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04/05/2012

Remembering Gil Noble

Gil Noble, long-time host of the Emmy-award winning show ‘Like It Is’ has died at the age of 80.  What are your memories of Gil? Post your comments!

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Jacqueline L.P. Van Sertima


There is an empty space in the world, now - still hollow from the huge shoes that Mr. Noble leaves behind for someone...
everyone, to wear. He has laid a solid foundation - an agenda of work, heart, and common sense; a pliable template, if
you will, to be molded to fit the ever-changing winds of time. So, he is no longer, physically, with us, but the bigger-than-life, meaning and core of his journey remains...so he will always be with us.



From the very inception of the Journal of African Civilizations, Ltd., Inc.
(April, 1979 pilot), Gil Noble was an intricate part of its direction and
development, beginning with excerpts from a WABC-TV Like It Is
documentary, "Tutankhamun: A Different Perspective," produced by
Mr. Noble with Professors John Henrik Clark and Josef Ben-Jochannan.

Mr. Noble not only served as a contributor to the Journal of African
Civilizations, but also as a member of our Board of Directors.

On Sunday afternoons, from the first airing of Like it Is in the late 1960's,
until its final airing, our living room graduated to sanctuary and school for
our entire family, as we learned more about African-American history from
Mr. Noble and guests than we had in our formal classrooms. It wasn't only
about the message, but the messengers - all, well-informed and dedicated to
a heightened awareness of (or entrance to) our great legacies. Like It Is not
only addressed our necessary edification, but also spoke to the direction we
should follow as conscientious citizens, who owed it to ourselves, to our
people, to the world, to the living and deceased, to carry the torch.

So, it was no accident that our daughter, LaCheun, would be proudly
employed by Mr. Noble at WABC-TV during the summer following her high
school graduation. This introduction to adulthood and the workforce was a very
significant turning point and opportunity, as it provided continual immersion
into a nurturing environment that was outstandingly and comfortably
knowledgeable, welcoming of her young presence, and always accessible.

We will be, forever, indebted to Mr. Noble for his courage to, gracefully,
position himself against opposing forces, his meticulous research, and his
dedication to publicly addressing our, still, under-served legacy of vast
African-American achievements and contributions, past and present, in all walks
of life. We have been so blessed with his presence and his illustrious legacy.

Thank you for standing tall for all the unsung voices that depended upon your
strength of character, fortitude, professionalism, quest for truth, and gentle power
...and we will continue to depend upon you, for you have left us with so much to
be proud of.

Thank you, Jean and family, for being the wind beneath his wings.

Jacqueline L.P. Van Sertima

nelson lucena

Gil Noble inspired, taught, provoked and invoked that which none other would nor could in me! He was a passive agressive warrior in the world war for political justice equality and freedom. A conveyer of truth no matter how harsh or sensitive, he stood practically alone in the mainstream, delivering without compromise, a version of our lives that was ignored, if not, diminished by the hate that he battled everyday on our behalf. Thank you my brother. My teacher. My leader.

Pamela McLean Wainwright

I will always remember Mr. Nobel as a gentleman and a scholar, like a professor, who provided the world with unique and honest interpretations of historical truths from a Black perspective. He introduced us to real people who knew the truth and, with his uniquely informative style of interviewing his guests on "Like it Is," Mr. Nobel encouraged and challenged his guests to be comfortable in telling the whole truth about the topic(s) being discussed. I thank Gil Nobel for all of the precious information he has provided for all of us over the years!!! I will miss him and send his family my deepest condolences. I only hope the network will honor Gil Nobel by finding someone similar to his stature and talent who will be able to continue his program and his work.

Sheila Fiffie

Like countless others, I awaited his show every Sunday morning for his guests to tell it like is upon his unique style of questioning. This lovely man was truly NOBLE. I too am heartbroken and still crying. RIP Mr. Noble you can never be replaced. My heart and prayers go out to his family. And thank you Channel 7 for allowing our community access to this beautiful, decent and endearing soul.

Laura Hairston

Brother Noble, thank you for faithfully every Sunday giving the black community the truth. I have been watching Like It Is since I was a little girl. Whenever the show didn't come on, I would be very upset. The show that stuck in my head the most was the one on the junkies. He didn't sugar coat it or try to soften it for tv. It was real and I believe that show save a lot of lives in my community. You will forever be missed, but I know God called you home. Thank you Brother Noble. May you rest in peace.

