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    • R.J. Smith interview

    • African Americans - California - Los Angeles - Intellectual life - 20th century; African American arts - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African American neighborhoods - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century;...
    • R.J. Smith discusses his book, “The Great Black Way.” He begins by discussing some of the historical figures that his book explores, such as, Chester Himes who fathered the black detective novel. He explains how in the 1940s when President Franklin...
    • Kathryn Black interview, 1996

    • Black, Virginia, d. 1956 - Health; Poliomyelitis - Patients - Arizona - Biography
    • Kathryn Black discusses her book, “In the Shadow of Polio.” She begins by explaining that her mother contracted the illness in her 20s and had to be treated in a polio center in Seattle. Her mother was placed in an iron lung, and even after...
    • Joseph White interview, 2004 February

    • United States - Race relations; Racism - United States - Psychological aspects; African American men - Psychology
    • Dr. Joseph White discusses his book, “Black Man Emerging.” White begins by explaining that the book has two main thrusts. The first was to move beyond the stereotypes of the black man in society. Some examples of stereotypes that he uses are, “the...
    • Jill Watts interview, 2005 October 11

    • Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; McDaniel, Hattie, 1895-1952
    • Jill Watts discusses her book, “Hattie McDaniel.” She begins by explaining that the book tells the story of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Born the youngest daughter of freed slaves, Hattie McDaniel sang and...
    • Lawrence Graham interview

    • Legislators’ spouses - United States - Biography; African American legislators - Biography; Legislators - United States - Biography; United States. Congress. Senate - Biography; Bruce family; Bruce, Blanche Kelso, 1841-1898 - Family; Bruce, Roscoe...
    • Lawrence Graham discusses his book, “The Senator and the Socialite.” He begins by explaining that the book is a biography of the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, Blanche Kelso Bruce. Graham tells the story of...
    • George Alexander interview, 2005

    • Portrait photography; Photography of women; Women, Black - Portraits; Women, Black - Interviews; Hairdressing of Blacks; Hairstyles - Pictorial works
    • George Alexander discusses his book, “Queens.” He begins by explaining that the book is a collection of photo essays. He talks about how his grandmother had a hair salon, and growing up he would spend a lot of time there and understood the...
    • Thomas Parham interview, 2000

    • African Americans - Psychology
    • Thomas Parham discusses his book, “The Psychology of Blacks: An African-Centered Perspective,” co-authored with Joseph White and Adisa Ajamu. Parham says that the first edition of the book was written by White in about 1984 as an introduction to...
    • Kimberla Lawson Roby interview, 2004 February

    • Married women - Fiction; Spouses of clergy - Fiction; African American women - Fiction; African American clergy - Fiction; Black, Curtis (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses her book, “Too Much of a Good Thing.” She begins by introducing her main character Curtis Black, a philandering Baptist pastor who joins a new congregation after being kicked out of his old one. She talks about...
    • Nelson George interview, 2004 April

    • African Americans - History - 1964-; African Americans - Social conditions - 1975-; African Americans - Intellectual life - 20th century; African Americans in popular culture; Popular culture - United States - History - 20th century; United States...
    • Nelson George discusses his book, “Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African Americans (Previously Known as Blacks and Before That Negroes).” He begins with talking about how African...
    • Roy L. Brooks interview, 2005

    • African Americans - Reparations; Atonement; Government liability - United States
    • Roy L. Brooks discusses his book, “Atonement and Forgiveness.” He begins by explaining that 21 million Africans were taken from their homes and put into slavery. He discusses his career as a professor at the San Diego Law School, and how he is...
    • Baxter Black interview, 1995 November

    • Cowboys – Fiction; Rodeos – Fiction; Oklahoma City (Okla.) – Fiction;
    • In this interview, Connie and Baxter Black devote the majority of their discussion to talking about Baxter’s writing style, his life as a rancher, roper, and especially, as a cowboy poet and spend very little of their discussion to the specifics of...
    • Daryl Cumber Dance interview

    • Mecklenburg Six (Group); Mecklenburg Correctional Center (Va.); Prisoners - Virginia - Biography; Fugitives from justice - Virginia - Biography; Escapes - Virginia - Case studies; African Americans - Folklore
    • Daryl Cumber Dance discusses her book, “Long Gone.” She begins by explaining that her book is about the 6 escaped death row inmates from Mecklenburg Prison in 1984, and other tales of black escape folklore. She talks about teaching at the...
    • Joseph Lelyveld interview, 1985

    • Lelyveld, Joseph; Apartheid - South Africa; South Africa - Race relations; South Africa - Social conditions - 1961-1994
    • Joseph Lelyveld discusses his book, “Move Your Shadow.” He begins by explaining how he went to South Africa on several occasions while writing as a journalist for the New York Times. He talks about the Apartheid and the differences between how...
    • Mark Barondess interview

    • Marriage; Divorce; Antenuptial contracts; Lawyers; Simons, Gene; Tweed, Shannon; Black, Lewis, 1948-
    • Mark Barondess discusses his book, “What Were You Thinking??” He begins by explaining that he wrote the book with the intention of being candid about the realities of marriage and divorce. He shares his opinions on topics such as prenuptial...
    • Gloria Vanderbilt interview, 1987

    • Vanderbilt, Gloria, 1924–; Artists – United States – Biography;
    • Gloria begins the interview briefly talking about her great-great grandfather, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, and his views on women as a segue into talking about her life, men, and self-esteem. In particular, Gloria discusses her relationship...
    • Michael Datcher interview, 2001

    • Datcher, Michael, 1967-; Datcher, Michael, 1967- - Childhood and youth; Poets, American - 20th century - Biography; African American families - California - Los Angeles; Fatherless families - California - Los Angeles; Journalists - United States -...
    • Michael Datcher discusses his book, “Raising Fences.” He begins by talking about his early life and his choice to live with his adopted family over the real family who gave him up. Martinson asks him to read a passage about his adoption and how...
    • Alecia Beldegreen interview

    • Beds - History; Beds - Folklore; Sleeping customs; Interior decoration
    • Alecia Beldegreen discusses her book, “The Bed.” She begins by discussing the history of the bed and how it began in Egypt. She explains that the bed has always reflected human believes and rituals. Beldegreen then describes the beds during Grecian...
    • Lee Stringer interview, 2004 June 25

    • Problem children - United States - Biography; Hawthorne - Cedar Knolls School; Stringer, Lee
    • Lee Stringer discusses his novel, “Sleepaway School,” in which he recounts both his years at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a school for children at risk, and the years and events that landed him there. He explains how growing up poor and black in a...
    • Jasmine Guy interview

    • Shakur, Afeni; Shakur, Tupac, 1971-1996 - Family; African American women - Biography; Civil rights workers - United States - Biography; Women revolutionaries - United States - Biography; African Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century;...
    • Jasmine Guy discusses her book, “Afeni Shakur.” She begins by exploring Afeni Shakur’s ties to her land and the sense of disenfranchisement that she has lived with her whole life. Guy details Shakur’s early life growing up as Alice Faye Williams...
    • Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon interview

    • Musicals - New York (State) - New York - History and criticism
    • Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon discuss their book, “Broadway.” They begin by explaining that the book is a result of a 6 week PBS special on Broadway musicals. They talk about the early history of musicals, including the first performer...

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