Screening & Reception
Advance Screening & Reception – Unsung Hollywood: Dick Gregory
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:30p – 9:30p
followed by a Q&A with
DICK GREGORY and ROLAND MARTIN
(RSVP is closed)
About “Unsung Hollywood”
TV One is expanding its NAACP Image Awards-winning Unsung franchise with new series Unsung Hollywood. The series shares rare stories from film, television, comedy and sports stars through clips, archival and contemporary performances, and exclusively shot, behind-the-scenes footage. As with Unsung, Unsung Hollywood also features in-depth personal interviews with the talent as well as their family members, friends, industry associates, fellow entertainers and various cultural commentators.
Dick Gregory Episode
An African-American satirist, civil rights soldier, author, nutritionist, presidential and mayoral candidate. His wit, spontaneity and fearlessness gave him the skill to knock down the doors of racism, intolerance and corruption for over six decades. A close friend of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, Gregory was politically engaged to a degree no comedian has ever been before or since.
Gregory was a regular on the front lines of Birmingham and Selma, where he was jailed, beaten, blackballed and forever changed. For the rest of the 60s, he channeled his political and social passions into devastating satire about racism, politics, Vietnam, and much more. His remarkable life includes ground-breaking political campaigns, hunger strikes that took him to the edge of survival, ongoing forms of nutritional activism, and a 54 year marriage that has produced ten kids. Though he broke the color line for African American comics in clubs and on television, and paved the way for countless comedians who followed, many younger Americans today know him best as the inventor of the Bahamian Diet. In this inspirational episode of ‘Unsung: Hollywood”, friends, family, civil rights leaders and fellow comics, including Bill Cosby, Dave Chappelle and Richard Belzer, weigh in on the man who changed the face of stand-up and officially ended the Jim Crow school of humor while raising the consciousness of the country and the world.