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In Black America

IBA profiles a diverse selection of current and historically significant figures whose stories help illuminate life in Black America.

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Tavis Smiley (Ep. 44, 2022)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with veteran media personality, author, philanthropist and radio station owner Tavis Smiley, about his recent return to the airwaves and his new venture, Talk Radio station KBLA 1580 AM, the only African American-owned talk station west of the Mississippi.

29mins

2 Oct 2022

Rank #1

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Eric Wilkerson (Ep. 43, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Eric Wilkerson, a Chesley Award-winning illustrator and concept artist, and illustrator of I Color Myself Different, a children’s picture book written by social activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

29mins

25 Sep 2022

Rank #2

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A Tribute to B.B. King (Ep. 42, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King, one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, detailing King’s beginnings in Mississippi and Memphis, to his award-winning career, which ended with his death in 2015.

29mins

18 Sep 2022

Rank #3

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Lisa Forbes, pt. 2 (Ep. 41, 2022)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a conversation  with Lisa Forbes, author of I Can Take It Form Here: A Memoir of Trauma, Prison and Self-Empowerment, which details her journey through through the criminal justice system and post-prison life as a restored citizen.

29mins

11 Sep 2022

Rank #4

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Lisa Forbes, pt.1 (Ep 40, 2022)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Lisa Forbes, author of I Can Take It Form Here: A Memoir of Trauma, Prison and Self-Empowerment, which details her journey through through the criminal justice system and post-prison life as a restored citizen.

29mins

4 Sep 2022

Rank #5

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Rick Hammell (Ep. 39, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Rick Hammell, founder and CEO of Atlas (formerly Elements Global Services), which under Hammell’s leadership has grown from a local start-up to a global HR tech firm. pioneering a new business model for the global employment industry.

29mins

28 Aug 2022

Rank #6

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A Tribute to Dick Gregory, pt. 2 (Ep. 38. 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents the conclusion of an interview from 2000 with pioneering comedian, civil rights activist, social critic and writer DICK GREGORY, who passed away August 19, 2017, at the age of 84.

29mins

21 Aug 2022

Rank #7

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A Tribute to Dick Gregory, pt. 1 (Ep 37, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents an interview from 2000 with pioneering comedian, civil rights activist, social critic and writer DICK GREGORY, who passed away August 19, 2017, at the age of 84.

29mins

14 Aug 2022

Rank #8

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Dr. Toinette Gunn (Ep. 36, 2022)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Toinette Gunn, Executive Director of Chicago Debates, an organization formed in 1995 to provide debate training in public schools as an educational and cultural uplifting tool.

29mins

7 Aug 2022

Rank #9

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Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams (Ep. 35, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams, stand-up comedian, actress, and author of Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat, the story of her journey from an impoverished childhood to her current success.

29mins

31 Jul 2022

Rank #10