0:00: Actress Erika Alexander is best known for her roles as Maxine Shaw in the TV sitcom “Living Single”, Cousin Pam on “The Cosby Show”, and an appearance in the Oscar nominated film “Get Out”. Alexander is also an author, comic book writer and political activist, including working as a surrogate for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Alexander is a speaker at this week’s “Power Rising Summit”, which brings together black women to focus on political and social activism as well as healthy living for communities. Alexander stops by “Closer Look” to talk about the political power of women.
21:50: We continue our series of conversations with journalists in public media. Maria Hinojosa is an Emmy Award-winning host whose career spans several decades. She is the founder of The Futuro Media Group and the host and executive producer of the weekly NPR show Latino USA. Latino USA now airs on WABE Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. We learn more about the show from Hinojosa.
39:29: Spelman College is hosting the 2nd Biennial Octavia Butler Conference. The conference, beginning today and lasting through the weekend, honors the life and literary contributions of world-renowned science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. The conference features Tananarive Due, a novelist and educator, who joins us in studio.