On Tuesday nights in February, stay in with AETN and tune in to an exciting series of documentaries — including “For Ahkeem,” “Agents of Change,” “Baddddd Sonia Sanchez” and “Gentlemen of Vision” — on AETN World (AETN-4). Airing on Tuesdays at 7 starting Feb. 13, the series explores the complexities of juvenile justice, campus protest culture, the Black Arts Movement, the education system and more. Keep reading to to learn how you can watch upcoming broadcasts and take action with even more available resources!
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
In one of the most volatile places in the country, Daje Shelton is only 17 years old when she faces a judge. As a last resort to keep her out of prison, the judge enrolls her in the Innovative Concept Academy – a school for troubled youth. “For Ahkeem” presents an unvarnished exploration of a complex web of juvenile justice, education, poverty and race in America today. The judge explains, "Either you make it with me or you don't make it at all.”
“Agents of Change”
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
“Agents of Change” looks at a pivotal moment when the nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power and anti-Vietnam War movements. The film examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S., focusing on two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969. Today, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing the intersections America continues to face.
“Baddddd Sonia Sanchez,”
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement. The documentary examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in black culture over the last half century.
Wondering how you can join us on AETN World (AETN-4) to tune in for “America Reframed”? Across Arkansas, AETN World is available to watch-over-the air using an antenna. However, it is at the discretion of cable and satellite companies whether they make these channels available to their subscribers. A complete list of service providers currently carrying AETN WORLD is available at aetn.org/channelinformation.
If you aren’t able to watch with us over-the-air and your provider does not currently choose to carry AETN World, though, don’t worry! “America ReFramed” documentary will be available for streaming online at worldchannel.org following its broadcast date.
It’s a great resource to visit, especially with “America ReFramed” film “Gentlemen of Vision” currently available for streaming. This film follows a year in the life of coach, counselor and founder of Gentlemen of Vision Rites of Passage Enterprises Inc. Marlon Wharton and his 2015-2016 class of young black students as he strives to rewrite their future prospects. While striving for excellence in school and in step, the team is persistently challenged by the violence and poverty of the streets that surround them.
Want to dig a little deeper? In an effort to go beyond broadcast and support ongoing engagement, World has created a Community & Viewer Discussion Guide, available here, designed to spark conversation and offer questions for continued thought and discussion around the films. A Black History Month Social Activity Toolkit is also available here.
“American Reframed,” Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 13