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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Author Rosemary Reed Miller discusses book Threads of Time, the Fabric of History

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Rosemary Reed Miller discusses book Threads of Time, the Fabric of History
The Threads of Time, the Fabric of History profiles African-American dressmakers and designers from 1850 to the present. Few Americans know that Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's wedding dress was designed and created by a Black woman, Ann Cole Lowe.  The soon-to-be First Lady was just one of Lowe's society clients.  Most people know Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus ignited the modern Civil Rights movement.  Far fewer know that Mrs. Parks was riding the bus to and from her seamstress position at the Montgomery Fair Department store.  Author Rosemary E. Reed discusses these and other talented women in the context of American history.

Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press.

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press
Interview with Carol McCabe Booker, editor of Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press.  

In 1942 Alice Allison Dunnigan, a sharecropper’s daughter from Kentucky, made her way to the nation’s capitol and a career in journalism that eventually led her to the White House.  In 1974 Dunnigan self-published A Black Woman’s Experience: From Schoolhouse to White House.  Her dynamic story reveals her importance to the fields of journalism, women’s history, and the civil rights movement, and creates a compelling portrait of a groundbreaking American.

Vivian Whitlow, Lift Every Voice and Sing

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland author Vivian Whitlow discusses book Lift Every Voice and Sing
Portland's Lillian M. Whitlow returns with Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, an anthology consisting of short biographies of  outstanding African Americans.  The founder of the Maya Angelou Writers Guild profiles historical figures whose accomplishments span the worlds of music, sports, art, literary works, theatre, politics, and other endeavors.

Robin Coste Lewis on her New Collection of Poems, "Voyage of the Sable Venus"

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

The guest is poet Robin Coste Lewis, who talks about her new collection of poems, Voyage of the Sable Venus, a meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.

Octavia's Brood, Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Walisha Imarisha discusses OCTAVIA'S BROOD, Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time.

Renee Mitchell guests

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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