February, you might have heard, is Black History Month (or African-American History Month, depending on your leanings).
What better way to celebrate than to actually learn a little history? And what better way to learn than through your television? Isn't that what it's for?
Mark your calendar.
UNC-TV will air four Independent Lens films. Unfortunately, they will air at 2am on Friday mornings. DVR, tape, or stay up -- they are all worth seeing. (If anything changes in the airdates, I'll update.)
So, early on Feb. 6 is "Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene" a film about the late, great outrageous Washington, DC TV and radio host. Don Cheadle, who played Greene in an underseen, underrated 2007 movie "Talk to Me", narrates. If you saw that film, you really only got a taste of Greene and his vast influence. (Two words: Howard Stern.) And Greene's family didn't like that dramatization. The documentary must be more to their liking; Greene's children participate. It includes footage of Greene on his DC TV show that was presumed lost for 25 years. Artist Ernie Barnes, sports broadcaster James Brown, actor Robert Hooks are just a few of the folk whose lives Greene touched.