A Black History Month TV Special

On Tuesday, February 21st, noted author/poet E. Ethelbert Miller interviewed me on his TV show The Scholars.  Our wide ranging discussion examined the history of the Black press and Black radio, the significance of writer Richard Durham and the impact of legendary figures like boxing champion Muhammad Ali, novelist Toni Morrison and Chicago mayor Harold Washington.

Click below to see this Black History Month show and enjoy!

 


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Activism & Self-Determination

Well, it’s begun.

We’re in the second month of a new year that has slapped many of us in the face with its obvious challenges and almost unbelievable developments. The key word however is almost, since many of the events of the past few weeks will continue to percolate and reverberate throughout America and the world in the months to come.

In the midst of these serious societal changes, The Burning Spear newspaper paid tribute to a Chicago-born entertainer who used his art as a weapon against injustice. His name was Oscar Brown Jr. – a talented actor, captivating singer and dedicated activist.

The Burning Spear article examined Brown’s life (1926-2005) and his link to a mentor/friend who inspired him – Chicago writer Richard Durham.  In a review of my book Word Warrior one writer called Durham “a post World War II literary action figure.

To read and be inspired by this fascinating Burning Spear article, click on the title below:

Oscar Brown Jr. Walked and Talked Self-Determination

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