Preservationists are working to save the grand old Victorian home on Apple Street in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood - and for good reason. It was the birthplace of Mary Cardwell Dawson's National Negro Opera Company which launched careers and opened doors. Nicknamed "Mystery Manor," the house also hosted famous African-American entertainers, athletes and business people who were denied hotel rooms when visiting Pittsburgh. OnQ reports on Madame Dawson's Opera Company, the now-dilapidated home's glorious history and the efforts to preserve it.
WQED Local Productions - Choose A Video Below
Most small businesses have a tough start, some don't even get off the ground. But 14-year-old Lani Lazzari of Pittsburgh created her own face and body scrub business, Simple Sugars...
World War II Women Veterans
They answered the call to join the military after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. OnQ's Chris Moore profiles several local women who served their country.
WWII Veteran: Julie Parsons
Ms. Parsons is a World War II Veteran who was stationed in Washington, D.C. working on the highly “Top-Secret” efforts to decode the German U-Boat communications.
WWII Veteran: Laurette Smith Cribbins
Ms. Cribbins is a World War II Veteran who was a “Rosie the Riveter" for the Dravo Corp.
A Lifetime of Songs: Ann Walko
Ann Walko has sung the folks songs of her Carpatho-Rusyn heritage all of her life. At the age of 100, Ann is now working to preserve them. With the help...
Rachel Carson's Legacy
Long before most people understood the crucial connection between our environment and our health, a woman from Springdale, Allegheny County raised a warning flag...
Many Pittsburghers may have forgotten, but the Steelers had the first cheerleading squad in the NFL. The Steelerettes revved up the home crowd from 1961 to 1970. OnQ's Tonia Caruso...
A Beautiful Life
102 year old Mrs. Lillian Allen talks to Chris Moore about a life well lived. Through old photos and film Horizons chronicles Mrs. Allen's entrepreneurship during the heyday...
Women's History Month Programming on WQED-TV
PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock – Fri, 3/1 at 9pm
Women are the 21st century's top-grossing recording artists. This film tells the story of how we got here, tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920's to the mega stars of today. Performances and interviews with Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper and more women musicians are showcased.
American Masters "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll" – Fri, 3/1 at 10pm
During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock 'n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was a natural-born performer and a rebel -- one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century. She is acknowledged as a major influence not only on generations of black musicians -- including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Isaac Hayes and Etta James -- but also on white stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
POV "Girl Model" – Sun, 3/24 at 10pm
This film strips away the facade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth -- and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.
Austin City Limits "Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples" – Sat, 3/30 at 11pm
Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop. Raitt presents songs from her latest album Slipstream, while Staples performs songs from You Are Not Alone and Staple Singers classics.
Makers: Women Who Make America – Sun, 3/31 at 4pm
This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America's history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those -- both famous and unknown -- caught up in its wake.
#SheDocs Online Film Festival Coming in March
Women and Girls Lead brings you the best independent documentaries that tell the stories of women and girls defying odds and rising to leadership positions throughout history. Free films will be available online at womenandgirlslead.org during March in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! #SheDocs is proudly sponsored by Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Friday, March 1st: MAKERS Online Social Screening
Help us kick off Women's History Month with an online social screening of MAKERS on Friday March 1st, 11am PT/ 2pm ET. Join the filmmakers and women's rights advocates in an online chat while watching Episode 1 of MAKERS. Share your own experiences and your work to advance the women's movement over the past 50 years. Find the screening at bit.ly/MakersScreening.
Friday, March 8th: Half the Sky Online Salon
On International Women's Day, fans of the Half the Sky Movement will be gathering online for a virtual salon screening of the film using our new OVEE platform. Join us for a live chat while watching clips from the broadcast Friday March 8th, 11am PT/ 2pm ET. Seize this opportunity to discuss what authors of the book, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, call "the greatest moral challenge of our generation." Find the screening at bit.ly/IWDScreening.