We will honor and reflect on the 43 years of service that Gil Noble has given to the community through a special tribute hosted by Lori Stokes. Those on hand to share their thoughts on Gil include Bill Cosby, Danny Glover, Al Sharpton and his daughter, Lisa. Next week, we will continue Gil's legacy through "Here and Now," a new program that will continue the tradition of covering pertinent issues of the local black community.
October 2, 2011
We will re-air a segment that originally ran in February of 1992 about renowned jazz percussionist Max Roach.
September 18, 2011
We revisit a piece that first ran on Nov. 31, 1976 that profiles of Harlem native Adam Clay Powell Jr., the first black Congressman from New York.
September 4, 2011
We will re-air a segment that features a look at the incomparable Malcolm X through portions of a speech delivered by his eldest brother, Wilfred Little, in February 1995. It was last shown on November 28, 2010.
August 21, 2011
In a segment that first aired on Dec. 23, 1990, Gil Noble sits down with acclaimed journalist and editor Chuck Stone to talk about Stone's tenure as a special assistant to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in a piece called "A Journalist Breaks His Silence."
August 14, 2011
In honor of the late performer Lena Horne, Like It Is presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady is a Champ," an extended interview with Horne that originally aired in 1982. It was last shown on May 16, 2010.
August 7, 2011
During a one-hour installment that first ran on May 15th of this year, Gil Noble returns to discuss the pertinent issues that are facing the New York City school system with Adelaide Sanford, vice chancellor emerita of the New York State Board of Regents.
July 31, 2011
In a segment that originally ran on July 28, 1983, Gil Noble sits down and talks with a famous jazz alto saxophonist in "Jackie McLean: An Artist Speaks His Mind."
July 24, 2011
We will re-air a segment that originally ran on May 22 of this year, as Gil Noble talks about the past, present and future of Harlem with Sikhulu Shange, Jack Felder and Bill McCreary.
July 17, 2011
We will re-air a segment, "Newark's Inner City Past, Present & Future," that looks at the "People Organized In Progress" march last August. The majority of the episode covers a speech given by march organizer Lawrence Hamm. July 10, 2011
We will revisit a piece that originally ran on June 29, 1969, in which the incomparable entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. sits down and discusses a variety of topics. The segment concludes with footage from Davis's funeral in 1990, highlighted by a eulogy from actor Gregory Hines.
July 3, 2011
Gil Noble discusses growing issues that are confronting us on the "battlefields" of everyday life -- such as unemployment, inadequate medical care and school violence -- with his guests: Charles Barron, New York City council member, and Viola Plummer, co-chair of the Freedom Party.
June 25, 2011
During a segment that originally ran on July 31, 1978, Gil Noble takes an introspective look at Harlem at the time. The piece is called "Harlem Old and New: A Personal Look."
June 5, 2011
Gil Noble sits down and talks about some present-day societal ills with two familiar faces for an hour-long conversation: Charles Barron, New York City council member, and Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist formerly of Newsday.
May 22, 2011
During a one-hour episode, Gil Noble sits down and talks about the past, present and future of Harlem with three prominent figureheads from the area: Sikhulu Shange, the former owner of the Record Shack on 125th Street; Jack Felder, a retired educator, and Bill McCreary, the former host of the "McCreary Report."
May 15, 2011
During a one-hour installment, Gil Noble returns to discuss the pertinent issues that are facing the New York City school system with Adelaide Sanford, vice chancellor emerita of the New York State Board of Regents.
May 8, 2011
The second portion of Gil Noble's interview with sociologist Joy DeGruy from Portland State University.
May 1, 2011
Gil Noble sits down for a two-part conservation with renowned sociologist Joy DeGruy from Portland State University.
April 24, 2011
Gil Noble focuses on the "Elders House of Our Children" event that took place in March in Selma, Ala., with two of its attendees: Betty Dopson, co-founder of the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People, and Ron Daniels, founder and president of the Institute of The Black World.
