Black Book Talk

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Every first Thursday from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

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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"This Is Not for You" by Richard Brown

Airs at: Thu, 05/06/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black Book Talk welcomes Richard Brown, author of "This is Not For You:  An Activist's Journey of Resistance and Resilience".  Mr. Brown is a Portland community activist and photographer who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black communi... Read more

"This Is Not for You" by Portland activist Richard Brown

Airs at: Thu, 05/06/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black Book Talk welcomes Richard Brown, author (with Brian Benson) of "This is Not For You:  An Activist's Journey of Resistance and Resilience".  Mr. Brown is a Portland community activist and photographer who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police a... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: The Poetry of Langston Hughes, Walter D. Myers, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others.

Airs at: Thu, 04/01/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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The poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter D. Myers, Nikki Giovanni, Charles R. Smith Jr. and others are featured in the rebroadcast of this April 2005 program.  Recordings of Hughes and Giovanni reading their works are augmented by other readers, including progam ... Read more

Renee Watson discusses "Love is a Revolution"

Airs at: Thu, 03/04/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani's birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He's perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: February 2006 conversation with Dr Manning Marable

Airs at: Thu, 02/04/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Black Book Talk welcomed Dr Manning Marable, author of Living Black History:  How Reimagining the African- American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future.  The founding director of Columbia University's Institute for Research in African-American Studies and author of 19 b... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: "Brown Sugar Babe" by Charlotte Sherman

Airs at: Thu, 01/07/2021 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Charlotte Sherman writes, "I love being brown and wanted to write a poem to highlight the splendor of this underestimated color for young boys and girls, so they too will love the skin they are in. When I first heard a beautiful, radiant, brown-skinned child say, “I’... Read more

From the "Black Book Talk" Vault: Poet Kwame Alexander

Airs at: Thu, 12/03/2020 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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We reprise Emma Jackson Ford’s May, 2018 interview with poet Kwame Alexander and his musical accompanist, guitarist Randy Preston.  The interview focusses on Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning middle-grade novel, The Crossover. Alexander is a poet, educato... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: March, 2003 interview with best-selling author, James McBride

Airs at: Thu, 11/05/2020 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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In this repeat of a March, 2003 interview, co-hosts Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford talk with James McBride about his novel, Song Yet Sung.  It is the story of Liz Spocott, a runaway slave, shot and near death, who is wracked by disturbing visions of the future as she ... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns

Airs at: Thu, 10/01/2020 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; line-height: 16.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana}      This is a re-broadcast of our 2010 interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson about her award-wining book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great... Read more

From the Black Book Talk Vault: Wilmer Fields, "My Life in the Negro Leagues: An Autobiography"

Airs at: Fri, 08/07/2020 at 10:00am - 10:30am
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Wilmer Leon Fields (August 2, 1922 – June 4, 2004) was a household name in the Negro leagues and other baseball circuits between the 1940s and 1950s.  His son, Bennie Fields, visits Black Book Talk to discuss his father's book,  "My Life in the Negro Leagues: An Autobiograp... Read more