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What to Watch on Monday: ‘Black Memorabilia’ documentary features dealers at Raleigh flea market

A factory in China that makes reproductions of black memorabilia items as show in the Independent Lens documentary “Black Memorabilia.”
A factory in China that makes reproductions of black memorabilia items as show in the Independent Lens documentary “Black Memorabilia.” C-Line Films

Black Memorabilia (10 p.m., Independent Lens) - This Independent Lens documentary directed by Chico Colvard examines the complicated issue of producing, consuming and reclaiming black memorabilia (we’re talking primarily about the demeaning Mammy/Little Black Sambo genre of memorabilia). Due to high demand, this stuff is actually still being produced in China, and that’s where the film starts. When it moves to the “consumption” segment, the action starts in Raleigh at the NC State Fairgrounds Flea Market. That segment follows antiques dealer Joy Shivar of Huntersville, who specializes in Civil War and black memorabilia. The action doesn’t stay in Raleigh too long, following Shivar as she travels across the South (exactly where, we are never told) to various shows where this stuff is sold. The final portion of the movie follows Alexandria Smith, an African American artist based in Brooklyn, who is working to reclaim the racist imagery in her work.

Also on tonight . . .

The Bachelor (8 p.m., ABC) - The last couple of weeks have focused a lot on our remaining NC candidate, Caelynn Miller-Keyes (the 2018 Miss North Carolina USA), but we think tonight’s Week 5 episode will spend more time with some of the other women. Heather gets the one-on-one date when the action moves to Thailand, and there is major conflict at the big cocktail party near the end of the show.

I Am the night (9 p.m., TNT) - Fauna, newly arrived in Los Angeles, tries to track down her family, including her mysterious grandfather George Hodel. FYI: this is the second episode of the new dramatic series starring Chris Pine and India Eisley, based on real events surrounding the Black Dahlia murder.

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