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Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, CET has scheduled a variety of programs to enrich viewers’ understanding of African-American history and culture. As part of our commitment to provide diverse programming and resources for all Americans year-round, we’ll be offering from popular titles alongside encore programming and online streaming opportunities.

 Black History Month Programs:

B.B. King: American Masters

B.B. King: American MastersFriday, February 3, at 9pm on CET Arts
Candid interviews shed light on the challenging life and career of “King of Blues” B.B. King.


Jimi Hendrix: American Master

Jimi Hendrix: American Master

Saturday, February 4, at 8pm on CET Arts
Monday, February 6, at 10pm on CET Arts
The definitive story of the influential rock guitarist features interviews and performance footage.


Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement

Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement

Monday, February 6, at 10pm on CET
Learn how D. W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle about race relations.


Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

Thursday, February 9, at 8pm on CET Arts
Saturday, February 11, at 10pm on CET Arts
This documentary examines the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer. Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar, is best remembered for his poem, “We Wear the Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”


Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Friday, February 10, at 9pm on CET
Monday, February 13, at 8pm on CET Arts
Wednesday, February 15, at 9pm on CET Arts
Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson.


Our American Family: The Clarks

Our American Family: The Clarks

Friday, February 10, at 10:30pm on CET
For generations, the Clark family of Frankford, DE, has shown tremendous support of one another.


Independent Lens: Accidental Courtesy

Independent Lens: Accidental CourtesyMonday, February 13, at 10pm on CET
An African-American musician meets members of the Ku Klux Klan and attempts to change their minds.


Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Wednesday, February 15, at 9pm on CET Arts
New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley creates a series of paintings of women for the first time.


A Concert for Stowe House

A Concert for Stowe House

Thursday, February 16, at 8pm on CET Arts
Saturday, February 18, at 10pm on CET Arts
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason perform period music at a Harriet Beecher Stowe Concert at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.


Black Ballerina

Black Ballerina

Friday, February 17, at 10pm on CET
Tuesday, February 21, at 8pm on CET Arts
The stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet are told.


The Talk: Race in America

The Talk: Race in America

Monday, February 20, at 9pm on CET
Learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by police.


Maya Angelou: American Masters

Maya Angelou: American Masters

Tuesday, February 21, at 8pm on CET
Thursday, February 23, at 8pm on CET Arts
Saturday, February 25, at 10pm on CET Arts
Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist.


Africa’s Great Civilizations

Africa’s Great Civilizations

Part 1 – February 27 from 9pm to 11pm on CET
Part 2 – March 1 from 9pm to 11pm on CET
Part 3 – March 2 from 9pm to 11pm on CET
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., travels the length and breadth of Africa to chronicle the continent’s history from a firmly African perspective. 


Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions

Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions

Tuesday, February 28, at 8pm on CET
DNA technology uncovers the family mysteries of hip hop legends Sean Combs and LL Cool J.