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Before Oprah, TV Audiences Cozied Up To Hazel

Hazel Scott — a classically trained jazz pianist and singer — was the first African-American woman to have her own television show.

But her outspoken nature may have cost Scott her rightful place in history.

Karen Chilton chronicles Scott's life and career in the book, Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC.

Tony Cox speaks with Chilton and Scott's son, Adam Clayton Powell III.

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