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

John L. Hanson


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    Dr. Kate Clifford Larson (Ep. 51, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 29:30

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, award-winning historian, consultant and Harriet Tubman scholar, and author of Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.

    Ida Byrd-Hill (Ep. 50, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 29:43

    On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Ida Byrd-Hill founder and CEO of Detroit-based Automation Workz, a higher education cybersecurity bootcamp, whose goal is to educate and train people of color for high-paying jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

    Gary Revel (Ep. 49, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 29:31


    On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Gary Revel, former Special Investigator with the 1977 House Select Committee on Assassinations focusing on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and author of To Live, or Maybe Not: A Gary Revel Memoir.


    Professor Sheryll Cashin (Ep. 48. 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 29:35

    On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Shjeryll Cashin, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at Georgetown University and author of White Space, Black ‘Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality.

    Dr. Candice W. Jones, MD. (Ep. 47, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 29:34

    On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Candice W. Jones, MD. and FAAP board certified physician practicing as a general pediatrician in Orlando, Florida and author of High 5 Discipline: Positive Parenting for Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Kids.

    Derrick L. Miles (Ep. 47-2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 29:43

    On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Derrick L. Miles, founder and CEO of CourMed, an enterprise software company that facilitates the innovative concierge delivery of healthcare products and services, backed by Microsoft and Google.

    Mark Christopher Lawrence (Ep. 45, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 29:43


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Mark Christopher Lawrence,  veteran actor and comedian with two high-profile projects: the Emmy-nominated daytime series Stacks, and the Tyler Perry series All The Queen’s Men.


    Wil Shelton (Ep. 44, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 29:32

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the African American struggle for power and influence in the corporate world  with Will Shelton, founder and CEO of Wil Power Integrated Marketing and author of The Silent Agreement: An Illusion of Inclusion in Black Corporate America.

    Ericka Nicole Malone (Ep. 43, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 29:32

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Ericka Nicole Malone, a multi-talented actress, director-producer, filmmaker and CEO of Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment about her educational and theatrical career, and her current project, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.

    Charlene P. Corley (Ep. 42, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 29:33

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the lasting impact of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on incomes and home ownership in the Tulsa African American community with Charlene P. Corley, Vice President of Diverse Insights and Partnershipsat the Nielsen Company.

    Greg A. Francis, pt. 2 (Ep 41, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 29:40

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Greg A. Francis, civil rights attorney and author of Just Harvest: The Story of How Black Farmers Won the Largest Civil Rights Case against the U.S. Government.

    Greg A. Francis, pt. 1 (Ep. 40, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 29:47

    On this week’s edition one In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with Greg A. Francis, the attorney whose work  on behalf of African American farmers is chronicled in his book, Just Harvest: The Story of How Black Farmers Won the Largest Civil Rights Case against the U.S. Government.

    Haile Thomas (Ep. 39, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 29:37

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Haile Thomas, author of Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential, about her work as a health, nutrition and self-improvement activist and author.

    Reggie Williams (Ep. 38, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 29:33


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Reggie Williams, former NFL linebacker, college Hall of Fame, Cincinnati City Council Member and co-author of Resilient by Nature: Reflections from a Life of Winning On and Off the Field, about his remarkable life journey.


    Isis Brantley (Ep. 37, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 29:38

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Isis Brantley, a Dallas-based African hair braiding expert and entrepreneur who successfully fought the State of Texas’s bureaucratic restrictions on natural hair braiding, making hair braiding services and instruction available to thousands of African American women in Texas.

    George T. “Mickey” Leland (Ep. 36, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 29:37

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute tot the late Honorable George T. “Mickey” Leland, former U.S. Representative from Houston, Texas and former Chairman of the House Hunger Committee, who died August 7, 1989 in a plane crash in Ethiopia while on a famine relief mission.

