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Basic Black Live: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Originally broadcast on February 17, 2012

In the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s one-man quest to end Black History Month.

We also take a look at how the media covered the death of Whitney Houston. Who got it right and who got it wrong?

This program will be a special national live broadcast on WGBH’s World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.

Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host and Executive Editor, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College; Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University, and Omar Wasow, Co-Founder of Black Planet and contributor to The Root.com.