Here we go again.
The shortest month of the year has the most black programming on TV and the Internet, but you’ve got more places to be and stuff to do.
S0, for your binge-watching and DVR-setting pleasure, here’s a list of new offerings and worthy repeats amid all the specials, documentaries, profiles and made-for-TV movies. You can start checking local listings on PBS (unless otherwise indicated) and planning this weekend!
Misty Copeland is on pointe as she shares her journey to making history as principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre in A Ballerina’s Tale by Nelson George.
- June Cross spent five years working on Wilhelmina’s War, the story of the uneducated daughter of sharecroppers who fights for the healing of five loved ones living with HIV against the odds in South Carolina.
- Amid the #OscarsSoWhite boycott, “The 47th NAACP Awards” celebrates African-American actors and other achievers at 9 p.m. EST Feb. 5 on TV One.
Paula Madison’s moving story will inspire anyone searching for missing branches of a family tree. Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China is being featured on The Africa Channel. Madison is also one of the “15 Fiercest Sisters of 2015.”
- The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston celebrates the life and work of the Harlem Renaissance author of classics like Their Eyes Were Watching God.
- “We are multitudes and society is clearly the better for our peaceful invasion,” author Toni Morrison says in the introduction for The Women’s List. Who are some of the invaders on the list? Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, actor Rosie Perez, writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, talk-show host Wendy Williams and pilot Nia Wordlaw.
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores a key chapter of the 1960s in The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which is also being screened at venues around the country.
- A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation looks at how Hilton Head and developers — even descendants — continue to acquire family property on the Sea Islands off South Carolina and Georgia in this Vice mini-documentary.
- Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams highlights a civil rights leader who was a national pioneer in state government and the first African-American judge in Wisconsin.
- You probably know the stories of the Little Rock Nine and the North Carolina A&T students’ sit-in at Woolworth in Greensboro. But what about the Friendship Nine? Counter Histories: Rock Hill tells their story in South Carolina.
- Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph and Keenen Ivory Wayans learn about their family trees on “In Search of Freedom,” part of the series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.”
- American Promise is a coming-of-age documentary about two young boys in private school in New York.
- Director and producer Dawn Porter reveals government attempts to squash the Civil Rights Movement through a secret spy organization in Spies of Mississippi.
- In Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, the celebrated author talks about her life, creativity, the story behind The Color Purple and more.
- “Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now” is a visual scorecard of sorts on the history and future of some of the issues examined in the original six-part series.
- Spike Lee directs Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall on Showtime. The documentary is also being released as a package that includes the album.
- The International Sweethearts of Rhythm are among the musicians who hit high notes against sexism and racism in Girls in the Band.
- Queen of Swing documents the life of Norma Miller, author of Swingin’ at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer.
About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being
We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.
To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news and fun into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.