    Jarrett Bell (Ep. 35, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 29:35

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the current state of the NFL with columnist and author JARRETT BELL, who has covered the National Football League for USA Sports Today since 1993, and been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee since 1997.  

    Anneliese M. Bruner (Ep. 34, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 29:27

    In this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the tragedy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre as documented by Tulsa survivor Mary E. Jones Parrish in The Nation Must Awake, with Anneliese M. Bruner, Parrish’s great-granddaughter and author of the book’s Afterword.

    Dr. Karlos K. Hill, PhD. (EP. 33, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 29:26

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 with Dr. Karlos K. Hill, PhD., associate professor and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of  The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History.

    The Late Dr. Samuel D. Proctor (Ep. 32, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 29:35

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Reverend Dr. Samuel D. Proctor, a distinguished minister, educator and author of three books. Dr. Proctor served as president of two universities. He died in June, 1997, at the age of 75.

    Rawn James, Jr. (Ep. 31, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 29:32

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. examines the historical precedent of U.S. Presidents manipulating the Supreme Court with attorney Rawn James, Jr., former Assistant Attorney General  for the District of Columbia, and author of The Truman Court: Law and the Limits of Loyalty.

    Javon Johnson (Ep. 30, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 29:46


    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with actor, playwright and producer Javon Johnson about his career, his starring role in Tyler Perry’s Black Entertainment Television series, The Oval, and his founding of the Bear Fruit Conservatory.  


    Javon Johnson (Ep. 30, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 29:32


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with renowned actor, playwright and producer Javon Johnson about his distinguished career in the performing arts and his current role in Tyler Perry’s The Oval, airing on Black Entertainment Television.


    Mary Wilson (Ep. 29, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 29:41

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with an interview conducted during the 2019 Summit on Race in America at the LBJ Library on the […]

    Angela Lewis (Ep. 28, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 29:32

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with actress Angela Lewis, co-star of Snowfall, the  popular TV crime drama series created by the late Academy Award-nominated writer and director John Singleton, which explores the crack cocaine epidemic in 1080’s Los Angeles.

    Dr. Aaron Horne, MD. (Ep. 27, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 29:28

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the factors  resulting in the disproportionate numbers of African Americans with heart disease, and current efforts to overcome those disparities with Dr. Aaron Horne, MD.,  and interventional cardiologist and heart care specialist in North Richland Hill, Texas.

    Ya’Ke Smith (Ep. 26, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 29:38

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the current Black media renaissance and African American cultural influence with Ya’Ke Smith, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Lavaille Lavette (Ep. 25, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 29:37

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the rich history and cultural importance of Ebony Magazine with Lavaille Lavette, President and publisher of Ebony Magazine Publishing and author of Ebony: Covering Black America.

    Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram (Ep. 24, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 29:45

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, educator, social historian, community activist, and author Dear Kamala: Women Write to The New Vice President. She is also a co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.

    Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, pt.1 (Ep. 23, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 29:28

    On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, educator, social historian, community activist, and author Dear Kamala: Women Write to The New Vice President. She is also a co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.

    Mobley (Ep. 22, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 29:26

    On this week’s In Black America program, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with Austin-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mobley, aka Anthony Watkins II, about his recent release, Young and Dying in the Occident Supreme.

    Vernon Jordan (Ep. 21, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 29:34

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.: Civil Rights icon, former President and CEO of the National Urban League, and former Executive Director of The United Negro College Fund, with highlights of his address at the Summit on Race […]

    Judge Rebekah Coleman (Ep. 20, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 29:34

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with The Honorable Rebekah Coleman, the recently elected Judge in the state of Michigan’s 32A District serving Harper Woods, Michigan. She is the first female magistrate to hold the position, and the first African American judge elected in Harper Wood’s 69-year […]

    Michelle Green Rhodes (Ep. 19, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 29:26

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses wellness issues and health literacy among African Americans with Michelle Green Rhodes, CEO of Michelle Rhodes Media LLC in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Rhodes is a four-time author and Editor-in-Chief of The Color of Wellness magazine, which launched in January, 2021.

