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“Beah: A Black Woman Speaks” To Air On Documentary Channel Next Week

Courtesy of Women Make MoviesLisa Gay Hamilton’s directorial debut, the documentary, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, will be broadcast on the Documentary Channel next week Tuesday, March 29. According to the channel’s website, only the following pay-TV carriers have the station: DISH NetworkChannel 197, and DIRECTV – Channel 267.

News on the march below…

BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS on The Doc Channel | Tuesday, March 29

“…a record of the graceful, seemingly indomitable actor Beah Richards… an emotional and sensitive portrait of an artist-activist who became especially iconic to generations of black thespians.”

BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS, the directorial debut of actress LisaGay Hamilton, celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards, best known for her Oscar nominated role in GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. While Richards’ struggled to overcome racial stereotypes throughout her long career onstage and onscreen in Hollywood and New York, she also had an influential role in the fight for Civil Rights, working alongside the likes of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Louise Patterson.

After performing with Richards in Jonathan Demme’s Beloved, Hamilton was compelled to get her inspiring story on film, and began the project with Demme as co-producer. Hamilton’s intimate interviews capture Richards’ feisty passion and enduring elegance, and are woven together with a cache of archival material of her work as an actress and activist, including riveting performances of some of her most famous poems. Enlightening and moving, the film is a fitting tribute to Richard’s life of integrity, leadership and service to the two cultures she loved so deeply—the arts and the African American community.

BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS will broadcast on The Doc Channel on Tuesday, March 29. For more information, click here.

6 comments to “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks” To Air On Documentary Channel Next Week

  • I knew next to nothing about this actor until she made the biggest impression on me of the impressive cast in Beloved.

    It was like the spirits of all the matriarchal ancestors had possessed her.

    • Tamara

      That scene in the woods…just thinking about it makes me tear up. Beautiful words, beautiful message, beautifully acted by Beah.

      I want to see this doc. but I don’t have ‘zee cable’. :|

  • mantan

    i’ve seen this documentary before and it’s great, i wish they were showing it on a network that i had access too.

    but thanks for posting!

  • Beah Richards was an exceptional actress and person. Lisa Gay did a great job on this documentary.

  • synira

    Wow! You’ve never seen this women? She was a mainstay in every “black” 70′s film.

  • Mr. SMDH

    If you haven’t seen her in “Take A Giant Step”, you need to. It’s not “officially” on DVD, but if you Google it, there is one for sale out there. And it’s very worth the purchase.