". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, October 9, 2015

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" & The American Slave Coast

El V is scheduled to be interviewed about The American Slave Coast for a six minute or so segment this coming Sunday morning, sometime during MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" program which runs from 10 AM to ? 11:30 ? noon?

"Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC."
I will be there to lend support, but will not go on camera.  Quite some time ago I made a deal with my co-author that if a television spot came up he will do it without me. Neither of us has any actual television experience and the two times I was on a very small television program I froze seeing myself in the monitors. It's difficult enough to not make a fool of oneself, and this way he doesn't have to deal with me as well as everything else. Or vice versa, for that matter. Also, el V's good at speaking and responding fast, quick and even witty.

Unlike me, as a professional musician and singer, he's had years of experience on stage with audiences of all different kinds, from theaters and bar rooms to academia, and on the radio -- and a bit more television experience, particularly back in 2006 when Willie Nelson recorded his gay cowboy song, "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly [fond of each other]."

After all this is about The American Slave Coast and its tragic subject matter, not about me.

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

The appearance will be in the 10:30 zone of the program, we are told.