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Hopeton Hay Podcasts is the founder, producer, and host of Diverse Voices Book Review (formerly known as KAZI Book Review) which features interviews with a wide range of culturally diverse authors of recently published fiction and nonfiction, and Economic Perspectives, an audio interview show featuring discussions on finance, economic, and small businesses and policies.
 
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Diverse Voices Book Review guests are historian Orville Vernon Burton and civil rights lawyer Armand Derfner, co-authors of JUSTICE DEFERRED: Race and the Supreme Court. JUSTICE DEFERRED comprehensively charts the Court’s race jurisprudence. Addressing nearly two hundred cases involving America’s racial minorities, the authors probe the parties inv…
 
My guest is Heather McKee, author of ARE WE THE 99%? The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality. September 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street a protest movement against economic inequality that began in New York City's Wall Street financial district. With the protestors coming from diverse backgrounds, Hurwitz conside…
 
My guest is Robert S. Levine, author of THE FAILED PROMISE: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. In the book he provides an absorbing account of the struggle between the great orator Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson after their views diverged on Reconstruction. When Andrew Johnson assumed the pre…
 
My guest is James Lee Burke, author of the novel ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN. Set in Colorado in 1962, Burke’s novel examines good and evil and the gray area in between during a tumultuous time in American history. The protagonist, Aaron Holland Broussard, is an aspiring author struggling with his own personal demons while trying to protect the people he …
 
My guest is Parker Bilal, author of the crime novel, WHITEHAVENS. In WHITEHAVENS, a hit man for a feared crime family is sent to kill the family’s former accountant. But he changes his mind after getting a call, and ends up on the run as they become the targets for the crime family. Set in the United Kingdom, WHITEHAVENS explores, trust and friends…
 
My guests are Sonia Hernández and John Morán González, co-editors of REVERBERATIONS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border. REVERBERATIONS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE is a collection of essays that detail systematic, extralegal killings of Mexicans along the US Mexican borderlands and particularly in South Texas from 1910-1919…
 
Monica Muñoz Martinez, an award winning author, teacher, and public historian, was named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. In November of 2018 I interviewed her about her book THE INJUSTICE NEVER LEAVES YOU live on KAZI Book Review. She is a public historian bringing to light long-obscured cases of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border and documenti…
 
In SA Cosby’s latest novel, RAZORBLADE Tears, has the feel of a buddy cop movie in the vain of Lethal WElcome, but in this case the main characters are two reformed criminals in their 50s, African American Ike Randolph and self-proclaimed redneck Buddy Lee. They team up to track down the double murder of their sons who were married to each other. T…
 
In S. A. Cosby’s latest novel, RAZORBLADE Tears, has the feel of a buddy cop movie in the vain of Lethal WElcome, but in this case the main characters are two reformed criminals in their 50s, African American Ike Randolph and self-proclaimed redneck Buddy Lee. They team up to track down the double murder of their sons who were married to each other…
 
The Lonestar Links Texas Chapter is hosting a virtual event to build awareness and provide education to assist in building generational wealth in the African American communities of Williamson and Bell counties on May 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Vanessa Henry, Vice president of Programs and former President Pamela Cotton, discussed why the Lonestar Links…
 
Gar Anthony Haywood is an award winning crime novelist, but his latest novel, IN THINGS UNSEEN, departs from the genre with the tale of a miracle. It’s about a little boy that died tragically in an auto accident. And one day he's back in his bed asleep, 8 months later, because his mother had faith enough to pray for this to happen. But the interest…
 
Lifelong long friends Tina McElroy Ansa and Wanda Lloyd have collaborated as co-editors to publish MEETING AT THE TABLE: African-American Women Write On Race, Culture, And Community. McElroy and Lloyd, met while attending Spellman College, envisioned the essays as a balm and rallying cry for the nation's weary souls after the death of George Floyd.…
 
The book 42 TODAY: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, is a collection of essays written by filmmakers, writers, journalists, scholars, and activists reflecting on the impact of the barrier breaking athlete in baseball and far beyond. It takes a deep dive into his work and legacy in civil rights, politics, and the wider sports world. My guests are the …
 
Welcome to this special edition of KAZI Book Review. Today we are featuring the Diverse Scholars Speaking Truth to Power panel discussion from the Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas held virtually on January 30. The panel lasted an hour. University of Texas at Austin student Vanessa Aguirre introduced the panel featuring s…
 
Eldridge Cleaver shot to fame as the spokesperson for the Black Panther Party and with the publication of his memoir in 1968, SOUL ON ICE. Charismatic, brilliant, and courageous, Cleaver built a base of power and influence that struck fear deep in the heart of White America. It was therefore shocking to many left-wing radicals when Cleaver turned h…
 
