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PODCAST: Vanessa Valdes Discusses Biography of Arturo Schomburg

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

In Vanessa K. Valdes new book, DIASPORIC BLACKNESS, she examines the life of Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Born in 1874, Schomburg cofounded the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and assembling books, prints, pamphlets, articles, and other ephemera produced by Black men and women from across the Americas and Europe. His curated library collection at the New York Public Library emphasized the presence of African peoples and their descendants throughout the Americas and would serve as an indispensable resource for the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Vanessa K. Valdés is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the City College of New York, City University of New York. She is the editor of Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora and the author of Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas, She currently serves as Book Review Editor of s/x salon, an online literary salon on Caribbean literature and culture.

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New Biography of Arturo Schomburg by Vanessa Valdés 

June 6, 2017 Leave a comment

History of Africans in Mexico on KAZI

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

University of West Indies professor Paulette Ramsay discusses her latest book, AFRO-MEXICAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF DIASPORA, GENDER, IDENTITY, AND NATION, on the Monday, August 1 edition of KAZI Book Review at 8 a.m. CST on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.

In her book, Ramsay reviews the historical and cultural influence of Africans and African descended people on Mexico and the efforts to erase them from history after the end of the Mexican revolution in 1910. 

PODCAST: Kali Nicole Gross Interview, HANNAH MARY TABBS AND THE DISEMBODIED TORSO

March 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Kali GrossUT Austin professor Kali Nicole Gross discussed her latest book HANNAH MARY TABBS AND THE DISEMBODIED TORSO: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, live on KAZI Book Review on February 21.  In the book, Gross explores the story of Hannah Mary Tabbs, a black woman arrested for murder in Philadelphia in 1887. 

PODCAST: Tyina Steptoe Discusses Migration of Blacks, Creoles, and Mexicans to Houston in New Book

February 14, 2016 1 comment

Tyina Steptoe discusses her new book, HOUSTON BOUND: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, on the KAZI Book Review Podcast.

Book Description

Houston BoundBeginning after World War I, Houston was transformed from a black-and-white frontier town into one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban areas in the United States. Houston Bound draws on social and cultural history to show how, despite Anglo attempts to fix racial categories through Jim Crow laws, converging migrations—particularly those of Mexicans and Creoles—complicated ideas of blackness and whiteness and introduced different understandings about race. This migration history also uses music and sound to examine these racial complexities, tracing the emergence of Houston’s blues and jazz scenes in the 1920s as well as the hybrid forms of these genres that arose when migrants forged shared social space and carved out new communities and politics.

This interdisciplinary book provides both an innovative historiography about migration and immigration in the twentieth century and a critical examination of a city located in the former Confederacy.

Tyina L. Steptoe is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arizona.

KAZI Host Moderating Texas Book Festival Panel on Racial Identity Sunday

October 16, 2015 Leave a comment
Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs

This Sunday at 12:15 p.m. come join Allyson Hobbs and James McGrath Morris at the Texas Book Festival as they share their investigations into the tumultuous history of racial identity in the U.S. in their respective works, A CHOSEN EXILE: A History of Racial Passing in American Life and EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.  KAZI Book Review host Hopeton Hay will moderate the discussion.

Allyson Hobbs Bio

Allyson Hobbs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stanford University.  Allyson’s first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, published by Harvard University Press in October 2014, examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.  A CHOSEN EXILE won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for best first book in American History and the Lawrence Levine Award for best book in American cultural history.

James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris Bio

James McGrath Morris is an author of biographies and narrative nonfiction.  His newest works are the New York Times Bestselling EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press and the SINGLE REVOLUTION BY MURDER: Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and the Plot to Kill Henry Clay Frick. His works include Pulitzer: A LIFE IN POLITICS, PRINT, and POWER—which the Wall Street Journal deemed was one of the five best books on American and THE ROSE MAN OF SING SING: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism—a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Morris spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher.

A Taste of Texas Book Festival Authors Featured on KAZI Book Review

October 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Attica Locke

Attica Locke

KAZI Book Review will feature excerpts from interviews with four authors appearing at the Texas Book Festival on the October 11 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM:

James McGrath Morris photo by Patty Morris

James McGrath Morris

  • Attica Locke, author of the novel PLEASANTVILLE, a murder mystery set in 1996 revolving around a campaign to elect Houston’s first black mayor,
  • James McGrath Morris, author of EYE ON THE STRUGGLE, a biography of the Black newspaper white house correspondent Ethel Payne,
  • Laila Lalami, author of a historical novel about the first Black to explore America, THE MOORS ACCOUNT, and
  • Laila Lalami

    Laila Lalami

    Vu Tran, author of a mystery novel about the search for an enigmatic Vietnamese woman, DRAGONFISH.

    Vu Tran

    Vu Tran

The Texas Book Festival is October 17-18 and more information about all the authors appearing is available at texasbookfestival.org.

Be sure to tune in Monday, October 12, for the Monday edition of KAZI Book Review which will feature an interview with Wendell Pierce, author of a memoir about his efforts to rebuild the New Orleans neighborhood he grew up in after Hurricane Katrina, THE WIND IN THE REEDS: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.