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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability.

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Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis

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Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.

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Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed

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2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed.  (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009)   Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed.  (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009)   Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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Jazz and Rock Drummer Cindy Blackman

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Basic Black host Kim McLarin speaks with jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman.

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Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.

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Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Alexander reads from American Sublime, and her latest collection, Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.  Alexander was selected to compose and read a poem at Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony; she is the fourth poet in history to have been chosen for the honor.

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Tracy Sharpley-Whiting

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Author Tracy Sharpley-Whiting discusses her book, Pimps Up, Ho's Down which explores the intersection of feminism, race, and hip-hop and the ramifications of marketing images that denigrate women.pimps

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Poet Major Jackson

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Major Jackson reads from his book of poetry Hoops and discusses the inspiration behind his work as well as his thoughts on how American history has influenced the work of generations of African American poets.

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Author Cora Daniels

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Cora Daniels discusses how the concept of ghetto has permeated popular culture and how this mind-set affects communities of color.

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