African American Issues

Wanda Sykes Interview

program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Fri, 01/10/2014

Wanda Sykes is a comedian, but so much more.  As an actor, she has had two shows on Fox.  She's also been in the hits, "Curb your Enthusiasm" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine".  And her voice has been in several animated hits such as "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Over the Hedge".  Plus, she's been in films like "Monster-in-Law" and "Evan Almighty".  But she's more than that, being a spokesperson for GLAAD and PETA.  Don Merrill talks with Wanda Sykes and runs out of time way too soon.
14:52 minutes (13.61 MB)

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and captured by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)

The Complexity and Contradictions of Class Consciousness in Nelson Mandela

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
In the Old Mole method, offering a critical though comradely commentary on the political work of Nelson Mandela, Alan Weider digs beneath the distracting and disarming veneer surrounding the late Nelson Mandela in mainstream media today. Inverting Barack Obama's neoliberal rhetoric, he argues that Mandela was not a hero because he was an individual, but because he worked with others. He also reminds us that while it's popular and not incorrect to remember Nelson Mandela as a man of peace and reconciliation, he was not above considering noncombative alternatives to nonviolence in the face of mounting state repression. 8:32 minutes (7.82 MB)

John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. 19:21 minutes (17.71 MB)

John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. 19:21 minutes (17.71 MB)

In Depth: Alan Wieder on Nelson Mandela and Apartheid

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 12/05/2013
KBOO's Jenn Chavez interviews Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid" about Nelson Mandela and his role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. 13:39 minutes (12.49 MB)

Black Book Talk on 10/03/13

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

Movie Moles on Free Angela and all political prisoners

program date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, a documentary about the 1970-72 indictment and trial of the philosophy professor, communist party member, and Black activist Angela Davis, accused of complicity in a failed and fatal attempt to free Black Panther George Jackson. Director Shola Lynch calls her film a crime drama and a love story. Denise and Jan note the oddity of Lynch's decision to promote a romantic version of the relation between Davis and George Jackson, since it was the prosecution's story that cast her as a lovesick woman, a framing Davis resisted. 15:40 minutes (7.18 MB)
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