The BMA

BMA: Black Media Archive

The Black Media Archive is a multi-media collection of African and African-American history.
BMA: Black Media Archive

Description

The Black Media Archive is a multi-media collection of African and African-American history, including speeches, archival video, movies, music, and more. It exists as a central resource of Black history in multi-media formats.

Link: www.theBMA.org

Episodes

Episode 353: "Farrakhan Speaks: The Alex Jones Interview" (part 2)

Apr 9, 2018 31:35

Description:

In the conclusion of "Farrakhan Speaks: The Alex Jones Interview" the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sits down for a dialogue with Alex Jones of InfoWars. Presented by Final Call Broadcasting, this wide-ranging interview was recorded on January 4, 2016.

Episode 353: "Farrakhan Speaks: The Alex Jones Interview" (part 1)

Apr 6, 2018 26:59

Description:

In this episode of "Farrakhan Speaks: The Alex Jones Interview" the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sits down for a dialogue with Alex Jones of InfoWars. Presented by Final Call Broadcasting, this wide-ranging interview was recorded on January 4, 2016.

Episode 352: "A Knocking at the Gate"

Mar 20, 2018 27:38

Description:

The film "A Knocking at the Gate" (1964) was the second part of the documentary series "Minority Report." Produced by the North Carolina Film Board for the North Carolina Intercollegiate Council for Human Rights, the series stated the opinions and experiences of Negro students in North Carolina. These student demonstrators tell of the motivation and the philosophy that keeps them going, in spite of the indignities and the perils they encounter on the streets.

Episode 351: "Goodbye to Carolina"

Feb 27, 2018 28:57

Description:

The film "Goodbye to Carolina" (1964) was a part of the documentary series "Minority Report." Produced by the North Carolina Film Board for the North Carolina Intercollegiate Council for Human Rights, the series stated the opinions and experiences of Negro students in North Carolina.

Episode 350: "Art in the Negro Schools"

Feb 21, 2018 21:17

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The educational silent film "Art in the Negro Schools" parts 1 and 2 (1940) surveys the instruction of the fine and performing arts at leading African American institutions, including Calhoun, Dillard, Fisk, Hampton, and Howard. The film argues that in addition to agriculture and industry, exposure to theater, music, dance, and the fine arts produces well-rounded students and enriches their lives. The film was part of the sponsor’s Negro Education for American Living series. The foundation provided funds for parks, established the Religious Film Association, improved educational opportunities for African Americans, and fostered awareness of African and African American art.

Episode 349: "Leenya : Daughter of the Noble Blacks of Surinam"

Feb 14, 2018 12:33

Description:

This episode is the 1973 documentary "Leenya" which looks at the life of Leenya, a young woman of Surinam. Leenya uses the term "Bush Negro" to describe her people. Generally, women are topless, while men wear polo shirts. Shows peeling and detoxifying casaba and making it into flour and bread. Also features wood carving and a school boat.

Episode 348: "The Black Woman" (part 2)

Feb 9, 2018 26:34

Description:

This episode is the second part of the documentary titled, "The Black Woman" (1970) featuring poetess Nikki Giovanni, singer Lena Horne, Bibi Amina Baraka (wife of poet-playwright Leroi Jones), a performance by Roberta Flack and other Black women discussing the role of Black women in contemporary society. Produced and hosted by Tony Brown and directed by Stan Lathan, the film explores the diversity of black womanhood.

Episode 348: "The Black Woman" (part 1)

Feb 6, 2018 29:54

Description:

This episode is the first part of the documentary titled, "The Black Woman" (1970) featuring poetess Nikki Giovanni, singer Lena Horne, Bibi Amina Baraka (wife of poet-playwright Leroi Jones), a performance by Roberta Flack and other Black women discussing the role of Black women in contemporary society. Produced and hosted by Tony Brown and directed by Stan Lathan, the film explores the diversity of black womanhood.

NEW MAN DOWN SOUTH by William Gordon, Sr.

Feb 2, 2018 02:06

Description:

By supporting this project, you can help make this compelling historical narrative a reality. I’m sure you’re going to love this story deeply rooted in the South. Visit the Kickstarter page to order your copy: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/384717895/new-man-down-south-by-william-gordon-sr. For more information, visit http://newmandownsouth.com. Thanks for your support!

Announcement: New Man Down South

Feb 1, 2018 02:06

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Visit http://newmandownsouth.com for more information, then visit the Kickstarter page to donate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/384717895/new-man-down-south-by-william-gordon-sr.

Episode 347: "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (part 4)

Jan 29, 2018 24:39

Description:

The conclusion of this episode is the fourth part of the documentary, "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (1970) portraying the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968. Compiled entirely from archival and news footage, it presents an overview of the public life of the human rights leader, through the various moments that exemplified his work. From the early bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56, to an extract from the last address he gave the night before he was killed. In the process it shows Dr. King as he grew from a young minister, to the international moral leader he had become at the time of his death.

Episode 347: "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (part 3)

Jan 24, 2018 26:59

Description:

Continuing this episode is the third part of the documentary, "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (1970) portraying the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968. Compiled entirely from archival and news footage, it presents an overview of the public life of the human rights leader, through the various moments that exemplified his work. From the early bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56, to an extract from the last address he gave the night before he was killed. In the process it shows Dr. King as he grew from a young minister, to the international moral leader he had become at the time of his death.

Episode 347: "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (part 2)

Jan 19, 2018 25:57

Description:

Continuing this episode is the second part of the documentary, "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (1970) portraying the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968. Compiled entirely from archival and news footage, it presents an overview of the public life of the human rights leader, through the various moments that exemplified his work. From the early bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56, to an extract from the last address he gave the night before he was killed. In the process it shows Dr. King as he grew from a young minister, to the international moral leader he had become at the time of his death.

Episode 347: "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (part 1)

Jan 15, 2018 27:15

Description:

Happy Martin Luther King Day! This episode is the first part of the documentary, "King: Montgomery to Memphis" (1970) portraying the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968. Compiled entirely from archival and news footage, it presents an overview of the public life of the human rights leader, through the various moments that exemplified his work. From the early bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56, to an extract from the last address he gave the night before he was killed. In the process it shows Dr. King as he grew from a young minister, to the international moral leader he had become at the time of his death.

Episode 346: Rev. C. L. Franklin

Jan 8, 2018 25:44

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In this episode, Reverend C. L. Franklin delivers a sermon titled "Let Your Hair Down". This sermon was recordeded in 1972 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Episode 345: "History of the Negro People: The New Mood"

Jan 3, 2018 28:57

Description:

This episode is the seventh part of the documentary series "History of the Negro People" titled "The New Mood." Narrated by Ossie Davis this documentary explores the decade of events between the 1954 Supreme Court school desegregation ruling and the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights law. This episode in the series first aired November 21, 1965. Unfortunately, this is the last episode of this originally nine-part series that I hve been able to locate.

Episode 344: "History of the Negro People: Free At Last"

Dec 28, 2017 28:56

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This episode is the fifth part of the documentary series "History of the Negro People" titled "Free At Last." Narrated by Ossie Davis this dramatization looks at the decades after emancipation, focusing on the lives of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey. This episode in the series first aired November 7, 1965.

Episode 343: "History of the Negro People: Slavery"

Dec 20, 2017 28:41

Description:

This episode is the third part of the documentary series "History of the Negro People" titled "Slavery." Starring Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee alongside The Voices, Inc. this dramatization is adapted "from actual testimony of former slaves." This episode in the series first aired October 24, 1965.

Episode 342: "History of the Negro People: The Negro and the South"

Dec 14, 2017 29:06

Description:

This episode is the second part of the documentary series "History of the Negro People" titled "The Negro and the South." Narratred by Ossie Davis the documentary explores the meaning of 'the Southern way of life.' This episode in the series first aired October 17, 1965.

Episode 341: "History of the Negro People: Heritage of the Negro"

Dec 8, 2017 28:33

Description:

This episode is the first part of the documentary series "History of the Negro People" titled "Heritage of the Negro" featuring Dr. John Henrik Clarke and narratred by Ossie Davis. This episode in the series first aired October 10, 1965.

Episode 340: "The Great Adventure: Go Down Moses" (part 2)

Dec 5, 2017 25:12

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The conclusion of this episode of "The Great Adventure" titled "Go Down Moses" (1963) Ruby Dee portrays the escaped slave Harriet Tubman and her attempts to rescue enslaved family members and friends through the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. Produced by CBS, the film also features Ethel Waters, Brock Peters and Ossie Davis.

Episode 340: "The Great Adventure: Go Down Moses" (part 1)

Nov 28, 2017 24:34

Description:

In this episode of "The Great Adventure" titled "Go Down Moses" (1963) Ruby Dee portrays the escaped slave Harriet Tubman and her attempts to rescue enslaved family members and friends through the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. Produced by CBS, the film also features Ethel Waters, Brock Peters and Ossie Davis.

Episode 339: Della Reese

Nov 22, 2017 4:36

Description:

This episode features Della Reese performing the songs "In the Still of the Night" and "Melancholy Baby" during an appearance on the June 27, 1956 broadcast of the variety program "Stage Show" hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and their orchestra.

Episode 338: "FBI Intelligence Assessment: Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers"

Nov 17, 2017

Description:

This episode is the report, "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers" dated August 3, 2017 and compiled by the FBI Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit. The document states in its executive summary: "The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence."

Episode 337: "Rufus Jones for President"

Nov 10, 2017 21:32

Description:

"Rufus Jones for President" (1933) is a highly entertaining all-black musical short starring Ethel Waters, and introduced the world to eight-year-old Sammy Davis, Jr. in his first screen appearance. In the film, Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected President of the United States.

Episode 336: "The Warren Years: The Great Decisions"

Nov 6, 2017 23:21

Description:

"The Warren Years: The Great Decisions" (1969) examines the major Supreme Court rulings in the areas of school desegregation and civil rights, reapportionment, and criminal procedure in light of the consequences of the decisions. Presents an evaluation of these decisions by allies and critics of Earl Warren such as former Justice Arthur Goldberg and former Attorney General Ramesy Clark.

Episode 335: "The Intruder" (Part 2)

Oct 29, 2017 39:13

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "The Intruder" also known as "I Hate Your Guts" and "Shame" a 1962 film directed by Roger Corman starring William Shatner as a racist mystery man sent to stir trouble in a southern town that is about to integrate its high school. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble - trouble he soon finds he can't control.

Episode 335: "The Intruder" (Part 1)

Oct 28, 2017 44:04

Description:

Movie: "The Intruder" also known as "I Hate Your Guts" and "Shame" is a 1962 film directed by Roger Corman starring William Shatner as a racist mystery man sent to stir trouble in a southern town that is about to integrate its high school. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble - trouble he soon finds he can't control.

Episode 334: Fats Domino

Oct 26, 2017 4:38

Description:

This episode includes two performances by Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. The first is the song "Wait and See" (recorded in 1957) and the second is his performance of "Ain't that a Shame" from the film "Shake, Rattle & Rock!" (1956).

Episode 333: "The Black Cop"

Oct 22, 2017 16:03

Description:

The film "Black Cop" (1969) explores the relationship of the Black policeman to other blacks by interviewing those on both sides in New York City and Los Angeles. Points out that some see Black police officers as representing a white system which is badly in need of change, while other Blacks accuse the Black policeman of seeking only the instant authority that comes with a badge.

Episode 332: "Lay My Burden Down" (Part 2)

Oct 16, 2017 27:54

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Part two of "Lay My Burden Down" (1966) surveys the accomplishments of the civil rights movement - one year after the dramatic Selma-to-Montgomery march and the ensuing voting rights act of 1965. The documentary observes the status of tenant farmers whose average earnings are less than $1,000 per year, and who live in constant debt to white plantation owners and the company store. It explains that the rural Negro is no less hungry, no better educated and no more powerful politically than he was then, and urges that the Federal Government create more jobs, allocate poverty-funds more equitably, and police the agriculture department more effectively.

Episode 332: "Lay My Burden Down" (Part 1)

Oct 15, 2017 29:40

Description:

Part one of "Lay My Burden Down" (1966) surveys the accomplishments of the civil rights movement - one year after the dramatic Selma-to-Montgomery march and the ensuing voting rights act of 1965. The documentary observes the status of tenant farmers whose average earnings are less than $1,000 per year, and who live in constant debt to white plantation owners and the company store. It explains that the rural Negro is no less hungry, no better educated and no more powerful politically than he was then, and urges that the Federal Government create more jobs, allocate poverty-funds more equitably, and police the agriculture department more effectively.

Episode 331: "AFRS Jubilee!"

Jun 13, 2013 29:40

Description:

As part of its innovative program schedule to meet the entertainment needs of American soldiers serving in World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Show (AFRS) developed "the Jubilee!", an all-black variety show employing the most famous musicians and comedians of the time. This particular show was broadcast on July 16, 1945 and features Count Basie, Eddie Green, Hattie McDaniel, Ernest Whitman and the King Sisters.

Episode 330: "AFRS Jubilee!"

Jun 4, 2013 30:26

Description:

As part of its innovative program schedule to meet the entertainment needs of American soldiers serving in World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Show (AFRS) developed "the Jubilee!", an all-black variety show employing the most famous musicians and comedians of the time. This particular show was broadcast on November 8, 1943 and features Louis Jordan and his Tympany 5 Orchestra, Nat Cole and the King Cole trio, and Ida James.

Episode 329: "Munda Outpost"

May 28, 2013 3:16

Description:

The Army-Navy Screen Magazine was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictorial Service, under the supervision of Col. Frank Capra, who came up with the idea. It was released twice a month and shown to military troops as a 20-minute newsreel. It featured short documentary films, news from back home, and short training films. This episode is from Screen Magazine #25 (1944) reel 1, part 1, highlighting Negro engineers as they rebuild an airstrip on Munda and relax at the "Munda Cotton Club."

Episode 328: "Felicia"

May 24, 2013 12:32

Description:

This episode is the short film "Felicia" (1965). Produced by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith the film shows the life of a negro girl in Watts in suburban Los Angeles in the spring of 1965, a few months before rioting broke out. The film documents her life in a segregated community, expressing some of her disadvantages, frustrations, and hopes as seen through her young eyes.

Episode 327: An Interview with Bruce Gordon

May 2, 2013 17:12

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In this episode Bruce Gordon, a 22-year old field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Gommittee is interviewed on October 10, 1963 in Selma, Alabama, during the height of a drive to register Negro voters.

Episode 326: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 22, 2013 24:31

Description:

Happy Martin Luther King Day! On June 5, 1966, Dr. King delivered this sermon on the subject of "Guidelines for a Constructive Church" at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Episode 325: Marian Anderson

Dec 6, 2012 5:28

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This episode features a Christmas performance by the beautiful contralto Marian Anderson. Recorded in 1944, Ms. Anderson performs "Ave Maria" accompanied by the Westminster Choir led by Leopold Stokowski and the US Army orchestra.

Episode 324: Mary McLeod Bethune

Oct 25, 2012 5:52

Description:

On November 23, 1939, Mary McLeod Bethune - a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and a director of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Office of Minority Affairs in the National Youth Administration - took part in a panel discussion as part of NBC radio's weekly public affairs broadcast "America's Town Meeting of the Air". The panelists addressed the question, "What does American democracy mean to me?" With her Victorian elocution and a thunderous tone, Bethune reminded her listeners that African Americans had always been willing to die for American democracy but were still shut out from its promise of freedom.

Episode 323: "Body and Soul" (part 2)

Oct 9, 2012 41:08

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Body and Soul" (1925) a silent "race film" produced, written, directed, and distributed by the filmmaking pioneer Oscar Micheaux and starring a 27-year-old Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut. In the film Robeson portrays a minister, malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin.

Episode 323: "Body and Soul" (part 1)

Oct 8, 2012 38:10

Description:

Movie: "Body and Soul" (1925) is a silent "race film" produced, written, directed, and distributed by the filmmaking pioneer Oscar Micheaux and starring a 27-year-old Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut. In the film Robeson portrays a minister, malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin.

Episode 322: Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Sep 28, 2012 26:25

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In this episode, Reverend Jeremiah Wright delivers a sermon titled "How God Uses Music". This sermon was devilered in 2006 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Episode 321: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sep 12, 2012 22:29

Description:

On May 17, 1957 in Washington, D.C. hoping to prod the federal government to fulfill the promise of the three-year-old Brown v. Board of Education decision, national civil rights leaders called for a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Speaking last, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave this speech titled "Give Us the Ballot".

Episode 320: "Lucky Ghost"

Aug 31, 2012 1:00:57

Description:

Movie: In the 1942 film "Lucky Ghost" F.E. Miller and Mantan Moreland star as two down-on-their luck friends who suddenly hit the "jackpot" when they win the clothes, car and chauffeur of a rich man in a game of dice. They wind up in a sanitarium that's being used as an exclusive, though illegal, gambling club and get mixed up with beautiful women, jealous gangsters and ghosts.

