This week, we’re celebrating the Oscars by speaking to stars from three breakout movies of the season. Barry Jenkins, Director of the Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Moonlight’, Octavia Spencer talks about playing mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the hit movie, ‘Hidden Figures’. Mykelti Williamson reflects on his role as Gabriel Maxson in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play, ‘Fences’. Listen Now
Tavis Smiley has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gulfport, Mississippi (PDF).
Quintard Taylor, Ph.D., is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle. A preeminent scholar of African American western history, Taylor is the author of several books, including In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West 1528-1990. As cofounder of the extensive online resource BlackPast.org, Taylor has helped bring African American history to every classroom in the world. Ranked #1 by Google in its category, BlackPast.org features 3,000 pages of content, seven major illustrated timelines, encyclopedia entries, and links to digital archive collections, African American museums, and research centers. He lives in Seattle, Washington.