Season 1: Making Black America

Making Black America: Through the Grapevine is a four-part series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that chronicles the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people—beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders, and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today.

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Making Black America

Episode 1

Hour one details how African Americans have created spaces for survival, pleasure and joy.

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Episode 1

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Making Black America

Episode 2

Hour two explores the nation within a nation built by Black Americans out of necessity.

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Episode 2

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Making Black America

Episode 3

Hour three uncovers vast social networks created by Black Americans to defeat Jim Crow.

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Episode 3

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Making Black America

Episode 4

From Black Power to Black Twitter hour four reveals safe spaces created by Black America.

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Episode 4