Episode 319: Dr. Boyce Watkins

Aug 5, 2012 59:02

Description:

In this episode author, economist, political analyst, and social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins delivers a lecture at Kansas City Kansas Community College on the subject "The Importance of a College Education". This lecture was recorded on February 21, 2008.

Episode 318: "Rock 'N' Roll Revue"

Jun 28, 2012 37:23

Description:

In this episode Master of ceremonies Willie Bryant hosts an eventful evening of music and comedy captured live at the Apollo Theater and featuring such popular artists as Nat 'King' Cole, Duke Ellington, the Clovers, Dinah Washington, Martha Davis, and Mantan Moreland. Filmed in 1955, this copy is possibly incomplete coming in at just under 40 minutes.

Episode 317: Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five

Jun 22, 2012 5:18

Description:

This episode includes two recordings by Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five, "I Want You To Be My Baby" and "The Nearness of You". These were most likely recorded in the mid to late 1940s when Jordan was at the peak of his popularity.

Episode 316: Washboard Sam and His Washboard Band

Jun 2, 2012 5:35

Description:

Washboard Sam (Robert Brown) and his Washboard Band perform "Just Got To Hold You" and "Yes I Got Your Woman" in this recording made in Chicago on August 5, 1940. From the original 78rpm disk.

Episode 315: "Tin Pan Alley Cats"

May 22, 2012 7:33

Description:

This episode is the cartoon "Tin Pan Alley Cats" (1943), directed by Bob Clampett for Leon Schlesinger Productions as part of Warner Bros.' Merrie Melodies series. A follow-up to Clampett's successful "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs", released earlier in 1943, Tin Pan Alley Cats features a caricature of jazz musician Fats Waller.

Episode 314: "Paradise in Harlem" (part 2)

May 7, 2012 42:15

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1939 musical "Paradise in Harlem" in which comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave town. Lem becomes a wanderer, then an alcoholic. Finally a chance to play Othello draws him back to Harlem.

Episode 314: "Paradise in Harlem" (part 1)

May 4, 2012 42:59

Description:

Movie: In the 1939 musical "Paradise in Harlem" comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave town. Lem becomes a wanderer, then an alcoholic. Finally a chance to play Othello draws him back to Harlem.

Episode 313: "St. James Infirmary"

Apr 24, 2012 2:43

Description:

This episode is a recording of the song "St. James Infirmary" recorded in 1930 by the Harlem Hot Chocolates, directed by Duke Ellington. This particular recording was taken from a cardboard record.

Episode 312: "Dark Manhattan" (part 2)

Apr 2, 2012 34:03

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1937 film "Dark Manhattan." A low-level gangster named Curly (Ralph Cooper) determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

Episode 312: "Dark Manhattan" (part 1)

Mar 31, 2012 35:24

Description:

Movie: In the 1937 film "Dark Manhattan" a low-level gangster named Curly (Ralph Cooper) determines to let nothing stand in the way of his gaining control of the numbers rackets in Harlem.

Episode 311: "Sightseeing Boogie"

Mar 27, 2012 2:55

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In this episode Slim Gaillard and his Boogiereeners (consisting of two pianos and bass) wander around Harlem doing what can only be described as a rap in this recording of "Sightseeing Boogie" dating from September 1945.

Episode 310: "A Night-Club Map of Harlem"

Mar 22, 2012

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This episode is a map of Harlem night life illustrated by pioneering commercial artist E. Simms Campbell, the first African-American cartoonist to be published nationally (in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker and Playboy, among others). Originally published in 1932 for Manhattan Magazine, this map is focused on the area of Harlem just north of Central Park during both prohibition and what came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Episode 309: "Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A." (part 2)

Mar 17, 2012 29:50

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1946 film "Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A." Gertie LaRue (Francine Everett) is a nightclub entertainer from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She arrives on the Caribbean island of "Rinidad" to perform as the headliner in a revue at the Paradise Hotel. Gertie has earned the nickname "Dirty Gertie" for the casual nature in which she entices and then humiliates men.

Episode 309: "Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A." (part 1)

Mar 16, 2012 30:24

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Movie: In the 1946 film "Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A." Gertie LaRue (Francine Everett) is a nightclub entertainer from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. She arrives on the Caribbean island of "Rinidad" to perform as the headliner in a revue at the Paradise Hotel. Gertie has earned the nickname "Dirty Gertie" for the casual nature in which she entices and then humiliates men.

Episode 308: Rev. J. M. Gates

Mar 7, 2012 3:18

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This episode is a recording from the original 78rpm disk. Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rock Dale Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. J.M. Gates and congregation perform a "sermon with singing" on the theme "Death's Black Train Is Coming", recorded April 24, 1926.

Episode 307: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Feb 29, 2012 5:09

Description:

This episode is a collection of two recording by Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Dependable Boys and Sam Price. The first song is "The Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race" and the second is "Down By the River Side" both recorded on December 2, 1948.

Episode 306: Reverend Peter J. Gomes

Feb 23, 2012 29:58

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This episode is a sermon delivered by Reverend Peter J. Gomes at the Memorial Church at Harvard University on Sunday, February 25, 2007 to mark the first Sunday in Lent. In this sermon, Rev. Gomes addressed the subject "Lenten Lessons from Luke: When Opportunity Strikes".

Episode 305: "Ganja & Hess" (part 2)

Feb 17, 2012 54:51

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Movie: The conclusion of "Ganja & Hess" a 1973 horror film directed by Bill Gunn and starring Marlene Clark and Duane Jones. The film follows the exploits of archaeologist Dr. Hess Green (Jones) who becomes a vampire after being stabbed by his intelligent, but unstable, assistant (Gunn) with an ancient cursed dagger. Green falls in love with his assistant's widow, Ganja (Clark), who learns Green's dark secret.

Episode 305: "Ganja & Hess" (part 1)

Feb 16, 2012 55:27

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Movie: "Ganja & Hess" is a 1973 horror film directed by Bill Gunn and stars Marlene Clark and Duane Jones. The film follows the exploits of archaeologist Dr. Hess Green (Jones) who becomes a vampire after being stabbed by his intelligent, but unstable, assistant (Gunn) with an ancient cursed dagger. Green falls in love with his assistant's widow, Ganja (Clark), who learns Green's dark secret.

Episode 304: "Tall, Tan, and Terrific" (part 2)

Feb 9, 2012 21:23

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Movie: The conclusion of "Tall, Tan, and Terrific" a 1946 film starring Mantan Moreland in which professional gambler The Duke (Dots Johnson) attempts to cheat Handsome Harry Hansom (Monte Hawley), who owns a successful Harlem nightclub, out of his club and his contract with his lead singer and girlfriend Tall, Tan, and Terrific (Francine Everett). This leads to a murder that is solved by club comic Mantan Moreland and club photographer Butterbeans (Barbara Bradford).

Episode 304: "Tall, Tan, and Terrific" (part 1)

Feb 8, 2012 21:29

Description:

Movie: "Tall, Tan, and Terrific" is a 1946 film starring Mantan Moreland in which professional gambler The Duke (Dots Johnson) attempts to cheat Handsome Harry Hansom (Monte Hawley), who owns a successful Harlem nightclub, out of his club and his contract with his lead singer and girlfriend Tall, Tan, and Terrific (Francine Everett). This leads to a murder that is solved by club comic Mantan Moreland and club photographer Butterbeans (Barbara Bradford).

Episode 303: Godfrey Cambridge

Feb 1, 2012 6:01

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This episode features a clip from the classic television variety show "Hollywood Palace" originally broadcast on October 9, 1965 showcasing humorist Godfrey Cambridge.

Episode 302: "Zoot Suit"

Nov 30, 2011 2:47

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In this 1942 RCM Productions "soundie" the glamorous and talented Dorothy Dandridge performs with Paul White the duet "A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal)".

Episode 301: Harlem Globetrotters

Nov 21, 2011 7:06

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This episode features a clip from the classic television variety show "Hollywood Palace" in which the world famous Harlem Globetrotters made an appearance. Broadcast on February 6, 1965, this clip features the Globetrotters showcasing thier skill to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and playing in a game against the Hollywood Dribblers.

Episode 300: "A Time for Burning" (part 2)

Nov 4, 2011 28:40

Description:

Five years later, the Black Media Archive presents episode 300. We cannot thank our viewers enough for your support for this new media educational endeavor. Please continue to leave your comments, send in emails, and spread the word about this podcast, and we'll keep this podcast alive as long as possible. Thank you for making the BMA such a successful project and pleasure to share with the world. To commemorate our 300th episode, we present to you this gem. "A Time for Burning" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005. This is the coclusion of "A Time for Burning" a 1966 American documentary film which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to reach out to "negro" Lutherans in the city's north side. The film was directed by San Francisco filmmaker William C. Jersey, was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards, and introduced America to a young Ernie Chambers. The film was commissioned by the Lutheran Church.

Episode 300: "A Time for Burning" (part 1)

Nov 3, 2011 27:25

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Five years later, the Black Media Archive presents episode 300. We cannot thank our viewers enough for your support for this new media educational endeavor. Please continue to leave your comments, send in emails, and spread the word about this podcast, and we'll keep this podcast alive as long as possible. Thank you for making the BMA such a successful project and pleasure to share with the world. To commemorate our 300th episode, we present to you this gem. "A Time for Burning" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005. "A Time for Burning" is a 1966 American documentary film which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to reach out to "negro" Lutherans in the city's north side. The film was directed by San Francisco filmmaker William C. Jersey, was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards, and introduced America to a young Ernie Chambers. The film was commissioned by the Lutheran Church.

Episode 299: Civil Rights Roundtable Discussion

Oct 27, 2011 30:19

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In a television studio in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, a small group from Hollywood, California gathered to give their opinions on the civil rights gathering that took place on that day. As citizens committed to the cause of civil rights, they included James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Joseph Minkelwitz, and Sidney Poitier.

Episode 298: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

Oct 20, 2011 36:37

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In memory of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, who passed away on October 5, 2011, this episode is a lecture he gave in which he discusses his faith and its role in his life's work of activism in the struggle for civil rights. Although it is believed to be relatively recent, the exact date and location of this recording is unknown. This recording was made by Bill Holiday.

Episode 297: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (part 2)

Oct 14, 2011 41:33

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We're celebrating the Black Media Archive's 5th Anniversary! It's amazing to think that this podcast has been going strong for five years, and it continues to grow. Thank you for supporting the BMA over the past five years, and please continue to leave your comments, send in emails, and spread the word about this podcast. To celebrate we present the conclusion of this episode, the $2 million epic, 1927 silent film version of the American classic "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Unfortunately, this particular version of the film is incomplete, but gives the viewer an idea of the depiction of African-Americans in early 20th century entertainment. It's important to note that this version of the film actually included some real African-Americans, specifically in the role of Uncle Tom. However, it also includes some more traditional (for the time) actors in black face, and the roles of Eliza and George are played by whites.

Episode 297: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (part 1)

Oct 13, 2011 43:38

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Today marks the Black Media Archive's 5th Anniversary! It's amazing to think that this podcast has been going strong for five years, and it continues to grow. Thank you for supporting the BMA over the past five years, and please continue to leave your comments, send in emails, and spread the word about this podcast. To celebrate we present this episode, the $2 million epic, 1927 silent film version of the American classic "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Unfortunately, this particular version of the film is incomplete, but gives the viewer an idea of the depiction of African-Americans in early 20th century entertainment. It's important to note that this version of the film actually included some real African-Americans, specifically in the role of Uncle Tom. However, it also includes some more traditional (for the time) actors in black face, and the roles of Eliza and George are played by whites.

Episode 296: "Jig in the Jungle"

Oct 8, 2011 2:32

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Another "soundie" starring the lovely Dorothy Dandridge in "Jig in the Jungle" with Cee Pee Johnson & His Orchestra (1941).

Episode 295: "Cow-Cow Boogie"

Oct 4, 2011 2:41

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This episode is a classic RCM Productions "soundie" featuring the beautiful Dorothy Dandridge performing "Cow-Cow Boogie" (1942).

Episode 294: "The Negro in American Culture"

Sep 29, 2011 25:21

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This episode is a segment from an outstanding panel on Black perceptions of the American setting in art, mainly literature and drama, featuring James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry and Emile Capouya, and Alfred Kazin. Hansberry excoriates the "arbitrary and superficial approach to Negro character of white writers." Baldwin describes his sense of the polarity between being a writer and a Black American in a "state of rage." Poet Hughes explains himself boldly as a "propagandist." This show was originally broadcast by WBAI on January 10, 1961.

Episode 293: "Baldwin's Nigger"

Sep 23, 2011 43:43

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This episode is a 1969 lecture and Q&A session with James Baldwin - with involvement also from Dick Gregory, in London about the black experience in America and how it relates to the Caribbean and Great Britain. This documentary was directed by Horace Ové.

Episode 292: Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Sep 11, 2011 36:04

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This episode is the sermon given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright after September 11 titled, "The Day of Jerusalem's Fall". This sermon was devilered on September 16, 2001 in Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Episode 291: "Move On Up a Little Higher"

Sep 8, 2011 5:32

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This episode is a recording of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson singing "Move On Up a Little Higher", recorded September 12, 1947 in New York accompanied by Mildred Falls on piano and Herbert James Francis on organ. Released in early 1948, the single became the best-selling gospel record of all time, selling eight milion copies - such great quantities that stores could not even meet the demand.

Episode 290: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Aug 30, 2011 40:37

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On April 9, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this inspiring sermon at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois titled "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life".

Episode 289: "Congolaise" (part 2)

Aug 11, 2011 34:55

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1950 film "Congolaise" aka "Savage Africa" which documents the expedition that shot this Ethno-exploitation film sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa. The USA had nothing to do with the production, except show the film that was shot by the French expedition, and edited into an exploitation stinker. The expedition members consisted of a group of young French scientists. The resulting film that was taken from the extensive day-to-day footage, was chopped down to about only 68 minutes (USA time) and, while there may be unseen and untold thousands of feet on this film at the Museum of Man, the exploitation-type film that resulted was lots of native nudity, a badly-photographed gorilla hunt and the dissection of animals by the natives.

Episode 289: "Congolaise" (part 1)

Aug 10, 2011 33:26

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Movie: The 1950 film "Congolaise" aka "Savage Africa" documents the expedition that shot this Ethno-exploitation film sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa. The USA had nothing to do with the production, except show the film that was shot by the French expedition, and edited into an exploitation stinker. The expedition members consisted of a group of young French scientists. The resulting film that was taken from the extensive day-to-day footage, was chopped down to about only 68 minutes (USA time) and, while there may be unseen and untold thousands of feet on this film at the Museum of Man, the exploitation-type film that resulted was lots of native nudity, a badly-photographed gorilla hunt and the dissection of animals by the natives.

Episode 288: "Little Black Sambo"

Jul 29, 2011 8:20

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This episode is the 1935 cartoon "Little Black Sambo" produced by Castle Films and U.B. Iwekrs Studio. Based on the children's book, the cartoon was banned in the U.S. after it was originally released.

Episode 287: "The Story of Little Black Sambo" and "The Story of Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Jul 18, 2011

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Volume II in the series of "The Children's Own Books", this episode is the illustrated children's book "The Story of Little Black Sambo" and "The Story of Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1908). Published by The Reilly & Lee Co. this edition features full color illustrations, "pictured by John R. Neill".

Episode 286: Dr. Kenneth Clark

Jul 13, 2011 27:51

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This episode is an episode of "The Open Mind" in which Dr. Kenneth B. Clark sat down with host Richard D. Heffner to discuss the topic of "Brown v. The Board of Education" (1982).

Episode 285: "Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity"

Jul 5, 2011 20:28

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This episode is the short documentary produced by the NAACP "Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity" (1970, released on VHS in 1982). Narrated by Sidney Poitier, this film reviews the career of Black activist Roy Wilkins with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It outlines the growth and impact of the organization, including its role in the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education ruling by the Supreme Court and the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s. The film was produced with support from the U.S. Information Agency.

Episode 284: The Supremes

Jun 28, 2011 4:28

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This episode features a clip from the classic television variety show "Hollywood Palace" in which The Supremes perform their smash hit "Stop! In The Name Of Love." This episode of "Hollywood Palace" was originally aired on March 27, 1965.

Episode 283: "I Must Have That Man" and "God Bless the Child"

Jun 25, 2011 6:00

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This episode is two separate recordings of jazz icon Billie Holiday, first performing "I Must Have That Man" with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra (recorded January 25, 1937) in New York. The second recording is the classic "God Bless the Child".

Episode 282: "Makin' Whoopee"

Jun 22, 2011 3:53

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This episode is a recording of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald performing the song "Makin' Whoopee" (1959).

