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28Oct/150

“Think Out Loud” – A discussion about the emerging “black digital intelligentsia”

From October 15, 2015 at the Schomburg Center in New York...

In the New Republic's fall issue, contributing editor and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson explored how the emerging black intelligentsia is embracing social media and technology to shape American thought. On Thursday, October 15, the New Republic brought this conversation to life with a discussion with a bevy of black thinkers, including Dr. Dyson, Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, Duke professorMark Anthony Neal, Director of the Schomburg Center Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Assistant Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper, and Lehigh professor James Braxton Peterson. New Republic Senior Editor andIntersection host Jamil Smith moderated.  (approximately 2 hours)

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2Mar/150

NPR Microphone Check Live: ‘The Spook Who Sat By The Door’ Screening

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NPR Panel participants (from left to right): Dr. Greg Carr, Jamilah Lemieux, Cedric Shine and K. Nyerere Ture. Photo by Frannie Kelley for NPR.

From NPR, February 27, 2015...

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we went down to NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., to screen Sam Greenlee's 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door and host a conversation about its resonance.

In case you're not familiar with the cult classic, the main character is Dan Freeman, who's trained by the CIA to be its first black agent. After he masters the agency's tactics, he goes home to the southside of Chicago on a mission to train street gangs to be "Freedom Fighters." When a young man is shot dead by the police, Freeman's trainees spring into action. What happens in the end is open to interpretation, as you'll hear at the start of this recording of our panel discussion.

The members of our panel are Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor at Ebony Magazine, and K. Nyerere Ture, an anthropologist and professor at Morgan State University.

The panel and the audience discussed the film's themes of resistance and intra-racial tension as well as the erasure of the Black Arts movement from mainstream discussion of black history. "The villain of the film," said Dr. Carr, "is the idea of the nation-state."

10Aug/140

Twitter’s Role In The Theodore Wafer Guilty Verdict

Renisha McBride's killer, Theodore Wafer, was found guilty of second-degree murder after shooting the teen on his Detroit-area porch in what he had claimed was self-defense. Was cyber activism partly responsible for getting Renisha justice?

Originally aired on August 8, 2014

Guests:

  • Dr. Brittney Cooper  (New Brunswick, NJ) Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University
  • Jamilah Lemieux  (New York, NY) Senior Editor, Ebony.com
  • Treva Lindsey Ph.D.  (Columbus, OH) Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University

22Jun/140

Roots of America’s Black Hair Problem

New York's first-ever natural hair festival kicks off this weekend. As the "war on black hair" continues to rage in America's institutions, will black locks ever be safe from the grips of public policy? We talk to the experts.

Originally aired on June 20, 2014

Curl Fest - Natural Hair Festival Brooklyn - June 22 2014

8May/140

International Support For Nigeria’s Abducted Girls

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From Huff Post Live on Tuesday, May 6, 2014...

International support for 276 missing Nigerian girls is growing as NGOs call for action. We take a look at Boko Haram, the group accused of kidnapping the girls, and the difficulty the media is experiencing in covering this story. (Video segment is approximately 26 minutes)