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This documentary about spoken word performance and poetry in Washington, DC links the prevalence of these art forms among the African American community with a strong oral tradition.

The film features prominent poets and demonstrates the process…

This raw, behind-the-scenes footage of Beverly Lindsay-Johnson's Dance Party: The Teenarama Story shows singer, actress, and city councilwoman Martha Reeves preparing her narration for the film. The 18 minute clip is a unique insight into the…

Young Playwright Theater presents The New Play Festival where the final 6 talented play writers, as young as elementary students, work with experts to write creative play scripts that are then performed by a drama department. Not only are these plays…

Funded in part by a series of Humanities Council grants, this film examines a television show from the 1960s called Teenarama. The program was a teen dance show which, unlike many of its contemporary counterparts, was open to African-American youth.…

Nannie H. Burroughs was a prominent African American civil rights activist and a continuing champion for women's rights. Burroughs's long career focused on improving educational opportunities for African-American women, an essential tool for…

This film is a rough cut version of filmmaker Beverly Lindsay-Johnson's Dance Party: The Teenarama Story.

Teenarama was an African-American teen dance show that aired on WOOK during the 1960s in Washington, DC.

One of the first theaters for blacks in the United States when it opened in 1910, the Howard became a focal point for culture and entertainment along the U Street corridor in its heyday. Incorporating oral history, stock footage, and stills, "Howard…

Lillian Evans Tibbs was born in Washington in 1891, a time when no woman of color sang professionally in the opera, anywhere in the world. This video traces the life of the remarkable woman who reinvented herself as Madame Evanti and broke the color…

MetroGnomes were a DC area a capella group made up of people with regular day jobs. The group sang primarily popular hits from the 50s-80s. This video shows their complete performance at the 9th Annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival.

The film follows a group called the "Dreamers" from Johnson Junior High School in Anacostia as the students connect with local storytellers, scholars, artists, and musicians to understand their past. This video is accompanied by a booklet.

Funded in part by a series of Humanities Council grants, "Dance Party: The Teenarama Story" film examines a 1960s television show called Teenarama. The program was a teen dance show which, unlike many of its contemporary counterparts, was open to…

In celebration of Black History Month, the Greater New Hope Baptist Church invited DC area men's choral and popular music groups to perform songs of praise. This film documents those performances.

This brief film documents a project undertaken by the Rincones & Company Dance Theater to help teenagers express their individuality while learning about social relations and race.

Students from different backgrounds were brought together to…
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