Episode 281: "Trouble Trouble"

Jun 19, 2011 5:43

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This episode is a recording of jazz vocalist Betty Roche, who began her career by winning an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, performing "Trouble Trouble."

Episode 280: "In The Upper Room" (parts 1 and 2)

Jun 16, 2011 6:04

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This episode is the 1952 two-part recording of Mahalia Jackson performing the classic gospel song "In The Upper Room".

Episode 279: "The Old Man of the Mountain"

Jun 10, 2011 7:03

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Groove along with Betty Boop in the cartoon "The Old Man of the Mountain." Featuring special guests Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, the short was originally released to theaters on August 4, 1933 by Paramount Productions. Calloway voices all of the characters in the cartoon save for Betty herself (voiced by Mae Questel) and performs all of the music in the cartoon, including three of his own songs.

Episode 278: "Jivin' in Be-Bop" (part 2)

Jun 2, 2011 28:41

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This episode is the conclusion of the 1947 musical revue "Jivin' in Be-Bop" starring Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, which included notable musicians such as bassist Ray Brown, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and pianist John Lewis. The film also features singers Helen Humes and Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, Master of Ceremonies Freddie Carter, and a group of dancers. Presented in a theatrical setting, the film offers a total of 19 musical and dance numbers. Gillespie and his band are shown performing eight songs, including "Salt Peanuts", "One Bass Hit", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", and "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped". The band plays off-camera while dancers perform during the remaining songs, which include "Shaw 'Nuff", "A Night in Tunisia", "Grosvenor Square", and "Ornithology".

Episode 278: "Jivin' in Be-Bop" (part 1)

Jun 1, 2011 28:39

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This episode is the 1947 musical revue "Jivin' in Be-Bop" starring Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, which included notable musicians such as bassist Ray Brown, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and pianist John Lewis. The film also features singers Helen Humes and Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, Master of Ceremonies Freddie Carter, and a group of dancers. Presented in a theatrical setting, the film offers a total of 19 musical and dance numbers. Gillespie and his band are shown performing eight songs, including "Salt Peanuts", "One Bass Hit", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", and "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped". The band plays off-camera while dancers perform during the remaining songs, which include "Shaw 'Nuff", "A Night in Tunisia", "Grosvenor Square", and "Ornithology".

Episode 277: Benjamin Hooks

May 26, 2011 27:53

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This episode is an episode of "The Open Mind" in which Benjamin Hooks, Baptist minister, practicing attorney, and executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sat down with host Richard D. Heffner to discuss the topic of "The Politics of Civil Rights" (1983).

Episode 276: Interview with Uncle Billy McCrae

May 21, 2011 19:54

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This episode is an interview with former slave Mr. Billy McCrae of Jasper, Texas. Interview conducted by Mr. John A. Lomax in October 1940.

Episode 275: Bill Cosby

May 10, 2011 0:42

Description:

This episode is a classic 1970s anti-drug public service announcement featuring Bill Cosby.

Episode 274: "The Bill Cosby Show"

May 2, 2011 5:04

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This episode is part of a 1969 TV special designed to make viewers excited for the 1969-1970 NBC Television Network schedule. Included in this clip are "The Bill Cosby Show" and "The Bold Ones" starring Leslie Nielsen and Hari Rhodes.

Episode 273: "Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States of the United States "

Apr 18, 2011

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The Civil War began 150 years ago in April 1861. In September 1861, in an attempt to raise money for sick and wounded soldiers, the Census Office produced and sold this map that showed the population distribution of slaves in the southern United States. Based on data from the 1860 census, this map was the Census Office's first attempt to map population density.

Episode 272: Mabel Williams

Apr 13, 2011 43:32

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This episode is part of an interview with civil rights activist Mabel Williams, wife of Robert Williams discussing their lives in Monroe, North Carolina. (August 20, 1999) Mabel Williams paints a vivid picture of segregated Monroe, North Carolina, detailing the subjugation that ate away at African Americans' sense of self. Among those who resisted was Williams's husband, Robert, the descendant of a long line of assertive African Americans, who slept with a pearl-handled revolver under his pillow. Williams remembers Robert for much of this interview, describing how his militant, assertive conviction in racial equality clashed with the rigid segregationist mentality in Monroe. Unable to assimilate in the way that many African Americans did, Robert earned the ire of white city fathers, who prevented him from finding employment in a quest to injure him and his family and undermine his masculinity. The local newspaper stopped printing his letters, one of his only safety valves for expressing the frustrations that gave him migraine headaches. But these efforts at stifling Robert's activism failed; he only grew more determined to resist white supremacy, arming himself and training fellow African Americans in armed self-defense. Guns became an important part of the Williamses' lives, whether on Robert's hip or on the seat of the car next to Mabel.

Episode 271: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Apr 4, 2011 46:49

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On March 31, 1968, only four days before he was to be assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this sermon titled, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Episode 270: "Basin Street Revue"

Mar 29, 2011 40:31

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This episode is the musical variety show "Basin Street Revue" (1956) filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers including Nipsey Russell, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn, Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers, Martha Davis and Her Spouse, Mantan Moreland, Amos Milburn, Faye Adams, The Clovers, Coles and Atkins, Herb Jeffries, and Cab Calloway. All hosted by Apollo Theatre emcee Willie Bryant.

Episode 269: Paul Robeson

Mar 23, 2011 11:46

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This episode is a collection of three songs performed by concert singer, attorney, athlete, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Included in his trademark baritone are the recordings of the songs "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (1925), and perhaps his most famous recording "Ol Man River" and "I Still Suits Me" (recorded with Hattie McDaniel) from the 1936 film "Show Boat".

Episode 268: "The Emperor Jones" (part 2)

Mar 16, 2011 38:35

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1933 film adaptation of "The Emperor Jones". Starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, an unscrupulously ambitious man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and cunningly sets himself up as emperor.

Episode 268: "The Emperor Jones" (part 1)

Mar 14, 2011 34:44

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Movie: "The Emperor Jones" is the 1933 adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. Starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, an unscrupulously ambitious man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and cunningly sets himself up as emperor.

Episode 267: Reverend Peter J. Gomes

Mar 5, 2011 35:43

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In memory of Reverend Peter J. Gomes, who passed away February 28, 2011, this episode is a sermon delivered at the Memorial Church at Harvard University on Sunday, March 1, 2009 to mark the beginning of Lent. In this sermon, Rev. Gomes addresses the subject of "The Dark Side (Human Sin)".

Episode 266: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 17, 2011 40:03

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This episode is one of Dr. King's sermons on the subject of "Loving Your Enemies". This sermon was delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama on November 11, 1957.

Episode 265: "The Green Pastures" (part 2)

Jan 4, 2011 47:31

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Movie: The conclusion of the 1936 Warner Brothers film adaptation of the hit play "The Green Pastures" God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans. This film was spoofed in the cartoon "Clean Pastures" available for download back in episode 105.

Episode 265: "The Green Pastures" (part 1)

Jan 3, 2011 45:40

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Movie: In the 1936 Warner Brothers film adaptation of the hit play "The Green Pastures" God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

Episode 264: "The Amos 'n Andy Show"

Dec 11, 2010 27:26

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On December 25, 1952, CBS aired this special Christmas episode of "The Amos 'n Andy Show". In it Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Amos explains to Arbadella the true meaning of the "Lord's Prayer". "The Christmas Story" is a very worthy tale for the holiday season. Merry Christmas everyone!

Episode 263: Jesse Owens

Sep 22, 2010 25:14

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On April 27, 1960, track and field hero Jesse Owens appeared on this episode of the classic TV show "This Is Your Life".

Episode 262: James Cone

Sep 9, 2010 20:09

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In this interview, author and theologian James Cone is interviewed by Bob Scott from the Trinity Institute (2008).

Episode 259: Malcolm X (part 3)

Aug 17, 2010 47:02

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The conclusion of the 1994 PBS documentary "Malcolm X: Make it Plain", an in-depth biographical account of the man.

Episode 252: Apartheid in South Africa

May 31, 2010 34:06

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This episode is a 1957 documentary film that explores South Africa's apartheid policy, focusing on issues such as race relations, political practices, and segregated dwellings. The footage includes several interviews with South African leaders.

Episode 251: Reverend Peter J. Gomes

May 24, 2010 14:10

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This episode is the commencement speech delivered May 16, 2010 at St. Lawrence University by the distinguished Reverend Peter J. Gomes, where he was awarded an honorary degree of doctorate of divinity.

Episode 250: "Cabin in the Sky" (part 2)

May 20, 2010 46:36

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You can now find the BMA on Facebook with our group "The BMA: Black Media Archive Theatre". Check us out. Movie: The conclusion of "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), a groundbreaking production for its time due to the decision to use an all-African-American cast. Based on the Broadway musical it starred Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and Lena Horne in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical.

Episode 250: "Cabin in the Sky" (part 1)

May 19, 2010 52:27

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You can now find the BMA on Facebook with our group "The BMA: Black Media Archive Theatre". Check us out. Movie: "Cabin in the Sky" (1943) was a groundbreaking production for its time due to the decision to use an all-African-American cast. Based on the Broadway musical it starred Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and Lena Horne in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical.

Episode 249: Lena Horne

May 11, 2010 46:10

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This episode is an interview with Lena Horne in which the singer discusses her life and career. This interview was conducted by Gene Dealessi, and originally broadcast on April 12, 1966.

Episode 248: "Five Artists"

May 6, 2010 29:50

Description:

This episode is the documentary film "Five Artists" (1971) which spotlights the work of five accomplished Black American artists: Barbara Chase-Riboud, a sculptor living in Paris; Charles White, a painter in Los Angeles; Betty Blanton, a painter-collage artist and director of the MoMA Art School in Harlem; Richard Hunt, a sculptor in Chicago; and Romare Bearden, a New York painter who uses collages and cut-outs.

Episode 247: "A Study of Negro Artists"

Apr 29, 2010 15:01

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This episode is a short silent film titled, "A Study of Negro Artists" (c. 1932). The documentary covers some important visual artists during the Harlem Renaissance: Richmond Barthe, noted sculptor (in particular, large outdoor work); James Latimer Allen, noted portrait photographer (known particularly for documenting the Harlem Renaissance); Aaron Douglas, one the major painters of the era; Palmer Hayden, another prolific painter; and Augusta Savage, the leading female sculptor of the movement. While this film doesn't tell much about them, many African American artists made their living during the day, mostly working blue collar jobs, while working on their art in their off hours. We do however get to see them in their studios and examples of their work.

Episode 246: "Queerosities: A Negro Baptism"

Apr 25, 2010 1:37

Description:

This episode is an old short from the silent film series "Queerosities" titled "A Negro Baptism" (date unknown).

Episode 245: "The Core of America's Race Problem"

Apr 21, 2010

Description:

This episode is the short book "The Core of America's Race Problem" (1945) edited by civil rights pioneer Dorothy I. Height. This 'pamphlet' discusses the causes and effects of segregation in American society, and was offered as a guide for study and action.

Episode 244: "Let My People Live"

Apr 19, 2010 13:14

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Aimed at African Americans and shot at Tuskegee University, this film instructs viewers in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis by focusing on a pair of sympathetic siblings, George and Mary, whose lives are altered by the disease. Starring Rex Ingram as Dr. Gordon, the film suggests that organized religion is an important defensive location in this particular community, and warns of the dangers of the previous generation’s superstitions and its fear of medicine. The Health Department prominently featured the film at the 1939 World’s Fair. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.

Episode 243: "Negro Pilots"

Apr 13, 2010 7:15

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This episode is the short documentary titled, "Negro Pilots" (1943) produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces. Featuring the first class of Tuskegee Airmen, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — world’s first Negro aerial fighting unit, girding for its opening sky-joust with the enemy.

Episode 242: "Wings For This Man"

Apr 7, 2010 9:49

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"Wings for this Man" is a short propaganda film produced in 1945 by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African-American pilots in the US military. The film is narrated by none other than Ronald Reagan.

Episode 241: Rev. Jasper Williams

Apr 2, 2010 25:05

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This episode is a sermon given by Reverend Jasper Williams, founder and builder of Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis. In this recording, Rev. Williams delivers a sermon on the subject of "Jesus' Funeral" (1968).

Episode 240: Tuskegee Institute Singers

Mar 31, 2010 3:25

Description:

This episode is a recording of two gospel songs, "I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned" and "Most Done Travelling" by the Tuskegee Institute Singers Quartet. This 78RPM selection was undated, but the choir made several recordings from 1914-1930.

Episode 239: "Old Country Stomp"

Mar 26, 2010 3:00

Description:

This episode is a recording of "Old Country Stomp" by country and blues music pioneer Henry Thomas. Recorded on June 13, 1928, this a square dance tune, which were still popular with rural African-Americans early in the 20th-century.

Episode 238: "Don't Advertise Your Man"

Mar 23, 2010 3:15

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Clara Smith was a part of the great migration from the south, moving from her home in South Carolina to Harlem in the early 1920s, where she became a popular blues singer. She actively recorded throughout the 1920s, including this performance of "Don't Advertise Your Man" on April 23, 1924. There is an uncredited (and very minimal) piano and ukelele accompaniment. From the original 78 rpm disk.

Episode 237: Son House

Mar 18, 2010 3:38

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In this episode, blues legend Son House performs his song "Death Letter" as recorded in England in 1965 accompanied on guitar by Jerry Ricks.

Episode 236: Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Mar 10, 2010 13:45

Description:

This episode is parts of two sermons, inluding "Burn Baby Burn" from the album "Keep the Faith, Baby!: Adam Clayton Powell's Message to the World." The LP was recorded in Bimini in January 1967 during Powell's self-imposed exile after the U.S. House of Representatives voted not to let him take the seat to which he had just been reelected to by the voters of Harlem.

Episode 235: Sweet Honey in the Rock

Mar 6, 2010 11:35

Description:

This episode is an interview with the members of Sweet Honey in the Rock (1992), from Pacifica Radio Archives.

Episode 234: "Colored People's Blue Book and Business Directory of Chicago, Ill."

Feb 24, 2010

Description:

The episode is a copy of the "Colored People's Blue Book and Business Directory of Chicago, Ill." published in 1905, and compiled by D. A. Bethea.

Episode 233: "Black Fist" (part 2)

Feb 14, 2010 46:07

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Movie: The conclusion of the film "Black Fist" (1975), starring Richard Lawson as a young fighter who is brought into the world of a Los Angeles illegal street fighting ring.

Episode 233: "Black Fist" (part 1)

Feb 13, 2010 47:01

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Movie: This episode is the film "Black Fist" (1975), starring Richard Lawson as a young fighter who is brought into the world of a Los Angeles illegal street fighting ring.

Episode 232: Leroi Jones

Feb 5, 2010 35:10

Description:

This episode is a 1968 interview with poet and playwright Leroi Jones (interviewed by Earl Anthony) about his life and work.

Episode 231: Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra

Feb 1, 2010 6:55

Description:

This episode is a collection of two songs by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long". Recorded on July 22, 1929 in New York City, "Ain't Misbehavin" was composed by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf for an all-Black revue titled "Hot Chocolates." The band includes Louis Armstrong on trumpet and vocals, Homer Hobson on trumpet, Fred Robinson on trombone, Bert Curry and Crawford Wethington on alto saxes, Jimmy Strong on tenor sax, Gene Anderson on piano, Mancy Cara on banjo, Peter Briggs on tuba and Zutty Singleton on drums. This Orchestra may have single-handedly been responsible for making swing style jazz one of the most popular musical genres during the 30s and 40s.

Episode 230: "Black Brigade" (part 2)

Jan 24, 2010 35:54

Description:

The conclusion of the television movie "Black Brigade", or "Carter's Army", which aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on January 27, 1970. A WWII drama, it starred a host of prominent African-American film actors, including Richard Pryor, Glynn Turman, Rosie Grier, Robert Hooks, Billy Dee Williams and Moses Gunn.

Episode 230: "Black Brigade" (part 1)

Jan 23, 2010 34:37

Description:

"Black Brigade" is re-release title of the television movie "Carter's Army", which aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on January 27, 1970. A WWII drama, it starred a host of prominent African-American film actors, including Richard Pryor, Glynn Turman, Rosie Grier, Robert Hooks, Billy Dee Williams and Moses Gunn.

Episode 229: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 18, 2010 48:45

Description:

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This episode is a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. Southern Baptists were not unified in their posture toward the Civil Rights movement and in 1961 the outcome was far from certain. In this speech, you will hear Dr. King cast his vision for the church’s role in racial reconciliation.

