Black Journal
Episode Number
The Black Woman
Producing Organization
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Contributing Organization
Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
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Episode Description
Black poetess Nikki Giovanni interviews singer Lena Horne in this special Black Journal program focusing on the Black woman. Miss Horne speaks candidly about her divorce and remarriage to a white man, orchestral conductor Lennie Hayton. She admits that she "failed" her first husband: "I had married first a Black man and I wasn't a big enough woman to help him," she says. Asked about her views on the recent arrest of Black revolutionary Angela Davis, Miss Horne asserts: "What I'm so afraid of is this actually is a calculated move in many instances because - the kind of strength that these young people have, which may not always be comparable to the kind our ancestors had, is so positive and so fearless that it frightens people." In another segment, a panel of six prominent Black women discuss the role of the Black woman in today's society. Participating in the panel are Verta Mae Grosvenor, author of "Vibrations Cooking"; Jean Fairfax, NAACP Legal Defense lawyer; Martha Davis of the Harlem Drug Fighters Union; Marion-Etoile Watson, producer for Metromedia Television (Channel 5, New York City); Bibi Amina Baraka (Mrs. LeRoi Jones); and Joan Harris, hostess of NBS's "Positively Black." Also on the program Mrs. Grosvenor's eight-year-old daughter, Kali, reads from her recently published book, "Poems by Kali"; The Church of the Shrine of the Black Madonna holds a woman's day ceremony to honor "the generations of struggle that the Black woman has made in order for Black people to survive"; during the ceremony in the church, author Sonia Sanchez reads her poem "Queens of the Universe." Black Journal #28 is a production of NET Division, Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (Description adapted from NET Microfiche)
Other Description
Black Journal began as a monthly series produced for, about, and - to a large extent - by black Americans, which used the magazine format to report on relevant issues to black Americans. Starting with the October 5, 1071 broadcast, the show switched to a half-hour weekly format that focused on one issue per week, with a brief segment on black news called "Grapevine." Beginning in 1973, the series changed back into a hour long show and experimented with various formats, including a call-in portion. From its initial broadcast on June 12, 1968 through November 7, 1972, Black Journal was produced under the National Educational Television name. Starting on November 14, 1972, the series was produced solely by WNET/13. Only the episodes produced under the NET name are included in the NET Collection. For the first part of Black Journal, episodes are numbered sequential spanning broadcast seasons. After the 1971-72 season, which ended with episode #68, the series started using season specific episode numbers, beginning with #301. The 1972-73 season spans #301 - 332, and then the 1973-74 season starts with #401. This new numbering pattern continues through the end of the series.
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Interviewee: Horne, Lena
Interviewer: Giovanni, Nikki
Panelist: Grosvenor, Verta Mae
Panelist: Watson, Marion-Etoile
Panelist: Fairfax, Jean
Panelist: Harris, Joan
Panelist: Baraka, Bibi Amina
Panelist: Davis, Martha
Performer: Sanchez, Sonia
Producing Organization: WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Library of Congress
Identifier: 9e514ea534204646ad0a21766dfe5624 (Sony Ci)
Format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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Chicago: “Black Journal; 28; The Black Woman,” 1970-12-28, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed January 20, 2022,
MLA: “Black Journal; 28; The Black Woman.” 1970-12-28. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. January 20, 2022. <>.
APA: Black Journal; 28; The Black Woman. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from