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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • USA
  • 16
  • Contains Sensitive Language

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US Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes on sexism and abusive speech to women in this powerful speech given in the US Congress, July 2020.

Amanda Gordon Inauguration

Amanda Gordon

  • USA
  • 6

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As the United States began a new chapter with the Biden Administration Inauguration on January 20, 2021, the world was introduced to a young spoken word artist who’s reading quickly blanketed social media and we all began to know the name Amanda Gordon. PBS has created a wonderful resource for class use.

I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin // I Am Not Your Negro

  • USA
  • 93
    Director:
  • Raoul Peck
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In this Oscar-nominated examination of race in America, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions an unfinished memoir by legendary activist and writer James Baldwin. Bringing to life Baldwin's personal account of the assassinations of fellow revolutionaries and friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., I Am Not Your Negro is at once an on-the-ground view of the Civil Rights Movement and a deeply intimate foray into one man's own inner struggle. All too relevant today, this documentary is an incisive societal critique that also has the power to inspire change. Featuring compelling narration by Samuel L. Jackson who brings Baldwin's spellbinding words to life.

Silent Pulse Of Universe

Jocelyn Bell Burnell // The Silent Pulse of the Universe

  • USA
  • 16
    Director:
  • Ben Proudfoot
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In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discover, of pulsars. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked, and although the Nobel prize was given for this discovery, Burnell did not receive.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

  • USA
  • 7

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Senator Kamala Harris discussing anti-lynching legislation on the day of George Floyd’s funeral.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

  • USA
  • 7

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NBA star Kevin Durant has received many awards to date, but his most famous is this emotional speech ‘You the Real MVP’ 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech when he talks about his mom.

Lusia Harris Basketball

Lusia Harris // Meet the First Women Officially Drafted by the NBA

  • USA
  • 22
    Director:
  • Ben Proudfoot
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Luisa Harris led her team to three national championships, scored the first basket in women's Olympic history and in 1977 was the first women drafted in the NBA.

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky // TED Talk: The Price of Shame

  • USA
  • 22

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In 1998, say Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our "culture of humiliation," in which online shame equals dollar signs—and demands a different way.

Nellie Bly Makes The News

Nellie Bly // Nellie Bly Makes the News

  • USA
  • 23
    Director:
  • Penny Lane

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An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote. The film also examines the boundaries between reporting and storytelling.

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