Episode 228: "Introduction to Haiti"

Jan 15, 2010 9:31

Description:

This episode is the short documentary film "Introduction to Haiti" (1942) which presents a tourist's view of Haiti: its history, tradition, daily life of the people, Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien and Henri Christophes' Palace. Presented in Kodachrome. If you can, please contribute to the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Episode 227: "The Negro Problem"

Jan 10, 2010

Description:

This episode is the book "The Negro Problem: a series of articles by representative American Negroes of today" (1903). Contributions include: Industrial Education for the Negro by Booker T. Washington, The Talented Tenth by W. E. Burghardt DuBois, The Disfranchisement of the Negro by Charles W. Chesnutt, The Negro and the Law by Wilford H. Smith, The Characteristics of the Negro People by H. T. Kealing Representative American Negroes by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and The Negro's Place in American Life at the Present Day by T. Thomas Fortune.

Episode 226: Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr.

Dec 30, 2009 32:06

Description:

This episode is a sermon titled "I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968), delivered by Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor of Salem Bible Church (formerly Salem Baptist Church) in Atlanta, GA, where he has been for over 40 years. The first of four children, born on July 22, 1943, to the late Reverend Jasper W. Williams, Sr. and Alice S. Williams, Reverend Williams Jr. was reared in a devout family environment. He came of age watching his father do God's work as the pastor of Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Pastor Williams experienced a spiritual conversion and accepted his calling at the age of six. On Easter Sunday, April 14, 1963, at the age of 19, Pastor Williams was invited to preach at Salem Baptist Church on Martin Street in Atlanta, Georgia. He left Memphis with the intention to return and become the Associate Pastor of Lane Avenue Baptist Church. These plans were thwarted when he accepted the call to pastor Salem Baptist Church on November 10, 1963.

Episode 225: "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" (part 2)

Dec 22, 2009 24:32

Description:

The second half of "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" which showcased his talents in this Musical Variety series broadcast on ABC. This episode aired March 4, 1966 with special guests, The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters, Jonathan Winters, and Johnny Hartman. Sammy ranges all over his talented scale, from singer to comedian, impressionist, dancer, drummer, trombonist and vibraphonist. He was only the second Black to host his own show. Nat King Cole was the first in the late 50's.

Episode 225: "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" (part 1)

Dec 21, 2009 21:42

Description:

A classic episode of "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" which showcased his talents in this Musical Variety series broadcast on ABC. This episode aired March 4, 1966 with special guests, The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters, Jonathan Winters, and Johnny Hartman. Sammy ranges all over his talented scale, from singer to comedian, impressionist, dancer, drummer, trombonist and vibraphonist. He was only the second Black to host his own show. Nat King Cole was the first in the late 50's.

Episode 224: Carmen McRae

Dec 14, 2009 40:25

Description:

This episode is an interview with influential jazz vocalist, composer, pianist, and actress Carmen McRae. This interview was conducted by Angela Davis on November 18, 1977.

Episode 223: "Reet, Petite, and Gone" (part 2)

Dec 8, 2009 33:57

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of the film "Reet, Petitie and Gone" (1947) is still all about the music of Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. Jordan performs 14 songs in this film, including three by his costars - June Richmond, Bea Griffith, and Mabel Lee.

Episode 223: "Reet, Petite, and Gone" (part 1)

Dec 7, 2009 33:02

Description:

Movie: The film "Reet, Petitie and Gone" (1947) was all about the music of Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. Jordan performs 14 songs in this film, including three by his costars - June Richmond, Bea Griffith, and Mabel Lee.

Episode 222: Mabel Williams

Nov 28, 2009 10:40

Description:

This episode is a short lecture given by civil rights activist Mabel Williams on Martin Luther King Day in Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 15, 2007). Williams, along with her husband Robert, was active in the NAACP leadership and in armed self-defense against the Klan in Monroe, North Carolina. The couple was exiled and engaged in international solidarity work from Cuba before moving back to the United States.

Episode 221: Rev. O.L. Holliday

Nov 20, 2009 27:15

Description:

In this episode, Reverend O.L. Holliday delivered a stirring message titled "Freedom After Awhile" to the congregation of the Second Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland (1968). This sermon was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Episode 220: Coretta Scott King

Nov 16, 2009 16:05

Description:

In this episode, Coretta Scott King, widowed only three weeks, delivers a speech from her husband's notes, including the "Ten Commandments On VietNam" on April 27, 1968 in Central Park in New York City.

Episode 219: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nov 10, 2009 19:55

Description:

This episode is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech and follow-up questioning after appearing at a demonstration supporting anti-war activitists imprisoned at the Santa Rita rehabilitation center in California on January 14, 1968.

Episode 218: "The Beulah Show"

Nov 4, 2009 25:09

Description:

This is an episode of "The Beulah Show," (1952) the first TV series to feature an African-American woman in the lead role. This episode titled "The New Arrival" starred Louise Beavers and ran on ABC Tuesday nights at 7:30 ET from October 3, 1950 to September 22, 1953 when it was cancelled after much criticism.

Episode 217: "Bubbling Over"

Oct 29, 2009 19:40

Description:

In a Harlem flat, Ethel (Ethel Waters) works night and day, feeding and cleaning up after her loafter of a husband and his exceedingly numerous useless relatives who've taken over the place without ever helping, treating her as their personal maid. "Bubbling Over" (1934) is a short "soundie," such as were the music videos of their day. Many a soundie featured all-black casts, with slim stories concocted, on which to hang a number of songs.

Episode 216: "Zouzou" (part 2)

Oct 23, 2009 41:39

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of the film "Zouzou" (1934), conceived as a vehicle for Josephine Baker, then among Europe's most popular entertainers. This was her debut talking film and a huge success in France upon its original release. It is definitely Baker's show, despite the presence of Jean Gabin, who was himself on the brink of international stardom. The film places Baker in several lavish production numbers in which she is sumptuously dressed and supported by a large chorus. But it is the poignant rendition of "Haiti" that remains indelible. Seated on a swing in an oversize birdcage, scantily clad in feathers like some exotic bird of paradise, she sings nostalgically for her Caribbean home and leaves a permanent record on film of her unique style and powerful charisma.

Episode 216: "Zouzou" (part 1)

Oct 22, 2009 42:52

Description:

Movie: The film "Zouzou" (1934) was conceived as a vehicle for Josephine Baker, then among Europe's most popular entertainers. This was her debut talking film and a huge success in France upon its original release. It is definitely Baker's show, despite the presence of Jean Gabin, who was himself on the brink of international stardom. The film places Baker in several lavish production numbers in which she is sumptuously dressed and supported by a large chorus. But it is the poignant rendition of "Haiti" that remains indelible. Seated on a swing in an oversize birdcage, scantily clad in feathers like some exotic bird of paradise, she sings nostalgically for her Caribbean home and leaves a permanent record on film of her unique style and powerful charisma.

Episode 215: "Sanders of the River" (part 2)

Oct 13, 2009 43:31

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Sanders of the River," a 1935 film about a British colonial District Officer (Leslie Banks) in 1930's Nigeria who manages to keep the peace between the African tribes loyal to His Majesty and those loyal to the African king. His right-hand man, one of the tribal leaders, Bosambo (Paul Robeson), does all he can to help Commissioner Sanders maintain the peace, but when Sanders takes a trip away from the region, all hell breaks loose.

Episode 215: "Sanders of the River" (part 1)

Oct 12, 2009 43:51

Description:

Movie: "Sanders of the River" is a 1935 film about a British colonial District Officer (Leslie Banks) in 1930's Nigeria who manages to keep the peace between the African tribes loyal to His Majesty and those loyal to the African king. His right-hand man, one of the tribal leaders, Bosambo (Paul Robeson), does all he can to help Commissioner Sanders maintain the peace, but when Sanders takes a trip away from the region, all hell breaks loose.

Episode 214: Paul Robeson

Oct 8, 2009 11:43

Description:

On June 12, 1956, Paul Robeson was subpoenaed to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). During the testimony, convened to gain information regarding his alleged Communist affiliations, and the lawsuit regarding the revocation of his passport, Robeson refused to answer questions concerning his political activities and lectured bigoted Committee members Gordon H. Scherer and Chairman Francis E.Walter about African-American history and civil rights.

Episode 213: Thurgood Marshall

Oct 1, 2009 2:51

Description:

This episode is part of a press conference with Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, who was speaking as a litigator in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) in which he explains some of what was a stake in the cases that helped eliminate segregation in American schools.

Episode 212: "Close Harmony"

Sep 28, 2009 11:14

Description:

For this episode (1942) General Motors made this wartime film to explain to the general public why it was taking so long for factories to retool for war production. While the film's MAIN focus is on the problems industry face during times of war, what's even MORE interesting is the VERY stereotypical black porter character in the barber shop where this film takes place.

Episode 211: Amiri Baraka

Sep 23, 2009 35:28

Description:

This episode is a lecture given by poet, playwright, and activist Amiri Baraka delivered at Binghamton University in February 1993.

Episode 210: Tupac Shakur

Sep 18, 2009 21:40

Description:

This episode is an interview with an 18-year-old Tupac Shakur (1989) after he was chosen to be the National Chairman for the New African Panther Party. He was interviewed by Bomani Bakari on his radio show on WRFG in Atlanta, Georgia. Shout out to James at Howard University for this one!

Episode 209: Kwame Nkrumah

Sep 12, 2009 44:56

Description:

This episode is part 5 of the documentary "Pandora's Box" a 1992 BBC documentary TV series. Part 5 titled "Black Power" is a look at how former Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah set Africa ablaze with his vision of a new industrial and scientific age. At the heart of his dream was to be the huge Volta dam, generating enough power to transform West Africa into an advanced utopia. But as his grand experiment took shape, it brought with it dangerous forces Nkrumah couldn't control, and he slowly watched his metropolis of science sink into corruption and debt.

Episode 208: "Space Is The Place" (part 2)

Aug 31, 2009 41:37

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Space Is the Place," an art film starring and written by Sun Ra, produced by Jim Newman, directed by John Coney, and features Sun Ra and his Arkestra (1972 and released in 1974). An alternate title is "Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra: Space Is the Place". A soundtrack for the film was released on Evidence Records.

Episode 208: "Space Is The Place" (part 1)

Aug 30, 2009 40:01

Description:

Movie: "Space Is the Place" is an art film produced by Jim Newman, directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra, Joshua Smith and features Sun Ra and his Arkestra (1972 and released in 1974). An alternate title is "Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra: Space Is the Place". A soundtrack for the film was released on Evidence Records.

Episode 207: Sun Ra

Aug 23, 2009 44:25

Description:

This episode is an interview with poet, mythical scientist, musician, and leader of Solar Arkestra, Sun Ra (1968). In the interview by Dennis Irving, Sun Ra discusses his mystical view of the world and humanity. He begins by defining his style of music within the concept of infinity, his role as a musical "coordinator," and the importance of music for all people. Blacks have been cast as "evil" in the Western world, which has lead to a decline in African American self value. Music, he suggests, can counter this history. Sun Ra then provides his view of the Bible. He concludes with his view of leadership and the two orders of beings who inhabit the earth.

Episode 206: Universal Negro Improvement Association

Aug 17, 2009

Description:

This episode is a brochure written and published in 1924 by Marcus Garvey that outlines the "aims and objects of movement for solution of Negro problem". This brochure was aimed at White and Black Americans alike, and was meant to provide information regarding the aims of the UNIA.

Episode 205: "Within Our Gates" (part 2)

Aug 10, 2009 39:58

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of the silent film "Within Our Gates" (1920) which dramatically depicts the racial situation in America during the violent years of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration, and the emergence of the "New Negro". Produced, written and directed by novelist Oscar Micheaux, it is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director. The film is considered an important document of African American life in the years immediately following World War I, when racism was still rampant throughout the United States. In 1992, "Within Our Gates" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Episode 205: "Within Our Gates" (part 1)

Aug 9, 2009 38:34

Description:

Movie: This episode is the silent film "Within Our Gates" (1920) which dramatically depicts the racial situation in America during the violent years of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration, and the emergence of the "New Negro". Produced, written and directed by novelist Oscar Micheaux, it is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director. The film is considered an important document of African American life in the years immediately following World War I, when racism was still rampant throughout the United States. In 1992, "Within Our Gates" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Episode 204: James Baldwin

Jul 31, 2009 56:52

Description:

This episode is a classic radio discussion between James Baldwin and R.H. Darden on the plight of Black Americans broadcast on April 1, 1968.

Episode 203: Bobby Seale

Jul 28, 2009 1:31

Description:

This episode is a short clip of Bobby Seale speaking on gun ownership.

Episode 202: Malcolm X

Jul 22, 2009 5:38

Description:

This episode is part of a speech given by Malcolm X in Harlem on the topic of housing and self defense (1964).

Episode 201: "Never trust a N***** with a gun"

Jul 18, 2009

Description:

This episode is a piece of sheet music titled "Never trust a N***** with a gun." words by C.S. Libingston and music by J.G. Lewis (1886). First Line: "Now I read de other day George Washington did say..."

Episode 200: "The Amos 'n Andy Show"

Jul 10, 2009 25:43

Description:

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for having shown your support and interest in the BMA podcast. Over the past 3+ years and 200 episodes this project has been a joy to work on, and to see it's audience grow and spread around the globe has been an exciting and inspiring experience. So again, thank you for taking the time to check out the BMA podcast, please keep sending in your thoughts and ideas, leaving comments, and making this podcast more successful than I could have imagined. I look forward to continuing to share these historic materials with you for another 100. Peace. Episode 200 is the first episode of the first season of "The Amos 'n Andy Show" which was aired Thursdays at 8:30 on CBS beginning in June 1951. It was the first television series with an all-black cast (the only one of its kind to appear on prime-time, network television for nearly another twenty years).

Episode 199: "Wehman's Black Jokes for Blue Devils"

Jul 6, 2009

Description:

This episode is the book "Wehman's Black Jokes for Blue Devils" (1897). Labeled "Chuck full of darkey fun! Colored philosophy and nigger witticisms ... Fully illustrated with near one hundred pictorial "black jokes".

Episode 198: "Hollywood Palace" (part 2)

Jun 29, 2009 27:33

Description:

In the conclusion of this episode Sammy Davis Jr. hosted the hour-long variety show "Hollywood Palace" which aired on ABC (March 15, 1969), including special guests Nipsy Russel and James Brown among others. This episode is complete with commercials.

Episode 198: "Hollywood Palace" (part 1)

Jun 28, 2009 24:43

Description:

In this episode Sammy Davis Jr. hosted the hour-long variety show "Hollywood Palace" which aired on ABC (March 15, 1969), including special guests Nipsy Russel and James Brown among others. This episode is complete with commercials.

Episode 197: "The Duke Is Tops" (part 2)

Jun 23, 2009 34:08

Description:

Movie: In the conclusion of this episode Lena Horne makes her film debut as an entertainer who gets a chance at Broadway in the film "The Duke Is Tops" (1938). She headlines for a stage show run by Duke (Ralph Cooper), but cuts her ties to Duke and heads for Broadway. But when her big debut becomes a big disaster, only Duke can save the day.

Episode 197: "The Duke Is Tops" (part 1)

Jun 22, 2009 41:31

Description:

Movie: In this episode Lena Horne makes her film debut as an entertainer who gets a chance at Broadway in the film "The Duke Is Tops" (1938). She headlines for a stage show run by Duke (Ralph Cooper), but cuts her ties to Duke and heads for Broadway. But when her big debut becomes a big disaster, only Duke can save the day.

Episode 196: "How Can These Things Be?"

Jun 17, 2009 3:43

Description:

This episode is an old-style "sermon with singing", recorded in Atlanta on February 21, 1927. Rev. William Ransom speaks on the text "How Can These Things Be?", accompanied by singers. This episode is taken from a 78rpm disk.

Episode 195: Mahalia Jackson

Jun 13, 2009 4:45

Description:

Mahalia Jackson appeared on "The Nat King Cole Show" on NBC on November 12, 1957 to perform and promote their new film, "St. Louis Blues". This is a clip of her singing the song "Steal Away" as only she could.

Episode 194: "Big Road Blues"

Jun 8, 2009 3:26

Description:

This episode is the song "Big Road Blues" recorded by blues legend Tommy Johnson (1928).

Episode 193: "Killer Diller" (part 2)

Jun 1, 2009 38:46

Description:

The conclusion of the musical comedy "Killer Diller" (1948), one of the filmed vaudeville shows that played to black theaters in the 40's and 50's. What follows are some dynamite musical and comedy acts including Nat King Cole and Jackie 'Moms' Mabley.

Episode 193: "Killer Diller" (part 1)

May 31, 2009 34:32

Description:

This episode is the musical comedy "Killer Diller" (1948), one of the filmed vaudeville shows that played to black theaters in the 40's and 50's. What follows are some dynamite musical and comedy acts including Nat King Cole and Jackie 'Moms' Mabley.

Episode 192: Diahann Carroll

May 26, 2009 3:16

Description:

This episode is taken from a rare episode of the 50's TV show "Coke Time" (1953) and features a performance by Broadway star Diahann Carroll.