    Hank Aaron (Ep. 18. 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 29:32

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, the legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and long-time Home Run King, and former Negro Leagues baseball player, who passed away January 22, 2021.

    Shani M. King (Ep. 17, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 29:28

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with University of Florida law professor Shani M. King, and author of Have I Told You Black Lives Matter.  Dr, King is also Director of The Center on Children and Families and Associate Director of The Center on Race and Race […]

    Matt Dobkin (Ep. 16, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 29:23

    On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a 2005 conversation with Matt Dobkin, author of I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You, Aretha Franklin: Respect, And The Making Of A Soul Masterpiece.

    Richard Hartley (Ep. 15, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 29:28

    On this week’s In Black America program, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Pastor Richard Hartley of Haven International Ministries in Queens, New York, in-demand vocal and choir coach, and star of the USA Network reality program “The Rev.”

    Rance Allen (Ep. 14, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 29:30

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Bishop Rance Allen, legendary  Gospel recording artist and founder of the long-running influential and innovative Range Allen Gospel Group. Rance Allen died October 31, 2020, at the age of 71.

    Mary-Frances Winters (Ep. 13, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 29:45

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the physical and psychological toll on African Americans’ daily lives as a result of systemic racism with Mary-Frances Winters, founder and president of The Winters Group, Inc. and author of Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

    Tamara Payne (Ep. 12, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2021 29:43


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. examines the continuing impact of the Malcolm X’s legacy on American history with Tamara Payne, co-author, with her father, Les Payne, of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, a deeply nuanced portrait of the man, his mission, and his […]


    Cheryl Grace (Ep. 11, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 29:43

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the economic power and influence of the African American community the economy and pop culture, an across industries and digital platforms with Cheryl Grace, Senior Vice President of Consumer Insights and Engagement with the Nielsen Corporation.

    Larry “Lak” Henderson and Capone (Ep. 10, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 29:47

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Larry “Lak” Henderson, known as The Hip Hop Educator and founder and CEO of Smart Music Entertainment, along with legendary rapper Capone, who have recently collaborated on a new brand called SmartThug, which uses hip hop as an educational tool.

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    Bishop Wayne T. Jackson (Ep. 9, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 29:50

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, co-founder and CEO of The Impact Network, the world’s largest independent African American faith-based television network, as the network celebrates ten years of programming for African American and multicultural audiences.

    Tyrone McKinley Freeman (Ep. 8, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 29:50

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family Sch00l of Philanthropy, whose book, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow examines African American women’s history of charitable giving […]

    Tomeka Lynch Purcell (Ep. 7, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 29:45

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Tomeka Lynch Purcell about her efforts to show young people how to achieve personal and professional financial goals. Purcell is an educator, entrepreneur, financial coach and author of Morgan Saves For College and Why Pay Cash? Credit Is Better.

    Remembering The Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ep. 6, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2021 29:45


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his ninety-second birthday, with highlights from Dr. King’s addresses and speeches, as well as commentary from his widow, the late Coretta Scott King, The Honorable Andrew Young, […]


    Reggie Williams (Ep. 5, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 29:43


    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Reggie Williams, former NFL linebacker, NCAA Football Hall of Famer, Cincinnati City Council member and co-autor of Resilent By Nature: Reflections From A Life Of Winning On And Off The Football Field.


    Shellye Archambeau (Ep. 4, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 29:26

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Shellye Archambeau, Fortune 500 board member, former CEO of MetricStream, guest lecturer at her alma mater, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, And Create Success On Your Own Terms.

    Terrell Davis (Ep. 3, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 29:34

    This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Terrell Davis, two-time Super Bowl Champion, former National Football League and Super Bowl MVP, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and co-founder of Defy, a CDB-infused sports drink.

    Ron Simons, pt. 21 (Ep. 2, 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 29:34

    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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