American Masters

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How It Feels To Be Free trailer

The inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier – challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.

AIRED: January 18, 2021 | 0:00:30
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TRANSCRIPT

- [Narrator] Meet six extraordinary women

who forged their own answers to a profound question.

- [Alicia Keys] As a Black woman,

how does it feel to be free?

- [Narrator] Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln.

- They blazed such a trail.

- [Narrator] Nina Simone.

- Voice of the civil rights movement.

- [Narrator] Cicely Tyson.

- Accepted for her talent alone.

- Diahann Carroll.

- We're at a new crossroad.

- [Narrator] Pam Grier.

- [Alicia Keys] First female action hero in American film.

- [Narrator] Look for "How it Feels to Be Free."

- Let's see what happens here.

- [Narrator] On American Masters.

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