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Panhandle PBS series Draws Regional Emmy® Award Consideration
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The Lone Star Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced producers of the Panhandle PBS series “Living While Black” as nominees for the Regional Emmy® Award for Best Documentary - Topical.

In the 2020 season of race-related protests and unrest across the United States, Panhandle PBS asked Black and biracial Amarilloans to describe what #livingwhileblack means in this country and what all of us — of every race — can do to move conversations forward to create change.

The resulting six-episode documentary today was recognized by the Lone Star Emmy Chapter, when it announced series director Hilary Hulsey and producers Karen Welch, Brian Frank and Nolyn Hill are nominated for an award for their work on the project.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said Black people experience a different America than white people, and the stories Panhandle PBS collected make King’s point strikingly clear. In more than 25 interviews, one theme proved universal: “We have to learn to listen to one another. 

“Living While Black” originally aired in March and April 2021 on Panhandle PBS. The series currently is airing in an encore presentation at 7 p.m. Thursdays. 

Full episodes and individual segments also can be found at, the station’s YouTube channel and its social media. Station members also can access the full “Living While Black” series and other premium content through the Panhandle PBS Passport app.

Topics examined in the documentary include the Black experience in Amarillo; current and historical movements for change; missing Black history; systemic racism; segregation, desegregation and the renaming of local schools; and how to move from protest to progress.

For more information, call Karen Welch, senior content producer, at 806-670-4518.

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