The Best of 'News & Notes' 2007
June 19, 2007 The acclaimed Nigerian writer recently won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for his literary career. Achebe talks about the premise of his debut novel Things Fall Apart, why he stopped writing for nearly 20 years and how his experiences with Nigeria's fractured political past still shape the way he envisions Africa's future.
October 12, 2007 A New Jack artist of many trades, actor/director Tyler Perry became famous for cross-dressing as the ghetto, gun-toting Madea character. But in his latest flick, "Why Did I Get Married?," he plays one half of four black couples who go on a vacation that turns into a nightmare. Farai Chideya talks to Perry and the film's star, Janet Jackson.
September 24, 2007 Fifty years ago, a group of black teenagers known as the Little Rock Nine faced down an angry white mob in Arkansas and integrated Central High School. Farai Chideya talks with three of the Little Rock Nine as they reflect back on that historic day, and recount their high school experiences.
September 20, 2007 Marine Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin talks with Farai Chideya about the future of Iraq following the death of Sheikh Sattar, the leader of the movement to fight al Qaeda in Al Anbar province and beyond. Gen. Gaskin commands the 25,000 troops of the Multi-National Force West.
June 4, 2007 News & Notes kicks off a monthlong series on hip-hop with a free-wheeling and, at times, combative interview with music mogul Russell Simmons. He joins Farai Chideya for a heated discussion about spirituality, business principles and negative language in rap music.