Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner joins us to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review - 2007. The year starts with a bang with An Evening with Quincy Jones, where the legendary record producer is interviewed by veteran PBS-TV journalist Gwen Ifill in a packed house at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. By the end of the year 335 new stories are added to the archives and the legacy of 335 HistoryMakers from all over the country preserved. The HistoryMakers also hosts an event to honor African American leaders in the insurance industry and deepens its work to change the educational landscape in the U.S. by engaging in a three-year partnership with the University of Illinois. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV tapings and other events that year, the evening program will include a pre-recorded performance, in tribute to Quincy Jones and those interviewed in 2007. The night finishes up with the screening of An Evening With Quincy Jones and An Evening With Smokey Robinson.
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born on August 18, 1970 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Angelus Mesa Elementary School in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the Professional Children’s School in New York City in 1988. In 1984, Warner auditioned for the role of Theodore Huxtable and was cast on the last day of auditions for The Cosby Show by Bill Cosby. In addition to being nominated for a prime-time Emmy Award, Warner won two Young Actor Awards for his role as Theodore Huxtable. He also provided the soundtrack for the 1986 season and directed five episodes of The Cosby Show. Throughout the 1980s, Warner appeared in multiple made for television films, including The Father Clements Story. Warner continued to work in television and film as a producer and director during the 1990s. In 2007, Warner showcased his musical and spoken word talents by releasing his debut EP, The Miles Long Mixtape.
Taped: Thursday, September 27, 2007
This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provided a unique and insightful look at the life and career of music mogul Quincy Jones. Taped live in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2007, this program was the thirteenth in The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With... series. Television journalist, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, Gwen Ifill interviewed the legendary Quincy Jones. This special program included live musical performances by Lesley Gore, BeBe Winans, James Ingram, Bobby McFerrin and Herbie Hancock.
In the interview, Quincy shared his life story including growing up in Chicago, establishing a musical career in Seattle, working with music greats such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson and his career as a film and television producer, composer, record company executive, magazine founder and multimedia entrepreneur.
An Evening With Quincy Jones was a celebration of Quincy’s life and career that has spanned over six decades.
Taped: Saturday, October 10, 2009
An Evening With Smokey Robinson, an hour-long, PBS-TV live-to-tape interview program provided an inside look into the life and career of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Taped on October 10, 2009 in front of a packed audience at Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium, An Evening With Smokey Robinson featured PBS-TV veteran journalist Gwen Ifill as the host and former Motown executive and film producer Suzanne de Passe as Mistress of Ceremonies. The program also featured musical tributes from Grammy Award nominated artists Teena Marie, Howard Hewett, and Musiq Soulchild. To conclude the program, Smokey Robinson performed his hit song “Cruisin’” with the evening’s three musical guests.