In Black America Produced at KUT, In Black America is a long-running, nationally syndicated program dedicated to all facets of the African American experience. John Hanson profiles a diverse selection of current and historically significant figures whose stories help illuminate life in Black America. Guests include civil rights leaders, educators, artists, athletes and writers describing their experiences, achievements and work in chronicling and advancing the quality of African American life.
In Black America

In Black America

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Produced at KUT, In Black America is a long-running, nationally syndicated program dedicated to all facets of the African American experience. John Hanson profiles a diverse selection of current and historically significant figures whose stories help illuminate life in Black America. Guests include civil rights leaders, educators, artists, athletes and writers describing their experiences, achievements and work in chronicling and advancing the quality of African American life.

Most Recent Episodes

Bernard Shaw (Ep. 51, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Bernard Shaw, a pioneering African American journalist and television news correspondent who anchored programs on CNN for two decades until his retirement in 2001. Shaw died in September 2022 at the age of 82.

Paul Warfield & Al Jenkins (Ep. 50, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with NFL Hall of Famer Paul Warfield and also speaks with former NFL offensive lineman Al Jenkins, who played for the Cleveland Browns and the 1972 Champion Miami Dolphins

Paul Warfield (Ep. 49, 2022)

On this week's In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr, speaks with former NFL wide receiver and Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, about his thirteen year pro career, first with the Cleveland Browns alongside Jim Brown, and later with the the Miami Dolphins team that went undefeated in 1972.

Field Generals (Ep. 48, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with former NFL quarterbacks James Harris, Doug Williams and Warren Moon, who, along with Randall Cunningham, Vince Evans and Jay Walker are known as The Field Generals and gathered during Super Bowl week in February to honor pioneering African American quarterbacks Willie Thrower and Marlin Briscoe.

Kevin Merida, pt. 2 (Ep. 47, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Kevin Merida, Executive Editor of The Los Angeles Times since June 2021 after a career that has included tenures at ESPN and The Dallas Morning News.

Kevin Merida, pt. 1 (Ep. 46, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with journalist Kevin Merida, a year into his tenure as Executive Editor of The Los Angeles Times, discussing issues of inclusion, diversity and equity and the role of media in race, sports and culture.

Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams (Ep. 45, 2022)

On this week's In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams, a standup comedian, author, radio host, podcaster and actress from Atlanta whose popular, Emmy-nominated sitcom "The Ms. Pat Show" recently premiered its second season on BET.

Tavis Smiley (Ep. 44, 2022)

On this week's edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with veteran media personality, author, philanthropist and radio station owner Tavis Smiley, about his recent return to the airwaves and his new venture, Talk Radio station KBLA 1580 AM, the only African American-owned talk station west of the Mississippi.

Eric Wilkerson (Ep. 43, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Eric Wilkerson, a Chesley Award-winning illustrator and concept artist, and illustrator of I Color Myself Different, a children's picture book written by social activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

A Tribute to B.B. King (Ep. 42, 2022)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King, one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, detailing King's beginnings in Mississippi and Memphis, to his award-winning career, which ended with his death in 2015.