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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Episode Archive

I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It: A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A Jamaican immigrant flees home to beat the odds to build a better life for herself and her family.

Portland author, Deloris Dallas will discuss her memoir, I Thought I Wouldn't Tell  It:  A Memoir of Hard Life and Hope.  Her story starts  on Jamaica, an island whose beauty often contradicts ugly moments in her childhood.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview with author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. 

In addition to adult novels, she has also penned a teen series, Good Girlz. This winner of the 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work will discusses her works with the Black Book Talk co-hosts.

A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou about her book, Mom & Me & Mom

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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A conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of her memory,  Black Book Talk rebroadcasts its June 6, 2013 interview with Dr. Maya Angelou.  In this conversation she recounts  her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.  As described in the book, Mom & Me & Mom,    Angelou's mother  was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence that left its imprint on daughter Maya throughout her life.

Black Book Talk on 05/01/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Sharon M. Draper, professional educator and award winning author is May guest on Black Book Talk.

Stokely: A Life

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Peniel E Joseph discusses book Stokely Carmichael: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.

The Akee Tree

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland author Stephen Hanks discusses The Akee Tree, a Portland-to-Africa search for family.

Black Book Talks interviews Stephen Hanks, author of The Akee Tree.

What would compel an African-American man to spend ten years of his life tracing his family tree from the Pacific Northwest back to slavery times in Mississippi, and ultimately to its African roots? For Portland author Stephen Hanks his quest begins with mere curiosity when he reads the obituary of his uncle, and soon blossoms into a full-blown genealogical investigation. Using standard genealogical tools—interviews, census records, and other sources—he delves into the past, soon finding that he must follow two families, his own and that of those who held his ancestors in bondage.

Black Book Talk on 02/06/14

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

The Films of Ousmane Sembene

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Amadou T. Fofana discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene
Willamette University  professor, Dr. Amadou T. Fofana, discusses his book, The Films of Ousmane Sembene:  Discourse, Politics, and Culture. on this month's Black Book Talk.

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer, often called the "father of African film."  He referred to himself as a modern-day griot, or one who is responsible for reconstructing and learning from the past in order to make sense of the present and prepare for the future. He expected African films, akin to morality tales, to spur critical thinking among viewers.

Our favorite books of 2013

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Hosts share their favorite books of 2013.

Black Book Talk hosts O B Hill, Emma Jackson and Patricia Welch offer the holilday gift of their favorite books of 2013.  Get out your pen, with all these great ideas, your holiday gift list may be completed in 30 minutes.

Independent Book Sellers

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Discussion of the role of independent book sellers in the African American community
Guests Michael Hicks, Black Rose Books; Phyllis Benton, Midnight Ramble Films; and host O B Hill, Reflections Mirror Image Books will discuss the challenges and rewards facing independent booksellers. Nationally the numbers are dwindling. Competition from chain stores and online vendors is fierce. Prospects for success are slim, at best. Why would anyone want to do this?

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Obama-Mania in the Media

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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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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
Hosted by: emmaj, Patricia Welch
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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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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