Episode 191: "Plymouth News Caravan"

May 22, 2009 2:46

Description:

This episode is a segment from the "Plymouth News Caravan," (April 18, 1955) that was broadcast on NBC reporting on the progression of school integration in the south.

Episode 190: Dick Gregory

May 18, 2009 8:40

Description:

This episode is an interview clip with comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory taken from the movie "Letter to the President". (2005)

Episode 189: "Stag O Lee Blues"

May 11, 2009 3:03

Description:

This episode is the popular blues song "Stag O Lee" recorded by Mississippi John Hurt (1928). The song's lyrics were based on the murder of William "Billy" Lyons by "Stagger" Lee Shelton on Christmas Eve, 1895 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Episode 188: "The Right Side" (part 2)

May 6, 2009 23:16

Description:

In the conclusion of this episode of "The Right Side" host Armstrong Williams interviews Dr. Boyd Graves about his research on the HIV/AIDS virus (2001).

Episode 188: "The Right Side" (part 1)

May 5, 2009 26:48

Description:

In this episode of "The Right Side" host Armstrong Williams interviews Dr. Boyd Graves about his research on the HIV/AIDS virus (2001).

Episode 187: "The Lost City"

Apr 29, 2009 17:50

Description:

I had to share one more episode with y'all, and this one is just as strange as the last. This is episode 8 of the 12-part serial "The Lost City" in which Evil Scientist Zolok (William 'Stage' Boyd), located deep in a Magnetic Mountain of darkest Africa, uses electricity to create earthquakes and distruction all over the world. One lone scientist, Bruce Gordon (Kane Richmond) shoulders the massive task of batteling this evil genius.

Episode 186: "The Lost City"

Apr 24, 2009 27:59

Description:

This is a strange one. The first episode of the 12-part serial "The Lost City" in which Evil Scientist Zolok (William 'Stage' Boyd), located deep in a Magnetic Mountain of darkest Africa, uses electricity to create earthquakes and distruction all over the world. One lone scientist, Bruce Gordon (Kane Richmond) shoulders the massive task of batteling this evil genius.

Episode 185: "Say Hey: The Willie Mays Song" and "Amazing Willie Mays"

Apr 18, 2009 5:46

Description:

This episode is two songs dedicated to baseball legend Willie Mays, "Say Hey: The Willie Mays Song" by the Treniers and "Amazing Willie Mays" by the King Odom Quartet both recorded in 1954.

Episode 184: "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?"

Apr 15, 2009 2:22

Description:

In 1949 this song, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", written and performed by Woodrow Buddy Johnson became an instant classic.

Episode 183: Septima Poinsette Clark

Apr 8, 2009 30:15

Description:

This episode is part of an interview with civil rights activist and community organizer Septima Poinsette Clark discussing her involvement in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). (July 30, 1976)

Episode 182: Mabel Williams

Apr 2, 2009 15:29

Description:

This episode is part of an interview with civil rights activist Mabel Williams, wife of Robert Williams discussing their lives in Monroe, North Carolina. (August 20, 1999)

Episode 181: John Hope Franklin

Mar 27, 2009 28:36

Description:

On July 22, 1990, historian and author John Hope Franklin appeared with host Richard D. Heffner on the show "Open Mind" to discuss the topic of "The Uses of the Past".

Episode 180: "Won't You Be Kind?"

Mar 26, 2009 3:23

Description:

This episode is a 78 RPM recording of blues legend Hattie Hart singing her classic "Won't You Be Kind?" (1929).

Episode 179: "You're Gonna Quit Me Blues"

Mar 20, 2009 2:48

Description:

This episode is a 78 RPM recording of Blind Blake singing "You're Gonna Quit Me Blues" (late 1920s).

Episode 178: "Little Ol' Bosko and the Cannibals"

Mar 12, 2009 9:52

Description:

In the cartoon "Little Ol' Bosko and the Cannibals" (1937), Bosko's imagination puts him in the jungle full of cannibal, jazz singing, cookie eating frogs that try to get the cookies he is delivering to his Grandma.

Episode 177: Alice Walker

Mar 6, 2009 23:26

Description:

In this episode, author Alice Walker reads her short story, "Roselilly" (1973), the story of a rural African-American woman from Mississippi who is about to escape poverty and disgrace by marrying a man she barely knows, a Muslim from the North. Afterwards she describes the story and how she wrote it about her first marriage to a civil rights attorney.

Episode 176: "Hi De Ho" (part 2)

Feb 28, 2009 34:40

Description:

Movie: In the film "Hi De Ho" (1947) Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his sexy girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie. When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him. Will she regret her action before it's too late? (This plot resolves halfway through the film; the rest is a series of 'soundies' featuring the Calloway band's inimitable jive).

Episode 176: "Hi De Ho" (part 1)

Feb 27, 2009 29:13

Description:

Movie: In the film "Hi De Ho" (1947) Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his sexy girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie. When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him. Will she regret her action before it's too late? (This plot resolves halfway through the film; the rest is a series of 'soundies' featuring the Calloway band's inimitable jive).

Episode 175: "Joshua"

Feb 22, 2009 15:41

Description:

In the short film "Joshua" (1969), it’s Joshua’s last day in Harlem before leaving for a college in Texas where he has earned a track and field scholarship. He runs joyfully through New York’s central park but his joy ends when he is the victim of a racial slur uttered by a five year old boy that he had befriended. Later, on his way home Joshua is able to work out his anger during a fight with a boy his age. The confrontation releases Joshua’s frustration and after the fight , in a dramatic scene Joshua is able to fly a uniquely designed kite that the boy had built but was unable to get airborne. The film tells its simple story with a basic message that confrontations between blacks and whites can be constructive.

Episode 174: "All Together"

Feb 15, 2009 21:32

Description:

"All Together" (c. 1970) is a Naval recruitment video narrated by none other than Lou Rawls. This film was meant to lure the young black man or woman who is tired of the limited work opportunities available to him or her. While the Navy did offer more opportunities to minorities than the civilian world, this film exploits the dissatisfaction the many minorities felt regarding racial equality in the workplace.

Episode 173: Joe Louis

Feb 10, 2009 5:25

Description:

This episode is a 1950 interview with Joe Louis by Big Joe Wright at a golf outing in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In this interview Joe Louis announces his return to the ring from retirement.

Episode 172: "Behind the Scenes" or "Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"

Feb 5, 2009

Description:

This episode is the autobiography "Behind the Schenes" or "Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House" (1868) by Elizabeth Keckley, 'formerly a slave, but more recently modiste, and friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln'. Elizabeth Keckley was a former slave turned successful seamstress who is most notably known as being Mary Todd Lincoln's personal modiste and confidante beginning during the years leading up to the beginning of the Civil War.

Episode 171: Malcolm X

Feb 2, 2009 13:39

Description:

In June 1963, Malcolm X delivered this speech concerning the subject "We Want Complete Separation".

Episode 170: KRS-One (part 2)

Jan 27, 2009 34:23

Description:

This episode is the second part of a lecture given by KRS-One titled "Hip-Hop Beyond Entertainment" delivered at Temple University in Philadelphia in April 2004.

Episode 170: KRS-One (part 1)

Jan 25, 2009 38:27

Description:

This episode is the first part of a lecture given by KRS-One titled "Hip-Hop Beyond Entertainment" delivered at Temple University in Philadelphia in April 2004.

Episode 169: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 19, 2009 21:11

Description:

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This episode is one of Dr. King's sermons on the subject of "Unfulfilled Dreams". This sermon was delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on March 3, 1968.

Episode 168: "A Natural Born Gambler"

Jan 15, 2009 22:02

Description:

Movie: In 1916 the Biograph Film Company signed black comedian Bert Williams to write, produce, direct and star in two comedies. One of the films Williams created was "A Natural Born Gambler". Williams was required by the studio to wear "darkie" makeup, however in 1916 a black production with a black cast was unprecedented. The film borrows from Williams' Vaudeville skits. It makes heavy use of stereotypes, e.g., stealing, cheating, minstrel speak, mainly for the amusement of white audiences of the time. But Williams portrays a leadership role throughout, something unseen in black performances of that period. The closing sequence, probably the most entertaining, is straight from Williams' stage act. Bert plays an imaginary card game in a skit Williams made famous on Vaudeville.

Episode 167: Bert Williams

Jan 11, 2009 8:34

Description:

This episode contains three songs performed by Bert Williams, a Vaudeville star and the pre-eminent Black entertainer of his era. "All Going Out and Nothing Coming In", "My Last Dollar", and his most famous recording "Nobody" (1906).

Episode 166: Jesse Jackson

Jan 3, 2009 1:46

Description:

In this episode Jesse Jackson leads demonstrators at Resurrection City in his famous call-and-response poem, "I Am Somebody" (1968). Happy New Year!

Episode 165: "De Lord He Make Us Free"

Dec 28, 2008

Description:

This episode is a piece of sheet music titled "De Lord He Make Us Free (The Freedman's Song)" composed by Eman. C. Pation (1865). Chorus: "Praise de Lord! Praise de Lord! For now we all am free."

Episode 164: "The Nat 'King' Cole Show"

Dec 19, 2008 2:08

Description:

This episode is a holiday segment from the NBC broadcast "The Nat 'King' Cole Show" (1957). "Although it's been said many times, many ways...Merry Christmas to you!" Merry Christmas from the BMA.

Episode 163: Jackie Robinson

Dec 15, 2008 5:37

Description:

Jackie Robinson made an appearance in this inspirational segment from the 1950's TV series "Cavalcade of Stars" with clips from his film "The Jackie Robinson Story" (as shown in Episode 20).

Episode 162: "Minnie the Moocher"

Dec 9, 2008 7:57

Description:

This Betty Boop cartoon (1932) is a Max Fleischer classic, and co-stars Cab Calloway and his orchestra playing "Minnie the Moocher".

Episode 161: "Broken Strings" (part 2)

Dec 3, 2008 27:49

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Broken Strings" (1940). A classical violinist injures his hand. His son becomes a violinist to earn the cash to restore his father's paralyzed hand. To the father's dismay, the son plays swing music instead of classical music.

Episode 161: "Broken Strings" (part 1)

Dec 2, 2008 32:04

Description:

Movie: In "Broken Strings" (1940) a classical violinist injures his fingers. His son becomes a violinist to earn the needed cash to restore his father's paralyzed hand. Much to the father's dismay, the son plays swing music instead of classical music.

Episode 160: "The Beulah Show"

Nov 22, 2008 25:00

Description:

This is an episode of "The Beulah Show," (1952) the first TV series to feature an African-American woman in the lead role. This episode titled "Beulah Goes Gardening" starred Hattie McDaniel and ran on ABC Tuesday nights at 7:30 ET from October 3, 1950 to September 22, 1953 when it was cancelled after much criticism.

Episode 159: "The Nat 'King' Cole Show"

Nov 17, 2008 5:23

Description:

This episode is a segment from the NBC broadcast "The Nat 'King' Cole Show" (1957) co-starring the one and only Ella Fitzgerald.

Episode 158: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nov 6, 2008 31:52

Description:

This episode is a speech delivered on June 23, 1963 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Great March to Freedom in Detroit, Michigan.

Music Video: "Barack Obama"

Nov 4, 2008 4:36

Description:

As a contribution to the election celebration (hopefully), this episode is a remixed dubwise video rendition of the unofficial Obama campaign song by Jamaican reggae artist, Cocoa Tea.

Public Service Announcement: VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH!!

Nov 3, 2008 1:11

Description:

This is a Public Service Announcement from New America Media (NAM) urging YOU to be at the voting booth on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Episode 157: Fannie Lou Hamer

Nov 2, 2008 4:30

Description:

In this interview clip with Fannie Lou Hamer, she describes her introduction to the Democratic party, and the importance of the right to vote.

Public Service Announcement: REMEMBER TO VOTE!!

Oct 31, 2008 5:17

Description:

This is a Public Service Announcement from New America Media (NAM) explaining why it's important to vote, and urging YOU to be at the voting booth on (or before) Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Public Service Announcement: GO VOTE!!

Oct 29, 2008 0:29

Description:

This is a Public Service Announcement from New America Media (NAM) featuring actor Chris Tucker urging YOU to be at the voting booth on (or before) Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. Visit www.NewAmericaMedia.org and click on the word "VOTE"

Public Service Announcement: VOTE!

Oct 28, 2008 0:30

Description:

This is a Public Service Announcement from New America Media (NAM) featuring actress/producer Vivica A. Fox urging YOU to be at the voting booth on (or before) Election Day. Visit www.NewAmericaMedia.org and click on the word "VOTE"

Episode 156: "Teddy"

Oct 27, 2008 16:27

Description:

The documentary "Teddy" (1971) presents the experiences of a teenage African American, who relates his views of the system, war, revolution, the Watts community of Los Angeles, the Black Panther Party and the police. The importance of the discussion is the necessity of being one's own self. Remember to VOTE!

Episode 155: Haile Selassie

Oct 21, 2008 14:43

Description:

On October 6, 1963 the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie addressed the United Nations in New York City.

Episode 154: "A Great and Mighty Walk" (part 3)

Oct 16, 2008 27:17

Description:

The end of the documentary "A Great and Mighty Walk" (1996) featuring historian, John Henrik Clarke, a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history and culture, renowned for his blend of activism and scholarship on Africa and Africans in America.

Episode 154: "A Great and Mighty Walk" (part 2)

Oct 15, 2008 37:10

Description:

Part two of the documentary "A Great and Mighty Walk" (1996) featuring historian, John Henrik Clarke, a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history and culture, renowned for his blend of activism and scholarship on Africa and Africans in America.

Episode 154: "A Great and Mighty Walk" (part 1)

Oct 14, 2008 30:48

Description:

The documentary "A Great and Mighty Walk" (1996) features historian, John Henrik Clarke, a leading proponent of an Afrocentric view of history and culture, renowned for his blend of activism and scholarship on Africa and Africans in America.

Episode 153: "Moon Over Africa" (Episodes 1 and 2)

Oct 9, 2008 23:48

Description:

Not much is known about the radio series "Moon Over Africa". Thought to be a South African radio show which aired around 1935 - 1938, the 26 episode serial follows the adventures of Prof. Anton Edwards on his search for Atlantis in the depths of Africa. They follow the directions of a shrunken head which speaks the ancient language of the people of Atlantis and run into many strange dangers in the African jungle. Talbot Mundy wrote the series script (and is known for other serials such as Jack Armstrong, Lost Empire, and Ghost Corps.).

Episode 152: "African Pygmy Thrills"

Oct 5, 2008 9:16

Description:

This episode is the short documentary film, "African Pygmy Thrills" (believed to be made in the 1930s) which was part of the series "The Adventure Parade" from Castle Films. This film captures the recording of the building of a vine bridge 50 feet above the water.

Episode 151: Patrice Lumumba

Sep 28, 2008 1:13

Description:

In this Universal Newsreel from December 5, 1960, Patrice Lumumba is seized by soldiers of Mobutu and returned to Leopoldville in Congo.

Episode 150: "Wheels Across Africa"

Sep 22, 2008 51:44

Description:

In the documentary "Wheels Across Africa" (1936), Dodge (a division of Chrysler Corporation) and adventurer Armand Denis take you on a motor expedition through the colonized African continent.

Episode 149: Malcolm X

Sep 16, 2008 5:58

Description:

This episode is part of a speech given by Malcolm X in 1965 on the subject of "You Can't Hate the Roots of a Tree and Not Hate That Tree".

Episode 148: Malcolm X

Sep 8, 2008 33:07

Description:

This episode is an interview with Malcolm X, recorded at the University of California at Berkeley on October 11, 1963.

Episode 147: Gil Scott Heron

Sep 3, 2008 2:16

Description:

This episode is a clip of poet and vocalist Gil Scott Heron explaining and reciting his poem "Whitey on the Moon" from the performance documentary film "Black Wax" (1986).

Episode 146: James Baldwin

Aug 29, 2008 31:01

Description:

In this episode, James Baldwin discusses the topic "Living and Growing in a White World" in a talk with students at predominantly black, Castlemont High School in Oakland, California. This talk was broadcast on June 23, 1963.

Episode 145: 1968 Democratic National Convention

Aug 25, 2008 12:15

Description:

This episode is segment of radio coverage from the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. This program was broadcast live on August 28, 1926. Julius Lester interviews Black New York delegates (Juanita Watkins, Guy R. Brewer, Edward J. Odom, and Ted Childs), who talk about the confusion and corruption of the process.

Episode 144: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" or "Life Among the Lowly"

Aug 21, 2008

Description:

This episode is the classic novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" or "Life Among the Lowly" (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The best-selling novel of the 19th century, this version was re-published in 1900 in children's book form complete with illustrations.

Episode 143: "Eliza on Ice"

Aug 19, 2008 6:36

Description:

A cartoon parody of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", in "Eliza on Ice" (1944) Uncle Tom starts a pursuit of Eliza by Simon Legree until Mighty Mouse can come to the rescue.

