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Cynthia Bemis Abrams

A public relations & leadership consultant.

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I Still Believe Anita Hill (refresh of '16 ep)
Advanced TV Herstory
Refreshing the writing and timeline of a 2016 episode, Advanced TV Herstory examines the most basic elements of an event that changed the lives of American women. It captivated millions of viewers and was talked about by millions more. Before #MeToo, Weinstein, Kavanaugh and Cosby, Anita Hill's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 brought the topic of sexual harassment and Clarence Thomas's fitness to be a judge into the conversation. Episode provides historical context to Robert Bork's earlier nomination to the Supreme Court,  and the roles of then-Senators Biden and Specter. Additional info from two books (1995) Jordan, Emma Coleman., and Anita Hill. Race, Gender and Power in America: the Legend of the Hill-Thomas Hearings. Oxford University Press (1997) Anita Hill. Speaking Truth to Power. Anchor Books Advanced TV Herstory's theme music can be found at Free Music Archive, Music Take Me Higher by Jahzzar Other music in episode is Uniq - Art of Silence: "Uniq - Art of Silence" is under a Royalty Free music license. Music promoted by BreakingCopyright: https://youtu.be/er--pnwFDgU
Trumped Up Charges & Lists: TV Women Blacklisted
Advanced TV Herstory
The topic of Hollywood Blacklisting has recently added a chapter - the impact it had on the budding TV industry, and more specifically, women. Researched and backed by FBI files of author/scholar Dr. Carol Stabile (University of Oregon), this 4 episode series mentions names of talented women whose careers were maliciously ruined with the publication of Red Channels. Trumped up accusations, which later the FBI admitted were unfounded, were accepted as proof enough to break contracts, withdraw offers and freeze out women who otherwise would have changed the look, sound and depth of TV's first decade. Episode 3, featured a frank conversation with author and scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester (of the Univ. of NC Chapel Hill) about how racism further changed the course of early TV. Lillian Hellman on Dick Cavett 1973 Lillian Hellman's letter, read by Liza Minnelli (rare video of the 1974 telecast of the 1972 Off Broadway stage production in which actors portrayed blacklisted people from the entertainment world during the House Un-American Activities Committee proceedings). Carol Stabile's Broadcast 41 website & book info Charlene Regester's 2010 book African-American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility 1900-1960 Big Thinker Series hosted by The Ethics Centre (Eleanor Roosevelt Clip) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason guest column in The Hollywood Reporter (2018) Advanced TV Herstory Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Emerges from Exile
Pioneering TV Women of Color: TV Women Blacklisted
Advanced TV Herstory
This 4 episode series examines anti-communism/McCarthy-ism blacklisting 's impact on the careers of women who likely would have changed the look, depth and sound of TV. Cynthia and author/scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester of Univ. of North Carolina have a frank conversation about how racism, stereotyped roles and Jim Crow laws delayed TV's depiction of African American life by more than a decade. This adds to the story of a previous podcast episode about TV's Single Women and how even in the 1980s, a TV series cast a black woman as a household domestic. Charlene Regester (2010) African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility 1900-1960 Regester on North Caroline PBS discussing her book Carol Stabile (2018) The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist James Gavin (2010) Stormy Weather, The Life of Lena Horne Advanced TV Herstory TV's Single Woman Caregivers & Gimme a Break YouTube The Beulah Show (feat. Ethel Waters) Audio archives of The Beulah Show
Different 50s TV: TV Women Blacklisted
Advanced TV Herstory
The topic of Hollywood Blacklisting has recently added a chapter - the impact it had on the budding TV industry, and more specifically, women. Researched and backed by FBI files of author/scholar Dr. Carol Stabile (University of Oregon), this 4 episode series mentions names of talented women whose careers were maliciously ruined with the publication of Red Channels. You’ll also hear from another author and scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester. In episode 3, listen in on our frank conversation about how racism, Jim Crow laws and segregation further changed the course of early TV. Carol Stabile Broadcast41.com Charlene Regester (2010) African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900–1960 Madeline Lee Gilford on YouTube Ruth Gordon on Hugh Downs 1981
Calculated Efforts to Preserve Power: TV Women Blacklisted
Advanced TV Herstory
The topic of Hollywood Blacklisting has recently added a chapter - the impact it had on the budding TV industry, and more specifically, women. Researched and backed by FBI files of author/scholar Dr. Carol Stabile (University of Oregon), this 4 episode series mentions names of talented women whose careers were maliciously ruined with the publication of Red Channels. Stabile delivers quotes, right from FBI files she's requested for more than a decade, that assert that many of the charges and allegations that smeared these progressive women were unfounded or made up. You’ll also hear from another author and scholar, Dr. Charlene Regester. In episode 3, listen in on our frank conversation about how racism, Jim Crowe laws and segregation further changed the course of early TV. Carol Stabile Broadcast41.com Lillian Hellman on Dick Cavett 1973 Lillian Hellman's letter, read by Liza Minnelli (rare video of the 1974 telecast of the 1972 Off Broadway stage production in which actors portrayed blacklisted people from the entertainment world during the House Un-American Activities Committee proceedings). Ellen Schrecker (1999) Many Are The Crimes Charlene Regester (2010) African-American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility 1900-1960  Regester on North Carolina PBS    
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123
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
2 days, 18 hours