Will Vinton (1947-2018) was the developer of a type of stop motion animation known as claymation. His interest in animation came from architecture, but only later did he gain an interest in film. The process involves using clay to create the illusion of movement. This required that the character being animated would have to be […]Read more "Will Vinton Interview (1985)"
Toni Morrison ( 1931 -2019) was a novelist, essayist, editor, and professor of English. Her novels such as Song of Solomon and Beloved became popular works of the American literary tradition. Morrison reveals in this interview that her writing began as a way to cope with challenges in life. After a divorce and the dull job […]Read more "Toni Morrison The Writer in America Interview (1978)"
This 1987 Phil Donahue interview of Donald Trump reveals the product of President Ronald Reagan’s supply side economic policies. The divide between the rich and poor expanded under Reagan tax cuts, which benefited the business class, which Donald Trump is a part of. Gentrification was rapidly changing New York and Donald Trump was a leader […]Read more "Donald Trump Interviewed by Phil Donahue (1987)"
This is a 1976 interview of Stan Lee ( 1922-2018) the comics publisher and artist who was responsible for the creation of popular Marvel superheroes Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, and many other comics characters that are a major part of American popular culture. Lee in this interview discusses what elements made Marvel a […]Read more "Stan Lee Interview (1976)"
This documentary from the International Film Foundation provides a general history of Turkey and the Middle East. The major shift was in 1923 with the rise of Kemal Attaturk who was the founder of modern Turkey. The geography can either be arid or have lust soil. It has been for 3,000 years the heart of […]Read more "Turkey A Nation In Transition"
James Baldwin appears on the BBC program Bookshelf . Here he explains his writing ,influences, and the the state of race relations in America. Baldwin states in the interview “if I’m a novelist with a message it is only one….. the effort people have to make to deal with others as human beings.” African Americans have […]Read more "James Baldwin BBC Bookshelf Program Interview (1963)"
This is an interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace. She was the developer of Objectivism during the 20th century, which many ideas of the American conservative movement have adopted . Far-right Libertarians also adopted her ideas, but in reality Rand did not agree with their ideological positions. Ayn Rand explains her philosophy in this […]Read more "Ayn Rand Interview (1959)"
Dr. Maulana Karenga was interviewed in 2009. He was the developer of Kwanzaa, which began in 1966. This holiday was designed to celebrate African American history, African heritage and culture. Besides being a professor of Africana studies, he remains a life long activist. Dr.Karenga provides an analysis of race relations and the nature of the […]Read more "Interview with Dr.Maulana Karenga (2009)"
This documentary was produced in 1983 discussing the newly independent state of Zimbabwe. The country had defeated colonialism and white minority rule. The Ian Smith regime was removed and elections were held. During this period Robert Mugabe served as Prime Minister beginning in 1980. ZANU and ZAPU had to work on building a nation damaged […]Read more "The New Zimbabwe (1983)"
Universal Studios dominated horror films in the 1930s. They would not have been able to do this without the talented actors such as Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Films such as Frankenstein and Dracula scared and amused audiences. These films became enshrined in popular culture so much so adults and children dress up as these […]Read more "Rivals:Horror Movie Stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff Documentary (1995)"