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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Renee Mitchell guests

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Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Poet Renee Mitchell share her work and experiences
Renee Mitchell shares what it means to be Black, a woman and a spoken word artist in Portland.  Hear them read from their works and speak of their experiences as creative women in this city.  She will also let people know about Spit/Write, the Portland Youth Poet Laureate Project.

It All Begins with "I": the New Rules of Thinking by author Stuart K Robinson

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Author Stuart K Robinson on his book It All Begins with "I"

Author Stuart K Robinson challenges us to overcome boundaries that limit possibility in It All Begins with 'I': the New Rules of Thinking.  Whether it's finishing school, finding a new job, adjusting to retirement or being stuck at a personal crossroads, It All Begins with "I" offers 14 "new rules of thinking" to guide and encourage readers through times of trial and tribulation.

An award-winning performer, director, acting coach, motivational speaker, and author,Stuart K Robinson is the CEO of the Los Angeles-based Creative Lab.

BATTY BWOY by Max-Arthur Mantle

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
A young black, gay, Jamaican comes to the US for sexual freedom only to find greater challenges.

The coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a black, gay, Jamaican where "Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head" (meaning, gunshot to gay men) has replaced the island's motto "Out of many one people." The son of an overbearing, absentee, neglectful mother, he is thrust in an environment that requires a thick skin from torments and socio-economic disparities. Suppressing his "gay tendencies" to detract being bashed or murdered, he migrates to America and breaks free from the closet to a world where he is disenfranchised and arrested. As his life spirals from bad choices, he clings to desperate measures and finds hope.

Black Book Talk on 05/07/15

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Patricia, O.B. and Emma speak with David Dante Troutt about his book, "The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America."
David Dante Troutt is Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at the Rutgers University-Newark Law School. He also serves as Director of the Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law School. 

Debrena Jackson Gandy

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with author, life coach Debrena Jackson Gandy
Debrena Jackson Gandy is a two-time national best-selling author of Sacred Pampering Principles(HarperCollins) and All the Joy You Can Stand (Random House), and her newest book, The Love Lies.  She is a transformational Speaker; Love Relationships Mentor; Business Consultant, and Personal Success Coach. She’s been Featured in Oprah’s O magazine, Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, Woman’s Day, Heart & Soul, and on Oprah.com and Redbook.com.

Renee Watson, This Side of Home

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Author Renee Watson discusses novel This Side of Home

Renée Watson is the author of This Side of Home (Bloomsbury 2015) and Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills (Random House 2012). Her work has received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Her novel, What Momma Left Me, (Bloomsbury 2010), debuted as the New Voice for 2010 in middle grade fiction. Her one woman show, Roses are Red Women are Blue, debuted at the Lincoln Center at a showcase for emerging artists.

Black Book Talk on 02/05/15

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Are We There, Yet? The Ultimate Challenge

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Martin Davis, author, Are We There, Yet?

Martin Davis, author of Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Challenge provides his blue print of  what People of Color need to do in order to change their  standing in American society. The book delivers anoutline that speaks directly to the ills black  people are facing today in America, and how they can remedy those ills internally, without the help, permission, or assistance of anyone else.

William Wells Brown, An American Life

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with author Ezra Greenspan, author of William Wells Brown: an American Life
Born into slavery and "rented" out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains, William Wells Brown (1814–1884) ended his life as an accomplished writer and activist.  A hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British), Brown went on to write Clotel; or, The President's Daughter, the first novel published by an African-American.   The fictional tale of Clotel, fathered by PresidentThomas Jefferson,  echoed well-known 19th century rumors that Jefferson had several children by his slave Sally Hemings.  He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights.

Remembering J California Cooper

Program: 
Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Re-broadcast of January 7, 2010, interview with author J California Cooper who died September 20.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as "a voice for the struggles of Black women in novels and short stories prized for their folksy wisdom and original voices,"   J California Cooper died last week at 82 years old.  The Times continued with a quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker:  "I just loved her writing," said Walker, who discovered Cooper in the mid-1980s and became her first publisher.  "She wanted to show the richness of the lives of people who often don't have much exposure.

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Nathan McCall, author of "Them"

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program: 
Black Book Talk
program date: 
Mon, 02/04/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill interview Nathan McCall about his new book, Them, a novel about gentrification.

Award winning writer J. California Cooper

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program: 
Black Book Talk
program date: 
Mon, 12/31/2007

 

 hosts O.B. Hill, Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford special guest is writer J. California Cooper. The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. Her books include Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories and Some People, Some Other Place.

Kwanzaa Black Book Talk

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program: 
Black Book Talk
program date: 
Mon, 12/03/2007

December Black Book Talk, hosted by Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford, focusing on the Kwanzaa holiday and favorite holiday books by black authors.

 

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