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David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The historic interview that stopped JFK in his tracks...

David Susskind's historical, long and intimate interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Originally aired on June 9, 1963 by WPIX-TV New York. Among the subjects discussed were the current state of the American Civil Rights Movement and the recent (at that time) events in Birmingham, Alabama. Recently restored by the Paley Center.

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DVD
SKU: PMD-001
UPC: 760137294597
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 12/17/19
PreBook Date: 11/12/19
Label: MVD Visual
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins
 
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Monochrome: Black White & Blue

This captivating documentary traces the evolution of blues through pivotal moments in American history

Director Jon Brewer (B.B. King: The Life of Riley) lovingly defragments the history of not only blues music but also the plight of the people in America's deep south, bringing the story of blues to life through powerful interviews, live musical performances and sweeping landscapes.

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DVD
SKU: MVD2797D
UPC: 760137279792
SRP: 14.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 12/13/19
PreBook Date: 11/08/19
Label: MVD VISUAL
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
 
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Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise

Robert Mugge's definitive documentary portrait of jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Robert Mugge filmed jazz great Sun Ra on location in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The resulting 60-minute film includes multiple public and private performances, poetry readings, a band rehearsal, interviews, and extensive improvisations. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience.

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DVD
SKU: MVD7501D
UPC: 760137750192
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 12/11/15
PreBook Date: 11/06/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 60 mins
 
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Sun Ra - Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Robert Mugge's definitive documentary portrait of jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Robert Mugge filmed jazz great Sun Ra and members of his eclectic ensemble on location in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The resulting 60-minute film includes multiple public and private performances, poetry readings, a band rehearsal, interviews, and extensive improvisation. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience.

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD7502BR
UPC: 760137750291
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 12/11/15
PreBook Date: 11/06/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 60 mins
 
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Black Like Me

Based on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin

Based on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me stars James Whitmore as Griffin, who medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through Mississippi and Alabama. Along the way he experienced firsthand both crushing racism and the incredible life force of the Afro-American communities. Thanks to a full restoration from the original negative, this is the first time Black Like Me has been released on DVD.

DVD
SKU: BLA1918
UPC: 778854191891
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 12/11/12
PreBook Date: 11/06/12
Label: Unobstructed View
Genre: Drama
Language:
Run Time: 105 mins
 
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Mahalia Jackson - Mahalia: The Power And The Glory

Witness Mahalia Jackson, the world's greatest gospel singer and creator of a music standard by which all would be judged

Narrated by Paul Winfield, follow the course of Mahalia's extraordinary life, from her humble beginnings to her breakthrough with Columbia Records and her ascendancy to Carnegie Hall and the great stages of Europe. Mahalia's story will be told via never-before-seen photographs, archival footage and interviews with those who knew her best.

DVD
SKU: XE3026DVD
UPC: 000799302620
SRP: 12.95
Street Date: 12/08/17
PreBook Date: 11/03/17
Label: XENON PICTURES
Genre: Gospel
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
 
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Target: St. Louis And Target: Philadelphia

Documentaries TARGET: ST. LOUIS and TARGET: PHILADELPHIA explore systemic racism in the US.

Documentaries TARGET: ST. LOUIS and TARGET: PHILADELPHIA explore systemic racism in the US- from classified open-air US Army radiation studies that used low-income African-Americans in St. Louis as unwitting subjects, to the Philadelphia police bombing of Black liberation group MOVE's Philadelphia headquarters in 1985.

DVD
SKU: IP6398
UPC: 845637063987
SRP: 34.95
Street Date: 11/24/20
PreBook Date: 10/06/20
Label: IndiePix Films
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 123 mins
 
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My Life With Rosie

The documentary examines the relationship between the civil right legend Rosa Parks and Carolyn Green and discussing Green's quest to continue her cousin's legacy of black activism in America.

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DVD
SKU: SMI110
UPC: 760137412694
SRP: 17.95
Street Date: 11/24/20
PreBook Date: 10/06/20
Label: Shami Media Group
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 64 mins
 
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What We Want, What We Believe: Black Panther Party Library

Documentary featuring three films on the black panther party additional footage and interviews.