M.L.H.

Brother Noble dignified us by enriching our lives with historical symbols of courage and truths. The american history books are still masked by Euorocenric persuasions but Gil had us looking up the lives of Black notables such as W.E.B. Dubois, Paul Roberson, James Weldon Johnson, Nat Turner, etc.. In a very soft manner he encouraged us to remember the sacrifices of those noble proginitors who suffered inorder that we keep the faith to bring about a better tomorrow. Brother Noble has certainly open my eyes to the power of words and symbols. I can say and pass on to others with conviction, that words are undoubtedly the most effective supply of brick and mortar upon which foundations have been laid and formidable edifices of human accomplishments constructed.

R.I.P.

M.L.H

Rick

I, too, was greatly affected by the life of Mr. Gil Noble. As a black child of 1960s growing up in East Harlem, my dad and I would sit together on Sunday mornings and watch "Like it Is." I can not add anything new to the many beautifully written accolades that has already been posted. The only thing that I can say is that Gil was like a part of my family. His warmth, charm, compassion and wisdom will be greatly missed. I will grieve his passing and cherish his memory. I express my sincere condolences to his wife and children and extend my thanks to them for sharing him with us.

Jacqueline L.P. Van Sertima


From the very inception of the Journal of African Civilizations, Ltd., Inc.,
(April, 1979 pilot) Gil Noble was an intricate part of its direction and
development, beginning with excerpts from a WABC-TV Like It Is
documentary, "Tutankhamun: A Different Perspective," produced by
Mr. Noble with Professors John Henrik Clark and Josef Ben-Jochannan.

Mr. Noble not only served as a Contributor to the Journal of African
Civilizations, but also as a member of our Board of Directors.

On Sunday afternoons, from the first airing of Like it Is in the late 1960's,
until its final airing, our living room graduated to sanctuary and school for
our entire family, as we learned more about African history from Mr. Noble
and guests than we had in our formal classrooms. It wasn't only about the
message, but the messengers - all, well-informed and dedicated to a heightened
awareness of (or entrance to) our great legacies. Like It Is not only addressed
our necessary edification, but also spoke to the direction we should follow as
conscientious citizens, who owed it to ourselves, to our people, to the world,
to the living and deceased, to carry the torch.

So, it was no accident that our daughter, LaCheun, would be proudly
employed by Mr. Noble at WABC-TV during the summer following her high
school graduation. This introduction to adulthood and the workforce was a very
significant turning point and opportunity, as it provided continual immersion
into a nurturing environment that was outstandingly and comfortably
knowledgeable, welcoming of her young presence, and always accessible.

We will be, forever, indebted to Mr. Noble for his courage to, gracefully,
position himself against opposing forces, his meticulous research, and his
dedication to publicly addressing our, still, under-served legacy of vast
African-American achievements and contributions, past and present, in all walks
of life. We have been so blessed with his presence and his illustrious legacy.

Thank you for standing tall for all the unsung voices that depended upon your
strength of character, fortitude, professionalism, quest for truth, and gentle power
...and will continue to depend upon you, for you have left us with so much to be
proud of. Thank you to Jean and family for being the wind beneath his wings.

phyllis carter

my condolences to mr noble's family,may he rest in iternal peace.i would rush home from church as not to miss like it is on sundays,he was a giant among men,thanks for the memories,,you were truly amazing

Peter Mattiace

I called him "Professor Noble" when he taught a course in the early '70s at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City. I forgot the name of the course, but I do remember him as very professional (and professorial) and, despite the mediocre term paper I handed in, extremely kind with my grade.

Roberta Magee

Gil Noble will always be remembered as the man who has always kept black history alive now before and after. His work will be a reminder to those who knew him well. My deepest condolences goes out to the Noble family.

Eddie G.

Many years ago as a newly minted show producer at Eyewitness News I produced dozens of weekend news broadcasts with Gil.
Many times they'd staff the shows on the technical side with skeleton crews and we'd have severe technical problems.
Never once did Gil lose his temper.
He was never egotistical, always remained a true pro and was a calming influence on the rest of the crew.
Once, way back when, my wife and I were driving around looking for houses to buy and we, by accident, passed Gil and his family on their front lawn...naturally we stopped to chat...the next thing we know we are in his home being treated like royalty.
I have never met such an even-tempered "talent" in this industry.

