What Mama Taught Me (Brown)

Author Bio
Birth—April 11. 1933;
Education—B.A., M.A., Wayne State University (USA);
Awards—member, Silver Circle, National Academy of
   Television Arts & Sciences

Tony Brown hosts Tony Brown's Journal, the longest-running series on PBS. He is also the host of the radio call-in show Tony Brown on WLS-ABC Chicago, and is the author of Black Lies, White Lies and Empower the People. A sought-after speaker, he lives in New York City. (From the publisher.)

• 1971, he became the founding dean of Howard University's School of Communication.

• 1989, he wrote, directed, produced and distributed a dramatic movie with an anti-drug message, The White Girl.

• 2002, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle.

• 2004, he became the dean of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Throughout the 1980s, Brown was instrumental in improving the outlook and atmosphere for African Americans in the academic world. He launched "Black College Day" in 1982, in what was called a one-man effort to save and support colleges dedicated to serving blacks. In 1985, he founded the Council for the Economic Development of Black Americans, whose motto is "Buy Freedom." The group's main platform is that blacks should patronize businesses displaying the "Freedom Seal," which signified a black owner who had agreed to be courteous, offer competitive prices, provide employment, give discounts, and stay involved in the community.

Brown's most inspired attempt to reach African Americans through the media came in 1988, when he released a cautionary film about cocaine abuse titled The White Girl. He wrote, directed, produced, and distributed the film himself, and while it was panned by the critics, it gave Brown a medium in which to address what he perceived as "two destructive trends in society: drug addiction and self-hate." Ignoring the negative reviews, he circulated the film throughout the black community for the next 18 months. Local groups showed it for a small profit, benefiting both Brown and charitable causes. (From Wikipedia)

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