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The Black Belt (1982)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-04-29

Duration: 00:27:36

Subjects: Crime | African Americans | Brown, Tony (Journalist) | Scott-Heron, Gil, 1949-2011


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Rouqemore, Lee Interviewee
  • Newman, Eugene Interviewee
  • Hughey, James Interviewee
  • Sinclair, Billy Interviewee
  • Rideau, Wilbert Interviewee
  • Brown, Tony Interviewee
  • Scott-Heron, Gil Interviewee
  • Robinson, Maggie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from April 29, 1982, features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton’s report on the prevalence of crime in poor African American communities. She visits the Black Belt in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, in West Feliciana Parish. Sexton interviews: Lee “Rocky” Rouqemore, a former inmate at Angola; Eugene Newman, the director of Marble’s Recreation Center in Monroe; Coach James Hughey, the director of the Twin Cities Athletic Association in Monroe; Billy Sinclair and Wilbert Rideau, the co-editors of “The Angolite” at Angola; and Maggie Robinson, Rocky’s mother. This episode also includes Sexton’s interviews with: journalist Tony Brown, the host of Tony Brown’s Journal; some of the people hanging out on the streets in the Black Belt; and musician Gil Scott-Heron.