In Black America

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights from the 32nd Super Bowl Breakfast, in which Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell received The Athletes In Action/Bart Starr Award.

Also featured on the program are Bart Starr Jr. and former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.

On this archived edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ron Banks. The singer was a founding member of the Detroit vocal group The Dramatics, which formed in the mid-1960s and continued to play for avid audiences around the country for years.

Banks talks about growing up in Detroit, not signing with Motown Records, forming the soul group and what distinguishes them from other male vocal groups, and wanting to be a professional baseball player.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Ben Tankard, minister, motivational speaker, best-selling author, reality TV dad, and gospel/jazz musician. Tankard has been referred to as the "Godfather of Gospel/Jazz,” for his instrumental magic that has bridged the gap between two genres.

Tankard talks about his upbringing, discovering his talent, starting his ministry and his NAACP Image Award nomination. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes highlights of the 14th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute to Excellence Awards held during Super Bowl LIII week in February.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 14th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute To Excellence Awards held during Super Bowl LIII week in February.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with cardiologist Garth Graham, a former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services and president of the Aetna Foundation. Graham is a leading expert on the social determinants of health.

Graham talks about health care disparities, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and public health.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Robert F. Jefferson Jr., associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico and author of Brothers in Valor: Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor.

Brothers in Valor is a history lesson on 89 men who were awarded the nation’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kimmie Horne, an international jazz vocalist, model and actress.

When you hear Horne sing, you know she was born to be a jazz singer. She’s a descendant of the legendary songstress Lena Horne and the niece of the great singer/songwriter Cleveland Horne of the Fantastic Four.

Horne talks about the influence Detroit had on her becoming a singer, the jazz festival she started, being a spokesperson and her new CD.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Shelia Brooks, founder and CEO of SRB Communications, an award-winning advertising and marketing agency based in Washington D.C. She is also the author of Lucile H. Bluford and The Kansas City Call: Activist Voice For Social Justice.

Brooks talks about becoming a journalist, her passion for the National Association of Black Journalists and women-owned businesses, writing a book about Lucile H. Bluford, and becoming an entrepreneur. 

Patrick Caven Brown

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Derrick R. Brooms, associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati, and author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences. 

His recent study concludes that black male initiative programs enhance their sense of belonging and success in college.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Nathan Araya, a documentary filmmaker and founder of All Creative Digital. His current project is a series called "Growing Up In America." The first episode is "Mental Health Is Wealth."

Araya talks about becoming a filmmaker, why he chose mental health as a topic, his Ethiopian heritage, and why meaningful conversations build community and contribute value.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Dr. Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, and author of LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry.

Perry talks about the death of Hansberry’s father, being under the watchful eye of the FBI, challenging President Kennedy and his brother, and her association with the many activists, writers and musicians of the time.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers professor of African-American studies at Princeton University and author of  LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry.

Perry talks about why she decided to write about Hansberry, what they both had in common, why A Raisin in the Sun has stood the test of time, and why Hansberry was more then a singular figure.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with retired television journalist Bernard Shaw.

Shaw covered many monumental 20th century events, from the Jonestown tragedy to Tienanmen Square. He helped launch news network CNN as its chief anchor.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents an encore conversation with Alexander Murray Palmer Haley. Haley’s quest to learn more about his family history resulted in his writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

In celebration of Black History Month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. pays tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King would have turned 90 yesterday.

Featured on the program are the voices of Coretta Scott King, former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former President Barack Obama, and civil rights activist D'Army Bailey.

 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Michael Gibson, co-founder and chairman of Clear View Group, LLC, an African-American investment firm based in Austin. In 2016, CVG bought JETMag.com and EBONY, the iconic African-American lifestyle magazine.

Gibson talks about the investment firm, how life has changed after the purchase of EBONY and future plans for the brand.

Courtesy of Trymaine Lee

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Trymaine Lee, correspondent with MSNBC. In 2012, he joined NBC News and MSNBC as a national reporter contributing online and on air for NBC News and MSNBC digital.

Lee talks about moving from print to TV, covering major events like the 2018 midterm elections, what the results mean and the shift of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Frank Washington, the founder and managing editor of AboutThatCar, a website devoted to all things automotive.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Frank Washington, the founder and managing editor of AboutThatCar, a website devoted to all things automotive.

Washington talks about mobile devices in cars, the new leaders in the industry, and hybrid and self-driving cars.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., and author of Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win. She has spent more than four decades in corporate America. 

Fulp talks about embracing diversity in all areas of an organization, building a stronger brand, what the Partnership does and how to prepare a company for shifting demographics.

On this edition of In Black America, reporter/producer KUT's DaLyah Jones fills in for host John L. Hanson Jr. and speaks with Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop.

Walker talks about growing up listening to hip-hop, why he decided to collaborate with photographer Peter Beste, the unknown secrets of Houston hip-hop, and why this history needs to be known. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. revisits an interview with the honorable George T. ‘Mickey’ Leland, congressman from the 18th District of Texas, and he served twice as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. revisits an interview with Robert C. Maynard, journalist, newspaper publisher, editor and former owner of the Oakland Tribune newspaper.

Maynard, who died in 1993, was a charismatic leader who changed the face of American journalism, built a four-decade career on the cornerstones of editorial integrity, community involvement, improved education and the importance of the family.

Jose Pagan

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Leon Robinson, actor, singer/songwriter, and film producer. He’s known to the world as "Leon."

Leon talks about becoming an actor, playing iconic personalities, his band, and why it’s important to tell African American stories.

A Conversation With Deon Hogan

Nov 11, 2018

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Deon Hogan, cancer survivor, Michigan high school track record-holder, college All-American and former special agent with the U.S. government. He is the author of Sometime Rain Will Show You The Light: A Parable By A Cancer Survivor.

Hogan talks about growing up in Detroit, attending the University of Kansas, being a special agent and surviving cancer.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Mahisha Dellinger, author, reality TV host and founder and CEO of Curls Beauty Brands. Founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, Calif., Curls is a leader in the natural hair care industry.

Dellinger talks about growing up in Sacramento, leaving her corporate job, being a single mother, launching Curls and assisting African-American women with their businesses.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Tawan Davis, chief executive officer and managing partner of The Steinbridge Group.

Davis talks about growing up in Portland, Ore., taking advantage of his Ivy League education, his commitment to working-class families, and why investing in the urban single-family home market makes good business sense.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kelly Jenrette and Melvin Jackson Jr. They are the first African-American married couple to both earn Emmy Award nominations in the same year.

Jenrette and Jackson talk about their Emmy nominations and acting careers, how the industry is changing, the importance of staying focused, and juggling two careers. 

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