Austin History Center

Brenda Malik Video Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Malik, Brenda Gooden
Title: Brenda Malik Video Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1979-1993
Bulk Dates: 1983-1990
Abstract: This collection represents the work of Austin, Texas based journalist and producer Brenda Gooden Malik, which focuses on recordings of cultural and civic events and activities of the African American community of Austin.
Identification: AR.2008.012
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (49 U-matic ¾" video tapes and one box containing 13 DVDs and access copies)
Location: Archives Video Collection Room G22
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Brenda Gooden Malik, born Brenda Alice Mims on March 24, 1951, worked as a television news anchor, journalist and producer based in the Austin, Texas area. A native of Austin, Texas, Malik attended college at The University of Texas (UT), St. Edwards University, and Huston-Tillotson University. While at UT, she began her broadcast career as a news anchor/reporter/producer for KXAN, and soon transferred to KTBC, where she anchored and produced several talk-show programs, including a daily show, "Newscene." Malik remained a contributor to local news programming from 1974 to 1979.

In 1979, Malik began working as an Austin City Council Aide for Councilman Jimmy Snell. In 1982, she joined the staff of Austin Community Television, where she and her husband, Hameen Abdul Malik, produced a popular weekly dance program for African-American youth, "Jam City."

Malik briefly worked as a Vocational Media Instructor for the Austin Independent School District before taking the position of Media Supervisor with the local electric utility, Austin Energy. While in this position, she produced a monthly video program, "Powerline." Malik went on to work as Internal Communications Manager and Business Consultant for Austin Energy before retiring in 2008, after 23 years.

(See Box 1, Folder 1 for more biographical information).

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 49 U-matic ¾ inch videotapes, and 13 DVDs digitized from the original analog recordings. Three tapes are demo reels that feature the work of journalist and producer Brenda Gooden Malik, the donor of this collection. Seven tapes contain footage of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awards ceremonies in Austin. Footage of panel discussions and speeches covering issues relevant to the Austin African American community comprise a significant portion of the collection. The collection also covers African American cultural events and activities, including footage of the Miss Black Austin Pageant from 1983 to 1989, an interview with musician James Brown, and episodes of locally-produced dance program "Jam City."


The collection is organized roughly by content, beginning with personal work by Brenda Gooden Malik, followed by political and civic topics, and concluding with cultural and music events.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Allen, Patrick.
Bledsoe, Gary.
Breaux, Brenda.
Brooks, Alberta.
Brown, James.
Bunting, Ken.
Campbell, Roger.
Carmichael, Stokely.
De Vezete, Mercedes.
Faires, Roy.
Fields, Cleo.
Franklin, Kent.
Garcia, Arnold.
Griffin, Ria.
Haliburton, Suzanne.
Howard, Ben.
Jones, Elaine Ruth.
Malik, Brenda.
Parker, Pamela.
Prentice, Tom.
Riggs, Jennifer.
Robers, Reggie.
Simmons, Althea.
Spears, Nelda.
Squires, David.
Washington, Craig Anthony.
Young, Lawrence.
Austin American Statesman.
Austin (Tex). Austin Electric Utility Department.
Austin Energy.
Black Panthers.
Dallas Morning News.
Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Houston Independent School District.
Houston Oilers.
Huston-Tillotson College.
KTBC-TV (Television station: Austin, Tex.).
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
National Association of Black Journalists.
San Antonio Express.
St. James Baptist Church (Austin, Tex.).
South By Southwest (SXSW).
University of Texas.
Austin (Tex.).
African American--Texas--Austin--Social life and customs.
Beauty pageants.
Civil rights.
Fashion shows--Texas--Austin.
Gospel music.
Document Types:
U-matic 3/4" videotapes and DVDs.

Separated Material

A number of videotapes were deaccessioned due to damage, duplicated footage, or irrelevance.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection donated by the creator.