Hope Dozier

My sincere and warm condolences to the family of Gil Noble.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Noble.
Gil Noble has always represented intelligence, integrity, poise, and honesty! I’ve watched “Like It Is” for decades and have always been able to appreciate and learn a lot from programs’ content. Being able to view ideology of notable guests on many times very sensitive subject matter; never to persuade but for the purpose to inform and have the viewers analyze events, history and struggles in candid context and grow with the knowledge. Mr. Noble possessed a “Quality Supreme!”
I earnestly hope that Channel 7 is planning something special to honor Mr. Gil Noble’s incredible and legendary history with WABC. I would be extraordinarily perplexed if they choose not to!
hopedoz., HARLEM U.S.A. 04/09/2012

Grace120

Rest in Peace, Mr. Noble! You gave all of us each week intelligent, reasonable discussions on some most far reaching challenges Americans have ever faced, or will have to confront "head on" in the future. "Like it is" was truly ahead of it's time.

Karen Sharpe

My sincerest condolences to Mr. Noble's family. I have been a fan of his show for decades, and enjoyed when he had Doctors Ben, Clarke, Leary and Jeffries. He truly brought great minds together for his show and I learned a lot. My favorite memory was when Gil & Dr. Ben went to Egypt. That show will stay with me all the days of my life. Rest in Eternal Peace, and I hope many will follow in your legendary footsteps.

A.D.

Gil Noble, through Like It Is, provided a true forum for intelligent discourse, as opposed to so many of his peers, who sacrifice intellect for entertainment – offered under the guise of information - in order to only amplify the noise and play to the ignorant. While I may not have always agreed w/ all of the opinions of some of his guests, I was comforted by the control that he exercised, in a firm but gentle manner, to ensure that they stayed on point. It is also notable that, although he was clearly the force behind Like It Is, his voice didn’t dominate the program, he instead allowed his guests to articulate their positions w/ the only constraint being the necessary breaks as gently implored by Gil’s signature time-out gesture. There was no shouting during the hour, when one truly has something intelligent to share, there is not a need for shouting, a fact that Gil consistently proved over the course of the airing of Like It Is. You watched the show to learn something, either that you didn’t know, or in confirmation of that which you did. You watched to find out how it was, to understand how it should be, and to hear it told Like It Is. Such a void has been created first by his illness, and now by his transition.

I would hope that at minimum, ABC New York will be compelled to air his incredible documentaries and interviews w/ the most notable forces of our admiration, on a routine basis, during the former Like It Is hour.

Gil was a gentle giant, who was clear in his purpose, and admirable in his demeanor. We would do well to emulate his authenticity.

Rest In Peace Gil Noble… you are one-of-a-kind, who will be sorely missed, but never forgotten… Thank You for the gift of your love for your culture, and all that you gave for it / for us… Rest In Peace Gil…

A.D.

william t. majette, jr


I will always be grateful to Mr Noble for
the programs he aired to make the
community as a whole aware about crack
cocaine and heroin addiction, the HIV-AIDS
epidemic, the before and aftermath of the
attica uprising and the history lessons
presented by Dr. Ben and Dr. Clarke. He
was truly one of the many Drum Majors the
Arican - American community has produced

Bonda Lee-Cunningham

No one was more aptly named: Noble. Sundays at noon were sacrosanct in our home because of Gil and the people he brought to us and the ideas he and his guests shared with us. I agree wholeheartedly that Gil's shows should be digitized and given to the Schomburg and the National Museum of African American History in Washington.
I want to thank WABC for being constant in their airing of "Like It Is," and for keeping that 12 Noon spot for public affairs related to people of color. Miss you terribly, Gil!

Judy Rogers

Gil Noble was a giant among men and chronicled the lives of African Americans and the Diaspora. His was the ONLY program that told our truhts and spoke to our lives. How ABC-TV could give a 5 minute tribute and then go on with nonsense is abhorant and reprehensible. It displays a total lack of sensitivity to the Black community.
A luta continua!!!

joseph jefferson

...It would be a huge tribute to Gil, his followers and the present generation that is quickly becoming lost, to start re-airing the archival "Like It Is" programming.

