See a bracingly candid film about 15 notables worth noticing

Created by film critic Elvis Mitchell and celebrity photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, HBO’s The Black List asks prominent African-Americans to tell their own stories, in their own words. The first installment — which featured Slash, Serena Williams, Toni Morrison, and other notables — premiered in August. But The Black List: Vol. 2 (February 26 at 8 p.m.) is equally candid, eclectic, and revealing.

The one-hour show zooms in on Gap designer Patrick Robinson, Anglican bishop Barbara Harris, and 13 others: Actor Maya Rudolph looks back on her childhood and the strangers who’d ask to touch her “ethnic” hair. Actor Laurence Fishburne describes the day he realized he’d become a father figure to a generation of fatherless young men. And the Wu-Tang Clan’s mastermind, RZA — who considers himself to be hip-hop’s reigning chess champion — talks about the lessons he’s learned from the game.

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See a bracingly candid film about 15 notables worth noticing