In Black America

Ron Simons, pt. 2 (Ep. 2, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Ron Simons, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and President and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, about his efforts to bring diversity to the stage, telling stories about African American history and culture.

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Ron Simons, pt. 1 (Ep. 1, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with Ron Simons, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and President and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, about his experience as a pioneer in the effort to bring diversity to the stage, telling stories about African American history and culture.

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Maurice A. Jones (Ep. 52, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with Maurice A. Jones, former Deputy Secretary of HUD and former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and current President and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development finance corporation providing a variety of financial and technical services to schools, healthcare…

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Tim Todd (Ep. 51, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the history of African American-owned financial institutions with Tim Todd, Executive Writer and Historian with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and author of Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding Of America’s First Black Banks.

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Kirk Brown (Ep. 50, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kirk Brown, founder of Melanin Meetups, a national think platform where young African American professionals come together to develop data-driven solutions to address social, economic and professional challenges facing the African American community.

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Alexandra Warnier (Ep. 49, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with Alexandra Warnier, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for American Honda, about the COVID-19-related challenges of managing the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, an academic competition that celebrates NBCU academic achievement.

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Pastor Miles McPherson (Ep. 48, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Pastor Miles McPherson, former San Diego Chargers football player, author, motivational speaker, and pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego, California.

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Haile Thomas (Ep. 47, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Haile Thomas, an international speaker, wellness and compassion activist, content creator and author of Living Lively. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and founder/CEO of the non-profit HAPPY.

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Dr. E. James West (Ep 46, 2020)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses Ebony magazine’s political, social and historical influence and importance with Dr. E. James West, author of Ebony Magazine And Lerone Bennett, Jr.: Popular Black History In Postwar America.

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Shaundell Newsome (Ep. 45, 2020)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Shaundelle Robinson, United States Air Force and Operation Desert Storm veteran, and the founder and visionary behind Sumnu Marketing, a two-time Small Business Association Award winner.

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John Lewis, pt. 2 (Ep. 44, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a tribute to the Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Robert Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District from 1987 until his death on July 17, 2020. The interview was recorded during Congressman Lewis’s visit to the University of Texas at…

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John R. Lewis, pt. 2 (Ep. 44, 2020)

On this week’s program, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a tribute to the late John Robert Lewis, Congressman from Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and Civil Rights pioneer and leader, with an interview recorded in May, 2020.

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John Lewis, pt. 1 (Ep. 43, 2020)

On this week’s program, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents Part One of a tribute to the late John Robert Lewis, Congressman from Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and Civil Rights pioneer and leader, who passed away July 17, 2020.

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Ed Gordon (Ep. 42, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Emmy Award-winning television journalist Ed Gordon, a news anchor and interview program host on BET, CBS, NBC, NPR and MSNBC. He is the author of Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics and Leadership.

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Cathy Hughes, pt.2 (Ep. 41, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a conversation with Cathy Hughes, veteran radio and television professional and founder and Chairwoman of Urban One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated media company in America.

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Cathy Hughes, pt. 1 (Ep. 40, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with Cathy Hughes, veteran radio and television professional and founder and Chairwoman of Urban One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated media company in America.

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Leslie “Les” Payne (Ep. 39, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. remembers the late Leslie “Les” Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former Associate Managing Editor of Newsday. Payne, whose reporting, editing and leadership helped bring Newsday national and international prominence, died in March, 2018 at the age of 76.

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Dr. Rebecca Etz and Christine Bechtel (Ep. 38, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses racism and its impact on public health with Dr. Rebecca S. Etz, PhD., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and Co-Director of the Larry A. Green Center, and Christine Bechtel, patient advocate and co-founder of…

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Dyana Williams (Ep. 37, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dyana Williams, a veteran radio and television personality, music industry professional, member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of African American Music, and co-originator and co-founder of Black Music Month.  

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A Tribute to Earl G. Graves, Sr. (Ep. 36, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a 2001 interview with Earl G. Graves, Sr., an entrepreneur, publisher, and philanthropist who died April 6, 2020. Graves was the founder of Black Enterprise, a media company focused on black entrepreneurship and black businesses.

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