American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free (2021)
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American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free (2021)

Genre
Documentary
Release Date
TBA 2021
Studio
PBS
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
TBA 2021
MPAA Rating
-
Duration
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Production Budget
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Studio
PBS
Official Site
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Director
Yoruba Richen
Starring

Based on the book "How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement" by Ruth Feldstein, the film tells the story of 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.

Award-winning director Yoruba Richen examines the impact these trailblazing entertainers had on reshaping the narrative of Black female identity in Hollywood through their art and political activism while advocating for social change. The film highlights how each woman -- singer, dancer and actress Lena Horne; jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress Abbey Lincoln; Tony-winning actress, singer and model Diahann Carroll; jazz, blues and folk singer Nina Simone; actress and model Cicely Tyson; and actress Pam Grier -- harnessed their celebrity to advance the civil rights movement.

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