Arrufat

Mr. Nobole will certainly be miss. our Great journalist
my condolences to his family

Pedro Baez

Brother Gil Noble was more than just a broadcaster/commentator. He was an innovator, a teacher. He showed us the way to treat your guest when you interview them. You show them respect. He did that and more. We got to know more than just the guest's name, but what they did, what they sood for, etc. I'm greatly disappointed that a show named "Here and Now" has replaced "Like It Is." This isn't the time to appease or patronize the African-American community. It is a time to show respect. The way to do that is by bringing back "Like It Is" and having as its host and moderator,Imhotep Gary Byrd. Gary will carry on the tradition and the legacy that Gil forged on the program. Gil's family will have no qualms if Gary is given the helm of "Like It Is," in fact they will give their blessing. Mr. Davies do the right thing: Hire Imhotep Gary Byrd. Assign him staff in order to do the job right. Pay him what he is worth. Thank you.

Lorna R.

Growing up in Brooklyn, I used to look forward to watching "Like It Is" at 1 pm on Sundays. As a young Black woman majoring in journalism in the mid 80's, I loved Mr. Noble's interview techniques. He made his guests feel so comfortable they would open up to him and tell him everything. One interview that I will never forget was when Mr. Noble interviewed a young, Black engineer who was "hooked" on crack. It was such a powerful interview that I cried throughout. Mr. Noble was a definitely a "class act." My thoughts and prayers go out to the Noble family. He will truly be missed.

Barbara Harmitt

I watched Mr. Gil Noble as an reporter on ABC then to "Like it is".
He was a man of character and it shows as a journalist, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Noble about ten years ago at a seminar, he was encouraging the budding young Black Journalist then. It was a honor. He has left a legacy that only he could. My condolences to the family, Rest in Peace.

Karabi Hart

I remember seeing Mr. Noble in person for the first time at my Junior High School (Decatur JHS) in Brooklyn in 1964. I must have been about 15 years old, and one of the most striking things I recall about him was his height. I also remember standing next to him for a photo, and thinking "what a kind person he is.” I did not know much about him at the time – but yet those were my initial thoughts.

Barbara A

I remember watching the segment in which blacks are being beaten simply for standing in line and trying to assert their right to vote. I always vote to honor those who fought so hard to gain this right. I hope ABC will put all of Like It Is on DVD and make it available for purchase. There is a wealth of information in these shows. Gil Noble will be missed.

Bobby Bains

I didn't watch Like It is that much. But I used to sometimes see him on TV especially during the commercial breaks. He was although a great icon. When I heard the news, I informed it to my friends. He will be deeply missed.

rich t

Before twitter, facebook and my space, there was Brother Gil Noble. A one man social media phenomena, telling it LIKE IT IS every Sunday for over 40 years with messages far more powerful than a thousand tweets. He will be missed.

Anthony Migliore/ State Farm Agent

Gil Noble was my client at my State Farm Agency in Montclair, NJ and always was very kind. We often shared stories about his show and I always appreciated his perspective.

He was a real pioneer with African American struggles with equality and a great journalist.

Gil should be remembered as a man ahead of his time and a great role model for young people.

You will be missed Gil and rest in piece.

Your Friend,
Anthony Migliore/State Farm Agent

alan fishman

It is with warmth and love that I fondly remember Gil Noble. I knew him for a short time in 1959 when we were both part of the first American fair in Moscow in Sokolniki park. He was a model in a live fashion presentation in the park along with 40 other americans who performed a show in front of thousands of Russians several times a day for several months. I believe he also was married in Russia and his wife was a model as well. Gil was always wonderful to be with and always had a positive upbeat attitude....plus he was taller than the rest of us so I always knew where to find him!
I send my heartfelt condolences to his family.

Corey E. Burke

In the year of 1977 I was a student at York College CUNY and a member of the Independent Black Organization. We invited Mr. Gil Nobel to speak at one of our affairs and he graced us with his presnts. Howvever, the unforgettable moment that stands out for me was when I was asked to go up on the stage and pour Mr. Nobel a glass of water while he was speaking to the audience. I was so stage fright that I spilled some of the water on the floor and Gil Nobel turned to me, smiled and said "thank You Brother". I can not tell how that made me feel...even now...35 years later. The the word "brother" is used so loosely today; but from Gil Nobel, it has had a profound affect on me. To all my "Black Brothers", Let's end the violence and love one another. I love you Mr. Nobel. thank you for considering me your brother.

