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CherryMoon57

BBC Documentary - The Jazz Ambassadors


An exceptional documentary describing how African-American musicians helped counter negative propaganda about racism.

'In 1955, the African-American congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the Soviet Union - America's iconic jazz musicians and their racially integrated bands would cross the globe to counter negative propaganda about racism in America.

Over the next decade, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck would tour the world in service of US Cold War interests. But the unfolding Civil Rights movement back home forced them into a moral bind; how could they promote a tolerant image of America abroad when racial equality remained an unrealised dream?

This is the story of how the state department unwittingly gave the Civil Rights movement a voice on the world stage when it needed one most.'

BBC link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/pro...s/b0b16sfh

PBS link: http://www.pbs.org/show/j...bassadors/

Trailer:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/ipl...mbassadors



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Reply #1 posted 05/09/18 4:41pm

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CherryMoon57 said:


An exceptional documentary describing how African-American musicians helped counter negative propaganda about racism.

'In 1955, the African-American congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the Soviet Union - America's iconic jazz musicians and their racially integrated bands would cross the globe to counter negative propaganda about racism in America.

Over the next decade, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck would tour the world in service of US Cold War interests. But the unfolding Civil Rights movement back home forced them into a moral bind; how could they promote a tolerant image of America abroad when racial equality remained an unrealised dream?

This is the story of how the state department unwittingly gave the Civil Rights movement a voice on the world stage when it needed one most.'

Watch it here


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https://www.bbc.co.uk/ipl...mbassadors

Thanks Cherry!!!! On my watch list!!!

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Reply #2 posted 05/10/18 4:09am

CherryMoon57

^You first have to register to be able to watch it but it's really worth it ; it's a very well made and highly relevant documentary with some great music. smile

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Reply #3 posted 05/10/18 5:19am

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The here link is 404 Not Found. The other link has a UK only message. Looks really interesting. I have read about this before.

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Reply #4 posted 05/10/18 6:15am

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poppys said:


The here link is 404 Not Found. The other link has a UK only message. Looks really interesting. I have read about this before.


Hi Poppy, try this one: http://www.pbs.org/show/j...bassadors/
I hope it works better for you!

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Reply #5 posted 05/11/18 6:13am

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CherryMoon57 said:

poppys said:


The here link is 404 Not Found. The other link has a UK only message. Looks really interesting. I have read about this before.


Hi Poppy, try this one: http://www.pbs.org/show/j...bassadors/
I hope it works better for you!

Thanks Cherry, this link works for "us"! It was on PBS here last week I see. Great subject.

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Reply #6 posted 05/11/18 2:48pm

CherryMoon57

^thumbs up!

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