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
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Show of the week: The Black List: Vol. 2
February 19, 2009
of The Week magazine.