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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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?

Black Book Talk on 10/03/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Monthly program featuring interviews and discussions of works by African American authors

Black Book Talk on 09/05/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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If By Chance, a science fiction novel, is D'Norgia Taylor's latest work.

D'Norgia Taylor writes science fiction for all ages and all kinds of people.  "A lot of it is about escape -- getting away from whatever the issues...that you want to escape from -- or to."  Her latest work, If By Chance, deals with a generational curse that besets a small Pacific Northwest community.  This community is plagued by tragedy, humiliation and outrage; so traumatized they keep their stories even to their graves.

Black Book Talk on 08/01/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Psychologist Earl Bracy discusses racism's effect on the psyche

Dr. Earl Bracy -- a Vietnam War era combat medic, practicing clinical psychologist, and author of Too Young to Die: Inner-City Adolescent Homicides and The Making of a Psychologist -- has endured prejudice and discrimination the likes of which many Americans, black and white, will never know.

Black Book Talk on 07/04/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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In new, Maya Angelou shares the story of her relaionship with her mother

Repeat - By popular demand we repeat our June interview with legendary author Maya Angelou.   In her new book, Mom & Me & Mom, the writer shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.    Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.

Black Book Talk on 06/06/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 06/06/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Maya Angelou shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

Legendary author Maya Angelou shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother in her new book, Mom & Me & Mom.    Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told.

Black Book Talk on 05/02/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Clinton Galloway discusses his book Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.
HBO. CNN. BET.  These cable stations have revolutionized our television viewing experience and our culture as a whole. In 1979,  cable was still an emerging technology, but one that brothers  Clinton and Carl Galloway knew was worth pursuing. 

Black Book Talk on 04/04/13

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Author Jonathan R. Miller discusses mystery thriller, Delivery

Author Jonathan R. Miller writes literary fiction thrillers that include multicultural or biracial characters and themes.  His latest work,  Delivery, features a  biracial Somali man who is blinded while defending his daughter.  Ambojeem, the protagonist, settles in the relative calm of Minnesota, hoping to find a proper, peaceful home.  Instead, he stumbles into a world where black market surgeries, kidnappings, and murder are the norm. Along the way, he meets a little girl whose father has made plans for one of her vital organs, and Ambo must find a way to help the child while ensuring that he doesn't fall victim to the father's crazed ambitions himself.

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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
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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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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Black Book Talk
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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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