Writers on Writing with Dr. Brenda M. Greene
Writers on Writing Interview with Michael Green
Original Air Date: Sunday, February 18, 2024
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews actor, writer, producer, and director Michael Green. Green has received critical praise for his ongoing portrayal of Dr. King in Jeff Stetson’s The Meeting and has produced and directed among others Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till, MLK: If He Had Sneezed, and Barbara Jordan: I Dared to Be Me. Green and Greene discuss his journey, the state of Black theater, and his views on the role of the artist.
Writers on Writing Interview with
Mother of Amadou Diallo
On February 4, 1999, an unarmed 23-year-old Guinean student named Amadou Diallo was fired upon with 41 rounds. The four officers who shot him were found not guilty. Dr. Greene interviews Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo. They discuss her memoir My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son (One World, 2004), her son, and the impact that the tragic killing had on her family.
Writers on Writing Interview with Paul Coates
Original Air Date: Sunday, February 4, 2024
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Paul Coates, the founder and publisher of Black Classic Press. Greene and Coates discuss the mission and founding of the press, the challenges of independent Black publishers, and the way forward in documenting and ensuring the legacy of Black books which are obscure, or which have gone out of print. Coates discusses the way that family, friends, and community have provided the support and motivation to continue his work in institution building.
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