For the first time on DVD, three acclaimed Newsreel Films on the Black Panther Party: Off the Pig; Mayday; and Repression. These materials are crucial to understanding the Black Panther Party and their legacy. It features three films on the Black Panther Party and additional footage on their history and legacy. Disc One: Three Newsreel Films, Interviews with Field Marshall Donald Cox, Footage from 35th Anniversary Reunion. Disc Two: Interviews with Former FBI Agents, Footage from the Wheelock Academic Conference on the BPP. Disc Three: Interviews with various movement lawyers discussing Panther cases. Disc Four: Interviews with Newsreel members, extras from the Roz Payne Archives.

DVD
SKU: AKV007
UPC: 751937296195
SRP: 37.95
Street Date: 11/21/06
PreBook Date: 10/17/06
Label: ECLECTIC
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 720 mins
 
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New Orleans Music In Exile

NEW ORLEANS MUSIC IN EXILE examines what Hurricane Katrina and breached levees did to the city's music community.

Like their neighbors, members of the legendary New Orleans music community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath. Noted music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster (Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, etc.) pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives.

Blu-ray
SKU: MVD8922BR
UPC: 760137892298
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/18/16
PreBook Date: 10/14/16
Label: MUG SHOT PRODUCTIONS
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 113:00 mins
 
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Legend, The: The Bessie Coleman Story

The story of a young woman unhindered by race, gender, and the beliefs of those around her.

In 1921, aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman arose from the poverty of the Texas cotton fields to capture the hearts of the Black population of America.

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DVD
SKU: DS02424
UPC: 818506024242
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 11/13/18
PreBook Date: 10/09/18
Label: DREAMSCAPE MEDIA
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 107 mins
 
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Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax

Robert Mugge's 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron.

BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The entertainment is political. HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.

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DVD
SKU: MVD7495D
UPC: 760137749592
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/13/15
PreBook Date: 10/09/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 79 mins
 
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Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax

Robert Mugge's 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron.

BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The politics is always entertaining, and the entertainment is nothing if not political.

Blu-ray
SKU: MVD7496BR
UPC: 760137749691
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/13/15
PreBook Date: 10/09/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 79 mins
 
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Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax

Robert Mugge's 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron.

BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The entertainment is political. HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.

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DVD
SKU: MVD7495D
UPC: 760137749592
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/13/15
PreBook Date: 10/09/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 79 mins
 
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Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax

Robert Mugge's 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron.

BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The politics is always entertaining, and the entertainment is nothing if not political.

Blu-ray
SKU: MVD7496BR
UPC: 760137749691
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/13/15
PreBook Date: 10/09/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 79 mins
 
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Marian Anderson - Let Freedom Ring 1939 & 1961

A Major Step in Music - and Racial Equality.

Born in 1897, Anderson was unable to attend High School (her family was too poor), she pursued her musical ambitions through the church. In 1925 she won First Prize in a competition organized by the New York Philharmonic. By 1939 Marian Anderson was feted worldwide, but a concert planned for Washington's Constitution Hall was blocked for one reason: she was black.

CD
SKU: JSP683
UPC: 788065680329
SRP: 17.99
Street Date: 11/04/16
PreBook Date: 09/30/16
Label: Jsp Records
Genre: Classical
Language:
 
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Style Wars

Blu-ray release of the classic hip-hop documentary.

When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In STYLE WARS, New York's ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As MC's, DJ's and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD6497BR
UPC: 760137649793
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 11/04/14
PreBook Date: 09/30/14
Label: PUBLIC ART
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 60 mins
 
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Circle Unbroken: A Gullah Journey From Africa To America

How Slave History Shaped American Culture

75% of all enslaved Africans coming to America came in through the ports of Charleston, Beaufort & the sea islands of South Carolina. This beautiful, picturesque tourist destination is the epicenter of the Gullah culture; the foundation of African American history. From the horrors of middle passage slave voyages to the celebration of freedom "Circle Unbroken" is an uplifting and emotional journey

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DVD
SKU: AMG-3027
UPC: 854756005334
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 10/25/16
PreBook Date: 09/20/16
Label: Soundview Media Part
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 55:00 mins
 
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Last Of The Mississippi Jukes

A stunning exploration of fading juke joint traditions at the heart of Mississippi blues culture, with Morgan Freeman.

Robert Mugge's 2003 music doc LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES explores the fading traditions of juke joints where the blues was born a century ago and where regional musicians still practice their craft and entertain their fans. The film focuses, in particular, on Jimmy King's legendary Subway Lounge in Jackson, MS and Morgan Freeman's and Bill Luckett's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS.