Playwrights Jeanette W. Hill and Lisa B. Thompson discussed creative activism on the panel Black Playwrights: Art As Service To The Community panel at the Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Saturday, January 30. Austin poet Danielle’ McGhee moderated the panel. The panel was part of a live Zoom event hosted by KAZI Book R…
 
In the new novel WHAT’S MINE AND YOURS, author Naima Coster explores the intersection of race, lost dreams, family relationships, and trauma through the lives of its two protagonists, Gee, a black man and Noelle, a woman presenting as white despite her father being Latin American. By looking at the backstory of the mothers of the two protagonists, …
 
At my Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas on January 30, we featured a panel with three Austin writers reading from their literary work and discussing their love of the craft. The featured writers were Liliana Aleman, who recently published a book of poetry; Amanda Moore, who is working on her first novel in crime fiction, …
 
Set in Chicago in the early 20th century, THE RIB KING, Ladee Hubbard's new novel, presents the divergent paths of two black servants who have been deeply traumatized by childhood incidents. It explores the rage simmering in one from the genocide committed against his community by white vigilantes, and the efforts of the other to build a business a…
 
At the Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas students Vanessa Aguirre from The University of Texas at Austin, Vanessa Rose from Austin Community College, and Kelaiah Tillman and Bianca Williams from Huston-Tillotson University read excerpts from their creative work and the participated in a panel discussion. Charlotte Gullick…
 
Simon Han's debut novel, NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED, is about an immigrant Chinese American family trying to fit in with each other and fit into the predominantly white Dallas suburb of Plano. Set in 2003, we learn that each family member, the parents, and the two children, arrived at different times in Plano. This allows Han to craft narratives …
 
If you are a fan of the NBA, then you remember THE BIG THREE, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen who won the Boston Celtics a championship in 2008, the first year they played together. Journalist Michael Holley, in his new book, THE BIG THREE, tells the story of how this team was put together from its purchase in 2003 by a new ownership grou…
 
Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni was the honored guest at at the Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, a live Zoom event on January 30. She read two of her poems from her latest book, MAKE ME RAIN, and was interviewed by Austin journalist Alberta Phillips.
 
I CAME AS A SHADOW is the autobiography of John Thompson, the legendary former Georgetown University basketball coach, who died in September of 2020. Thompson may be best known for his great basketball teams and becoming, in 1984, the first black coach to win the N.C.A.A. basketball championship. Written with sports journalist Jesse Washington, his…
 
Daniel José Older’s novel, THE BOOK OF LOST SAINTS, explores the lasting emotional trauma of the Cuban Revolution on a Cuban American family living in a New Jersey suburb. The trauma is revealed through the memories of a spirit, Marisol, that are passed on to her nephew Ramon through his dreams. With Marisol serving as his guide, Ramon begins a jou…
 
LIVES LAID AWAY is Stephen Mack Jones's second novel featuring ex Detroit police detective August Snow. In LIVES LAID AWAY, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are harassing residents of Snow’s neighborhood, Mexicantown. When Snow, who is half black and half Mexican, is asked for help in identifying a young Hispanic woman dredged from the De…
 
For more than fifty years, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has dazzled and inspired readers. As sharp and outspoken as ever, she has published a new book of poetry and prose, MAKE ME RAIN. In MAKE ME RAIN, she calls attention to injustice and racism, celebrates Black culture and Black lives, and and give readers an unfiltered look into her own experiences.…
 
Austin writers Amanda Moore and Gina E. Springer Shirley are both working on their first novels with female protagonists. In Moore’s novel, her protagonist is an attorney with two clients on death row who discovers there is more than guilt and innocence at stake. And in Shirley ‘s novel in progress, her protagonist is a single mother with a budding…
 
In TIME’S MONSTER, historian Priya Satia examines how British historians evolved from being policy makers providing ethical justification for the British empire to largely becoming opponents to imperialism challenging its moral edifice during the era of decolonization after World War 2. Satia was inspired to write this book after having an epiphany…
 
Erik Dussere’s debut novel, THE WEST HOUSE, explores class, family lineage, and self reinvention in 1993 Connecticut with a mystery at its center. The 22 year old protagonist, staying with his uncle for the summer, becomes obsessed with discovering the background of the enigmatic Charlotte West, the beautiful wife of his uncle’s neighbor.…
 
At the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Protests and Civil Rights on Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Zoom, the panelists engaged in a wide ranging discussion over lessons to be learned from the past work of civil rights leaders for the activists of today. The panelists were Peniel E. Joseph, author of THE SWORD…
 
