Redefining Black Power

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Redefining Black Power
Reflections on the State of Black America

Edited by Joanne Griffith





"'The Poet and the Poem' Audio Podcasts"
Aug 24, 2012

Grace Cavalieri interviews Brian DeShazor about "Redefining Black Power."

- Grace Cavalieri, Library of Congress

"Speaking Truth to Power and Ourselves"
Mar 24, 2012

Janice Graham interviews Joanne Griffith, author of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America on Our Common Ground blog radio.

- Janice Graham, Our Common Ground

Book News Inc.

"In this book, radio-journalist Joanne Griffith travels the country to interview leading black intellectuals, educators, authors and organizers about the state of Black America . . . She talks with Vincent Harding about the deepening of democracy in America, with Julianne Malveaux about race and economic inequality, with Michelle Alexander about law in the age of Obama, with Ramona Africa about revolutionary struggle, with Linn Washington Jr. about the media's inability to earnestly analyze government, with Van Jones about green activism; and with Esther Armah about the emotional impact of the first Black First Family."

—Eithne O'Leyne


"Racism and the Occupy Movement"
Mar 23, 2012

Firedog Lake hosted a webinar for their Occupy Supply program featuring Joanne Griffith and Occupy Detroit media coordinator Lee Gaddies, covering the impact of racism on youth, police relations, our education system, and the media, and the challenges of building a unified movement in a segregated environment.

- Brian Sonenstein, Firedoglake

Joanne Griffith on Midweek Drive Interviews
Mar 22, 2012

Sony award-winning BBC correspondent and author of Redefining Black Power: Reflecting on the State of Black America Joanne Griffith reflects on her recent research with Alex Lewczuk, Natalie Tuck, Joy Knight, Katie Grimason, Tiffany Freeman & Jericho Keys.

- Southsidebroadcasting

"It's not what you get, it's what you keep"
Mar 20, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Gaurdian includes their interview from last month with Joanne Griffith about her book Redefining Black Power , in this week's Black Power issue available online and in print.

- Caitlin Donohue, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Redefining Black Power: Pacifica Archives & City Lights Books Reflect on the State of Black America"
Feb 29, 2012

Redefining Black Power author Joanne Griffith and Pacifica Radio Archives director Brian DeShazor speaking with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! The interview played on all of the Pacifica radio stations and is featured on the Democracy Now! blog.

- Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Joanne Griffith on WLRN Radio
Mar 19, 2012

Joanne Griffith, author of Redefining Black Power, talks with Joseph Copper on WLRN Radio about how African-Americans may view the Presidency of Barack Obama today.


Joanne Griffith on C-Span Book TV
Feb 23, 2012

Joanne Griffith, author of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, will discuss her book with filmmaker Bryan Hurt and Duke University professor Marc Anthony Neal on C-Span Book TV on February 23, 2012.


"Left of Black" Interview with Joanne Griffith
Feb 20, 2012

Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Joanne Griffith to talk about her new book, Redefining Black Power.

- Mark Anthony Neal, Left of Black

Joanne Griffith interviews with Justin Demangles on New Day Jazz
Feb 19, 2012

Joanne Griffith, author of Redefining Black Power, interviews with Justin Demangles on New Day Jazz, a show that highlights authors of contemporary African American literature.

- Justin Desmangles, New Day Jazz

Joanne Griffith on "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon"
Feb 18, 2012

Joanne Griffith, author of Redefining Black Power, Interviewed with Wilmer Leon on his radio show "Inside the Issues with WIlmer Leon" XM Radio Channel 169

- Wilmer Leon, "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon"

Shelf Awareness

"Griffith's stellar introduction places Obama's rise in the historical context of previous generations' struggles for equality and a seat at the table of American power, recounting the emotional heft she and other African-Americans felt at Obama's victory. The interviews that follow are never less than fascinating; they are lively, engaging give-and-takes on the Civil Rights Movement, poverty and under-employment in America and on Obama's place in history. . .  This book displays a full, rich range of responses from America's black intelligentsia, cultural icons, artists and activists who at times question the meaning and the motives of the president rather than simply assume he offers a panacea for issues that have plagued this country since its inception. "--Donald Powell


From the Vault celebrates the release of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America
Feb 8, 2012

From the Vault celebrates the release of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America. Edited by From the Vault collaborator and BBC Radio 5 Live host Joanne Griffith, this book utilizes Pacifica Radio's classic Civil Rights and Black Power recordings, such as W.E.B Dubois, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Audre Lourde as a context for a new conversation on the state of Black America with contemporary educators, activists, and philosophers. From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

- From the Vault Radio

Interview on KPFA: The Morning Mix
Feb 7, 2012

Joanne Griffith, editor of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, interviews with Davey D on The Morning Mix on KPFA 94.1FM.

- Davey D, The Morning Mix

Interview on Wanda Picks Radio Show
Feb 3, 2012

Joanne Griffith, editor of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, talks with Wanda Picks Radio Show about her new book.

- Wanda Sabir, Wanda Picks Radio Show

Dominique DiPrima interviewed Joanne Griffith for Front Page on KJLH radio in Los Angeles.
Feb 2, 2012

Dominique DiPrima interviewed Joanne Griffith for Front Page on KJLH radio in Los Angeles.

- Dominique DiPrima, Front Page

Redefining Black Power on Los Angeles Magazine's February Reading List
Feb 1, 2012

Joanne Griffith's book Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America makes Los Angeles Magazine's February 2012 Nonfiction Reading List.

- Jason Kehe, Los Angeles Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

"Griffith concludes by wondering if progressives have been 'lulled into a satisfied slumber' by Obama's election, and whether Dr. King’s ambitions have been betrayed by this complacency. Multifaceted discussions regarding the challenges faced by African-Americans during the Obama presidency."


Booklist

"International broadcast journalist Griffith draws on the archives of radio interviews with black intellectuals to offer a perspective on how the election of the nation's first black president has changed notions of black power and ideas of a multicultural democracy. . . . Griffith provides context for each excerpted interview, adding to the texture of the analysis of changing perspectives on contemporary black power."


Publishers Weekly

"Few were more galvanized by the election of Obama than African Americans. But four years after the first black president moved into the Oval Office, the excitement has been supplemented by the sober realization that no single individual can tackle the major civil rights challenges that remain. BBC journalist Griffith interviews activists, scholars, and others, including Obama's former Green Jobs Advisor Van Jones, to delve into the psyche of African Americans during the Obama years. This slim volume packs a punch as it unpacks uncomfortable truths, and the provocative voices here do not mince words. Some, like Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander, fault Obama for not doing more for blacks, going so far as to declare that 'there really is no point in putting black and brown faces in positions of power if they aren't actually going to make much of a difference.' But others say African Americans slipped into the trap of seeing Obama as a 'saviour' and failed to understand that the president is head of state, not the leader of a new civil rights movement. Consequently, according to Jones,  expecting Obama to 'fix black America' is a mistake; if anyone is going to do that, it will be some person or group outside the political realm. Operating as he does within the constraints of Washington, the president's greatest triumph is perhaps more psychological, as Obama, his wife, and daughters have provided a much needed emotional boost for blacks as the country's First Family." -- Publishers Weekly


Interview on Sojourner Radio
Jan 31, 2012

Joanne Griffith discusses the goals of her book, Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, and her upcoming event in Los Angeles, where she will discuss race and education in the age of Obama.

- Margaret Prescod, Sojourner Radio