Believe The Hype: Zion Williamson is Gonna Shock the World

Monday, May 13, 2019
At Duke he has taken his interest in performing arts and creative industries and has pursued classes that further expand on those areas. With his face brimming in excitement, he begins to list off his favorite classes at the Durham institution. “My favorite class was History of Hip-Hop, taught... Read More »

Three Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

Friday, May 3, 2019
“The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said Thomas DeFrantz, a professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Read More

Remembering John Singleton and Nipsey Hussle, Plus the Style and Swag of Lizzo and Beyoncé

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Mark Anthony Neal on the legacy of Nipsey Hussle: He was an underground guy. He made his reputation basically on a mixtape he did in 2013 that he sold for $100 ... He had just released his first official major label release which earned him a Grammy award. What folks loved about Nipsey was the... Read More »

Mitch Easter, 9th Wonder Will Be Inducted Into N.C. Music Hall of Fame

Thursday, May 2, 2019
“It means more to me that the culture is represented than that a I’m being recognized,” Douthit said. “It’s something that can be recognized in our state history. “Some of us can walk into museums and not relate to what’s there, but, now, if a kid who is making beats on his laptop walks into the N.... Read More »

Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, Courting Black Support, Pitch Differing Economic Plans

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Recently, some scholars who previously praised the policy have made sure to clarify it is not a panacea. The LIFT Act “won’t do much for wealth concentration, and it won’t do much for altering the position of people with the lower end of the wealth distribution,” said Sandy Darity, a Duke... Read More »

1969: Duke Building Taken Over By Students Protesting Racial Inequality

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Allen Building Takeover did not bring about an immediate solution to all the grievances brought forward by students in the Afro-American Society. However, meaningful change would eventually come and the protest would inspire change and leave a lasting legacy for all students at Duke. ... Read More »

Reparations For Slavery Becomes 2020 Campaign Issue

Monday, April 29, 2019
Guest: William Darity, Professor of Public Policy, Duke University Several of the Democratic party’s top presidential hopefuls have said they support –or are at least open to –the US government making some sort of reparations to African Americans impacted by slavery. That could mean cash... Read More »

Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' Brings HBCU Culture to the Forefront

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
“For Black audiences, particularly for Black youth, it’s a reminder of the legacy of these institutions and that particularly in this moment – this kind of Trump’s America – that these are still vibrant institutions that still have a mission to educate Black folks,” said Dr. Mark Anthony Neal,... Read More »

Newly Elected Academic Council Chair Kerry Haynie Looks Ahead at 2-Year Term

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Haynie, associate professor of political science and African and African American studies, has had a long career in academia. Haynie was chosen to succeed Don Taylor, the current chair of Academic Council and a professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, in a closed ballot vote by the council... Read More »

America, Take Note: Georgetown Students Are Acting on the Courage of Their Convictions

Sunday, April 21, 2019
William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at Duke University and a scholar on the economics of reparations, told Politico that he was “admiring” what the students at Georgetown were doing. But he also urged them to work on a nationwide effort instead of going only for “piecemeal” solutions... Read More »