Category Archives: Interviews

Former Player Discusses Champion Youth Team & 1989 Minnesota Athletic Award Controversy

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Forth in a series of interviews about the first AAU basketball team in the state of Minnesota. The McRae All-Stars traveled the country in the early to mid 1980′s and stood out as one of the best youth basketball teams in America. Juriad Hughes sits down with Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III and talks about his hoop history in the city of Saint Paul, who really won Mr. Basketball in the year of 1989 and his travels with the McRae All-Stars ground breaking youth basketball program.

BlackFace: An Important Discussion For The Masses

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Intro for a special news documentary feature on the Brandon Jacobs-Jenkings theater stage play that traveled the country years before the controversial hip hop battle between Drake & Pusha T. Jamil Jude walks viewers through a journey where black actors used the artistic expression of performing in blackface, telling a story of internal family struggles of black identity and class. A challenging use of social and political critique through the lens of theater asks multiple questions similar to other classic projects like Spike Lee’s movie “Bamboozled” & Little Brother’s “Minstrel Show” album.
 

Parent / Child Separation For Black Families is Historic Occurrence

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A special archive news feature exploring the conditions of Black Children & Families who interact in the many forms of the nation’s child protection system. One father gives voice and passionate concern about his experience of having his son removed from parental care into an unjust legal process where many children become property of the state or government interest. A perspective on these issues and more took place in this 2010 interview at the Minnesota State Capital building.  A movement of  ”One Voice, One Story & One Father” seeking to end the forced separation between himself and his child.
 

The McRae All-Stars: A Champion Basketball Movement Revisited

A series of interviews about The McRae All-Stars; the  first AAU basketball team in the state of Minnesota.  This revolutionary team traveled the country in the early to mid 1980′s and stood out as one of the best youth basketball teams in America.

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Episode 1:  ”Ms. Reuben”

Carolyn Reuben (mother of 1988 Minnesota Mr. Basketball          Derek Reuben), sits down with Independent Journalist                      Ralph L. Crowder III on the beginning of this ground breaking youth basketball program.

 

Episode 2:  ”Derek Reuben”

Derek Reuben (1988 Minnesota Mr. Basketball), sits down with Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III and talks about the legacy and importance of this ground breaking Twin Cities youth basketball program.

 Episode 3:  ”Mr. Sims”

Former University of Minnesota Gopher Charles Sims sits down with Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III. Sims speaks about his coaching role with McRae and their ground breaking youth basketball program.

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony: 3 Part Review A Must Listen!

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Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III final sit down with entertainment manager/publicist Cindy Lewis to discuss Tyler Perry’s thought provoking film, “Acrimony.” A unique and enjoyable conversation with an alternative exchange regarding the film’s subject matter. A must listen if you enjoy departures from mainstream analysis.

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Acrimony Film Review & Conversation: Part Two

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Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III sits down with entertainment manager/publicist Cindy Lewis to continue the discussion about Tyler Perry’s thought provoking film, “Acrimony.”
Part-two of a unique and enjoyable conversation with an alternative exchange regarding the film’s subject matter. A must listen if you enjoy departures from mainstream analysis.

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Crowder 2011 Memphis Documentary Highlights Important #MLK50 Series

Independent Journalist Ralph L. Crowder III examines the city of Memphis and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr’s influence on the historic marches at Clayborn Temple. Mother Georgia King feature interview reflects on her role and responsibilities being a front line soldier in the Memphis protest movement. She has advocated and fought for the people’s right to jobs, justice and housing before and after King’s tragic death at the Lorraine Motel in 1968.

Radio Host Talks The Negro vs The African American With Filmmaker

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KFAI radio show host Brenda Bell Brown welcomed producers Ralph L. Crowder III and Cindy Lewis to “Play for Me” to speak about Crowder’s educational seminar / documentary building workshop for his current film project “The Lost Negroes of North America.” Attention to concerns of youth matters and not “waiting” for resources was also topic of discussion.

“The Lost Negroes of North America” is a timely examination of history and story as it relates to the Black Family, independent economics, identity, ownership and more. The workshop and documentary center around a rare treasure of silent film footage bearing witness to a nearly forgotten black family and community life in south Minneapolis, nearby cities and beyond circa 1945-1954. Was the “Negro” more progressive than the “African American?