A Tribute to Gil Noble

A Tribute to Gil Noble


My first job after graduating college was with ABC’s Good Morning America,
thanks to a friend, by the name of Gwen Reape.  I worked for Ken Coward, the Business Office Manger, who wound up having a significant role in my life, as he introduced me to Dick Gregory’s, “Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat” and “LIKE IT IS,” produced by Gil Noble.

It was in the early 80’s that I began recording the “LIKE IT IS” program.  Later, I  had the pleasure of meeting Gil Noble at the Schomburgh Center for Research and Black Culture.  Acting on what could only be a divine opportunity to meet the man that I long revered, I  scooted over to the coat check where Brother Gil was standing.  It was after Ruby Dee performed her one woman show, produced by Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, and Harry Belafonte.  The fact that the attendant
had trouble finding his coat, gave us more time to chat.  I praised him for his work and asked why copies of “LIKE IT IS” were not available for sale.  He said that he intended for the program to one day be used for educational purposes.  He went on to say, after pausing to address the coat check attendant, “Don’t let me have to come back there,” who still had not found his coat, that it occurred to him to ask Rudy Crew, while he served as Chancellor of NYC’s Board of Education.  He felt, however, that it would be a conflict of interest, as Mr. Crew was a guest on his show.

CEMOTAP, the Committee to Eliminate Media to African People opened the door for me to learn more about the man behind “LIKE IT IS.”  I rounded up my mom
and dad, who were divorced at the time to hear him speak.  Most notably, Gil Noble was a jazz pianist before becoming a journalist.  Now, that both of my parents are deceased, I have a greater appreciation for the opportunity we had to witness the wisdom imparted by this humble warrior, a giant who was committed to telling it like it is.

Peace and blessings to all of you who loved him and those who will learn about him through this segment.




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