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DVD
SKU: MVD7127D
UPC: 760137712794
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 10/21/16
PreBook Date: 09/16/16
Label: MUG SHOT PRODUCTIONS
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
 
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Style Wars - Limited Edition With Revisited

This limited edition of the classic documentary features "never-before-released" outtakes, new interviews, as well as "where are they now" footage.

This limited edition of the classic film Style Wars features 30 minutes of "never-before-released" outtakes, new interviews, and "where are they now" footage. Also fetaured in this edition are new commentary tracks, "Destroy All Lines" and the Aesop Rock music video "No Jumper Cables". Style Wars is the legendary hip-hop documentary and a timeless film classic, the indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and exploding hip hop subculture. Directed by Tony Silver, Style Wars captures the look and feel of New Yorks ramshackle subway system as the graffiti writers public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas.

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DVD
SKU: DRB-1395
UPC: 022891139591
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 10/10/06
PreBook Date: 09/05/06
Label: PUBLIC ART
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 80 mins
 
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The Black Emperor Of Broadway

Charles S. Gilpin made history as the first Black man in a lead role on Broadway, paving the way for change.

Based on a true story, Charles S. Gilpin was the first African-American to star in a leading role in a stage play during a time where roles of color were previously played by white men in blackface. As Gilpin rose to fame and recognition, tensions were high between he and playwright Eugene O'Neill which ultimately lead to parting ways, though his acclaimed performance has changed Broadway forever.

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DVD
SKU: MVD3988D
UPC: 760137398899
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 10/06/20
PreBook Date: 09/01/20
Label: VISION FILMS
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Run Time: 1:37:0 mins
 
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Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me

The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass

The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass. Featuring interviews with his family, friends and colleagues plus industry legends, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, rarely seen archive footage, this insightful and moving documentary captures Teddy's rise to fame against the complex backdrop of 1960s America and his victorious comeback after his life-changing accident.

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD2285BR
UPC: 760137228585
SRP: 16.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 09/13/19
PreBook Date: 07/19/19
Label: MVD Visual
Genre: R & B
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
 
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Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me

The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass, Showtime

The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass. Featuring interviews with his family, friends and colleagues plus industry legends, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, rarely seen archive footage, this insightful and moving documentary captures Teddy's rise to fame against the complex backdrop of 1960s America and his victorious comeback after his life-changing accident.

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DVD
SKU: MVD2286D
UPC: 760137228691
SRP: 14.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 09/13/19
PreBook Date: 07/19/19
Label: MVD Visual
Genre: R & B
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
 
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Angola 3 - Black Panthers And The Last Slave Plantation

Narrated by Mumia Abu-Jamal, this film features interviews with former Panthers, political prisoners and revolutionaries.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer then any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana's prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length movie explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the United States. The analysis of the Angola 3's political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960's and 70's by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change. Narrated by Mumia Abu-Jamal, The Angola 3 features interviews with former Panthers, political prisoners and revolutionaries, including the Angola 3 themselves, and Bo Brown, Geronimo (ji Jaga) Pratt, Malik Rahim, Yuri Kochiyama, David Hilliard, Rod Coronado, Noelle Hanrahan, Kiilu Nyasha, Marion Brown, Luis Talamantez, Gail Shaw and many others. Portions of the proceeds go to support the Angola 3.

DVD
SKU: MVDV4763
UPC: 022891476399
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 09/02/08
PreBook Date: 07/29/08
Label: PM PRESS
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 109 mins
 
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Style Wars

"Anybody who wants to understand what hip hop is all about needs to see a movie called Style Wars." -KRS-One

When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In STYLE WARS, New York's ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As MC's, DJ's and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.

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DVD
SKU: PAF004DVD
UPC: 804791000412
SRP: 27.95
Street Date: 08/23/05
PreBook Date: 07/19/05
Label: PUBLIC ART
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 280 mins
 
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Elementary Genocide

The school to prison pipeline.

Starring Dr. Umar Johnson (Hidden Colors 1 & 2), Dr. Boyce Watkins & rapper Killer Mike... Elementary Genocide exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government & utilizing the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system.

DVD
SKU: DVDX686-6337
UPC: 040232138454
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 08/14/18
(RE-ISSUE)
PreBook Date: 07/10/18
Label: RASHA
Genre: Urban Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
 
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Marcus Garvey - A Giant Of Black Politics

The intriguing story of this legendary activist told by his contemporaries, historians, family and friends.

