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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Black Book Talk
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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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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.

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Obama-Mania in the Media

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/02/2009

The April 3rd Black Book Talk features a round-table discussion including a focus on books and other sources of material for those who are still gripped by "Obama-madness".  The hosts will even critique the "Mrs O" site devoted to chronicling what the First Lady wears. 

Author E.Lynne Harris talks about "Basket Ball Jones"

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Black Book Talk
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Wed, 03/04/2009

Hosts Patricia, O.B. and Emma speak with E. Lynn Harris, nine-time New York Times bestselling author about his latest book "Basketball Jones," which explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow.

Harris's work includes the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and the novels, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows (all three of which were named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers), I Say a Little Prayer, If This World Were Mine (which won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence), and the classic Invisible Life. His latest book is Just Too Good to Be True.

Books by Black Authors

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 02/02/2009
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Books by Black Authors

Good Books to read for this year

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 01/05/2009

Emma, Patricia and O B host a call in show with suggestions for good books to read for this year.

Jewell Parker Rhodes discusses her latest book, "Yellow Moon"

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 10/13/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford speak with Jewell Parker Rhodes, who discusses her latest book, Yellow Moon, a sequel to 2006's Voodoo Season, in which a wazimamoto, or African vampire, stalks Dr. Marie Laveau, a 21st-century doctor, modern voodoo practitioner and descendant of the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

Felicia Pride, about her book "The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs"

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 09/01/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with Felicia Pride, an author and speaker. They discuss her  book The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs, (Running Press, 2007).

Books by Black Authors

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 08/04/2008

Emma Jackson Ford, Patricia Welch, and OB Hill talk about books by black authors.

Summer reading by black authors

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 06/30/2008

Hosts Patricia and O.B. bring you their recommendations for summer reading by black authors. 

 

John Wolf

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Black Book Talk
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Mon, 05/05/2008

Emma Jackson Ford interviews John Wolf author of "Night of the Moray Eel".

Best selling author, James McBride on the horrors of slavery and the power of hope and redemption.

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Sun, 03/02/2008

Hosts Patricia Welch and Emma Jackson Ford talk with James McBride about his latest book: Song Yet Sung, the story of a runaway slave, shot and captured; hovering near death and dreaming of the future and the Code that leads her to survival.

 

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