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Expanding Our View of Black History & Black History Month: The Forgotten Heroes Of Black History

In case you missed it, I wanted to share a really great discussion hosted earlier this afternoon by Brother Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live. The discussion was about the meaning and underlying significance of Black History Month, and also specific figures in our history that don't get as much attention in America's annual February interpretive dance around 'respectable' Black facts and Black figures.

One of the most important points I took from this discussion is that our challenge is to take ourselves seriously enough to study, and critically examine, all of the complexity in our long and rich history, beginning many centuries before the invention of a European. Moreover, we have to do this critical study using our own African cultural and historical lens, and not interpreting our experiences over the centuries through a European and/or American historical, cultural and intellectual lens.

From HuffPost Live, February 9, 2015 (Earlier this afternoon)...

Each February the nation recognizes the achievements and societal contributions of black Americans. We take this time to remember the invisible heroes of black history who have helped pave the way for equal rights.


  • Dr. Brittney Cooper (New Brunswick, NJ) Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University
  • Dr. Greg Carr (Washington, DC) Associate Professor of Africana Studies & Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University
  • Dr. Treva Lindsey (Columbus, OH) Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University

Hosted by:  Marc Lamont Hill


My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times: Racial Disparity In The Schooling / Education / Behavioral Control System

Since their inception, public schools have always been an institution primarily focused on behavioral socialization and control, not to mention social, academic and economic sorting. By definition, then, history, culture and racism are at the center of this entire enterprise.

If we are truly concerned about our children's schooling experiences, we have to be mindful of the values and the objectives (stated and unstated) undergirding the schooling processes where our children are in school. 

Tunette Powell’s sons have been suspended from their pre-school several times for typical toddler behavior. Other children in their class haven't been suspended for similar acts. We'll talk with Tunette about racial disparity in school discipline.

Approximately 24 minutes.
Originally aired on July 29, 2014


  • Gloria Ladson-Billings  (Madison, WI) Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education
  • Russell Skiba  (Bloomington, IN) Professor, Indiana University
  • Tunette Powell  (Omaha, NE) Mother; Sons Suspended Multiple Times From Pre-School
  • Mahaliel H. Bethea II (New York, NY) Founding Principal, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
  • JJ Powell (Omaha, NE) Suspended Multiple Times From Pre-School For Behavior


Opening Up the Poor Door: The Current State Of Low-Income Housing in New York

Officials in New York City sparked outraged after they approved plans for a luxury high-rise with a so-called "poor door"—a separate entrance for low-income tenants. We take a look inside these "poor doors" and low-income housing's grim state.

Approximately 20 minutes.
Originally aired on HuffPost Live on July 31, 2014.


  • Dr. Camille Charles  (Philadelphia, PA) Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Victor Bach (New York, NY) Senior Housing Policy Analyst, Community Service Society
  • Jason Alston  (Long Island City, NY) Family Has Lived In Housing Projects Since '54

You can also get more background on this at the New York Times.


The Roots’ Questlove & black thought LIVE: The Ideas and Work Behind the Music

I always appreciate the thoughtfulness and reflection on what they do, how they do it, as well as why.

Coming from a tradition of great music and musicians, and committed to advancing that same tradition:

Questlove and Black Thought are the two original members of the Legendary Roots Crew. They join HuffPost Live to discuss The Roots' new album, their day job at "The Tonight Show," performing with Dave Chappelle and a new partnership with Kellogg's.

Originally aired on June 25, 2014


Gang Violence Creates A Homegrown PTSD Epidemic

From HuffPost Live...

There's an epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in America, and it has nothing to do with fighting abroad. Due to gang violence, teenagers in urban war zones are the newest victims of PTSD and its lasting effects on their development.

Originally aired on Monday, July 7, 2014


Bryant Marks Ph.D  (Atlanta , GA) Executive Director, The Morehouse Research Institute

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston  (Chicago, IL) Illinois Chairman, National Action Network

Jeff Duncan-Andrade  (Maui, HI) Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University; High School Teacher in Oakland



The Truth About Black Students & The Ph.D.: Challenges, Other Experiences and Responsibility to Black People

What are the unique challenges black students face in higher education? Marc Lamont Hill talks to academics about stereotypes and feelings of isolation that continue to persist for people of color in our universities, and what we can do about it.

Originally aired on June 26, 2014


  • Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D.  (Camden, NJ) Assistant Professor of Management, Rutgers School of Business
  • Bryant Marks Ph.D  (Atlanta , GA) Executive Director, The Morehouse Research Institute
  • Tikia Hamilton  (Washington, DC) Doctoral Student, Princeton University History Department
  • Treva Lindsey Ph.D.  (Columbus, OH) Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University


‘For Colored Boys’ Director & Cast LIVE

The dramatic web series "For Colored Boys" looks into the lives of African-American men from all walks of life. They face fears, overcome challenges and mend relationships. The director & cast members join HuffPost Live to talk about the series.

Originally aired on June 19, 2014


Police State: Miami Gardens Stopped And Frisked Over 8,000 Kids

A new investigation found that of 56,922 people stopped and frisked by the Miami Gardens Police Department, 8,489 were children. HuffPost Live talks to some of those—as young as 11—who were stopped.

Originally aired on June 10, 2014


Rapper Pharoahe Monch LIVE: Hip-Hop, Mental Health and More

New York rapper Pharoahe Monch stops by HuffPost Live to break down the concept behind his new album "PTSD." He also talks about the current state of hip-hop, mental health and more.


Remembering Philadelphia’s MOVE (Bombing) Tragedy – 29 years later

On this day in 1985, Philadelphia police and city officials bombed the Osage Avenue home of the MOVE group.

Just below is a short video from a 2013 discussion about the bombing on HuffPost Live.  Further below is the trailer for the documentary video, Let the Fire Burn, by Jason Osder.

Jason Osder reconstructs the events leading up to and surrounding a dramatic stand-off between the black liberation group MOVE and the Philadelphia police. Created entirely from archival footage, it tells a deadly story. He joins HuffPost Live in studio.


LET THE FIRE BURN official theatrical trailer. from Jason Osder on Vimeo.