An Evening WIth Ursula Burns
Date: 04/13/2013
Format: DVD

An Evening With Ursula Burns, is a one-on-one interview of Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox.Taped in front of a live audience at the New York Times Center and hosted by veteran PBS-TV news journalist Gwen Ifill. the program explores the life and career of Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company. The audience watches in amazement as the interview provides an inside look into this business and civic icon. A lifelong New Yorker, Ursula Burns tells of her poor upbringing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, her mother’s, Olga’s efforts to raise three children on her own, Burns’ start at the Xerox Cooperation as a young engineer and intern and her meteoric rise through the corporate ranks. 

 Intermixed throughout the program are live appearances of Ursula Burns mentors. Former Xerox CEO, Paul Allaire, tells of how Burns initially spurned his offer to become his executive assistant. Former Xerox CEO, Anne Mulcahy tells of how she and Ursula spearheaded a turnaround of Xerox during financially precarious period for Xerox. They worked as true partners and made history when Ursula became the first female to succeed another female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Then, business and civic leader Vernon Jordan speaks of the importance of Burns’ journey and how it symbolizes how she overcame class, race and gender in order to do so. Others provide their perspectives on her trailblazing career and her family life. They include: American Express CEO, Executive Leadership Counsel’s Executive Director and Viacom Senior Vice President Marva Smalls as well as her husband, daughter, son and sister: Lloyd Bean, Malcolm Bean, Melllisa Bean and Deborah Eastman.

 Burns earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. In 1980, she started at Xerox as a summer intern, permanently joining a year later, in 1981, after completing her master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. During her thirty year career, Burns worked in a variety of roles that included product development, planning, senior vice president and president. 

 An Evening With Ursula Burns was produced by The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) Illinois, not-for-profit corporation. The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is committed to the development of a unique online archive of 5,000 first-person narratives of African Americans, both well-known and unsung.  When completed in, the archive will represent the largest one of its kind in the world (

An Evening With Berry Gordy
Date: 02/12/2013
Format: DVD

An Evening With Berry Gordy provides a rare inside look into the life and times of boxer, songwriter, producer, movie director, entrepreneur and Motown founder Berry Gordy with PBS-TV journalist, Gwen Ifill, serving as the host interviewer. Backed by American Idol’s Ray Chew and his band, the program features live musical performances by Valerie Simpson (“I’ll Be There”) of the legendary Motown songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson. Other performers include Motown artist KEM with Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe with the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”. The performances of Brandon Dixon and Valisia LeKae who play Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively, in Motown The Musical with “To Be Loved” and “You’re All I Need to Get By” had the audiences wanting for more.

Intermixed in the show are live appearances from National Newspaper Publishers Association president, Danny Bakewell, who describes Gordy’s groundbreaking accomplishments and Reverend Jesse Jackson who tells of Gordy’s importance to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Suzanne de Passe, his longtime friend, business associate and mentee, had the audience laughing aloud as she tells of their work together and his role in putting women in leadership positions. Others provided their perspectives on “The Chairman” and his Motown Legacy. They include: Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, President Bill Clinton, Edgar Bronfman, Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble, Doug Morris and Marty Bandier.

An Evening with Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford
Date: 11/19/2011
Format: DVD

Celebrate the life and career of music’s most versatile songwriting duo, Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford! Taped live in Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium on November 19th, 2011, journalist Gwen Ifill interviews singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson about her stellar career penning huge hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” and “Solid” with her late husband, Nick Ashford, as the songwriting powerhouse, Ashford & Simpson. With performances by Patti Austin, Kindred the Family Soul, and even Valerie Simpson herself, this program will keep your feet tapping and fingers snapping as well as moving with Ashford & Simpson’s powerful and inspirational story.

An Evening With Smokey Robinson
Date: 10/09/2009
Format: DVD

Hear Smokey Robinson like you have never heard him before!  Filmed in Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern University School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium on October 10, 2009, join PBS journalist Gwen Ifill as she takes you on an extraordinary journey with the legendary singer/songwriter as he shares insights into his life and career.  Experience this one-of-a-kind interview with exciting music performances by Teena Marie, Howard Hewett, Musiq Soulchild, and even the Miracle man himself, Smokey!  Order your copy on DVD today and be front row and center for the show of a lifetime!

An Evening With Richard Parsons
Date: 11/15/2008
Format: DVD

Become inspired with this exclusive look into the life of Richard Parsons. Filmed in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on November 15, 2008, CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien interviews Parsons about his experiences in the corporate world and his influence that continues to inspire businessmen and women all over the world. Order your copy today for a truly enlightening and engaging experience with one of the leading men in business!

An Evening With Eartha Kitt
Date: 09/20/2008
Format: DVD

Here is your chance to see an exclusive and heartwarming look into the life of Eartha Kitt. Taped live in Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern University School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium on September 20, 2008, PBS journalist Gwen Ifill interviews the glamorous Eartha Kitt as she shares stories of her career on Broadway and television. This program provides rich insight into the life of a versatile star and includes graceful performances of “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Here’s To Life.” This historic program is the last live interview and performance of Eartha Kitt’s career. Order your copy of this treasured event on DVD today!

An Evening With Quincy Jones
Date: 09/27/2007
Format: DVD

Be a part of music history with this exclusive look into the life of Quincy Jones! Tape in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on September 27, 2007, PBS journalist Gwen Ifill takes you on a journey with the legendary music entrepreneur as he shares stories from his life working with music greats such as Ray Charles and Michael Jackson and his career as a composer and record company executive. Featuring thrilling performances by Lesley Gore, BeBe Winans, James Ingram, Bobby McFerrin, and Herbie Hancock, this extravagant program will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet. Order your copy of this truly extraordinary program on DVD today!

An Evening With Earl Graves
Date: 10/28/2006
Format: DVD

Explore the life and influence of Earl Graves as he shares stories that will inspire you. Taped in Chicago, Illinois on October 28, 2006, civil rights activist and politician Julian Bond engages publisher and business leader Earl Graves on his life as a leading multimedia entrepreneur. Fostering the growth of a vibrant African American business community, Graves reflects on his career since starting Black Enterprise Magazine in 1970 and provides insight on his work as well as his business and civic contributions. Order your copy of this truly enriching program on DVD today.

An Evening With Andrew Young
Date: 06/17/2006
Format: DVD

Experience the powerful history of Ambassador Andrew Young in this live television special. Taped live in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia Public Broadcasting on June 17, 2006, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews Ambassador Andrew Young about his life and legendary career that continues to inspire people. In this enriching program, Ambassador Young discusses his service as an United States Ambassador to the United Nations and, later on, as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Order your copy of this historical program on DVD today.

An Evening With Colin Powell
Date: 04/29/2006
Format: DVD

Take a journey through history with decorated U.S. Army general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Taped in front of a live audience in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University on April 29, 2006, journalist and political commentator Juan Williams interviews General Powell about his life and military service.  Gen. Powell opens about his upbringing and Caribbean heritage and shares stories on his life as a soldier and his historical appointment as the first African American United States Secretary of State.  Full of engaging insight into Gen. Powell’s illustrious career and the historical contributions of African Americans in the military, this program will continue to inspire you and generations to come.  Order your copy of this historic program on DVD today!