What are the challenges of writing and publishing the first novel, your second book or your third book? With the collection of writers on this podcast from a Zoom event sponsored by KAZI Book on June 13, 2020, we discussed novels in the political thriller, crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy genres, and a short story collection. We explored not …
 
On this special edition of KAZI Book Review we are featuring former Austin Community College (ACC) creative writing students reading from their unpublished work at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas held on Zoom on September 19. Former ACC students Christina Brunson, Vanessa Rose and Dionn Schaffner read from their wo…
 
In DARE TO SPEAK, Suzanne Nossel,, delivers a guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digit…
 
BANKING ON FREEDOM is the first full-length history of finance capitalism that centers black women and the banking institutions and networks they built from the eve of the Civil War to the Great Depression. Black women played essential roles in black communities’ efforts to use finance to carve out possibilities within U.S. capitalism and society. …
 
In December of 2013, Raphael Warnock senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta published his first book, THE DIVIDED MIND OF THE BLACK CHURCH: theology, piety and public witness. In the book, he traces the historical significance of the rise in development of black theology as an important conversation partner for the black c…
 
This is part two of my interview with Karl Turner, president of A La Care Specialty Foods. Karl has been selling packaged seafood products across the United States since 2003. Based in the New Orleans metro area, his company thrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, survived the death of demand for his shrimp products after the BP oil …
 
In Matthew Pettway’s book, CUBAN LITERATURE IN THE AGE OF BLACK INSURRECTION He reveals how Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés used poetry to transform early Cuban literature into an instrument of black liberation from the 1820s to the 1840s. In 1844, Manzano and Valdés, who was known by the pen name Placido, were arrested a…
 
On part 2 of this special edition of KAZI Book Review we are featuring Austin area emerging writers Drew Carpenter, Kendra Christel, Jacob Grovey, and Chaitali Sen reading from their unpublished work at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, a live Zoom event, on September 19. Dionn Schaffner, a former Austin Community C…
 
On this special edition of KAZI Book Review we are featuring Austin area emerging writers Jennifer Hritz, Jedah Mayberry, Ursula Pike, and Richard Z. Santos reading from their unpublished work at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, a live Zoom event, on September 19. Dionn Schaffner, a former Austin Community College …
 
Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson's new book, LOVING SPORTS WHEN THEY DON'T LOVE YOU BACK, is an exploration by and for conscientious and conflicted sports fans who want to keep watching the sports they love but who also acknowledge the problems with the industry. The book covers a wide range of issues from Colin Kaepernick and athletes kneeli…
 
The specter of the Vietnam War looms large in Karin Cecile Davidson's debut novel, Sybelia Drive. Sybelia Drive centers on a young girl growing up in Central Florida with friends and neighbors whose lives are inalterably changed by the casualties of war. It is a coming of age novel filled with idyllic moments and heart crushing grief. Karin Cecile …
 
Karl Turner, president of A La Care Specialty Foods, has been selling packaged seafood products across the United States since 2003. Based in the New Orleans metro area, his company thrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, survived the death of demand for his shrimp products after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and is…
 
Rudy Ruiz’s debut novel, THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ, is set in a fictional town on the border of Texas and Mexico. A work of magical realism, it’s namesake protagonist is a pharmacist still pining for the lost love of his youth, Carolina. It weaves together the past and present as Fulgencio strives to succeed in America, break a mystical…
 
Denise Mina’s novel , THE LESS DEAD, opens with the protagonist, Margo, meeting her birth mother’s sister for the first time. She learns from her Aunt that her mother was murdered and may have been a victim of a serial killer. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, THE LESS DEAD is not just a thriller, but explores class privilege, and toxic relationships from …
 
Art historian Cherise Smith’s new book, MICHAEL RAY CHARLES: A Retrospective, is an in-depth examination of the art of its namesake, a Black artist whose provocative paintings recast images of racism in consumer culture. Michael Ray Charles had his first solo exhibition at a major museum in 1997 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York…
 
I interviewed award winning author Bernice McFadden on September 19 on Zoom at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Austin Emerging Authors Readings. The author of 10 literary novels, McFadden won the 2017 American Book Award and the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her novel BOOK OF HARLAN. Her…
 
At the beginning of Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest crime novel, AND NOW SHE’S GONE, a fledgling black female private investigator, Gray Sykes, is trying to find a client’s girlfriend who has disappeared. The client, an arrogant doctor, seems more concerned about Gray retrieving his dog who disappeared with his girlfriend, than the girlfriend. But as …
 
In Koritha Mitchell's book FROM SLAVE CABINS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, she argues that it is black success that is most likely to draw the ire of white mobs. Using characters in literature by black female writers from Zora Neale Hurston to Lorraine Hansberry, and the role in the White House of former first lady Michelle Obama, she demonstrates how blacks…
 
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