Wendy Green

To the family, friends and colleagues of Gil Noble, I extend my deepest condolences. He was truly the gold standard of journalism. I watched Like it is from the earliest days and the show was always a lesson in Black History. I used some of his shows in Black History classes I taught. I agree, ABC-Disney should donate the shows to the Schomburg Center and fund a chair in his honor. It would be a fitting tribute to a gentleman and a scholar.RIP Mr. Noble

El-Shabazz Ubaid Abdallah

First and foremost, from Allah (God) we come and to Allah we all return. Brother Gil Noble was a "Giant" and a "Genius" to us all especially the African American community. His work, dedication and genuine love for us out-shined and transformed him to be the scholar and activist that he was. He will be truly missed but his work continues. I had the pleasure of meeting Brother Gil while attending college as he was always interested in what young people had to say and feel. afterwards we had a few moments and he gladly without any hesitation gave me his autograph for my wife whom also was an admirer. I will always treasure his style, insight and love for his people..... please post any special services, memorials for I must attend to show my respect from my family to his, thanks and peace.

P.Kelly

Mr. Noble was well known for his own show, but let's not forget that he was also the weekend anchor at WABC7 for a very long time, too...If they can put a plaque up for still living funny man Regis at entrance, then I would think it mandatory to place one there also for MrNoble..

Lindell Ray

I will be eternally grateful to Mr. Gil Noble for his genuine interest in documenting the vast and often overlooked contributions of people of African descent to American and world history. His programs always stimulated conversation between me, my family and friends. They also inspired me to do more research on topics and personalities he presented. He used the medium of television as i believe it was meant to be used to inform and inspire purposeful action. Mr. Noble was always concerned about the future of our youth. I believe a fitting tribute to him would be to make sure that his archives become a part of school system curriculums. Young people need to know about the contributions and sacrifices made by their forebearers and the direct connections between events of the past and current freedoms we take for granted,as well as events and policies of the present. I believe Mr. Noble was trying to show us that very little is really new and that remaining ignorant of the past is a dangerous way to live because it leaves us blind to current realities that continue to reappear dressed up in different suits but with the same intention.
Mr. Nobel rest in peace and thank you for caring enough to pass on the lesson.

T. Rasul Murray

Gil Noble stood strong as the host of the only unabashed Black News and Information television to survive the 1970s. He consistently built his programs on profound respect for the history, culture and intellectual prowess of his African descendent audience. And he did this in a constant creative tension with station and network executives who did not understand or appreciate his programs or his audience.

It is appalling that Here and Now has been selected to represent his legacy on Sunday. That program is not African descendent programming, it is the shallow pap that help non-Black station executives feel good, while avoiding any meaningful discussion of the history or real issues that confront people of African descent.

If any of the station or network executives involved in morphing Like It Is into its pale successor, Here and Now, I hope it will be to announce the return of Like It Is under the leadership of someone with the ability and committment to produce programming that really honors Gil Noble. Anything less only dishonors his memory and his legacy.

Evelyn McMillian

My condolences to the family. We have lost another great man who gave us so much info on who we are. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago at an Urban Bankers Coalition meeting, he was such a gentleman. With the show "Like It Is", we were able to learn so much positive Black History. RIP Mr. Noble.

Kim Noble

Gil Noble was one of a kind,when he interviewed he taught us valuable lessons about our culture and the people who helped us get passed the N word.Every Sunday afternoon was our Black History Lesson. He will be missed and he will always be remembered for Telling It Like It Is.

Albert Graham

Gil Noble was a true pillar of our society, an exemplary man who awakened us to the real meaning of BLACKNESS and exemplified the true meaning of a STRONG,BLACK MAN. He alerted us to the importance of community and made us aware of the need to share knowledge and uncomplicated, unselfish love of each other. I am the better for watching his programs for more than 40 years as his influence transcended media and impacted the world around us. RIP, Gil: you have done well, faithful servant! We thank God for having given you the vision and the guts to be all that you could be . You have made Jamaicans proud.

