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The Black Russian with Vladimir Alexandrov
Bernice Bennett host welcomes Vladimir Alexandrov, Ph.D., for an engaging discussion of his book, The Black Russian. He will explore the process of researching and writing this compelling story.
The Black Russian tells the story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, who was born in 1872 to former slaves and spent his youth on his family’s farm in Mississippi. After leaving the South and working as a waiter and valet in Chicago and Brooklyn, he went to London in 1894, then traveled throughout Europe, and decided to go to Russia in 1899, all of which was highly unusual for a black American at the time. He chose Moscow as his home, and during the next nineteen years renamed himself “Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas,” married twice, acquired a mistress, took Russian citizenship, and by dint of his talents, hard work, charm, and guile became one of the city’s richest and most famous owners of variety theaters and restaurants. The Bolshevik Revolution ruined him and he barely escaped with his life and family to Turkey in 1919. Starting with just a handful of dollars out of the millions he had lost, Thomas made a second fortune in Constantinople by opening a series of celebrated nightclubs that introduced jazz to Turkey. However, because of the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and his own extravagance, he fell on hard times, was thrown into debtor's prison and died in Constantinople in 1928.
Dr. Alexandrov is the B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Acting Chair, Slavic Department at Yale University. www.valexandrov.com
Dr. Vladimir Alexandrov, author of The Black Russian, talks about the incredible life of Frederick Bruce Thomas. The Black Russian was named one of the "Top 10 Biographies:2013" by Booklist. Please see Dr. Alexandrov's website for more information about this book. www.valexandrov.com
Vladimir Alexandrov, the B.E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Yale University joins The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about his new book, "The Black Russian," in which he tells the little-known true story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, who left the color-conscious Mississippi Delta, seeking a better life.Frederick found freedom and extraordinary success in, of all places, Moscow where he renamed himself Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas. But thans to the Bolshevik Revolution he was forced to escape his adopted country, leaving everything he'd built behind to start over in Constantinople. Once again his brain and brawn led him to success, when he opened what became a series of celebrated nightclubs and introducing jazz to Turkey. Sadly, the long arm of American racism, the xenophobia of the new Turkish Republic, and Frederick's own extravagance landed him in debtor's prison. He died in Constantinople in 1928. With the stamp of approval of some of the African-American communities most prominent voices, including those of Cornel West and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, "The Black Russian," is a story you won't want to miss.
Believe it or not there are Black female filmmakers who are creating horror films and have an eminent voice in the horror film community. Tananarive Due and Kristina Leath-Malin will be our guests as we discuss gender and race disparities in the horror film genre as well as current projects both filmmakers are working on and their mission to spread the word that Black women are making horror films!
Hosted by dark-skinned free-thinker Vincent E Brown, this show discusses a myriad of issues from the political, moral, and religious. Of course, every now and then a bit of controversy is liable to show up at any time, so tune in and listen to a host who is black, Christian, and conservative.
The Facebook group administrator AG3 of Black FreeThought (FreeThinkers) brings the group alive with a talk show. AG3 will discuss on this pre show before the real show's true premier in 2014 his 11 year AM radio career in Mississippi, make group announcements, talk about becoming an Atheist and Freethinker. Mixed with some music,PSA's and just dusting off the old radio DJ. cobwebs since he hasn't been in radio since 2001. Hopefully he hasn't lost his radio edge so come join us for this pre show.
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Today's Announcements links:
Dr. Hutchinson's WLP link: http://startsomegood.com/Venture/womens_leadership_project/Campaigns/Show/empowering_girls_of_color_in_south_los_angeles
Riana Rhodes Fund: http://www.gofundme.com/4kpl24
Tonights Topic: Are the so called Black Channels like BET, TVone, CentricTv, and can't forget Bounce TV the first African American own network truly catering to the needs of the African/Black American community? Let'
Forty-five minutes west of Walt Disney's make-believe history, archaeologists dig for real artifacts. Hunched over a shallow, square excavation, they search for Peliklakaha, the largest Black Seminole village, Fort Mose known to historians, a place where different cultures joined in a fight for freedom more than 200 years ago. Until now, say University of Florida archaeologists, Peliklakaha existed only in the writings of military leaders and a painting commissioned by the U.S. general who had burned it down.
Join The Gist of Freedom with Historian Gilbert Raiford!
The painful memory of Trayvon Martin, the young unarmed teen who was murdered by the self appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, has been revived by the insensitivity of those who believed it was acceptable to dress in black face and a bloody hoody for Halloween, 2013.
While the outrage of their poor costume choice has been wide spread over the internet, there are some in the black community that feel blacks are just too sensitive. Are black people just "too sensitive" as it relates to black face and the racial connotations they represent?
Join host Kay Quinn as she and co-hosts Raymond Kirk and Michael Flemons discuss this new fixation on the black face controversy.
REAL Talk is a community oriented show that focuses and engage dialog on very real issues that repeatedly plague and disenfranchise local communities. It is designed to open the lines of communication to address the hard issues many are afraid to discuss in this climate of racial divide.
We can no longer afford to walk around and ignore the elephant in the room. This is our time to engage the proverbial elephant head on.
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Are you ready? Let the conversations begin...
Late Night with Rob Black is a show about anything and everything to do with all the things that are on Rob Black's mind. Politics, current events, pop culture, whatever's on the news or in your brain. Join Rob Black 8-10pm Monday through Friday and listen to Rob explain life, love and the way things ought to be.
The most controversial figure in adult entertainment presents a no holds barred discussion about the future of the business. Rob's insight is spawned from having grown up around the adult biz, as his father owned several adult bookstores throughout Western New York.
Rob was the owner of Extreme Associates, which was at the time considered an outlaw in the biz because of its edgy content. Such fare is commonplace now.
Rob and his wife Lizzy Borden paid an extreme price for innovating adult, as both spent a year in prison on federal obscenity charges.
Rob also owned XPW - Xtreme Pro Wresting, which was one of the top wrestling organizations in the world, with a weekly national TV show, employing such superstars as Shane Douglas, X-Pac, Sabu and the late Chris Candido. XPW folded in 2003 after Extreme was indicted.
XPW is in the process of a rebirth, with classic episodes of XPW TV being shown on SinisterTV.com. There is also talk of live shows.