Black Book Talk

Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors. Co-hosts Emma Jackson Ford, O B Hill and Patricia Welch review works in all genres by well-known and emerging authors. Occasional call-in shows allow audience members to talk directly to authors and/or share their opinions on works by Black authors.

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Stokely: A Life

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Peniel E Joseph discusses book Stokely Carmichael: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.

The Akee Tree

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland author Stephen Hanks discusses The Akee Tree, a Portland-to-Africa search for family.

Black Book Talks interviews Stephen Hanks, author of The Akee Tree.

What would compel an African-American man to spend ten years of his life tracing his family tree from the Pacific Northwest back to slavery times in Mississippi, and ultimately to its African roots? For Portland author Stephen Hanks his quest begins with mere curiosity when he reads the obituary of his uncle, and soon blossoms into a full-blown genealogical investigation. Using standard genealogical tools—interviews, census records, and other sources—he delves into the past, soon finding that he must follow two families, his own and that of those who held his ancestors in bondage.

Black Book Talk on 02/06/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

The Films of Ousmane Sembene

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Amadou T. Fofana discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene
Willamette University  professor, Dr. Amadou T. Fofana, discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene:  Discourse, Politics, and Culture. on this month's Black Book Talk.

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer, often called the "father of African film."  He referred to himself as a modern-day griot, or one who is responsible for reconstructing and learning from the past in order to make sense of the present and prepare for the future. He expected African films, akin to morality tales, to spur critical thinking among viewers.

Our favorite books of 2013

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Hosts share their favorite books of 2013.

Black Book Talk hosts O B Hill, Emma Jackson and Patricia Welch offer the holilday gift of their favorite books of 2013.  Get out your pen, with all these great ideas, your holiday gift list may be completed in 30 minutes.

Independent Book Sellers

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Discussion of the role of independent book sellers in the African American community
Guests Michael Hicks, Black Rose Books; Phyllis Benton, Midnight Ramble Films; and host O B Hill, Reflections Mirror Image Books will discuss the challenges and rewards facing independent booksellers. Nationally the numbers are dwindling. Competition from chain stores and online vendors is fierce. Prospects for success are slim, at best. Why would anyone want to do this?

Black Book Talk on 10/03/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Black Book Talk on 09/05/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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If By Chance, a science fiction novel, is D'Norgia Taylor's latest work.

D'Norgia Taylor writes science fiction for all ages and all kinds of people.  "A lot of it is about escape -- getting away from whatever the issues...that you want to escape from -- or to."  Her latest work, If By Chance, deals with a generational curse that besets a small Pacific Northwest community.  This community is plagued by tragedy, humiliation and outrage; so traumatized they keep their stories even to their graves.

Black Book Talk on 08/01/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Psychologist Earl Bracy discusses racism's effect on the psyche

Dr. Earl Bracy -- a Vietnam War era combat medic, practicing clinical psychologist, and author of Too Young to Die: Inner-City Adolescent Homicides and The Making of a Psychologist -- has endured prejudice and discrimination the likes of which many Americans, black and white, will never know.

Black Book Talk on 07/04/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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In new, Maya Angelou shares the story of her relaionship with her mother

Repeat - By popular demand we repeat our June interview with legendary author Maya Angelou.   In her new book, Mom & Me & Mom, the writer shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.    Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.

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Angela Tucker, host of the Web series Black Folk Don't

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Thu, 07/05/2012

Hosts O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady"), and Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman") interview Angela Tucker, producer of the web series Black Folk Don't. 

ABOUT BLACK FOLK DON’T Black Folk Don’t is a satirical documentary web series in its second season that challenges common stereotypes through interviews with black people of varying ages and backgrounds on a variety of topics. Directed and produced by Angela Tucker, Black Folk Don’t is a project of TuckerGurl Productions, with funding provided by the National Black Programming Consortium at BlackPublicMedia.org, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information and to watch online visit blackfolkdont.com and BlackPublicMedia.org.

ABOUT ANGELA TUCKER Angela Tucker is a writer, director, and producer whose career has included feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction, and Black Folk Don’t, a satirical documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes. She is a Co-Producer on The New Black, the Series Producer for PBS documentary series AfroPop. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl. For more information visit tuckergurl.tumblr.com/.