Episode 142: 1964 Olympics Newsreel

Aug 15, 2008 3:34

Description:

This episode is a Universal Newsreel spotlighting the track and field highlights of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Episode 141: James L. Farmer, Jr.

Aug 11, 2008 26:44

Description:

On November 13, 1992, James L. Farmer Jr. appeared with host Richard D. Heffner on the show "Open Mind" to discuss the topic of his role and reflections on the Civil Rights Revolution.

Episode 140: "Motherless Children Have a Hard Time"

Aug 8, 2008 3:29

Description:

The song "Motherless Children Have a Hard Time" was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson on December 3, 1927 in Dallas, Texas.

Episode 139: Mahalia Jackson

Aug 4, 2008 2:17

Description:

On November 12, 1957, Mahalia Jackson appeared on "The Nat King Cole Show" on NBC and sang the song "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" as only she could.

Episode 138: "Pop-Pie a la Mode"

Jul 29, 2008 7:01

Description:

The cartoon "Pop-Pie a la Mode" (1945) is considered one of the best and worst of the Popeye cartoons. In this episode, Popeye is shipwrecked on an island he thinks is inhabited by friendly natives, but turn out to be cannibals.

Episode 137: "American Blackout" (part 3)

Jul 24, 2008 30:29

Description:

The conclusion of the documentary "American Blackout" (2006), directed by Ian Inaba, chronicling the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida in 2000 to Ohio in 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Episode 137: "American Blackout" (part 2)

Jul 23, 2008 24:16

Description:

The continuation of the documentary "American Blackout" (2006), directed by Ian Inaba, chronicling the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida in 2000 to Ohio in 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Episode 137: "American Blackout" (part 1)

Jul 22, 2008 35:15

Description:

The documentary "American Blackout" (2006), directed by Ian Inaba, chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida in 2000 to Ohio in 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Episode 136: Fannie Lou Hamer

Jul 18, 2008 7:23

Description:

In this episode Fannie Lou Hamer recalls her treatment while stopping in Winona, Mississippi on June 9, 1963 with a group of young men and women after attending a voter registration workshop.

Episode 135: Coretta Scott King

Jul 14, 2008 8:43

Description:

Coretta Scott King gave this speech on Women's Day (1971).

Episode 134: "Let It Burn" (part 2)

Jul 8, 2008 29:58

Description:

The conclusion of the documentary titled "Let It Burn" (1968) which is an hour long interview between Robert F. Williams and documentary film maker Robert Carl Cohen.

Episode 134: "Let It Burn" (part 1)

Jul 7, 2008 30:05

Description:

This episode is the first half of the documentary titled "Let It Burn" (1968) which is an hour long interview between Robert F. Williams and documentary film maker Robert Carl Cohen.

Episode 133: Political Ads

Jul 2, 2008 1:41

Description:

This episode contains two classic political ads. The first is an ad from Kennedy's 1960 Presidential campaign, and the second is from Ford's 1976 Presidential campaign.

Episode 132: "Beware" (part 2)

Jun 27, 2008 22:03

Description:

Movie: In the conclusion of the film "Beware" (1946) starring Louis Jordan, Ware College is a small Black college in Ware, Ohio. Once prominent, it is now low in attendance, low in enrollment and low on money. Instructors decide to appeal to their famous alumni for financial help through a reunion, and invitations are sent. Many could help; but surely not Lucius Jordan.

Episode 132: "Beware" (part 1)

Jun 26, 2008 33:32

Description:

Movie: In the film "Beware" (1946) starring Louis Jordan, Ware College is a small Black college in Ware, Ohio. Once prominent, it is now low in attendance, low in enrollment and low on money. Instructors decide to appeal to their famous alumni for financial help through a reunion, and invitations are sent. Many could help; but surely not Lucius Jordan.

Episode 131: "Hard Times"

Jun 23, 2008 3:25

Description:

This episode is the gospel song "Hard Times" sung by Elder Curry and his Congregation. Recorded on December 16, 1930, Curry, an Elder with the Church of God in Christ, plays guitar on this song. The piano is played by Elder Beck, who continued recording into the 1940s.

Episode 130: "Three Songs By Leadbelly"

Jun 20, 2008 9:17

Description:

This episode is the short film, "Three Songs By Leadbelly" (1945) performed by blues legend Huddie "Leadbelly" Leadbetter and created by Film Images. This film is labeled as "the only film ever made of the legendary Leadbelly." In the film Leadbelly performs the songs, "Pick a Bale of Cotton", "The Grey Goose", and "Take This Hammer."

Episode 129: "Last Kind Words"

Jun 17, 2008 3:08

Description:

This episode is the song "Last Kind Words" sung by Geeshie (or Geechie) Wiley, (with a second guitar accompaniment by Elvie Thomas) and recorded in March 1930 in Grafton, Wisconsin.

Episode 128: "He Treats Me Like A Dog"

Jun 14, 2008 3:12

Description:

This episode is the song "He Treats Me Like A Dog" sung by Bessie Mae Smith (who may have also recorded under the name St. Louis Bessie or Blue Belle, among others) and believed to have been recorded on November 6, 1930.

Episode 127: "Mind Reader Blues"

Jun 11, 2008 2:59

Description:

This episode is the song "Mind Reader Blues" sung by Bertha Lee with blues legend Charlie Patton on the guitar. This song was recorded on January 31, 1934 in New York City at Patton's last recording session, as he died two months later. Bertha Lee was Patton's common-law wife at the time.

Episode 126: "Where Is My Good Man At?"

Jun 8, 2008 3:06

Description:

This episode is the song "Where Is My Good Man At?" recorded by blues legend Memphis Minnie. The exact year of this recording is not known, but it was most likely recorded sometime in the 1930s.

Episode 125: Dr. Na'im Akbar (part 2)

Jun 3, 2008 30:56

Description:

This episode is the conclusion of a speech on Responsible Black Manhood given by Dr. Na'im Akbar on Octomer 23, 2001, from the Commission on Social Status of Black Males.

Episode 125: Dr. Na'im Akbar (part 1)

Jun 2, 2008 30:34

Description:

This episode is a speech on Responsible Black Manhood given by Dr. Na'im Akbar on Octomer 23, 2001, from the Commission on Social Status of Black Males.

Episode 124: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

May 27, 2008 39:57

Description:

On March 16, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave what proved to be his final speech in the city of Los Angeles at a benefit held by the Men and Women in the Arts Concerned with Vietnam. Dr. King is introduced by James Baldwin.

Episode 123: Malcolm X & James Baldwin

May 22, 2008 28:54

Description:

This episode replays a debate that took place on April 25, 1961 between James Baldwin and Malcolm X on racism in America and the student sit-in movement.

Episode 122: Shirley Chisholm

May 18, 2008 42:16

Description:

This episode is a speech delivered by Shirley Chisholm in February 1977 at Michigan State University about the threats that she saw facing the American family.

Episode 121: Reverend Ralph Abernathy

May 13, 2008 1:01:00

Description:

This episode is a speech given by Reverend Ralph Abernathy on the Poor People's Campaign at Solidarity Day, recorded at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 1968.

Episode 120: H. Rap Brown & Stokely Carmichael

May 8, 2008 1:16:53

Description:

This episode contains speeches given by H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael, leaders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the Free Huey P. Newton rally held in the Oakland Auditorium on February 17, 1968.

Episode 119: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

May 5, 2008 4:50

Description:

This episode is part of a speech that Dr. King gave in 1964 titled, "My Little Girl".

Episode 118: "The Beulah Show"

Apr 30, 2008 25:08

Description:

This is an episode of "The Beulah Show," (1952) the first TV series to feature an African-American woman in the lead role. This episode titled "The Waltz" starred Hattie McDaniel and ran on ABC Tuesday nights at 7:30 ET from October 3, 1950 to September 22, 1953 when it was cancelled after much criticism.

Episode 117: "The Bronze Buckaroo" (part 2)

Apr 25, 2008 27:54

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "The Bronze Buckaroo" (1939) starring Herb Jeffries, our singing cowboy as he rides to the rescue of an old friend who's in the hands of shifty scoundrels trying to steal his land. Written and directed by Richard C. Kahn; the film also stars Lucius Brooks, Clarence Brooks, Spencer Williams and Artie Young.

Episode 117: "The Bronze Buckaroo" (part 1)

Apr 24, 2008 28:06

Description:

Movie: "The Bronze Buckaroo" (1939) stars Herb Jeffries, our singing cowboy as he rides to the rescue of an old friend who's in the hands of shifty scoundrels trying to steal his land. Written and directed by Richard C. Kahn; the film also stars Lucius Brooks, Clarence Brooks, Spencer Williams and Artie Young.

Episode 116: Zora Neale Hurston

Apr 22, 2008 7:25

Description:

This episode includes recordings of three songs and their explanations sung and spoken by Zora Neale Hurston (recorded in Jacksonville, Florida on June 18, 1939). The recordings included are 1) "Ever Been Down" a blues song, 2) "Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice," a Bahaman song, and 3) "Tampa" a song Hurston says she learned as a child, each with its own explanation.

Episode 115: Interview with Aunt Harriet Smith

Apr 17, 2008 17:10

Description:

This is a part of an interview with former slave Ms. Harriet Smith of Hempstead, Texas (1941). Interview conducted by Mr. John Henry Faulk.

Episode 114: Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Apr 14, 2008 17:38

Description:

This episode is a sermon of Rev. Jeremiah Wright titled "The Audacity to Hope" (1990).

Episode 113: Minister Louis Farrakhan (part 2)

Apr 10, 2008 22:10

Description:

On March 13, 1990, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan appeared on the Phil Donahue show. This is the conclusion of the show.

Episode 113: Minister Louis Farrakhan (part 1)

Apr 9, 2008 23:56

Description:

On March 13, 1990, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan appeared on the Phil Donahue show.

Episode 112: Malcolm X

Apr 4, 2008 9:07

Description:

This episode is part of a speech given by Malcolm X about the topic of "Reverse Racism". The date and location the speech was given is unknown.

Special Announcement: The Center for Civil and Human Rights presents Andrew Young on Auburn Avenue

Apr 4, 2008 5:34

Description:

Andrew Young recalls his history and experiences on Auburn Avenue, one of the most important streets in America. I am proud to have worked on and announce the launch of the "Sweet Auburn Audio Tour - A Walk with Andrew Young" presented by the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. This episode is only the first part of an innovative guided tour now available online. To learn more, please visit the website: http://www.cchrpartnership.org and the webpage for the Auburn Avenue podcast: http://www.cchrpartnership.org/CivilHumanRightsAroundGeorgia/SweetAuburnAudioTour/tabid/2410/Default.aspx

Episode 111: "The Hate That Hate Produced" (part 2)

Mar 31, 2008 29:43

Description:

In 1959, television commentator Mike Wallace, in conjunction with Louis Lomax, a Black journalist, aired the documentary, "The Hate That Hate Produced" that focused on the rise of Black Nationalist groups like the Nation of Islam and the African LIberation Movement. This is the conclusion of the documentary that is famous for introducing Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad to mainstream America.

Commercial: HarlemFriends.com (Winter 2008)

Mar 31, 2008 0:54

Description:

Special Promotional Announcement: Enjoy free audionovels and audiobooks at www.harlemfriends.com! Visit the website and subscribe today! That's www.harlemfriends.com

Episode 111: "The Hate That Hate Produced" (part 1)

Mar 30, 2008 26:46

Description:

In 1959, television commentator Mike Wallace, in conjunction with Louis Lomax, a Black journalist, aired the documentary, "The Hate That Hate Produced" that focused on the rise of Black Nationalist groups like the Nation of Islam and the African LIberation Movement. This documentary is famous for introducing Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad to mainstream America.

Episode 110: Cynthia McKinney

Mar 25, 2008 31:30

Description:

This episode is a speech delivered by Cynthia McKinney in 2007 in which she describes her entrance into politics, and her experiences in the Georgia State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Episode 109: Barbara Jordan

Mar 21, 2008 12:59

Description:

On July 25, 1974, Barbara Jordan made this speech before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee supporting the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

Episode 108: Fannie Lou Hamer

Mar 17, 2008 15:00

Description:

On October 15, 1969, civil rights leader and organizer Fannie Lou Hamer gave this speech on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

Episode 107: Rosa Parks

Mar 14, 2008 11:32

Description:

This episode is a clip of a 1956 interview with civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. This clip is one of the earliest preserved interview recordings with Mrs. Parks.

Episode 106: "Cocaine Habit Blues"

Mar 11, 2008 3:02

Description:

This episode is the song, "Cocaine Habit Blues" recorded on May 17, 1930 by the Memphis Jug Band. The band consisted of Hattie Hart singing lead, Will Shade on the harmonica, Tee Wee Blackman on guitar, Ben Ramey on kazoo, and Ham Lewis playing the jug.

Episode 105: "Clean Pastures"

Mar 7, 2008 8:09

Description:

The cartoon "Clean Pastures" (1937) is a Merrie Melodies spoof of the film "The Green Pastures" starring some caricatures of famous African-American stars of the time including Stepin Fetchit, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford, and Louis Armstrong (plus a cameo by Al Jolson) in their efforts to save the all black "Pair-O-Dice" from bankruptcy with their musical abilities.

Episode 104: "The Man From Harlem"

Mar 2, 2008 3:19

Description:

This episode is the song "The Man From Harlem" by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. Recorded on November 30, 1932, this song was about the man from Harlem who's got "just what you need," and was considered pretty edgy for its time.

Episode 103: "The Quiet One"

Feb 27, 2008 1:04:10

Description:

This episode is the documentary film "The Quiet One" (1948). This Academy Award nominated documentary deals with the rehabilitation at the Wiltwych School of an emotionally disturbed black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.

Episode 102: Gil Scott Heron

Feb 23, 2008 2:44

Description:

This episode is a clip of poet and vocalist Gil Scott Heron reciting part of his poem "Black History, The World" from the performance documentary film "Black Wax" (1986).

Episode 101: stic.man of dead prez

Feb 20, 2008 9:11

Description:

This episode is an interview with stic.man, one half of the hip-hop group dead prez, conducted by Tao Ruspoli on September 19, 2006.

Episode 100: "The Assassination of Martin Luther King" (part 2)

Feb 16, 2008 41:26

Description:

The conclusion of the documentary "The Assassination of Martin Luther King" (1993) by Dennis Mueller. This film is absolutely the most definitive video in existence that explores and documents the FBI's conspiracy to kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Episode 100: "The Assassination of Martin Luther King" (part 1)

Feb 15, 2008 39:30

Description:

This episode is the documentary "The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr." (1993) by Dennis Mueller. This film is absolutely the most definitive video in existence that explores and documents the FBI's conspiracy to kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BMA 100th Episode

Feb 15, 2008 0:48

Description:

Thank you for supporting the BMA podcast through 100 episodes! Stay Tuned!

Episode 99: "The March"

Feb 11, 2008 33:48

Description:

This episode is the documentary film "The March" (1963) directed by James Blue on assignment for the United States Information Agency which documents the civil rights protest march on Washington. The film is introduced by Carl T. Rowan, director of the USIA and culminates with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech.

Episode 98: "We Work Again"

Feb 4, 2008 15:24

Description:

The U.S. government documentary "We Work Again" (1937) produced by The Work Projects Administration of the Federal Works Agency illustrates how in the grip of economic depression, the New Deal benefits unemployed African-Americans.

Episode 97: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"

Jan 31, 2008 3:08

Description:

This episode is the legendary Leadbelly, king of the 12-string guitar, singing "Where Did You Sleep Last Night". "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," also known as "In the Pines" and "Black Girl," was first made popular by Lead Belly in 1944. More than any other black folk-blues artist of his time, Leadbelly helped expose his race's vast musical riches to white America and helped preserve a folk legacy that has become a significant part of this nation's musical treasury.

Episode 96: "The March of Time" Newsreel

Jan 30, 2008 3:39

Description:

This episode is of "The March of Time" Newsreel No. 2, from 1935 starring the legendary Huddie Ledbetter better known to millions of fans simply as Leadbelly. An autobiographical reenactment of a few important moments in Leadbelly's life, this newsreel shows how Leadbelly was able to begin recording, with the help of John Lomax.

Episode 95: "Viola Lee Blues"

Jan 26, 2008 3:18

Description:

This episode is the song "Viola Lee Blues" by Cannon's Jug Stompers. Two takes of "Viola Lee Blues" were recorded during a September 1928 session in Memphis with Noah Lewis on vocals.

Episode 94: Barbara Jordan

Jan 23, 2008 21:01

Description:

On July 12, 1976, Barbara Jordan was the first woman as well as the first African American to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic national convention.