Black Nationalist pioneer and First Hero of Jamaica, Marcus Garvey is discussed by contemporaries, historians, family and friends. The film traces his early successes in organizing West Indian contract labor, to the phenomenal rise of his Universal Negro Improvement Association, which took America by storm in the 20s. Garvey was a victim of his own success - he threatened the establishment enough for the FBI to infiltrate the organization. After his imprisonment he returned to Jamaica, then went to London, where he died aged 53. A giant of black politics and the key philosopher of black pride, his story is told by activist Mariamne Samad, UNIA members Roy Carson and Ruth Prescott and commentators Vivian Durham, Beverly Hamilton, Prof Rupert Lewis, Prof David Garrow and Sam Clayton. The documentary has a specially performed soundtrack by the legendary Mystic Revelation of Rastafari band.

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DVD
SKU: EDGE52D
UPC: 820680105297
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 08/05/08
PreBook Date: 07/01/08
Label: SCREEN EDG
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 60 mins
 
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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS is Robert Mugge's dazzling homage to Sonny Rollins, the greatest living jazz improviser.

Robert Mugge's SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS looks at tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins, among the greatest artists in jazz history. Named after one of Rollins' best-known albums, the 1986 film documents an ensemble performance in upstate New York and the world premiere of his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra in Japan. Interviewed are Sonny and Lucille Rollins and three top jazz critics.

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DVD
SKU: MVD9686D
UPC: 760137968696
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 08/04/17
PreBook Date: 06/30/17
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
 
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Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS is Robert Mugge's dazzling homage to Sonny Rollins, the greatest living jazz improviser.

Robert Mugge's SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS looks at tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins, among the greatest artists in jazz history. Named after one of Rollins' best-known albums, the 1986 film documents an ensemble performance in upstate New York and the world premiere of his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra in Japan. Interviewed are Sonny and Lucille Rollins and three top jazz critics.

Blu-ray
SKU: MVD9687BR
UPC: 760137968788
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 08/04/17
PreBook Date: 06/30/17
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
 
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Muhammad Ali - The Man, The Moves, The Mouth

Les Krantz's documentary on the Champ

Muhammad Ali's brilliant ring moves and colorful rhetoric are the focus of this entertaining documentary. Narrated by Bert Sugar, the greatest boxing sportscaster of our time, this one-hour documentary captures Ali's "moves and mouth" and the legend they engendered. Not only is there rare footage of Ali's colorful rhetoric, his "pearls of wisdom," but also highlights of Ali's greatest fights

DVD
SKU: MVD5396D
UPC: 760137539698
SRP: 9.95
Street Date: 07/24/12
PreBook Date: 06/19/12
Label: FACTS THAT MATTER, I
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 60 mins
 
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Don't Be Nice

A team of young New York City Slam Poets competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.

The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Pushing past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces compete and win against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title.

DVD
SKU: MVD2514D
UPC: 760137251491
SRP: 29.95
Street Date: 07/14/20
PreBook Date: 06/09/20
Label: JUNO FILMS
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
 
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Target: Philadelphia

In 1985, Philadelphia police bombed a residential building to end a standoff with Black liberation group MOVE.

In 1985, Philadelphia police bombed a residential building to end a standoff with Black liberation group MOVE, setting a new standard for institutionalized violence and the dehumanization of Black bodies. TARGET: PHILADELPHIA explores the rise of police militarization within the contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that incubates movements like Black Lives Matter.

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DVD
SKU: IP6369
UPC: 845637063697
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 07/14/20
PreBook Date: 06/09/20
Label: IndiePix Films
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 56 mins
 
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Film School Africa

A Hollywood casting director abandons her career to teach filmmaking to impoverished youth in South Africa.

Katie Taylor, a Hollywood casting director, leaves her career behind in order to teach filmmaking to the youth of an impoverished South African community. Initially intending only to equip them with employment opportunities, she quickly discovers the therapeutic impact on her students. The students find themselves bridging cultural barriers as they become united through filmmaking.

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DVD
SKU: MVD3593D
UPC: 760137359395
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 07/14/20
PreBook Date: 06/09/20
Label: GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEA
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 89:38 mins
 
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Black Faith

An in-depth look inside the black church: the history, culture, and dynamics. Includes interviews with esteemed spiritual leaders and commentary by professors.