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Celebration of Black Music Month

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Thu, 06/07/2012

Hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Ford share their favorites titles of books featuring Black Music in celebration of Black Music Month.

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The Poetry of Langston Hughes, Walter D. Myers, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others.

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Thu, 04/05/2012

Hosts Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman"), O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady") read the poetry and play audio clips of the Poetry of Langston Hughes, Walter D. Myers, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others.

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Author, columnist Leonard Pitts on his latest book "Freeman"

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Thu, 03/01/2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts on his latest book "Freeman"

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts is the guest on the March 2012 edition of Black Book Talk. Since 1994, Pitts has penned a syndicated column of commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life. He is also the author of several books, including Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood,Before I Forget (a novel) and Forward from This Moment, a collection of his columns.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as MusicianSpinReader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated Who We Are, an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year—Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

Millions of readers were initially introduced to Pitts through a column he penned in response to the 9/11 attacks. His defiant, open letter to the terrorists circulated the globe, generating 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, and quoted on television and radio.

Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

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Thu, 02/02/2012
"Black Book Talk's" February interview is with Heidi W. Durrow, the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (Algonquin Books). The novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.

With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Chosen as this year's "Eveybody Reads" selection, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky received the 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist. Heidi was nominated for an 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.

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A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors.

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Thu, 01/05/2012

A look at the best books of 2011 by black authors.

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Black Book Talk on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011

African-Americans in Sports.

Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the new school : race and sports in America, will share insights into the realities of race in sport culture. Ballers of the New School is one of the first and best books to come along that effectively explains contemporary athletes and the public response to them. It challenges the well-worn narrative of sport as America's most significant site of racial progress by scrutinizing the true role of sport in mobilizing and shaping definitions, social relations, and public life. American sport culture performs and propagates rituals, symbols, and expressions of fear and difference that sustain racism, and notions of racial supremacy and block bridges to racial progress.

Dr. Lewis is the guest speaker at the opening of "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience." This travelling exhibit, presented by Multnomah County Library, tells the story of black baseball players over the past century and a half. The exhibition also looks at the origins of the sport and the history of baseball and race relations in Oregon.

http://www.multcolib.org/events/baseball

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Black Book Talk 11/03/2011

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/03/2011

Monthly discussion of books by African-American authors.  Hosted by Emma Jackson Ford ("Bookwoman"), O B Hill, historian and bookseller, and Patricia Welch ("Library Lady"), program features interviews by local and nationally known writers.  This is a round-table discussions of favorite books by three co-hosts.


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Lillian Whitlow on "A Soldier Without a Country: Based on the Life of Sgt. Carlis Calvin"

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 06/02/2011

 Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill, interview Lillian Whitlow about her book A Soldier Without a Country: Based on the Life of Sgt. Carlis Calvin.  

"A Soldier Without A Country tells the story of Sgt. Carlis Calvin's struggle to survive after he was given a dishonorable discharge by his captain, after he was accused of stealing approximately $3.00 worth of food from his mess hall. After he served several months in the stockade, he was stripped of his medals and uniform and was told not to come back on the post again. He endured hardships for forty-seven years. In 1996 President Bill Clinton restored his honorable discharge and his medals were returned."

Avel Gordley talks about her memoir "Remembering the Power of Words"

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/05/2011

Hosts Patricia Welch, O.B. Hill and Emma Jackson Ford speak with former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordley about her memoir Remembering the Power of WordsAvel Gordly is the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. Remembering the Power of Words is the inaugural volume in the Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest Series, and recounts the personal and professional journey of Ms. Gordly. OSU Press describes the book as:

a brave and honest telling of Gordly’s life. She shares the challenges and struggles she faced growing up black in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her determination to attend college, the dedication to activism that took her from Portland to Africa, and her eventual decision to run for a seat in the state legislature.

That words have power is a constant undercurrent in Gordly’s account and a truth she learned early in life.

Important as a biographical account of one significant Oregonian’s story, the book also contributes “broader narratives touching on Black history (and Oregon’s place within it), and most particularly the politics associated with being an African American woman,” according to series editor Melody Rose. 

 

 

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