The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Tongues Untied tribute


Margaret Blanchard - 7/16/19


Peabody recognized the late filmmaker, poet and writer Marlon Riggs and his groundbreaking POV documentary “Tongues Untied” on the 30th anniversary of its broadcast on public television at the annual Peabody Awards ceremony in May. Riggs was best known for films that explore the experience being of black and gay in America. Peabody Awards honored his POV documentary “Color Adjustment” in 1992 for its “revealing examination of the presentation of African-American life on television.”

Billy Porter, star of the FX drama “Pose,” also honored this year, introduced the tribute: “To this day, ‘Tongues Untied’ continues to wield a transcendent power over audiences with a message of self-love, perseverance, righteous anger and pain, and snap¬†divadom!”