Tavis Smiley and Cornel West
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability.
Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis
Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.
Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed
2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed. (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009) Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Jazz and Rock Drummer Cindy Blackman
Basic Black host Kim McLarin speaks with jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman.
Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver
Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.
A Conversation with Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson
Superintendent Carol Johnson joins host Kim McLarin in a conversation about her goals for the Boston public school system and the challenges that she faces.
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Novelist Walter Mosley has written fiction, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and a graphic novel, but he is best known for his crime fiction. His most famous mystery series stars Easy Rawlins, an African American veteran who works as a private investigator in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in the decades following World War II. He has also written three Fearless Jones mysteries, three Socrates Fortlow mysteries, and one Leonid McGill mystery.
His non-fiction work includes What Next: An African American Initiative Toward World Peace, Workin’ on the Chain Gang: Shaking off the Dead Hand of History, and This Year You Write Your Novel.
His fiction includes RL’s Dream, The Man in My Basement, and The Tempest Tales.
He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a Grammy, an O. Henry award, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement award.
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