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Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith.

Black History in Two Minutes Be Woke Presents...

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Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith.

    • video
    Soul Train

    Soul Train

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    Taking cues from American Bandstand, Soul Train became a black cultural phenomena. Created and hosted by Don Cornelius, a Chicago radio reporter and DJ, the show was launched in 1970, but only in Chicago. However, the program became an overnight success story as it quickly swept the nation.

    From the musical guests to the popular songs playing, Soul Train brought black popular culture to the mainstream in a revolutionary way. But it wasn’t just the artists who were on display. The show’s dancers became cultural icons, too, as viewers attempted to emulate all of their flashy and artistic dance moves.

    In this series of Black History in Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University and musician Questlove, we’ll take a look at one of the longest-running programs in the history of American television.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Everett Collection, Inc.

    • Getty Images

    • Shutterstock

    Additional Footage Courtesy of:

    • Inkwell Films

    • Kunhardt

    • WNET

    Additional Archival by:

    • The Atlanta Constitution

    • Viacom

    • Don Cornelius Productions



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music

    Additional Music:

    • Up on Soul Train performed by The Whispers



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 3 min
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    Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record

    Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    Born Henry Louis Aaron, baseball legend Hank Aaron swung his way into the history books in 1974. While the Atlanta Braves enjoyed the benefits of having the talented athlete on their team, actions off the field forced the conversation to transition from celebratory to cautionary.

    As Aaron’s star rose, so did racial tension. With displeasure coming in the form of hate mail and even death threats, he feared for his own safety as he pursued the home run record set by American baseball hero Babe Ruth. But on April 8, 1974, he hit his 715th home run and found himself as the all-time home run record holder for more than thirty years.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Michael Eric Dyson of Princeton University, we will take a look at how this baseball legend rose from the Negro League to the Major League and earned a top spot in American history.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Associated Press

    • FILM Archives, Inc.

    • Getty Images

    • Shutterstock



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    Civil War and Emancipation

    Civil War and Emancipation

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    In 1861, the south’s threats of seceding the union led to the start of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln’s primary goal was to minimize secession talks. But, as black slaves who were forced to fight for the confederacy escaped to union territory, a shift occurred that worked in the favor of the president.

    Slave owners in the south found themselves at a disadvantage during the war as their day-to-day operations were disrupted. President Lincoln capitalized on this new strain and created the Emancipation Proclamation. Even though the war wasn’t about slavery, the strategic move to formally end slavery, led the union to victory.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Kimberle Crenshaw of UCLA and Columbia Law Schools, and Vincent Brown of Harvard University, we will take a look at how nearly 200,000 black men saved the nation and changed the outcome of the Civil War.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Getty Images

    • Everett Collection Inc.

    • Library of congress



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 2 min
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    Fort Mose: The First All-Black Settlement in the U.S.

    Fort Mose: The First All-Black Settlement in the U.S.

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    As European countries battled to claim territories in America, the Spanish state  — which is now known as Florida — became a haven for slaves who ran away from the British colonies. In 1738, a group of these escaped slaves created the first black town, called Fort Mose.

    Word spread quickly about the new town, and slaves just north of them created a plan to revolt and make their way to join the freed settlement. A year later, the Stono Rebellion would lead to nearly 100 slaves battling local militia all in the name of freedom. Although While British colonial forces would seize Florida and For Mose would no longer exist, the settlement will always be remembered as the first black town in American history.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, we will take a look at the slaves who risked it all on a quest to attain the freedom they deserved.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Getty Images

    • Historical Archaeology Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History

    • Shutterstock

    Additional Footage Courtesy of:

    • Inkwell Films

    • Kunhardt

    • WNET



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 2 min
    • video
    Land: Giving Rise to the Famous Phrase 40 Acres & a Mule

    Land: Giving Rise to the Famous Phrase 40 Acres & a Mule

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    As the Union declared victory over the Confederacy, post-Civil War life seemed to be off to a good start for freed slaves. William Tecumseh Sherman, a former Union general, sat with 20 black ministers to develop a plan to remedy the harsh treatment of black people.

    The phrase “40 acres and a mule” — a promise to former slaves — would be hatched from this meeting. Unfortunately, President Andrew Johnson would renege on this promise and many families never saw this promise come to fruition. While land ownership would have been a step in the right direction, negotiations robbed black families of an opportunity to invest in an economic future with.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Evelynn Hammonds of Harvard University and Farah Griffin of Columbia University, we uncover the turbulent history of land ownership and the challenges black people faced in America.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Image

    • Everett Collection, Inc.

    • Getty Images

    • Library of Congress



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

    Follow Black History in Two Minutes on Facebook

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    Subscribe to Black History in Two Minutes Youtube Channel

    ‘Black History in Two Minutes’ is also available on Apple and Google podcasts.



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    • 2 min
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    The Red Summer

    The Red Summer

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    The events unfolding across the United States today in the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an eerie repetition of events that marred the history of race relations in this country almost exactly a century ago.

    The year was 1919, and African American soldiers who came home from the Great War in Europe with hopes that serving their country at last would entitle them to the rights of equal citizenship, found themselves on the lethal end of an outbreak of racial violence so horrific that the civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson called it The Red Summer.

    In this episode of Black History in Two Minutes (or so) hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — with additional commentary from David Levering Lewis of New York University, Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas and Farah Griffin of Columbia University — we explore some of the underlying factors that ignited one of the most violent race riots in our country’s history.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    • Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Arkansas State Archives

    • Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System

    • Everett Collection, Inc

    • Getty Images

    • Library of Congress

    • National Archives and Records Administration

    • New York Public Library

    • Solomon Sir Jones Films. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    • University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, Longview Public Library



    Additional Footage Courtesy of:

    • Inkwell Films, Kunhardt & WNET



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Chinisha Scott



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

    Follow Black History in Two Minutes on Facebook

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    Subscribe to Black History in Two Minutes Youtube Channel

    ‘Black History in Two Minutes’ is also available on Apple and Google podcasts.



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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ccfan37 ,

Much-needed

A wonderful and much-needed resource to educate EVERYONE, as a jumping-off point for further research, on black history that is so often neglected.

Ludmila_Garcia ,

The BEST Black History podcast

This podcast has been an absolute find, informative, concise and ultimately INSPIRING! Keep up the excellent work.

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