THE BLACK CHURCH is the treasure-house of black culture, a port in stormy seas, an engine for change, its music a conduit for the release of sentiments of sheer joy, sheer pain and the redeeming poetry of sacrifice. Featuring interviews with church leaders, Kennedy Bedford, Patrick Kalilombe, Arlington Trotman, Peter Magbagbeola, G G Noel, J A Famoriyo and John Francis.

DVD
SKU: EDGE61D
UPC: 820680106195
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 07/14/09
PreBook Date: 06/09/09
Label: SCREEN EDG
Genre: Gospel
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Run Time: 150 mins
 
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Generation One: The Search For Black Wealth

The Search For Black Wealth

Generation One takes a hard look at the numbers and gives early historical context to early wealth creation in the Black community and taps the expertise of the nation's top financial experts to weigh in on how to close the financial gap between classes and build a financial legacy for future generations.

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DVD
SKU: TNM814
UPC: 888295285827
SRP: 10.95
Street Date: 07/11/17
PreBook Date: 06/06/17
Label: Urban Home Entertain
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 72 mins
 
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Al Green - Gospel According To Al Green

Robert Mugge's GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN examines the turbulent career of soul singer and gospel preacher Al Green.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN looks at Green's transition from hugely successful soul singer to gospel artist and fundamentalist preacher. Filmed in concert in Washington, D.C., in rehearsal in his recording studio, in a service at his Memphis church, and in an extended interview, Green reveals himself to be an electrifying performer, whether singing love songs to women or spiritual ones to God.

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DVD
SKU: MVD9684D
UPC: 760137968498
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 07/07/17
PreBook Date: 06/02/17
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Gospel
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
 
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Al Green - Gospel According To Al Green

Robert Mugge's GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN examines the turbulent career of soul singer and gospel preacher Al Green.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN looks at Green's transition from hugely successful soul singer to gospel artist and fundamentalist preacher. Filmed in concert in Washington, D.C., in rehearsal in his recording studio, in a service at his Memphis church, and in an extended interview, Green reveals himself to be an electrifying performer, whether singing love songs to women or spiritual ones to God.

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD9685BR
UPC: 760137968580
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 07/07/17
PreBook Date: 06/02/17
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Gospel
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
 
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B.B. King - Life Of Riley

"The invaluable and definitive autobiography of the last great bluesman, BB King." -The Observer

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this visually stunning film has an contributions by Bono, Eric Clapton, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Keith Richards, as well as appearances by Mick Jagger and President Obama. This is a powerful feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around and battled against unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics.

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DVD
SKU: MVD6345D
UPC: 760137634591
SRP: 16.95
Street Date: 07/01/14
PreBook Date: 05/13/14
Label: MVD VISUAL
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 123 mins
 
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Black Woman's Guide To Finding A Good Man

A comic guide to Black dating life. Black women are guided through a series of relationships they should look to avoid.

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DVD
SKU: LIT-DV-00001
UPC: 085365635128
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 06/05/07
PreBook Date: 01/01/01
Label: Lightyear Entertainm
Genre: Urban Comedy
Language:
Run Time: 79 mins
 
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Black Venus

Baartman was taken from South African home as a 21-year-old and shipped to Georgian London, where she would be caged and exhibited as a freak show. Presented semi-nude, her physique - especially her large buttocks - was the source of much curiosity. But as her 'fame' spread, so too did her exploitation...

Blu-ray
SKU: AA029
UPC: 760137123385
SRP: 39.95
Street Date: 05/22/18
PreBook Date: 04/17/18
Label: Arrow Academy
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Run Time: 162 mins
 
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Fair Hope

This award-winning film, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, examines a little known aspect of African American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed benevolent societies to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. But with time "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" eventually struggles with a gradual loss of tradition.

DVD
SKU: SMI060
UPC: 798657046037
SRP: 17.95
Street Date: 05/14/19
PreBook Date: 04/09/19
Label: Shami Media Group
Genre: Urban Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 68:00 mins
 
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Jena 6

A story of hidden racial inequality and how racial justice works in America.

