The fascinating individuals interviewed in this briskly edited hour have risen to prominence in a wide range of fields—from politics to show business to religion to music—and all have African-American heritage. They include Bishop Barbara C. Harris (a “cradle Episcopalian” who grew up “spoiling for a fight”); maverick filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (“I’m just your basic upstart loner”); activist academic Angela Davis, who speaks frankly about being hunted by the FBI; and RZA of hip-hop’s Wu-Tang Clan, who is equally candid about growing up in “the ’hood” (“I couldn’t wait to get out of there”). Film critic Elvis Mitchell is the unseen interviewer in this fine follow-up to last year’s acclaimed HBO documentary The Black List. Thursday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m., HBO
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- 10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans
Subscribe to the Week