Preferred Citation

Brenda Malik Video Collection (AR.2008.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2008/1042

Donation Date: 2008 August 12

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Scott Hollis /Tim Hamblin in 2014

Encoded by Lauren Waelder in 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Tape
1 1 Brenda Gooden demo, Undated
2 Brenda Gooden demo, Undated
3 Brenda Malik demo, Undated
4 Intro to "Powerline," E.F. Scattergood Award 1987, 1987
Power utility information.
5 21st Annual NAACP Awards, 1986
6 22nd Annual NAACP Awards, 1987
7 23rd Annual NAACP Awards Pt. 1, 1988
Althea Simmons, speaker.
8 23rd Annual NAACP Awards Pt. 2, 1988
9 25th Annual NAACP Awards Pt. 1, 1990
Cleo Fields, speaker.
10 25th Annual NAACP Awards Pt. 2, 1990
11 25th Annual NAACP Awards Pt. 3, 1990
box Folder
1 1 Assorted paperwork and production notes, 1983, undated
Box Tape
2 12 NAACP meeting, Austin branch (No audio for first 3 minutes.), Undated
13 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) panel discussion, "Justice or Just Us", Undated
Gary Bledsoe, moderator (possibly damaged tape)
14 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) panel discussion, "Issues in Sports Coverage" Pt. 1, Undated
Moderator: Reggie Roberts, Panelists: Suzanne Haliburton, Patrick Allen, David Flores. (Audio low on panelists.)
15 "Issues In Sports Coverage" Pt. 2, Undated
16 Freedom of Speech Foundation panel discussion, Undated
Moderator: Jennifer Riggs, Panelists: Lawrence Young, Brenda Breaux, Tom Prentice, Ria Griffin.
17 Panel discussion, "A Multicultural Approach To News" Pt. 1., Undated
Moderator: Mercedes de Vazete, Panelists: David Squires, Ben Howard, Alberta Brooks, Arnold Garcia, Ken Bunting, Lawrence Young.
18 "A Multicultural Approach To News" Pt. 2, Undated
19 Discussion of the census and the African American community, Undated
20 Craig Anthony Washington talks of overcoming bigotry, circa 1990
21 Interview with Roger Campbell, first African American editor of the Daily Texas, Undated
22 Stokely Carmichael, Pt. 1, Undated
Box Tape
3 23 Sotkely Carmichael, Pt. 2, Undated
24 Miss Black Austin Pageant, 1983/1984
25 Miss Black Austin Pageant, 1984/1985
26 Miss Black Austin Pageant Pt. 1, 1985/1986
27 Miss Black Austin Pageant Pt. 2, 1985/1986
28 Miss Black Austin Pageant, 1986/1987
29 Miss Black Austin Pageant, 1988/1989
30 Interviews with three Miss Black Austin Pageant contestants, Undated
31 "Roots: The Austin Saga", 1979
32 "Statement Of Success" fashion show, 1988
33 Interview with Pamela Parker, 1986 or 1987
Box Tape
4 34 Public Access TV promos, featuring Ron Mullen (mayor of Austin), Sebilesto Matabane, Danny Bingham, Rick Ligas, Louise Richardson., Undated
35 James Brown interview, Undated
36 SXSW Gospel Showcase, featuring the Golden Echoes, Rev. Steve Perkins, Huston-Tillotson University Choir, Undated
37 Jam City 2 and 3, 1983
38 Jam City 4, 1983
39 Jam City 12, 1983
40 Jam City 13, 1983
41 Jam City 15, 1983
Box Disc
5 42 Jam City 5, 1983
Access copy available.
43 Jam City 6, 1983
Access copy available.
44 Jam City 7, 1983
Access copy available.
45 Jam City 9, 1983
Access copy available.
46 Jam City 10, 1983
Access copy available.
47 Jam City 14, 1983
Access copy available.
48 Jam City 16, 1983
Access copy available.
49 Jam City 17, 1983
Access copy available.
50 Jam City 19, 1983
Access copy available.
51 Jam City 20, 1983
Access copy available.
52 Jam City 21, 1983
Access copy available.
53 Jam City/Central Texas Breakdance, 1985
Access copy available.
54 Church service. Speaker: Rev. Kent M. Franklin, 1993
Access copy available.