Vin

I'm very saddened by the loss of Mr.Noble. My Sundays will never be the same. He produced something that we of the African diaspora will possibly never have in our lifetime again: a trove of artifacts chronicling African American life of the last century. If Disney wants to ever create any goodwill among our community they'll donate footage transcripts etc to the Schaumberg Library. No excuses

Henry Doll

An iconic NY, and WABC figure.
Gentle Giant.
One of the "Great Generation".

He embodied his name.

Henry Doll,
Long Island

D

I MEET MR GIL NOBLE IN THE 80'S HE WAS INTERVIEWING HIS FORMER ASSISTANT WHO FELL ON HARD TIMES. I WOULD WATCH OR EITHER TAPE LIKE IT IS EVER SUNDAY. R.I.P MR NOBLE

Omar Jones

I started watching Like It Is in the early 70s. What I enjoyed most about it was the way Gil would interview a celebrity on location. He would lock the camera down on the subject the entire time, meanwhile Gil would be off camera. You would hear Gil's smooth delivery as he asked the questions without actually seeing him. The guest's every reaction, manerism,and gesture would be center stage. Gil didn't bother with the corny cut-aways of him nodding on camera that you see too much of today. This feature in my view is one of the main reasons that Like It Is interviews were so timeless and informative. Gil Noble and Like It is were a distinct pleasure to grow up with. Thank you sir, may you rest in peace.

Michael Reynolds

There was so many wonderful and great shows it's hard to pick one. However my Sunday didn't start until I watched "Like It Is". His presence will be missed but his spirit will never die.

Corey E. Burke

I met Gil Nobel in 1978 during a lecture he gave at York College. While he was speaking I was responsible for walking up on the stage and pouring him a glass of water. I was very nervous and as I poured the water he turned to me and said "Thank you brother". To this day I never forgot that statement and I can't believe how a mere comment can be so profound. I love you and I will miss you...Brother.

JORDAN BROWN

I hope DISNEY-ABC donates the materials GIL NOBLE created since 1968 to the Schomburg Center in Harlem. Singlehandly, Mr. Noble interviewed the greatest giants of African-American culture of the 20th century. This would be a wonderful opportunity for Disney-ABC for create a "GIL NOBLE" Chair at the Schomburg so this material can be studied by scholars for years to come. What better way to honor this true Son of Harlem that to have his life's work live forever at the Schomburg.

Bernadette c.

I'm sadden that such a profound voice in journalism has been silenced. As many, I grew up on Like It Is. I had such respect for Mr. Noble because he was a true journalist who created a platform to inform and educate. I loved that his guest were profound thinkers, movers and shakers. Straight talk that lead to straight understanding. Mr. Noble, we are proud to have been blessed by your work and you will truly be missed! Rest in Peace.


Yvette  Williams

I think Mr. Rangel should plan a homecoming celebration for Mr .Noble because he was our historian to bring black history to the media. Many people looked forward to watch his show. Let us honor M r. Gil Noble with dignity for his great legacy which he left to enrich our lives (black, white, or purple). Thank you Mr. Noble.

coleen smart

My memory of Mr. Noble is many years ago when he broadcasted a piece on the making of the Panama Canal which was built by many people from the Caribbean especially Barbados. I recognised one of the people there so the next day I called and ask to speak to Gil (which he did) I ask for him to send me a copy of that taple and he said they didn't send out tapes but he was glad that I enjoyed the show. I was watching Like It Is from them until now. the only time I don't watch it is when I go to Church. Mr. Noble "Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory" Condolences to your family, you will truly be missed

Rich Reid

My condolences go out to the family friends and colleagues of Gil Noble. He will be greatly missed But his legacy will endure. My heartfelt thanks to Mr Noble for a life time of inspiration and valuable information. His work for the civil rights of all people will NEVER be taken for granted. This country owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.

M. DiIorio

I will remember Mr. Noble's frank honesty in every aspect of his journalism. His strong voice, both in speaking terms and for his community and far beyond, conveyed confidence with a sense of calmness, which would bring more focus to the story to educate his audience.

