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In Black America: Kristen Gentry on her new novel Mama Said

Kristen Gentry sits on a red couch, facing the camera with a serious expression. She is in a dark green jacket and pink undershirt.
Kristen Gentry
Kristen Gentry was the former Director of Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo.

On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with author Kristen Gentry, about her new novel Mama Said.

Growing up in a suburb outside of Louisville, Kentucky, Gentry witnessed the joy, humor and love that coexist with the trauma of drug abuse within communities. Reflecting on African American life in all its complexity, Mama Said follows three daughters along with their cousins, as they come of age and struggle against their mothers’ drug addictions.

Gentry talks about growing up outside of Louisville, how Mama Said hits close to home and dealing with the trauma of drugs and depression within families.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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