MLK Day 2008

Jan 19, 2008 1:07

Description:

Just a minute to reflect...: music production by Seyotho : video editing by Bill Lee

Episode 93: Shirley Chisholm

Jan 18, 2008 1:28

Description:

In this short clip recorded on June 7, 1974, Shirley Chisholm explains why she ran for President of the United States of America.

Episode 92: Malcolm X

Jan 14, 2008 13:14

Description:

This episode is a speech given by Malcolm X titled, "The Democrats are Dixicrats". The date or location this speech was given is unknown, but in the speech he is discussing the upcoming 1964 Presidential election.

Episode 91: "Hallelujah!" (part 3)

Jan 9, 2008 26:18

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Hallelujah!" (1929) the film that broke the Hollywood mold and told the story of the tragedy-laced life of cotton farmer Zeke (Daniel L. Hayes) and his trials and temptations from a seductress named Chick (Nina Mae McKinney).

Episode 91: "Hallelujah!" (part 2)

Jan 8, 2008 34:17

Description:

Movie: Continue the story of Zeke in "Hallelujah!" (1929) the film that broke the Hollywood mold and told the tragedy-laced life of a cotton farmer and his trials and temptations from a seductress named Chick.

Episode 91: "Hallelujah!" (part 1)

Jan 7, 2008 39:29

Description:

Movie: The release of "Hallelujah!" (1929) broke the Hollywood mold and told the story of the tragedy-laced life of cotton farmer Zeke (Daniel L. Hayes) and his trials and temptations from a seductress named Chick (Nina Mae McKinney).

Episode 90: Zora Neale Hurston

Jan 4, 2008 12:24

Description:

This episode includes recordings of four songs and their explanations sung and spoken by Zora Neale Hurston (recorded in Jacksonville, Florida on June 18, 1939). The recordings included are 1) "Georgia Skin" and "Let the Deal Go Down," a spoken description of a card game and gambling song, 2) "Let's Shake It," a railroad workers' lining song, 3) "Dat Old Black Gal" a railroad workers' spiking song, and 4) "Uncle Bud," an old "jook" song.

Episode 89: James Weldon Johnson

Jan 1, 2008 17:30

Description:

This episode contains four readings from "God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse" (published in 1927, recorded 1937-1938) by James Weldon Johnson. The recording includes readings of the first four poems 1) "Listen, Lord - A Prayer" 2) "The Creation" 3) "The Prodigal Son" and 4) "Go Down Death - A Funeral Sermon".

Episode 88: Kwame Nkrumah

Dec 23, 2007 7:02

Description:

This speech was given by "Osagyefo" Kwame Nkrumah on March 6, 1957, on the eve of Ghana's independence. Called "The Midnight Speech" it was given on the Old Polo Grounds in Accra and marked the beginning of an independent Ghana.

Episode 87: "It Happened to Crusoe"

Dec 21, 2007 6:56

Description:

In the cartoon "It Happened to Crusoe" (1941), Weschester, the vegetarian cannibal becomes Robinson Crusoe's man 'Friday'. Featuring the cloned voice of Jack Benny.

Episode 86: "Satchmo Swings In Congo"

Dec 20, 2007 0:58

Description:

This episode is a partial newsreel of October 31, 1960 when as part of his African tour, Louis Armstrong arrived in the Congo, and played for the crowd.

Episode 85: "Africa Speaks!" (part 2)

Dec 18, 2007 29:52

Description:

The conclusion of the documentary "Africa Speaks!" (1930) in which explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and through what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

Episode 85: "Africa Speaks!" (part 1)

Dec 17, 2007 29:43

Description:

In the documentary "Africa Speaks!" (1930) explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and through what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

Episode 84: "Plane Dumb"

Dec 13, 2007 7:09

Description:

In the cartoon "Plane Dumb" (1932), after crash landing in Africa, Tom and Jerry masquerade as Africans in a futile attempt to adapt to a strange environment.

Episode 83: "Song of Freedom" (part 2)

Dec 9, 2007 31:48

Description:

Movie: The exciting conclusion of "Song of Freedom" (1936) starring Paul Robeson, (John Zinga) who works as a London dock worker and sings songs all the time. He is always wanting to go to Africa where he came from, but he does not know exactly where he was born. He is discovered by a great opera director and happens to sing a song on stage that is recognized by an Englishman who tells him where it comes from and also a charm which John wears around his neck which helped determine its origin. John and his wife both visit this Island and try to introduce themselves to these people that are his African ancestors.

Episode 83: "Song of Freedom" (part 1)

Dec 8, 2007 45:16

Description:

Movie: "Song of Freedom" (1936) stars Paul Robeson, (John Zinga) who works as a London dock worker and sings songs all the time. He is always wanting to go to Africa where he came from, but he does not know exactly where he was born. He is discovered by a great opera director and happens to sing a song on stage that is recognized by an Englishman who tells him where it comes from and also a charm which John wears around his neck which helped determine its origin. John and his wife both visit this Island and try to introduce themselves to these people that are his African ancestors.

ANNOUNCEMENT: the BMA blog

Dec 8, 2007 0:26

Description:

Announcing the launch of the BMA: Black Media Archive blog available online at: http://thebma.blogspot.com

Episode 82: Fannie Lou Hamer

Dec 5, 2007 8:16

Description:

In the summer of 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attended and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hamer was invited, along with the rest of the MFDP officers, to address the Convention's Credentials Committee about the problems she and others had encountered in attempting to register to vote in Mississippi.

Episode 81: Bobby Seale

Dec 2, 2007 31:14

Description:

This episode is the speech given by Bobby Seale, Chairman of the Black Panther Party at the Free Huey P. Newton rally held in the Oakland Auditorium on February 17, 1968.

Episode 80: "The Murder of Fred Hampton" (part 2)

Nov 28, 2007 44:58

Description:

The conclusion of this documentary (1971) highlights the beliefs, work, and murder of Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

Episode 80: "The Murder of Fred Hampton" (part 1)

Nov 27, 2007 44:33

Description:

This documentary (1971) highlights the beliefs, work, and murder of Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

Episode 79: "I ain't 'bliged to stan' no n***** foolin'"

Nov 23, 2007

Description:

This episode is a historic piece of sheet music titled, "I ain't 'bliged to stan' no nigger foolin'" (1897) by J. Frank Walsh. Labeled "the greatest of all coon songs" this song features some startling lyrics.

Episode 78: "All The Way Home" (part 2)

Nov 20, 2007 18:40

Description:

The conclusion of the docudrama "All The Way Home" (1957) produced by Dynamic Films, made to demonstrate the impact that integration had on communities across America. The film exposed the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles.

Episode 78: "All The Way Home" (part 1)

Nov 19, 2007 11:08

Description:

The docudrama "All The Way Home" (1957) produced by Dynamic Films, was made to demonstrate the impact that integration had on communities across America. The film exposed the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles.

Episode 77: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov 16, 2007 24:09

Description:

One of the great sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled "But, If Not". Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia in November 1967.

Episode 76: Robert F. Williams

Nov 13, 2007 14:57

Description:

This is part of an interview with Robert F. Williams, civil rights leader, author, and the president of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP chapter in the 1950s and early 1960s.

BMA Music Video: "Awakenings"

Nov 10, 2007 3:29

Description:

"Awakenings" : music production by Seyotho : video editing by Bill Lee : copyright 2007 Black Media Archive

Episode 75: "Race Relations in America" (part 3)

Nov 7, 2007 39:28

Description:

The conclusion of this special episode of the TV show "Open Mind" titled "Race Relations in America" (1963). Featuring a round table discussion between guests: Malcolm X, Alan Morrison, Wyatt Tee Walker, and James Farmer. The original episode was broadcast on June 12, 1963, with this follow up special airing on November 13, 1992.

Episode 75: "Race Relations in America" (part 2)

Nov 6, 2007 40:41

Description:

The continuation of this special episode of the TV show "Open Mind" titled "Race Relations in America" (1963). Featuring a round table discussion between guests: Malcolm X, Alan Morrison, Wyatt Tee Walker, and James Farmer. The original episode was broadcast on June 12, 1963, with this follow up special airing on November 13, 1992.

Episode 75: "Race Relations in America" (part 1)

Nov 5, 2007 39:10

Description:

This special episode of the TV show "Open Mind" was titled "Race Relations in America" (1963) and features a round table discussion between guests: Malcolm X, Alan Morrison, Wyatt Tee Walker, and James Farmer. The original episode was broadcast on June 12, 1963, with this follow up special airing on November 13, 1992.

Episode 74: "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You"

Oct 31, 2007 7:20

Description:

This Betty Boop cartoon (1932) co-stars Satchmo himself, Louis Armstrong and his orchestra playing "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You". A mix of animation and some live action footage, Koko and Bimbo take Betty Boop on a jungle safari, where they run afoul of a cannibal tribe caricaturing Louis Armstrong and his band members.

Episode 73: "Go Down, Death!" (part 2)

Oct 27, 2007 28:59

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Go Down, Death!" (1944) is based on the poem by James Weldon Johnson, and is the story of a bar owner who attempts to discredit the new preacher with whom he is feuding by framing him with a photo showing him drinking with women with bad reputations. This story is a morality tale and a classic example of a "race film" from the early 1940s.

Episode 73: "Go Down, Death!" (part 1)

Oct 26, 2007 25:12

Description:

Movie: "Go Down, Death!" (1944) is based on the poem by James Weldon Johnson, and is the story of a bar owner who attempts to discredit the new preacher with whom he is feuding by framing him with a photo showing him drinking with women with bad reputations. This story is a morality tale and a classic example of a "race film" from the early 1940s.

Episode 72: Interviews with Ms. Alice Gaston and Mr. Isom Moseley

Oct 22, 2007 13:28

Description:

This is a part of two different interviews with former slaves Ms. Alice Gaston and Mr. Isom Moseley, both of Gee's Bend, Alabama (1941). Interview conducted by Mr. Robert Sonkin. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.

Episode 71: Slave Auction Broadsides

Oct 18, 2007

Description:

These are two PDF files of broadsides/flyers/ads for separate slave auctions. The first by the J.F. Moses Company (1859) of Lumpkin, GA. The second a notice of a slave auction and conditions of purchase by Louis D. DeSaussure (1860) of Charleston, SC (includes a list of slaves' ages and abilities).

Episode 70: "The Plantation System In Southern Life"

Oct 16, 2007 10:49

Description:

This instructional film (1950) provides a Eurocentric view of the plantation system and its effect on Southern U.S. culture.

Episode 69: Paul Robeson

Oct 12, 2007 1:26

Description:

This is a short clip of a speech given by Paul Robeson.

BMA One Year Anniversary!

Oct 12, 2007 0:40

Description:

The BMA podcast celebrates its one year anniversary!! Visit the new website: www.theBMA.org

Episode 68: "A Study Of Educational Inequalities In South Carolina"

Oct 9, 2007 32:35

Description:

This documentary (1939) produced by the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on the racial disparities in the education provided in South Carolina public schools. The film was produced by the NAACP in its drive to desegregate schools which ultimately led to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown vs Board of Education. We are shown what "seperate but equal" means in the ramshackle conditions of many schools, dozens of young children piling into cars, the disparity in state funding and many other facets of the educational reality for Negro students. This is a visual presentation (no sound...sorry) and was produced in partnership with the Harmon Foundation.

Episode 67: Booker T. Washington

Oct 5, 2007 3:42

Description:

The famous address excerpted in this recording (1908) - the only known recording of his voice - was originally delivered at the opening of the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia on September 18, 1895. Long known as "The Atlanta Compromise", it would have a substantial impact on race relations in America. On the recording, Washington reads the first through the third paragraphs complete, skips the fourth, and closes in the middle of the fifth, with only minor alterations to the original published text.

Episode 66: "Negro Colleges in War Time"

Oct 1, 2007 8:23

Description:

"Negro Colleges in Wartime" (1943) was a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information. Other than in the screentitle no reference is made to the students' race. Needed for war production, this documentary details the work on American black college campuses in response to the call for military recruits and trained workers.

Episode 65: Malcolm X

Sep 27, 2007 3:12

Description:

This is an excerpt of a speech given by Malcolm X titled "The FBI and Black Muslims".

Episode 64: "The FBI's War on Black America" (part 2)

Sep 23, 2007 24:47

Description:

Through a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise "of a black Messiah" that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Martin Luther King Jr. Were the murders the result of this concerted effort to avoid "a black Messiah"?

Episode 64: "The FBI's War on Black America" (part 1)

Sep 22, 2007 24:58

Description:

Through a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise "of a black Messiah" that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Martin Luther King Jr. Were the murders the result of this concerted effort to avoid "a black Messiah"?

Episode 63: Dr. Betty Shabazz

Sep 20, 2007 1:11

Description:

Dr. Betty Shabazz discusses the numerous death threats and murder attempts made against the life of her husband, Malcolm X, by members of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam.

Episode 62: Malcolm X

Sep 16, 2007 12:27

Description:

This is a speech titled "You Got What's Known As 'White's Disease'" delivered by Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam rally.

Episode 61: Elijah Muhammad

Sep 11, 2007 24:43

Description:

This is a television interview with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (1964) conducted by Irv Kupcinet.

Episode 60: Interview with Mr. Fountain Hughes

Sep 6, 2007 29:22

Description:

This is a part of an interview with former slave Mr. Fountain Hughes of Baltimore, Maryland (1949). Interview conducted by Mr. Hermond Norwood. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.

Episode 59: "With No One To Help Us"

Sep 1, 2007 21:51

Description:

This documentary (1967) demonstrates how the formation of a food-buying club by a group of Newark welfare mothers brought about a necessary change in the community.

Episode 58: The Black Panther Party

Aug 30, 2007 1:41

Description:

This is a short documentary clip of the Black Panther Party's Breakfast for School Children program. It features a commentary by Bobby Seale.

Episode 57: James Baldwin

Aug 25, 2007 6:36

Description:

In Spring 1963, James Baldwin appeared on "The Negro and the American Promise," a talk show aired on Boston public television. This is a segment of his interview with Dr. Kenneth Clark.

Episode 56: "Murder on Lenox Avenue" (part 2)

Aug 21, 2007 33:39

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Murder on Lenox Avenue" (1941) is a story of the dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house that center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall...who wants revenge; and Pa's ward Jim Bracton, a two-timing Romeo whose affairs are coming to a crisis. And hanging around is Marshall's murderous junkie henchman, Lomax. Will it all end in someone's being killed?

Episode 56: "Murder on Lenox Avenue" (part 1)

Aug 20, 2007 29:44

Description:

Movie: "Murder on Lenox Avenue" (1941) is a story of the dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house that center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall...who wants revenge; and Pa's ward Jim Bracton, a two-timing Romeo whose affairs are coming to a crisis. And hanging around is Marshall's murderous junkie henchman, Lomax. Will it all end in someone's being killed?

Episode 55: "Voodoo in Harlem"

Aug 14, 2007 7:01

Description:

This Walter Lantz cartoon (1938) is a mix of live action and animation. After a midnight storm disrupts an animation studio, a tribe of singing inkblots come to life, singing and dancing to the tune, "Voodoo in Harlem".

Episode 54: "Moon Over Harlem" (part 2)

Aug 7, 2007 35:23

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "Moon Over Harlem" (1939), another "race movie" example that has been fortunately preserved, largely because of the cult status of its director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Hardworking Minnie (Cora Green) marries "Dollar" Bill (Bud Harris) a shady gambler after her money and her attractive daughter, Sue (Izanetta Wilcois). Sue meanwhile, is in love with Bob (Carl Hough), a young idealist. When Bob decides to organize the community against local racketeers he little realizes would-be father-in-law Dollar Bill is one of them. Bill meanwhile has problems of his own: A vicious white mob from lower Manhattan is muscling in on his action, and bullets are about to fly.

Episode 54: "Moon Over Harlem" (part 1)

Aug 6, 2007 33:38

Description:

Movie: "Moon Over Harlem" (1939) is another "race movie" example that has been fortunately preserved, largely because of the cult status of its director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Hardworking Minnie (Cora Green) marries "Dollar" Bill (Bud Harris) a shady gambler after her money and her attractive daughter, Sue (Izanetta Wilcois). Sue meanwhile, is in love with Bob (Carl Hough), a young idealist. When Bob decides to organize the community against local racketeers he little realizes would-be father-in-law Dollar Bill is one of them. Bill meanwhile has problems of his own: A vicious white mob from lower Manhattan is muscling in on his action, and bullets are about to fly.

Episode 53: "The Negro Soldier"

Aug 1, 2007 40:28

Description:

Created by the US War Department, "The Negro Soldier" (1943) is a WWII recruitment and propaganda film aimed at African Americans.

Episode 52: Malcolm X

Jul 27, 2007 7:19

Description:

On May 21, 1964 upon returning from his pilgrimage to Mecca, Malcolm X held a press conference.

Episode 51: Langston Hughes

Jul 24, 2007 5:27

Description:

Here, in his own words, Langston Hughes shares his poems: "Merry-Go-Round" and "The Explanation Of Our Times".

