TRWBS #220 – Nobody Knows My Name: For the Brothers Who Ain’t Here
Show Notes – Saturday, October 22, 2016
In this episode: Writer-podcaster-recovering television producer Robert Wesley Branch. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #220: Nobody Knows My Name: For the Brothers Who Ain’t Here – originally broadcast on Saturday, October 22, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #KeepItConscious #RealRawRelevant
- [[00:00] – [02:32]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[02:32] – [08:29]] Opening Song: “Devotion” by Nomad”
- [[8:29] – [9:31]] Show Theme Song: Be Well, Be Encouraged, Be Inspired Every Day (Theme from The Robert Wesley Branch Show). © 2013 Written by Mai Maiesha Rashad and Robert Wesley Branch. Arrangement and vocals by Mai Maiesha Rashad. Keyboards by Leroy Scooter Taylor. Drums and additional instrumental parts by Derek Redfootz.
- [[09:31] – [13:00]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[13:01] – [24:48]] RWB Talks. Throwing it back to 1961 and taking a second look at how civil rights activists, artists, and writers disturbed the peace for good. Also, using James Baldwin’s book, Nobody Knows My Name, as a backdrop, I am remembering some of “the brothers who ain’t here.”
- [[24:49] – [26:52]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[26:53] – [31:08]] Commercial Break #1
- [[31:09] – [47:50]] “For the brother who ain’t here.” His name was Andre. Remembering a childhood friend, a boy from the old neighborhood, who never grew up to see his 30th birthday. Reflecting on the fun times we shared together, and what kind of man he would have become, had he lived to age 51, like I have.
- [[47:51] – [52:16]] Commercial Break #2
- [[52:17] – [54:03]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[54:04] – [1:27:42]] “For the brother who ain’t here.” His nickname was Scrappy. Remembering a dude I used to hang out with over 30 years ago, and sharing the side of him I came to know on his deathbed. Reflecting on all the weed we smoked together, and what kind of man he would have become, had he lived to age 51, like I have.
- [[1:27:43] – [1:31:55]] Commercial Break #3
- [[1:31:56] – [1:35:05]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[1:35:06] – [1:45:34]] “For the brother who ain’t here.” His name was Joe. And he was 27 when I knew him. I was 21 and still in university. And Joe was the first grown-ass man I really knew outside of my family. He worked, rented his own apartment, paid his own bills and made his own meals – long before I did any of those things. Reflecting on Joe’s aggressive nature, and his ambition, which inspired me all those years ago. And then he was gone. Just like that. Thinking about the kind of man he would have become, had he lived to age 51, like I have.
- [[1:45:35] – [1:48:29]] Commercial Break #4
- [[1:48:30] – [1:52:18]] James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961).
- [[1:52:19] – [1:58:33]] RWB Talks. Wrapping up with a Nobody Knows My Name tribute to some of the brothers (gone too soon!) that I have encountered in my 50-year journey on the planet.
- [[1:58:34] – [2:01:20]] Closing Song: “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men.
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Books/Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Robert Wesley Branch is a writer, podcaster, and television producer. District of Columbia-born. Maryland raised. Yoga developed. God made.
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