About Angela Hooks

NBN Episodes hosted by Angela:

Michelle Kuo, "Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, A Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship" (Random House, 2017)

November 26, 2017

Reading with Patrick

Michelle Kuo
Hosted by Angela Hooks

It takes courage to walk into a classroom when students don't look like you. It takes courage to return every day to teach a class when students deval…

Beverly Jenkins, "Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel" (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017)

September 7, 2017

Chasing Down a Dream

Beverly Jenkins
Hosted by Angela Hooks

The Blessings Series continue with a heartwarming novel, Chasing Down a Dream (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017), about what makes a family when trials…

Johari Jabir, "Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil War's 'Gospel Army'" (Ohio State UP, 2017)

August 29, 2017

Conjuring Freedom

Johari Jabir
Hosted by Angela Hooks

What is the labor for Black soldiers of the regiment? That is the question Johari Jabir asks in his book Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in t…

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, "Bricktop's Paris: African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars (SUNY Press, 2015)

August 26, 2017

Bricktop's Paris

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Hosted by Angela Hooks

When Dorothy Sterling wrote her book about nineteenth-century black women in America, she stated in the introduction that the book was not a definitiv…

Patricia Spears Jones, "A Lucent Fire: New and Collected Poems" (White Pines Press, 2015)

July 19, 2017

A Lucent Fire

Patricia Spears Jones
Hosted by Angela Hooks

Jackson Poetry Prize Winner Speaks Patricia Spears Jones has been writing poetry since she was twenty and then she was "good." Today, the prolific …

Marlene Banks, "Ruth's Redemption" (Lift Every Voice, 2012)

June 27, 2017

Ruth's Redemption

Marlene Banks
Hosted by Angela Hooks

It's A Love Story. Set in the 1800s, Ruth's Redemption (Lift Every Voice, 2012), is an unusual depiction of the lives of slaves and free blacks in …

Kathy Wilson Florence, "Jaybird's Song" (Kathy Wilson Florence, 2017)

June 20, 2017

Jaybird's Song

Kathy Wilson Florence
Hosted by Angela Hooks

Josie Flint, known as Jaybird, narrates her story of life in Atlanta during the turbulent South as Jim Crow laws come to an end. Her school desegregat…

Sarah Bracey White, "Primary Lessons: A Memoir" (CavanKerry Press, 2013)

April 29, 2017

Primary Lessons

Sarah Bracey White
Hosted by Angela Hooks

As an African-American child growing up in the segregated pre-Civil Rights South, Sarah Bracey White pushed against the social conventions that warned…

Marlene Banks, "Son of A Preacher Man" and "Greenwood and Archer" (Lift Every Voice, 2012)

April 5, 2017

Son of A Preacher Man &amp

Marlene Banks
Hosted by Angela Hooks

The tragic Tulsa Race Riots plus a smidgeon of romance equals to a compelling historical saga. Marlene Banks weaves fact and fiction together illustra…

Mia Mask, "Divas on the Screen: Black Women in American Film" (U Illinois Press, 2009)

March 29, 2017

Divas on the Screen

Mia Mask
Hosted by Angela Hooks

Five charismatic women navigate uneven terrain of racial gender and class stereotypes: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey an…

Quincy T. Mills, "Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

March 25, 2017

Cutting Along the Color Line

Quincy T. Mills
Hosted by Angela Hooks

Business. Community. Politics. That's the making of a barbershop. In Cutting Along the Color Lines: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (Univers…