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Friday, March 16, 2012

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her role on the TV series “Law & Order,” but her new documentary explores different territory. “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” chronicles the evolution of an African-American benevolent society that was founded to support newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Merkerson and fellow producer Rockell Metcalf talk about the project with guest host Christian McBride, who composed music for the film.


S. Epatha Merkerson

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Christian McBride

Comments [7]

mark brown

BTW, my guess is that Jon is at SXSW and will have a week of shows out there next week!!!!

Mar. 16 2012 04:59 PM
Mimi from port chester

I only caught the last few minutes of merkerson piece, so I looked up the movie when I got home, only to find there are only a few sentences of info about the subject on its website and a 50 second preview. Google turned up only scattered bits and pieces here and there. Would have much appreciated knowing where to go to find out more, as it doesn't look like a NY screening is happening soon! Argh!

Also agreed, John is the man but..Christian definitely needs his own show too! It's like having a cool babysitter that shows you all kinds of awesome stuff and plays the bass! :)

Mar. 16 2012 03:30 PM
Richard from New York

Props to Epatha for her wonderful work.

Really enjoying the show more than usual these last couple of days. Fine job, Christian.

Mar. 16 2012 02:59 PM
Tom from UWS

This story in one way parallels the way so many holidays and festivals have, for some, turned into little more than another excuse to get drunk, and, as said in the interview, to debauch. Cinco De Mayo, Hallowe'en, July 4, St. Pat's Day ... spring break. Anything with plenty of booze can draw a crowd, and if there isn't plenty of booze the crowd will add it and take over!

Mar. 16 2012 02:30 PM
CL from NYC

Another fascinating program about a subject entirely new to me. I wish Christian McBride were a regular on WNYC.

Mar. 16 2012 02:25 PM
mark brown from

Just as a comment, benevolent societies are not limited to the black community. I currently belong to one that originates from my Great-great-grandparent's home in poland (then) or russia (now). No need to spell or mention it, except to say it is almost a dead group

Mar. 16 2012 02:13 PM
mark from nj

Such good stuff, today and yesterday. Screw this guest-host gig -- GIVE CHRISTIAN McBRIDE HIS OWN SHOW!

Mar. 16 2012 02:12 PM

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