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Richard Wright's Love Letter to Paris

Monday, January 28, 2013

WNYC

In this brief monologue, the novelist Richard Wright sends home the most glowing postcard of France one could possibly imagine. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Thursday, November 17, 2011

James Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree, and a professor at Union Theological Seminary, who is known as the founder of black liberation theology, talks about the personal and larger cultural significance of the crucifixion for blacks seeking justice during Jim Crow. 

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The Takeaway

The Legacy of the National Black Theatre

Friday, January 28, 2011

Nina Simone was just one of the immense talents to grace the stage of the National Black Theatre over it’s long history in Harlem. Others like actor Ruby Dee, and poets Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni also performed there. We look at the important cultural legacy of the National Black Theatre, which was founded by the late Barbara Ann Teer in 1968.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

African Americans Today

Friday, November 26, 2010

Eugene Robinson, politics and culture columnist and associate editor at The Washington Post, and author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black Americaexplains how he sees African Americans split into distinct sociological groups.

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The Takeaway

Rethinking The Roots of Poverty

Monday, October 18, 2010

Forty five years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan introduced the idea of a “culture of poverty.” The idea has since been derided for describing the urban black family as caught in a “tangle of pathology.” But it never lost its appeal to conservative thinkers.

And with one in seven Americans living in poverty today, scholars are revisiting the idea.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

African Americans Today

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Eugene Robinson, author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America and politics and culture columnist and associate editor at The Washington Post, explains how he sees African Americans split into distinct sociological groups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fierce Angels

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dr. Sheri Parks, associate professor in the American Studies department at the University of Maryland and author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture, discusses the mythology of the "strong black woman" in both black and mainstream culture in the United States.

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