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
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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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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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Angela Tucker, host of the Web series Black Folk Don't

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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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Black Book Talk
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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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