Jena, LA - In a small town in Louisiana, six families are fighting for their sons' lives. Two nooses are left as a warning to black students trying to integrate their playground, fights break out across town, a white man pulls a shotgun on black students, someone burns down most of the school, the DA puts six black students on trial for attempted murder, and the quiet town of Jena becomes the site of the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the 1960s. 'The Jena 6' is the story of hidden racial inequality and violence becoming visible. It is a powerful symbol for, and example of, how racial justice works in America - where the lynching noose has been replaced by the DA's pen.

DVD
SKU: MVDV4737
UPC: 022891473794
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 05/13/08
PreBook Date: 04/08/08
Label: BIG NOISE FILMS
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 30 mins
 
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Pride And Joy: The Story Of Alligator Records

Robert Mugge's dynamic portrait of Alligator Records, the legendary Chicago blues label founded by Bruce Iglauer in 1971

In 1971, Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator Records, the most successful modern blues label. In early 1992, Iglauer staged the Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour starring Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Katie Webster, Lonnie Brooks (w/Ronnie Baker Brooks), and Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials. Director Robert Mugge's film, PRIDE AND JOY: THE STORY OF ALLIGATOR RECORDS, documents that exciting tour.

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD7493BD
UPC: 760137749394
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 04/22/16
PreBook Date: 03/18/16
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
 
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Two Black Men A Week

Police Racism Is Not A Myth

Every week, at least two black men are murdered by the police force in United States of America.

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DVD
SKU: SMIO199
UPC: 798657019932
SRP: 10.95
Street Date: 04/11/17
PreBook Date: 03/07/17
Label: Shami Media Group
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 49 mins
 
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Who Put The Klan Into Ku Klux Klan

How Scottish ideas and energy helped build the American Dream and shape America's racist nightmare

In this surprising documentary, archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver examines the links between racism today in the Deep South and the Scots who first occupied it.

DVD
SKU: DS02316
UPC: 818506023160
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 04/10/18
PreBook Date: 03/06/18
Label: DREAMSCAPE MEDIA
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 58 mins
 
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The Kingdom Of Zydeco

Robert Mugge's THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO is a classic film about the Golden Era of Southwest Louisiana's Creole music scene.

"THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO is both a cunning little comedy of manners and a sweet-tempered celebration of American roots music. The Chavis-Jocque tussle is prototypical American status buffoonery painted in folk-miniature. Both these men kick out the jams in thrilling performances filmed with blissful authority by Mugge, a specialist in roots music documentaries." - Gene Seymour, New York Newsday

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Blu-ray
SKU: MVD7500D
UPC: 760137750093
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 04/08/16
PreBook Date: 02/19/15
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 71 mins
 
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Bobby Rush - Live at Ground Zero Blues Club

A live performance of Rush's unique brand of sweaty soul-blues.

At a time when most of his contemporaries are resting on their laurels, Bobby Rush-a 50-year veteran of the stage-continues to be one of the most exciting and creative artists in the R&B/blues arena. For decades, his provocative and colorful Chitlin Circuit show has been a staple in the black community as well as a cult sensation in alternative circles. He's also been the subject of a documentary titled "The Road To Memphis," Richard Pearces film in the PBS series Martin Scorseses "The Blues." Any fan of Rush's unique brand of sweaty soul-blues will find great satisfaction in this live DVD.

DVD
SKU: DRB-1399
UPC: 022891139997
SRP: 14.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 04/03/07
PreBook Date: 02/27/07
Label: BEATY
Genre: R & B
Language:
Run Time: 74 mins
 
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Rhythm 'N' Bayous: A Road Map To Louisiana Music

Robert Mugge's loving survey of the diverse musical styles and genres of the State of Louisiana.

Robert Mugge's RHYTHM 'N' BAYOUS is exactly what the the full title claims: a "road map" to the wide variety of musical genres born, or at least bred, in the four corners of America's most musical state: that is, the jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, country, rockabilly, Cajun, Creole, zydeco, swamp pop, and more that have emerged from the bars, churches, bayous, and neighborhoods of Louisiana.

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DVD
SKU: MVD7492D
UPC: 760137749295
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 03/25/16
PreBook Date: 02/19/16
Label: Mug-Shot Productions
Genre: Blues
Language: English
Run Time: 120 mins
 
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Paul Robeson - Songs Of Freedom: A Documentary

Documentary threads his songs and political rallies and speeches in a way that throws light on 50 years of black activism in America.

