Korla is the amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India. As one of early television’s pioneering musical artists, Korla Pandit’s life was one of talent, determination, ingenuity and racial passing, a story not fully realized until after his death in 1998.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) hosts the 29th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program features top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the honorees, who this year include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author Junot Díaz and actress and singer Angelica Maria, among others.
Drummer and percussionist Sheila E. hosts a concert special that showcases artists performing Latin-infused arrangements of the songs on Tony Succar’s album Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. The concert, taped in Miami, features live performances of Jackson hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.” Among the performers are Jon Secada, Angel Lopez, Michael Stuart, Obie Bermúdez, Jennifer Peña and Kevin Ceballo.
Artist Georgia O’Keeffe has been called the “Mother of American Modernism,” well-known for her flowing, colorful works depicting flowers and plants, dramatic cityscapes and Southwestern landscapes. This documentary highlights the artist’s career while focusing on the little-known story of O’Keeffe’s time spent in Columbia, S.C. as an art instructor at Columbia College in 1915-16. O’Keeffe produced a series of black and white abstract charcoal drawings that represented a radical break with tradition and led her art – and her career – in a new direction.
Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.