Episode 50: Robert F. Williams

Jul 20, 2007 28:22

Description:

This is part of an interview with Robert F. Williams, civil rights leader, author, and the president of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP chapter in the 1950s and early 1960s.

BMA 50th Episode

Jul 20, 2007 0:23

Description:

Thank you for supporting The BMA podcast.

Episode 49: "Booze and Blues"

Jul 18, 2007 3:24

Description:

Recorded by Ma Rainey on October 15, 1924 in New York City with her Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey's Georgia Jazz Band included on this recording: Howard Scott on cornet, Charlie Green on trombone, Don Redman on clarinet, Fletcher Henderson on piano and Kaiser Marshall on drums.

Episode 48: "Palmour Street"

Jul 13, 2007 23:12

Description:

This documentary (1957) produced by the Southern Educational Film Production Service explores everyday aspects of the life of a rural black family in Gainesville, Georgia.

Episode 47: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jul 8, 2007 9:34

Description:

In this sermon Dr. King reflects on the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement and his time in Montgomery, Alabama.

Episode 46: "Integration Report 1"

Jul 3, 2007 20:32

Description:

This documentary by Andover Productions (1960) highlights the efforts of the civil rights movement at the end of the 1950's. Includes an interview with Robert Williams, and rallies in Montgomery, Ala. Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington D.C.

Episode 45: Nigeria vs. Biafra war

Jun 30, 2007 0:43

Description:

40 years ago (1967), this short newsreel clip showed Nigeria engaged in civil war. The Republic of Biafra was a short-lived secessionist state in southern Nigeria. It existed from May 30, 1967 to January 15, 1970.

Episode 44: Ghana gains independence

Jun 28, 2007 1:05

Description:

50 years ago (1957), this newsreel showed the ceremony as the people of the former British colony the Gold Coast celebrated the new African state of Ghana.

Episode 43: Interview with Mrs. Laura Smalley

Jun 23, 2007 20:35

Description:

This is a part of an interview with former slave Mrs. Laura Smalley of Hempstead, Texas (1941). Interview conducted by Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Faulk. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.

Episode 42: "Angel Puss"

Jun 19, 2007 7:18

Description:

In the cartoon "Angel Puss" (1944) a little black boy is hired to kill a cat, but the feline escapes and proceeds to play tricks on the kid, pretending he's a ghost come back to haunt his "killer."

Episode 41: FBI: COINTELPRO

Jun 14, 2007

Description:

This PDF file is an FBI directive distributed by letter dated August 25, 1967. In the letter 23 field offices were advised by of a new Counterintelligence Program (COINTERPRO) designed to neutralize militant black nationalists and prevent violence on their part. Goals of this program are to prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups, prevent the rise of a leader who might unify and electrify these violence-prone elements, prevent these militants from gaining respectability and prevent the growth of thse groups among America's youth. COINTELPRO was broadly targeted against organizations that were (at the time) considered to have politically radical elements, including non-violent civil rights groups such as Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and African-American nationalist groups (including the Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam)

Episode 40: "Black Panthers" (part 2)

Jun 10, 2007 23:57

Description:

The conclusion of "HUEY", this documentary is filmed mostly at a rally of the Black Panther Party to free Huey P. Newton (1968) from jail. Directed by Agnes Varda, the film includes speakers, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Huey P. Newton.

Episode 40: "Black Panthers" (part 1)

Jun 9, 2007 23:04

Description:

Also titled "HUEY", this documentary is filmed mostly at a rally of the Black Panther Party to free Huey P. Newton (1968) from jail. Directed by Agnes Varda, the film includes speakers, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Huey P. Newton.

Episode 39: Malcolm X

Jun 5, 2007 28:42

Description:

In 1963, Malcolm X appeared on the television talk show "City Desk" broadcast in color in Chicago.

Episode 38: "A White Man's Heaven is a Black Man's Hell"

May 31, 2007 5:48

Description:

Before he took the name Louis Farrakhan, or became leader of the NOI, Louis X was an accomplished calypso musician. This is a copy of his song, "A White Man's Heaven is a Black Man's Hell" (1960), recorded from the original 45rpm record.

Episode 37: Elijah Muhammad

May 26, 2007 4:54

Description:

In 1959, television commentator Mike Wallace, in conjunction with Louis Lomax, a Black journalist, aired the documentary, "The Hate That Hate Produced," on a local New York City station. The documentary misrepresents the message of the Nation of Islam, calling it a hate teaching. This is a segment from that program featuring clips of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

Episode 36: "Harlem Review"

May 23, 2007 9:24

Description:

This short, by Feeber Film Corp. you just have to see for yourself. It features singers Bill Powers, and the Brown Sisters. (estimated 1930s)

Episode 35: James Baldwin

May 18, 2007 10:25

Description:

In Spring 1963, James Baldwin appeared on "The Negro and the American Promise," a talk show aired on Boston public television. This is a segment of his interview with Dr. Kenneth Clark.

Episode 34: Interview with Uncle Bob Ledbetter

May 12, 2007 11:17

Description:

This is a part of an interview with former slave Mr. Bob Ledbetter of Oil City, Louisiana (1940) conducted by folklorist John A. Lomax. This interview is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Voices From the Days of Slavery (Former Slaves Tell Their Stories), available online.

Episode 33: "The Blood of Jesus" (part 2)

May 8, 2007 29:08

Description:

"The Blood of Jesus" (1941) is a classic example of the "race film" genre of films by African-American directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer William Jr. of the TV show Amos & Andy Show (who also played Razz Williams in the film), is a morality tale about a woman (Cathryn Caviness) who is accidentally shot to death by her husband. Facing death, she must choose between Hell and Zion. Intended to promote a Black Southern Baptist ideal of a virtuous rural life, the film was a major success and the most popular hit in its genre.

Episode 33: "The Blood of Jesus" (part 1)

May 7, 2007 27:49

Description:

"The Blood of Jesus" (1941) is a classic example of the "race film" genre of films by African-American directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer William Jr. of the TV show Amos & Andy Show (who also played Razz Williams in the film), is a morality tale about a woman (Cathryn Caviness) who is accidentally shot to death by her husband. Facing death, she must choose between Hell and Zion. Intended to promote a Black Southern Baptist ideal of a virtuous rural life, the film was a major success and the most popular hit in its genre.

Episode 32: "You'se Just A Little N*****, Still You'se Mine, All Mine"

May 3, 2007 4:29

Description:

Labeled as a "Darky lullaby", "You'se Just A Little N*****, Still You'se Mine, All Mine" (1910) is performed here by Ada Jones, and recorded on an Edison Amberol cylinder as a release from "The Edison Phonograph Monthly". The song actually was very popular in the early 1900's.

Episode 31: "Henry Browne, Farmer"

Apr 28, 2007 10:46

Description:

Henry Brown, Farmer was a short propaganda film produced in 1942 about African-American contributions to the American home front. It is narrated by Canada Lee.

Episode 30: Ossie Davis

Apr 24, 2007 5:25

Description:

After the death of Malcolm X, Ossie Davis gave a eulogy at the Faith Temple Church of God in Harlem on February 27, 1965. This is a portion of his eulogy, memorializing Malcolm X.

Episode 29: Malcolm X

Apr 20, 2007 7:46

Description:

On December 3, 1964, Malcolm X participated in a classic debate at Oxford University in England. This is a clip of the speech that Malcolm X gave at Oxford Union, a special all university organization.

Episode 28: The Black Panther Party

Apr 13, 2007 4:54

Description:

Short speech and interview clips of Fred Hampton and Huey P. Newton as well as a description of the Panther's Ten Point Program.

Episode 27: "Bright Road" movie trailer

Apr 10, 2007 2:35

Description:

This is the trailer for the movie "Bright Road". The film was a real rarity in 1953: a major-studio production with an all-black cast. This clip shows the film's stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in short acting and musical performances.

Episode 26: Joe Louis vs. Max Baer

Apr 5, 2007 38:05

Description:

On the night of September 24, 1935, 95,000 spectators jammed Yankee Stadium to see 21-year-old boxing phenomenon Joe Louis fight former heavyweight champion Max Baer. This is the radio broadcast of that fight. New York governor Herbert Lehman, New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Cary Grant were among the celebrities in attendance. Ring announcer Joe Humphreys introduced the fighters. First, "the sensational Californian and former world's heavyweight champion, Max Baer." Then it was Louis's turn: "His worthy opponent, the new sensational pugilistic product. Although colored, he stands out in the same class with Jack Johnson and Sam Langford; the idol of his people, none other than Joe Louis."

Episode 25: Ossie Davis

Mar 31, 2007 8:08

Description:

On April 5, 1968, one day after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ossie Davis gave this eulogy speech at a memorial gathering in Central Park in New York City.

Episode 24: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mar 26, 2007 5:18

Description:

This speech replays Dr. King's views on war, the Vietnam War in particular.

Episode 23: Langston Hughes

Mar 21, 2007 3:58

Description:

Here, in his own words, Langston Hughes shares his poems: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", "Kid Sleepy", and "Southern Mammy Songs". Langston Hughes (1902-1967) ranks as one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. A landmark figure in the Harlem Renaissance, his work profoundly captures and celebrates the trials and triumphs of his exquisitely drawn characters. In addition to his poetry, he was also the author of the novels Now Without Laughter and Something in Common, the play Mulatto, and two volumes of autobiography.

Episode 22: "New Orleans Minstrels" broadside

Mar 12, 2007

Description:

This is a PDF file of a broadside/flyer/ad for the "New Orleans Minstrels" Preliminary Pictorial (1876), a minstrel/vaudeville show representative of those from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Episode 21: "Sunday Go To Meetin' Time"

Mar 10, 2007 6:59

Description:

In the cartoon "Sunday Go To Meetin' Time" (1936) Nicodemus' woman tries to show him the virtues of righteousness, and drags him away from his dice game on Sunday to the church, but he sneaks away and is soon out stealing chickens again. A blow on the head from a farmyard fence helps him see the error of his ways.

Episode 20: "The Jackie Robinson Story" (part 2)

Mar 2, 2007 38:48

Description:

Movie: The conclusion of "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950), a biographical film in which Jackie Robinson plays himself, as you follow his life from childhood through his 1949 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ruby Dee is beautiful as Robinson's loving wife, and the film contains great footage of what Jackie could do on the baseball diamond. A great story about the social issues and racial prejudices that Robinson faced while integrating professional baseball.

Episode 20: "The Jackie Robinson Story" (part 1)

Mar 1, 2007 38:12

Description:

Movie: "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950) is a biographical film in which Jackie Robinson plays himself, as you follow his life from childhood through his 1949 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ruby Dee is beautiful as Robinson's loving wife, and the film contains great footage of what Jackie could do on the baseball diamond. A great story about the social issues and racial prejudices that Robinson faced while integrating professional baseball.

Episode 19: Malcolm X

Feb 20, 2007 14:13

Description:

A speech given titled "Words from the Frontline" (1965) after Malcolm's separation from the Nation of Islam.

Episode 18: "Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat"

Feb 12, 2007 6:51

Description:

"Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat" (1941) is a 1940 hit boogie-woogie song and best recognized as the centerpiece of this Walter Lantz Studio cartoon from 1941. A risqué, jazzy tune, the song describes a laundry woman from Harlem, New York whose technique is so unusual that people come from all around just to watch her scrub.

Episode 17: "Spirit of Youth" (part 2)

Feb 8, 2007 34:29

Description:

Movie: "Spirit of Youth" (1938) The dramatic conclusion of story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas (starring Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis and a parallel of his own life).

Episode 17: "Spirit of Youth" (part 1)

Feb 5, 2007 31:36

Description:

Movie: "Spirit of Youth" (1938) The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas (starring Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis and a parallel of his own life).

Episode 16: "New Girl in the Office" (part 2)

Jan 30, 2007 14:04

Description:

In the exciting conclusion of this docudrama, tensions erupt at Dennis Industries when they decide to hire a "Negro girl" in the secretarial pool so they can bid on government contracts. This film was produced in the early 1950s by the President's Committee on Government Contracts.

Episode 16: "New Girl in the Office" (part 1)

Jan 29, 2007 16:43

Description:

In this docudrama, tensions erupt at Dennis Industries when they decide to hire a "Negro girl" in the secretarial pool so they can bid on government contracts. This film was produced in the early 1950s by the President's Committee on Government Contracts.

Episode 15: Muhammad Ali

Jan 19, 2007 2:49

Description:

A collection of interview clips from 1964 in which Cassius Clay explains changing his name to Muhammad Ali and accepting the teachings of Islam.

Episode 14: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15, 2007 19:50

Description:

"I've Been to the Mountaintop" : the last speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Episode 13: "Uncle Tom's Cabana" & "Uncle Tom's Bungalow"

Jan 13, 2007 16:10

Description:

The two cartoons "Uncle Tom's Cabana" (1947) and "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" (1937) in this episode are parodies of Uncle Tom's Cabin. In "Uncle Tom's Cabana" Uncle Tom goes from cabin to cabana to ward off the mortgage. Little Eva (now all grown up) saves Uncle Tom's cabin with her singing and seductive sexiness. In "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" Topsy and Little Eva buy Uncle Tom from Simon Legree's Used Slave Company, but can't keep up the payments. Topsy and Eva do a color switch under Legree's whip as Eliza saves the day. "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" is one of the Censored 11 cartoons which have not been released on television or video, and are considered too racist or politically incorrect by today's standards.

Episode 12: Malcolm X

Dec 31, 2006 21:08

Description:

A speech given in Detroit, MI about "What is Black Revolution?"

Episode 11: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dec 17, 2006 19:46

Description:

One of the great sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled "The Drum Major Instinct". Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia on February 4, 1968. (audio file fades out a little early at the end)

Episode 10: "The Black King"

Dec 9, 2006 1:09:14

Description:

Movie: "The Black King' (1932) Fiery preacher Charcoal Johnson, though no model of sanctity, gains control of a Mississippi Baptist church through personal magnetism; he uses this springboard to organize a 'Back to Africa' movement among his fellow afro-Americans, along the lines of evangelical religion. Weathering accusations of swindling, he emerges as the self-styled (future) Emperor of the United States of Africa. But his tin-plated pomp is threatened by greed, personalities, and practicalities... The character Charcoal is supposedly is a portrayal of Marcus Garvey.

Episode 09: Newsreel (Haile Selassie)

Nov 30, 2006 2:22

Description:

"25 Years Ago" Universal Studios Newsreel (9/22/1960): Mussolini poised to invade Ethiopia, Haile Selassie and his toops.

Episode 08: "Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs"

Nov 20, 2006 7:36

Description:

Bob Clampett's jazzy 1943 parody of Disney's "Snow White" with an all black cast. Considered one of the greatest Warner Bros. cartoons ever made, this film was added to the Censored 11 in 1968. The Censored 11 has become the name given to the 11 cartoons which Turner refused to have released on television or video. These are the 11 cartoons that are considered too racist or too politically incorrect by today's standards.

Episode 07: Malcolm X

Nov 15, 2006 23:30

Description:

A speech on the difference between the "House Negro" and the "Field Negro".

Episode 06: "Rhythm & Blues Revue" (part 2)

Nov 8, 2006 37:06

Description:

Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway and Ruth Brown. Produced in 1955, this could be the first 'Showtime at the Apollo'.

Episode 06: "Rhythm & Blues Revue" (part 1)

Nov 3, 2006 34:31

Description:

Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway and Ruth Brown. Produced in 1955, this could be the first 'Showtime at the Apollo'.

Episode 05: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Oct 31, 2006 28:48

Description:

A 1957 TV appearance by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He appeared on the NBC television show titled "Open Mind" along with guest J. Waites Waring discussing the interesting topic "The New Negro".

Episode 04: Marcus Garvey

Oct 25, 2006 3:39

Description:

Shortly after returning from a long tour of the Caribbean and Central America in July 1921, Marcus Garvey recorded two brief speeches on a 78 rpm record. The second speech, "Explanation of the Objectives of the Universal Negro Improvement Association," is an extract from a much longer UNIA membership appeal. Although Garvey was famous for his oratory, these speeches are the only known recordings of his voice. Copyright © 1995-2004 The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, UCLA

Episode 03: Marcus Garvey

Oct 20, 2006 3:31

Description:

Shortly after returning from a long tour of the Caribbean and Central America in July 1921, Marcus Garvey recorded two brief speeches on a 78 rpm record. The first speech, "Hon. Marcus Garvey on His Return to the U.S.A.," comments on his problems obtaining a re-entry visa. Although Garvey was famous for his oratory, these speeches are the only known recordings of his voice. Copyright © 1995-2004 The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, UCLA

Episode 02: Malcolm X

Oct 19, 2006 8:07

Description:

Malcolm X in an early appearance on a television talk show.

Episode 01: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Oct 13, 2006 16:25

Description:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.