Slavery And The Making Of America, a new series, airs Wednesdays, February 9-16, 2005, 9 to 11 p.m. ET on PBS. This groundbreaking series chronicles the institution of American slavery from its origins in 1619 - when English settlers in Virginia purchased 20 Africans from Dutch traders - through the arrival of the first 11 slaves in the northern colonies (in Dutch New Amsterdam), the American Revolution, the Civil War, the adoption of the 13th Amendment and Reconstruction. With such unprecedented breadth come entirely new perspectives on and facts about slavery. These new perspectives challenge many long-held notions (such as the idea that slavery was strictly a southern institution; it was, in fact, a national institution) and highlight the contradictions of a country that was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all, but embraced slavery. Morgan Freeman narrates.
Hair Raising Prospect: The Fantastic Friends Bracelet, an electric blue bracelet made of silicone rubber and engraved with the words “Fantastic Friends” go on sale in Fantastic Sams salons across the country on Valentine’s Day to raise money and awareness for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides custom-fitted hairpieces to children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss. They cost $1, all of which is donated to Locks of Love. You can go to the salon locator at www.fantasticsams.com to find the Fantastic Sams nearest you. In the three years since Fantastic Sams has partnered with Locks of Love, more than $20,000 and 6,000 ponytails have been donated. This year, Fantastic Sams with more than 1,300 franchises worldwide, will pull together as “Fantastic Friends” to try to bring that total to more than $250,000 and thousands of ponytails for Locks of Love.
Get Personal: Astroglide Personal Lubricants introduces the new Sensual Strawberry Astroglide, long-lasting, never sticky or gritty. Sensual Strawberry Astroglide retails for $9.99 and can be purchased at www.astroglide.com. Original Astroglide can be found at most major drug stores, mass merchandisers and food stores. For more information, www.astroglide.com.
New Series: Discovery Channel launches three new series: Party Planner With David Tutera (), Dude Room () and Garage Takeover () , starting,