April 17, 2011
Gil Noble talks about current political issues and other community concerns with Charles Barron, New York City council member, and Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is currently working on a book about Malcolm X.
April 10, 2011
Gil Noble discusses the current climate of the New York education system -- including the recent announcement of Dennis Walcott replacing Cathie Black as New York City schools chancellor -- with Ollie McLean, founder and principle of the Sankofa International Academy in Brooklyn, and Rev. C. Herbert Oliver, president of the Black Solidarity Education Committee.
April 3, 2011
Malcolm X debates in front of New England's Oxford Union Debating Society.
March 27, 2011
Seventeen years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Gil Noble holds a roundtable discussion with six former activists of the Civil Rights movement, Rev. Ralph Abernathy (co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Atlanta chapter,) Andrew Young (former mayor of Atlanta,) Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker (of the Canaan Baptist Church in New York,) Dr. Dorothy Cotton (former Director of Student Activities at Cornell University,) Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Cincinnati chapter) and Rev. C.T. Vivian (co-founder of the National Anti-Klan Network.)
March 13, 2011
Gil Noble invites guests, former Newsday columnist Les Payne and CEO of The Black Star News Milton Allimadi, to dicuss their upbringings and their expertise in journalism. Payne is a Tuscaloosa, AL native who earned a B.A. in English at the University of Connecticut. Allimadi is a Uganda native who was a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. This is Part Two of a two-part segment.
March 6, 2011
Gil Noble invites guests, former Newsday columnist Les Payne and CEO of The Black Star News Milton Allimadi, to dicuss their upbringings and their expertise in journalism. Payne is a Tuscaloosa, AL native who earned a B.A. in English at the University of Connecticut. Allimadi is a Uganda native who was a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. This is Part One of a two-part segment.
February 27, 2011
Gil Noble explores the history of black music and the pioneers of jazz.
February 20, 2011 Gil Noble presents a documentary entitled, "Ali: A Living Legend," a biography of boxer Muhammed Ali. The documentary contains footage of interviews and speeches of Ali. In addition, there is a cameo from the late civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 13, 2011
Gil Noble interviews three anonymous heroine and cocaine addicts, along with crack addict Bob Williams. They explain to Noble the reasons why they began to use drugs and the physical and emotional effects of these drugs.
February 6, 2011
Gil Noble interviews the late singer, William Clarence "Billy" Eckstine. Mr. B was the leader of a big band during the swing music era and the pioneer of the bebop big band era. In addition, there is a cameo from activist Rev. Jesse Jackson.
January 30, 2011
Gil Noble presents a tribute to the late musical legend, Sarah Vaughan. The tribute contains footage of interviews and musical performances of Vaughan. In addition, there are cameos from vocalists Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams.
January 23, 2011
Gil Noble presents a documentary entitled "Dr. King," a biography of the civil rights activist. The documentary contains footage of interviews and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King. In addition, there are cameos from other prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, such as the late, former congressman Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., author James Baldwin, activist Rev. Jesse Jackson and activist Stokely Carmichael.
January 16, 2011
We feature an encore presentation of our interview with pianist, composer and author Dr. Billy Taylor. Dr. Taylor offers his perspective on jazz in America.
January 9, 2011
Last summer, a march was staged in the nation's capital by the activist group People's Organization for Progress. The march commemorated the March on Washington in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Lawrence Hamm, leader of the People's Organization for Progress, was subsequently saluted by CEMOTAP.
December 26, 2010
As another year comes to an end, Like It Is takes a look back to assess what kind of year it was.
Gil Noble is joined by community activists Nellie Bailey and Sikhulu Shange. We also hear from two journalists, Les Payne and Milton Allimadi.
December 19, 2010
This edition, an encore presentation from 1983, focuses on the government's surveillance of Malcolm X and includes interviews with two men who spent time at Malcolm's side.
December 12, 2010
John Stockwell is a former C.I.A. case officer who worked agency assignments in Africa and Vietnam. He resigned from the C.I.A and wrote a book attacking the agency's practices. Like It Is presents an encore presentation of "An Insider's Report on the C.I.A."
