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New on TV today: Sunday 31 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Jul 2022
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How It Feels to Be Free

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, History

How It Feels to Be Free

How It Feels to Be Free takes an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics and entertainment.

It tells the story of how six trailblazing performers - Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier - changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.

The film tells the stories of Lena Horne, the first Black woman signed to a major studio; Abbey Lincoln, the "Black Marilyn Monroe" turned protest singer and activist; Diahann Carroll, the first Black woman to both win a Tony Award and star in her own TV series in a role other than a maid; Nina Simone, the revolutionary musical prodigy; Pam Grier, the first female action hero; and actress Cicely Tyson, the proud race woman who uses her art as a form of protest.

How It Feels to Be Free explores how these women reshaped the way Black women were represented on stage and screen and how Black female entertainers who came after them built off their success, learned from their failures, and continue working to change the industry.

The documentary features archival performances and interviews with the trailblazers, new interviews with Diahann Carroll and Pam Grier, and interviews from some of the industry's leading entertainers such as Alicia Keys, Lena Waithe, Halle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film is based on the book How it Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement by Ruth Feldstein.
 

Mathis Family Matters

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Mathis Family Matters

Judge Greg Mathis, Sr. and his family are ready to share their unfiltered lives with the world.

The Judge might rule the courtroom, but at home he is just "Dad".

Judge Mathis, his wife Linda and their four grown children - Jade, Camara, Greg Jr. and Amir - along with their own careers, relationships, personalities and off the wall dynamics are ready to take Los Angeles by storm.

The family docu-series offers a rare look into the Mathis' exclusive Hollywood lifestyle and family fun.

Mathis Family Matters follows Judge Mathis and his wife, Linda as two of their adult children move back to Los Angeles to all find their way and join the rest of the family.

Judge Mathis has had great success helping others, but when it comes to his family, his opinions and being an "expert on everything" sometimes falls flat as he helps to guide his children through adulthood.

Linda, the matriarch of the family, has a quick wit personality and since this is the first time the family has been under one roof in long time, it's her mission to keep everyone together through the ups and downs.

The firstborn, Jade is living life to the fullest on both coasts, as she decides if her dreams of being a full-time motivational speaker outweigh her career in law.

Camara can do no wrong in the eyes of the Judge, and with the nickname "Mother Mathis" she has started a family of her own along with her husband, Ryan and daughters Nora and Zara.

Camara is trying to manage it all as she works on balancing family life and her law career.

Greg Jr. and his long-term boyfriend Elliott are busy working on multiple real estate ventures, and as they take their relationship to the next level they struggle with sharing their true bond with the world.

The youngest, Amir, is building his own production empire, and after a recent divorce he jumps right back into another serious relationship causing his siblings to intercede with a love intervention.

The Mathis crew is ready to shake things up with fun, big laughs and family love at the core.
 

Frozen Obsession

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature

Frozen Obsession

Climate change is a critical scientific / social issue and nowhere is the warming climate more pronounced than in the Arctic.

Frozen Obsession follows an expedition through the Canadian Arctic aboard an icebreaker to examine how the melting Arctic affects us all.

It takes the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden.
 

Sharks vs. the World

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 17h15
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Sharks vs. the World

Witness incredible shark run-ins, like never before.

Ever feel like the world is working against you? Try being a shark.

These predators of the deep have some serious beef with just about everyone.

Whales, tuna, surfers, swimmers - they're at odds with them all.

In face-off after face-off, sharks prove they are the ultimate survivors.

Whether it's an unsuspecting surfer who's tangled up with a Tiger Shark, or a sea lion colony swimming for their lives, or even a Great White attack on a whale, this doc examines the strategy, patience and discernment behind these powerhouse predators, as well as the tools scientists are developing to get even closer to them.

 

Channels in this post: SABC2, E! Africa, Curiosity Channel, Nat Geo Wild



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