Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Negro, Not a Negro: Talking heads

It’s contest time. This one might be easy. I’m not sure.

Below are audio bites of six men. You have to tell me which ones are Negroes and which ones are not Negroes.

The rules: Only one set of guesses per reader, so take your best shot. List your guesses in the comments section of this post. You don’t have to tell me who these people are; just “Negro” or “Not a Negro.”

The prize: The complete Season 3 DVD of “NYPD Blue.” This includes some good episodes by me (including the Vanessa Del Rio episode), as well as the one episode of “NYPD Blue” written by David Simon (“The Wire”).

Click the links below to hear the mystery voices.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

UPDATE (09/05/07): We have a winner. SJ got them all correct. Tracks 2 and 5 are Negroes; the others are white.

Here’s a bonus contest. The winner will also get the “NYPD Blue” DVDs. Track 5 is W.E.B. Du Bois. But who is Track 2? First person to post the correct answer in the comments section wins.

FYI, here are those other voices:

Track 1: Novelist Henry Miller
Track 3: Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. (founder of Bob Jones University)
Track 4: Blues harmonica player Tony Glover
Track 6: Politician William Jennings Bryant

UPDATE (09/06/07): ItAintEazy is also a winner. He identified Track 2 as the voice of Langston Hughes.

The poem “Dreams” appears on the Smithsonian Folkways CD “The Voice of Langston Hughes,” which can be downloaded from iTunes and eMusic.

By request, the complete one-minute track “Dreams” is streaming here.


Edshugeo The GodMoor said...

1. Negro
2. Negro
3. Not
4. Negro
5. Not
6. Not

SJ said...

1) Not
2) Negro
3) Not
4) Not
5) Negro
6) Not

Dang this is hard.

Undercover Black Man said...

SJ, dude, you nailed it!

SJ said...

Woah...those were mostly guesses. Awesome!

ItAintEazy said...

Let me guess the second one:

Langston Hughes?

Andrew said...

Dang, that was my guess too.

Undercover Black Man said...

ItAintEazy, you got it.

Hit me at my email address on my profile page, and tell me where to send the DVDs.

Invisible Woman said...

What in the world is that picture from?

Invisible Woman said...

Oh I see...never mind...

Ortho said...


Ha, Langston Hughes reading "Dreams". How awesome is that? Can you post a clip of him reading the whole poem?

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