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My Favorite Media Interview

Posted June 24th, 2013 by Tom

MyWindowInterviewI recently participated in one of my favorite media interviews ever.

I don’t know how many times I’ve spoken with reporters over the years, but it’s been a lot. My close encounters with news microphones began in the late 1970’s when I managed, and then owned, movie theaters, video, comic book, and frozen yogurt shops; human interest stories, Darth Vader appearances, you get the picture. Free publicity by way of news stories is invaluable to a small business owner and I was not shy. When I ran for city council in 1991, and began a 14-year spate of involvement in local politics and statewide arts advocacy, the frequency of interviews increased.

When my first book, Inheriting the Trade, was published, and the documentary Traces of the Trade both came out in January 2008, media requests began to come from around the country. As an author, being on The Early Show on CBS in connection with my first book, and Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC with my co-author Sharon Leslie Morgan for our recent book, Gather at the Table, were invaluable opportunities for spreading the word about our work.

So what was it about this particular interview? Read the rest of this entry »

Melissa Harris-Perry!

Posted October 21st, 2012 by Tom

Check it out, friends! Sharon and I were interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry this morning on her MSNBC show. We were pleased to learn that both she and her producer read our book before having us on. Kind of rare for “big stage” interviews.

But don’t let that deter you, Stephen Colbert. We can help you “see race.”

Melissa Harris-Perry to interview DeWolf & Morgan this Sunday on MSNBC!

Posted October 19th, 2012 by Tom

The first national television exposure for Gather at the Table will take place this weekend when my co-author Sharon Morgan and I are interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry on her show Sunday morning on MSNBC. We’re scheduled to be on during the final half-hour of the show; between 11:30am and noon (EDT).

Tune in!

Excising the “n” word from Huckleberry Finn

Posted January 5th, 2011 by Tom

UPDATE: for another thoughtful perspective on this subject, I encourage you to read my cousin James DeWolf Perry’s post, Censorship, the ‘n-word,’ and Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’

Mark Twain defined a “classic” book as one “which people praise and don’t read.” He should know. How many of you have read Huckleberry Finn? This “classic” has been condemned, banned, or people attempted to ban it, in a variety of locations, and for various reasons, since it was first published in 1885. Back then it was banned because Twain had the audacity to create a character, Jim, who was not only black, but as human–and as fully developed–as the other major characters in the story. Jim is not only fully human, but the hero of the story. It ran contrary to everything white Americans had been raised to believe; that white America had been built upon since its founding. Read the rest of this entry »

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