Black men are in crisis. And the long-standing ideal
of the Strong Black Men might be at the heart of the problems that black
men face today.In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll
explore a revolutionary model of black masculinity, a New Black Man. Also,
the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Edward P. Jones. We'll explore the
lives of some of the characters in his new short-story collection,
All Aunt Hagar's Children.
Neal talks about his book, "New Black Man" with Steve
Paulson. Neal considers himself a feminist and thinks that the traditional
stereotypes of the Strong Black Man have contributed to the problems
that Black men face today. Also, we hear a brief performance excerpt
from Chuck Knipp who performs in blackface as Shirley Q. Liquor, then
Jim Fleming talks with John Strausbaugh, author of "Black
Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult and Imitation in American Popular
Culture." Strausbaugh says blackface (and whiteface) have long
histories in this country and helped Americans learn to live with each
P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, "The Known
World." His short story collection is called "All Aunt Hagar's
Children." We hear reading from the audiobook version performed
by Peter Francis James. Jones tells Steve Paulson about some of the
stories. Also, Hank Klibanoff is managing editor for news at
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He and Gene Roberts are the co-authors
of "The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the
Awakening of a Nation." He tells Anne Strainchamps how the Emmett
Till trial changed the way crimes against Blacks were reported and how
some Southern papers kept the Civil Rights struggle off the front page.
Iverem is the author of "We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of
Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986 - 2006." She tells Jim Fleming
about the first time she saw Spike Lee's film "She Gotta Have It"
and why she thought it marked the start of a new wave of Black cinema.
And we hear clips from several of the films she cites.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-12-17-B.
Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar's Children (Amistad/HarperCollins)
|Mark Anthony Neal, New Black
|John Strausbaugh, Black Like
You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation In American Popular
|Edward P. Jones,
The Known World: A Novel (Amistad)
Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, The Race Beat: The Press,
the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
(Alfred A. Knopf)
Esther Iverem, We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing
Black at the Movies (Thunders Mouth Press)
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