December 5, 2010
What lies in store for our young people, and will they be equipped to cope with the future? In this edition, we search for solutions with Dr. Adelaide Sanford of the NYS Board of Regents and CCNY Professor Dr. Leonard Jeffries.
November 28, 2010
Malcolm X is recognized as one of the most important figures of his time. Yet, there are facets of his life that are not widely known. In this edition, we share portions of a speech delivered by Malcolm's older brother Wilfred Little.
November 21, 2010
In this edition, we take a look at some of the areas of concern within the New York City Public School System.
First, New York City Councilman Charles Barron joins the program to comment on the newly-appointed Chancellor.
Then, Gil Noble tackles other concerns with three guests: Dr. Anna Maria Thomas, NYC Public Schoolteacher; Betty Dopson, founder of CEMOTAP; and Ollie McClean, Principal of Sankofa Academy.
November 14, 2010
We are joined by professor and historian Dr. Leonard Jefferies in a discussion about African heritage.
November 7, 2010
In this edition, we hold a three-way discussion on two important political issues with New York City Council Member Charles Barron, Journalist Les Payne, and Milton Allimadi of Black Star News.
We tackle the election results, and the impending decision regarding the fate of Mumia Abu-Jamal in Philadelphia.
October 31, 2010
In this edition, a look at the latest in a series of tragedies that have befallen the Caribbean nation of Haiti. New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene and Artist Smith Georges join the show to discuss cholera and other problems plaguing Haiti.
October 24, 2010
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was America's second black Congressman since Reconstruction. This week we share an encore presentation of an interview with Powell, exploring his life and controversial career.
October 17, 2010
Dr. Joy DeGruy returns to the program to discuss ongoing sociological problems in this country.
October 10, 2010
This edition of Like It Is begins with a warning to young people about drugs. Then, Gil Noble is joined by seasoned journalist Les Payne.
October 3, 2010
Many of the societal problems we face these days are in the field of education. In this edition we take a look at the Sankofa International Academy in Brooklyn.
September 26, 2010
In this edition, we re-air the March on Washington that took place 47 years before this past summer's march. Included is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
September 19, 2010
Recently, thousands gathered in the nation's capital in remembrance of the March on Washington in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Gil Noble is joined by representatives from the People's Organization for Progress.
September 12, 2010
This edition of Like It Is focuses on continuing concerns about what's happening in Harlem. Gil Noble is joined by Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, former 125th Street Store Owner Sikhulu Shange, and Milton Allimadi of Black Star News.
September 5, 2010
This edition features a profile of historian Yosef Ben-Jochannan, known as Dr. Ben.
August 29, 2010
Like It Is is pleased to present a re-airing of our program about the views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X on a number of issues. Additionally, we look at Benjamin Mays' memorable eulogy to Dr. King.
August 22, 2010
Recently the world of music suffered the loss of a superb artist, Abbey Lincoln. In tribute to her splendid career, we rerun Gil Noble's 1979 interview with her and speak with musical legend Randy Weston.
August 15, 2010
Like It Is features an encore presentation of our 1990 interview with preeminent journalist Chuck Stone, "A Journalist Breaks His Silence." Stone speaks about his profession and his involvement with Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
August 8, 2010
We discuss the charges of corruption made against two African American members of Congress, Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters. Journalists Les Payne and Herb Boyd return to Like It Is.
August 1, 2010
Gil Noble is once again joined by Dr. Adelaide Sanford of the NYS Board of Regents and Dr. Joy DeGruy of Portland State University as they continue their discussion on pressing social issues.
Then, Charles Barron of the NY City Council joins the program to discuss congressional ethics and Charles Rangel.
July 25, 2010
Like It Is examines the growing number of domestic problems in black communities, and the impact on our youth. Gil Noble is joined by Dr. Adelaide Sanford of the NYS Board of Regents and Dr. Joy DeGruy of Portland State University.