Songs Of Freedom is a showcase for the great voice of Paul Robeson. It exposes the desperate attempts of the FBI and other secret services in America to stop his playing and to discredit him. It reveals that his actual life was in danger as long as he continued along the path of international socialism. Robeson never compromised and it put an end to his domestic career. Abroad, he was a hero.

DVD
SKU: EDGE57D
UPC: 820680105792
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 03/10/09
PreBook Date: 02/03/09
Label: SCREEN EDG
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 52 mins
 
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The Vanishing Black Male

Are African American males becoming extinct? Such questions and more are explored in this captivating documentary.

Are African American males becoming extinct' Such questions and more are explored in THE VANISHING BLACK MALE, featuring interviews with doctors, politicians, college students, teachers, law enforcement personnel, a screenwriter and others. Music, artwork and monologues are interwoven throughout. Oscar-nominated editor Alfred Santana keeps the visuals flowing in this captivating documentary.

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DVD
SKU: IP1806
UPC: 845637000005
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 02/13/18
PreBook Date: 01/09/18
Label: IndiePix Films
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 76 mins
 
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Where's Daddy?

Child Support, Injustice, and the African American Man

The question 'Where's Daddy'' may sound infantile, but it's as much of an adult question that can be asked, especially when it comes to African-American men and the child support system.

DVD
SKU: BGP732
UPC: 855184007327
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 02/06/16
PreBook Date: 01/01/01
Label: Breaking Glass Pictu
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 106 mins
 
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Black Woman's Guide To Getting Married

A comic view of advanced relationships at the marriage stage. We explore the gold-digger, the sex addict, the ghetto queen, and more.

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DVD
SKU: LIT-DV-00003
UPC: 085365639423
SRP: 14.95
Street Date: 02/05/08
PreBook Date: 01/01/01
Label: Lightyear Entertainm
Genre: Urban Comedy
Language:
Run Time: 87 mins
 
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Black Omnibus

This is the complete Black Omnibus, 13-episodes recorded in 1973 featuring live performances and conversations with the day's most prominent African American athletes, entertainers and cultural figures.

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DVD
SKU: SMO-DV7182
UPC: 089353718220
SRP: 29.95
Street Date: 02/03/15
PreBook Date: 01/01/01
Label: S'more Entertainment
Genre: Television
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Run Time: 360 mins
 
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Deep Roots Music 2: Bunny Lee Story / Black Ark

The second 2 installments in a 6-part series feat. Lee Perry, Bob Marley, The Mighty Diamonds & more.

The ultimate word on the history of reggae, this six part series, shot on film by an Oscar nominated cameraman, was produced in the early 1980s, just after the premature death of Bob Marley. This DVD contains Part 3 "The Bunny Lee Story" and Part 4 "Black Ark".

DVD
SKU: EDGE50D
UPC: 820680105099
SRP: 14.95 (NEW PRICE)
Street Date: 01/22/08
PreBook Date: 12/18/07
Label: SCREEN EDG
Genre: Reggae
Language:
Run Time: 100 mins
 
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Back To Natural

Can it ever just be about choice?

This documentary outlines the ways in which race, identity, and hair are all related and offers a compassionate viewpoint on issues that affect African descendants.

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DVD
SKU: DS02679
UPC: 818506026796
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 01/21/20
PreBook Date: 12/17/19
Label: DREAMSCAPE MEDIA
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Run Time: 65 mins
 
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Betty Davis - Betty: They Say I'm Different

Before Beyoncé, Madonna and Prince - there was Betty Davis

The original Funk Queen and one time wife of jazz legend Miles Davis, took on the American establishment of the 1970s and changed the course of women in music forever. Despite being banned and boycotted, she went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Then suddenly she vanished.

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DVD
SKU: MVD3032D
UPC: 760137303299
SRP: 19.95
Street Date: 01/17/20
PreBook Date: 12/13/19
Label: MVD VISUAL
Genre: R & B
Language: English
Run Time: 53:37 mins
 
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The Team That Never Played

The untold story of how apartheid kept a South African soccer team from World Cup glory.

Many football experts enthusiastically believe that if South African's township players had played international games during the apartheid era they could have won the World Cup. This is the untold story of what happened to South African soccer during its years in the international wilderness through the eyes of three characters.

DVD
SKU: DS00706
UPC: 852435007068
SRP: 24.95
Street Date: 01/10/17
PreBook Date: 01/01/01
Label: Dreamscape Media
Genre: Documentary
Language:
Run Time: 54 mins
 
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