ShaStiny1

Mr. Noble, You were a great journalist who kept us aware of the issues and taught the world about the wealth of talent, sportsmanship, political acuity & intellect within the black community. Thank you and I wish you a peaceful journey.

Yvette  Williams

As a Carribbean American I looked forward to listen to Mr. Gil Noble"s show Like It Is on Sundays, Mr. Noble"s show was enlighteng , informative, and he thought you American history in the comfort of your home. He will be sadly missed but what he taught us all will be everlasting. Mr. Noble"s legacy
will also be remembered. My prayers and condolences go out to his family.

Kym Ward Gaffney

When I think of Mr Noble, I feel that we had a giant, a legend among us. When I was interested in moving here more than 20 years ago, I was able to schedule an interview with Mr Noble. He made the time to speak with me-a recent College grad in engineering who didn't know much but I knew that there was a different career calling me. During the course of our conversation, he listened to my aspirations, while challenging and encouraging me. His spirit and intense style of speaking reminded me of my grandfathers, preachers, Deacons in my church - who always had a word of encouragement while reminding you to never forget where you were from nor the sacrifices of those who got you here. This was Mr Noble - a man of talent, a non apologetic love for his people and our linked history of African descent, conviction, character, and a man who possessed the incredible balance of intelligence and common sense. He told it like it was, it is,and how it should be. I've lived in Bklyn for 18 years. Thank you Mr Noble!

Christina

Growing up my parents always watch Gil Nobel on Sunday mornings. I continued to watch until they stopped playing the show on TV. In the late 70's while attending York, CUNY I remember Gil Nobel speaking at an African American Student event. The room was filled wall-to-wall and I still remember some of the words of wisdom that he shared with us. RIP Mr. Nobel.

Sha-nae

I will remember our dear brother Gil Noble for his honesty and full commitment to telling our story just as it is. I will be forever indebted to him for giving me legs to stand on. I will miss him forever. R.I.P Gil Noble and many condelences to the Noble family.

lyn

Thank you Mr. Noble for "Like it is". As a college student with a minor in black history back in the day, I learned so much about our enriched history as a people. I also got a chance to hear and see some of the great legends of music. Sunday was the day of learning for me and I am sure many others. Deepest sympathy to the Noble family. R.I.P and continued teaching.

Sha-nae

I will remember our dear brother Gil Noble for his honesty and his full commitment to telling our story just as it is. I will be forever indebted to him for giving me legs to stand on. I will miss him forever. R.I.P. Gil Noble.

Kathy

I remember hearing Mr Noble when my parents watched his show. He always told it "like it is" in the black community. His voice and opinion will be missed. The struggle continues but we have more soldiers on our side with the Heavenly Father

Constance

He was a man of great style and professionalism, who loved his people. You will be missed. R.I.P. Mr. Noble.

Patricia

Mr. Noble will certainly be missed. I grew up watching Like it is and continued to watch the re-runs. Mr. Noble made many like myself feel proud to be African American. May he rest in peace. There are very few Black men still alive that are of the same caliber as Mr. Noble. My condolence to his family. He was a great man.

Patricia Kelly

Gil Noble will be greatly missed. I admired his approach to telling our stories; the good, the bad, and the most painful. He visited my students at a junior high school in Brooklyn. Everyone appreciated the efforts he made to include Black History in schools. Our hearts go out to his family. May he rest in eternal peace. The Creator called another soldier home.

Shirley Nichols

Went my mother passed away I was 16yrs old. My older brother and his wife toke me and four younger brothers and sister and raised us along with their children, my cousins. my brother kept oder by scheduling us to watch Like It Is every Sunday at 1200pm. As we grew and moved on I continued to watch Gil Nobel and the sounds of Africa drums. now at 49 and watching the show for the last 33yrs, my heart is broken and I feel lost with him. I can not stop crying so I will stop typing.

Corey F. Godwell

I watched Like it Is since my parents first exposed me to it in the 70's. Brother Gil is a legendary, in it's truest since. Revolutionary. A giant amongst broadcast journalism and a once in a lifetime entity. I had the pleasure of meeting him while Abubadika Sonny Carson (RIP) was taping a segment for the show. He joked about how stoic and militant I was...it was an honor!

He will be missed more than many will ever know.

Long Live Like it Is!
R.I.P, Elder.

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