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

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.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 12, 2020: BLACK STORIES MATTER

BLACK LIVES MATTER! The Alliance of Women Film Journalists stands united with all who are demanding an end to the systemic racism that permeates American policy and culture. BLACK STORIES MATTER! To understand the depth of the injustice experienced by our nation’s Black communities and other people of color, we must listen to their stories and embrace their truths. BLACK MOVIES MATTER! Films presenting stories that reflect Black perspectives, culture and lifestyle are essential, entertaining and enlightening vehicles that drive home the need for change — at breakneck speed.

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TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Review by Martha K Baker

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am treats viewers to a life of words wrought. Toni Morrison, now 78, sits like a great Buddha throughout this excellent documentary. Clad in silver and grey and black, she is imperturbable, articulate, magisterial, satiny, wise. She makes no apologies for her work, her honors, her offerings. These pieces she is rate as significant — as essential as a quilt’s.

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TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Review by Sheila Roberts

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders inspiring biodoc, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, celebrates the life, career, and potent themes of a literary icon through intimate interviews with the artist herself and an array of distinguished scholars, writers, peers, critics and colleagues. Their collective and in-depth observations are fascinating.

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