WEEK IN WOMEN: PBS launches female trailblazer series with TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a compelling documentary about the legendary Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will have its U.S. broadcast premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 on PBS (check local listings), as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of women trailblazers.

The documentary examines Morrison’s life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to her 1970s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” is one of the “American Masters” documentaries premiering this summer as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

In the summer of 2020, PBS is celebrating the women’s suffrage centennial with a slate of multiplatform content honoring and commemorating U.S. women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and modern-day changemakers.Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for June 14, 2019.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.