KINK IN MY HAIR - Available on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available beginning Wednesday, February 7.
PlayME transforms the way audiences experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas. For Black History Month, PlayME presents the audio adaptation of playwright Trey Anthony's 'da Kink in My Hair, the groundbreaking hit show turned TV series which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Set in a West Indian hair salon in Toronto, 'da Kink in My Hair untangles the triumphs and tragedies of the women who sit in Novelette's salon chair, giving voice to a group of women who tell us their unforgettable, moving, and hilarious stories.
 
Four photos. Three of Black woman. In the top left is BEING BLACK IN TORONTO (in yellow text over the photo), top right is BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX (yellow text over the photo), bottom left, the text reads BEING BLACK IN MONTREAL in white text and in teh bottom left photo is a series of circle  with the words ABSOLUTELY CANADIAN over them.
BEING BLACK FILM SERIES - Watch Free on CBC Gem
BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX, BEING BLACK IN MONTREAL, BEING BLACK IN TORONTO
CBC's Absolutely Canadian series features short films from emerging directors that came out of the Fabienne Colas Foundation's Being Black in Canada mentorship program dedicated to Black filmmakers.
 
A silhouette of a Black woman at the left side of the poster on a yellow background. The text reads: The Myth of the Black Woman the middle of the poster. There are different coloured eyes floating on the yellow background and lines running vertically through the background as well.
THE MYTH OF THE BLACK WOMAN  - Watch Free on CBC Gem *Exclusive English-language Canadian Premiere*An award-winning feature-length documentary that investigates the images of Black women in Western societies, from the hypersexual Jezebel to the lovable Nurse to the sassy "Bitch." The film works to break down the myth by featuring a diverse group of women and a wealth of realities rarely seen on screen and supported by engrossing archival footage from the 1800s to the present day.

 

A Black man in a white t-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes against a white backdrop. In the left hand bottom corner are the words: On The Line in green text.
ON THE LINE: THE RICHARD WILLIAMS STORY - Watch Free on CBC Gem
In this powerful new film, the father of Venus and Serena Williams retraces his family's meteoric journey – in his own words. With never-before-seen archive material and in-depth, intimate interviews, this is the real story of one man's fight – against racism, suppression and violence – to raise two of the greatest champions in history. Richard Williams takes us from his childhood as the son of a cotton picker in poverty-stricken Louisiana during the Jim Crow era to the tennis courts of Compton. This is the first time Williams has told his story so candidly, with moving insights into family life but also shining a light on unconscious bias and the oppression of Black people. As dramatic and celebratory as any Grand Slam final, his journey is an exhilarating story about race in America, family, courage and determination.
 
Four adults, from left, a Black man, a blonde white woman, a white mand a Black man standing. They are all in business suits. The word MARSHALL is in red above their heads.
MARSHALL - Watch Free on CBC Gem
In the year 1941, as the nation teeters on the brink of entering WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends its only lawyer, 32-year-old Thurgood Marshall (the late Chadwick Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer. It was a trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high-profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for a career that ultimately made Thurgood Marshall America's first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

Looking for more? Check out CBC Gem's four Black History Month collections — Black Stories, Celebrating Black History, Black Music & Art, and Must Watch Black Leads — with over 60 series, films and documentaries. CBC Books will feature two curated reading lists for February, and tune into The Block on CBC Listen every Tuesday and Thursday for Canadian Black Music Trailblazers, as host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe highlights a prominent figure in Canadian Black music history. From Portia White to Dubmatique to Measha Brueggergosman and more, these Black Canadians have made a tremendous impact on the music industry in this country.

Photos courtesy of CBC.

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