July 18, 2010
In this encore presentation of Like It Is from 1985, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered by his fellow soldiers.
In the summer of 1985, for the first time since Dr. King was assassinated, six of those who worked and struggled at his side came together in New Jersey to reminisce. Hear their personal and intimate recollections of Dr. King.
July 11, 2010
In this edition, with so many in so much pain concerning a variety of issues, we speak with two journalists in search of some answers.
July 4, 2010
In this edition, we take a look at some of the trouble spots in the education system of New York. Joining Gil Noble in discussion are Bernard Gassaway, Principal of Boys & Girls High School; Jitsu Weusi, a retired school administrator; and CCNY Professor Dr. Leonard Jeffries.
June 27, 2010
In this edition, we feature a discussion about these disparaging times. Gil Noble is joined by journalist Les Payne, who is working on a book about Malcolm X, and New York Council Member Charles Barron, who recently announced his intention to seek higher office.
June 20, 2010
Dr. Joy DeGruy of Portland State University, who has attained national acclaim for her research and lectures on post-traumatic slave syndrome, joins Like It Is for an in-depth interview.
June 13, 2010
We present an in-depth look at the tragedy that occurred on the night of August 9th, 2006, in a town called Miller Place which is located in Suffolk County, Long Island.
John White, a man of African descent with a home in Long Island, was confronted on his property by five youths who were reportedly drunk. They allegedly threatened to kill him, rape his wife and kill his son. Mr. White got his gun and ordered the youths off his property.
There was a scuffle. A shot rang out, and one of the five youths fell dead. Mr. White was arrested and convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
Gil Noble is joined by Michael Greyes and Noel Leader of "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care" to discuss the case.
June 6, 2010
In honor of the late pianist Hank Jones, Like It Is presents an encore presentation of "A Portrait of a Pianist: Hank Jones," an extended interview with the legendary musician that originally aired in 1991.
May 23, 2010
In this edition of Like It Is, Gil Noble hosts a discussion with two African-born guests who came to this nation some time ago. Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, and Sikhulu Shange, owner of "The Record Shack," talk about their beginnings in Africa and what they've encountered here in the New York area.
May 16, 2010
In honor of the late performer Lena Horne, Like It Is presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady is a Champ," an extended interview with Horne that originally aired in 1982.
View a slideshow of pictures from Horne's life: LINK
May 9, 2010
This edition of Like It Is features a wide-ranging talk with two outstanding men: Amiri Baraka - a writer, political activist, organizer, lecturer, leader and more - and Charles Barron, a former member of the Black Panther Party and currently a member of the New York City Council.
About Gil Noble
Gil Noble, producer and host of WABC-TV's weekly public affairs series, "Like It Is," is recognized locally and nationally as a dedicated journalist whose work has been a part of the struggle of African Americans for advancement.
"Like It Is" was born amidst the nation's racial turmoil of the 1960s. President Lyndon Johnson's "National Commission on Civil Disorders" issued a (Kerner Commission) report...part of which recommended that African-Americans be hired in major market TV News, so that Americans could have access to a broader perspective of post and present-day issues.
The Federal Communications Commissions' Nicholas Johnson strongly endorsed the idea. This, along with the social upheavals following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lent further urgency for such remedy. As a result, most every local TV station in the New York area began hiring African-Americans...on-air and off, also, black public affairs programs began airing. "Like It Is" was WABC-TV's contribution...with the mandate to address issues of relevance and concern to black communities.
Initially, "Like It Is" was produced and written by whites. The first host was Robert Hooks. Reporter Gil Noble was drafted from Channel 7 News to serve as co-host of this new program. Within a year, Mr. Hooks, left "Like It Is" to star in the TV series "NYPD" and in leaving, recommended that Gil become host, which is what happened. Additionally, Charles Hobson became the first black Producer. In 1975, Gil Noble became Producer/Host of "Like It Is" became...and still is. To date, the program has produced the largest body of programs and documentaries on African-Americans in the Nation. It remains the only regular scheduled black program produced at WABC-TV.
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