March 1, 2005 At a recent conference of black conservatives hosted by the Heritage Foundation, organizers argued that black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and organizations like the NAACP may not truly represent the interests of African-Americans. NPR's David Greene reports on the New Black Vanguard Conference.
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March 1, 2005 NPR's Ed Gordon speaks to Derek Dingle, vice president and executive editor of Black Enterprise magazine, and Brett Pulley, a senior editor at Forbes magazine, about the sale of Essence magazine to the Time Warner media giant, and what the sale means for black-owned media.
March 1, 2005 NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Santa Maria, Calif., where jurors heard opening arguments yesterday in the Michael Jackson trial. The pop music icon is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland ranch.
March 1, 2005 Ken Mehlman ran President's Bush reelection campaign and is now chairman of the Republican Party. Mehlman talks about the GOP's efforts to attract more black voters. One of President Bush's arguments is that African-Americans would be better off if his plan to overhaul Social Security were implemented.
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February 28, 2005 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with NPR's Carrie Kahn about the commencement of the trial of pop icon Michael Jackson on child molestation charges.
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February 28, 2005 NPR's Corey Moore profiles several independent filmmakers who found alternative ways to produce and distribute their movies when the big Hollywood studios turned them down.
February 26, 2005 The Independent Spirit Awards, broadcast Saturday night on the cable channel Bravo, honor films that don't quite make the Hollywood mainstream. The film Brother to Brother has earned four nominations. It's about Bruce Nugent, an unconventional artist during the Harlem Renaissance.
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February 25, 2005 Amid all the Oscar buzz, there's been a lot of talk about the increase in African-American nominees. Does such recognition signal a shift for blacks working in television and film? NPR's Ed Gordon explores the topic with two distinguished black filmmakers, Bill Duke and Ernest Dickerson.
February 25, 2005 Does the appointment of Condoleezza Rice as U.S. Secretary of State benefit blacks globally? NPR's Ed Gordon talks with Ramona Edelin, a scholar and treasurer of the Black Leadership Forum, and Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality.
February 25, 2005 News and Notes with Ed Gordon remembers Solomon Williams, Florida's first black train engineer, who died last week in Bradenton, Fla., aged 101.
February 25, 2005 NPR's Ed Gordon is joined by George Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service; Debra Dickerson, author and journalist; and filmmaker Reginald Hudlin. They'll discuss the Barry Bonds controversy, the firestorm over comments about gender by the president of Harvard University, and an Oscars preview.
February 25, 2005 NPR's Ed Gordon discusses police and the use of deadly force in black neighborhoods with the Rev. Al Sharpton and David Klinger, a professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
February 25, 2005 The recent killing of Devin Brown, an African-American teen shot by police after an early morning car chase in Los Angeles, has once again focused attention on police shootings in the black community. While this incident and others have led some to believe these shootings are on the rise, statistics can't back up that suspicion. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.
February 24, 2005 In making his argument for overhauling Social Security, President Bush sometimes points out that on average, black men do not live as long as white men and thus get less return on their investment from the system. The point has stirred debate about whether Social Security is fair to African-Americans.
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February 24, 2005 Across the country this month, hundreds of museums are highlighting the unique history of African-Americans. In Baltimore, the National Great Blacks in Wax museum is marking Black History Month.
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