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Networks recognizes Black History Month with programs

By Hal Boedeker The Orlando Sentinel

Television pays tribute to Black History Month with a range of programming. Among those worthy of attention:

•“Adjust Your Color,” PBS, tonight (10 p.m., KSPS-7 in Spokane, KUID-12 in Moscow, KCDT-26 in Coeur d’Alene): “Independent Lens” profiles radio shock jock Petey Greene, who was also a hustler, drug addict and convicted felon. Narrator Don Cheadle played Greene in the movie “Talk to Me.”

•“Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” TNT, Saturday, 8 p.m.: This fact-based movie tells the uplifting story of a world-famous neurosurgeon who overcame boyhood challenges. Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Carson as an adult. Kimberly Elise portrays his determined mother.

•“A Father’s Promise,” MSNBC, Feb. 8: Al Roker hosts this look at why many African-American children grow up without fathers, and also takes part in a roundtable discussion.

•“40th Annual NAACP Image Awards,” Fox, Feb. 12: Halle Berry and Tyler Perry host the event, which coincides with the group’s centennial, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

•“An Evening With Eartha Kitt,” PBS, Feb. 18: The entertainer, who died last year, left a far richer legacy than her memorable gig as Catwoman.

•“Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On?,” PBS, Feb. 23: A repeat of the “American Masters” profile of the talented but troubled singer.

•“The Blacklist: Volume Two,” HBO, Feb. 26: Sixteen prominent Americans talk about being black in America today. They include Laurence Fishburne, Tyler Perry, Maya Rudolph, country singer Charley Pride and activist Angela Davis.

•“Nothing But a Man,” Sundance Channel, Feb. 26: The 1964 drama focuses on a railroad worker (Ivan Dixon of “Hogan’s Heroes”) and his romance with a schoolteacher (singer Abbey Lincoln.). The cast includes Yaphet Kotto, Gloria Foster, Esther Rolle and Moses Gunn.

•“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … Smokey Robinson,” Sundance Channel, Feb. 27: Motown singer-songwriter Robinson discusses his career and performs.

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