“One Side Dark, Other Side Hard : Black America In the GAP ” § May 16, 2020

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Guest: Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;

Author, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology”

May 16, 2020    ↔ 10 pm EDT LIVE
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Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer and has won a number of prestigious honors that range from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies to serving as an American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow in Washington, D.C.

Cooper Owens earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in History and wrote an award-winning dissertation while there. A popular public speaker, she has published articles, essays, book chapters, and think pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. Recently, Cooper Owens finished working with Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center on a podcast series about how to teach U.S. slavery and Time Magazine listed her as an “acclaimed expert” on U.S. history in its annual “The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now.”

Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (UGA Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the OAH as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.

Professor Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. She is working on a second book project that examines mental illness during the era of United States slavery and is writing a popular biography of Harriet Tubman that examines her through the lens of disability.

We will be talking with her about Black America in the pandemic, historical underbelly of health history and its impact on us today. How we find comfort, how we face our fears and our deaths.

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson l Wed. January 30, 2013 l 10 pm ET LIVE

SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson

“ The Ashes of Folly: Decay of Black Cultural Integrity in the Black Church”

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Matthew V. Johnson, Sr., is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophical Theology from the University of Chicago. He has done post-graduate studies in Psychoanalysis and is a member in training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. In the ministry for thirty years, Dr. Johnson is the Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd-Baptist located in Atlanta, GA.

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Oldest black church in Los Angeles sues former pastor

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With a half million dollar debt looming over them, one of the oldest and most prominent black congregations in Los Angeles is suing their ex-pastor John J. Hunter.

Oldest black church in Los Angeles sues former pastor


A civil lawsuit  filed by the First African Methodist Episcopal Church this week against Hunter, his wife and a select of number of church leaders accuses them of “holding dictatorial control over [the church} for their own personal gain — both financially and for self-aggrandizement.”

Hunter has rejected the claims that he took advantage of his position and said the church approved his $239,000 salary and perks.

“My life, my ministry has been characterized by those attacking me,” Hunter told the Los Angeles Times. “To be then characterized as some looter and somebody who’s been greedy … nothing can be further from the truth.”

And this isn’t the first time Hunter has been under fire by the church.

In 2009, Hunter was sued for sexual harassment for pressuring a subordinate for on-demand sex as “God’s will.” The case was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Additionally, in 2008, Hunter was also investigated by the IRS for $300,000 in back taxes and for “using First AME’s credit cards for $122,000 in personal expenditures on items including suits, jewelry, vacations and auto supplies,” according to the Times.


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