In Black America

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Selena Sage, publisher, inspirational speaker and author of Get Free: 7 Simple Steps to Free Your Mind & Live Your Dreams.

Born and raised in Austin, Sage graduated from the LBJ Science Academy (now LASA), and then went on to graduate from Northwestern University with degrees in industrial engineering and business.

Sage talks about growing up in Austin, becoming an author and publisher, leaving corporate America and living her life dream.

  On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Summit On Race In America: Liberty and Justice for All, held last spring at the LBJ Presidential Library at UT Austin.

Featured on the program is a conversation with Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Summit On Race In America: Liberty and Justice for All

Today's show concludes highlights of a discussion with songwriters James ‘Jimmy Jam' Harris III, Shemekia Copeland, and Wyclef Jean from the event, held last spring at the LBJ Presidential Library at UT Austin.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Summit On Race In America: Liberty and Justice for All.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Summit On Race In America: Liberty and Justice for All, held last spring at the LBJ Presidential Library at UT Austin.

Featured on the program are two civil rights legends: Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Honorable Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador, congressman and mayor of Atlanta. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Linda Burke, a board-certified OB-GYN, and author of The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to minimize risks, avoid complications and have a healthy baby. Dr. Burke is on a mission to keep pregnant women and their babies out of harm’s way.

Dr. Burke talks about preventable medical errors, labor-room problems, maternal mortality and planning your pregnancy.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a 2005 interview with Dr. Lorraine E. Branham, who was then director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

She went on to become dean and professor of journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications

Branham died in April at 66.  

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Alicia Olatuja, vocalist, composer and arranger. When you hear Olatuja sing, it’s something you won’t soon forget.

She has taken being a vocalist to a whole new level, by combining many genres including classical, jazz and R&B.

Olatuja talks about singing for President Obama, her new CD, female artists and her feminine strength.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes highlights of 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 former NFL head coach Tony Dungy, former Atlanta Falcons head coach and two-time Super Bowl champion Dan Reeves; and Clark Hunt, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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. 

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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.

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