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'Cuttin' Up': Barber Shop Wit and Wisdom

Barber shops have long been a gathering place for the African-American community -- a place where patrons freely balance sharp personal style with cutting-edge debate over today's hottest issues.

The black barbershop has long been a kind of open forum for social commentary, a freedom celebrated recently in the film Barbershop featuring Cedric the Entertainer. It's long been seen as a place where patrons can "talk straight" without fear of repercussions.

The book Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom from Black Barber Shops by Craig Marberry celebrates that world. Marberry weaves photos and interviews conducted in and near barbershops across the United States.

Marberry, who also wrote the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, talks to Ed Gordon about his inspiration for writing his latest book.

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Ed Gordon
Hard hitting, intelligent, honest, and no-nonsense describe Ed Gordon's style and approach to reporting that have made the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster one of the most respected journalists in the business today. Known for his informative on-air interaction with newsmakers, from world leaders to celebrities, the name Ed Gordon has become synonymous with the "big" interview.