#BackChannel: Year of Lizzo, Evolving Legacies of Nipsey Hussle & Prince, and What To Watch

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal join host Frank Stasio to talk about Lizzo’s influence and what is behind the body shaming. Plus, they share their personal Grammy picks, including Georgia Anne Muldrow for best urban contemporary album and... Read More »

10 Dean;s Awards Recipients Named For 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020
The Graduate School has announced the recipients of its 2020 Dean's Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts in mentoring, teaching, and creating an inclusive environment for graduate education at Duke. The recipients will be honored at a reception on Wednesday, March 25.... Read More »

The US is grappling with its history of slavery

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
But William Darity, a professor at Duke University, argues the federal government, which “maintained the legal framework for apartheid in America’’ should pay black descendants of American slavery and eliminate the racial wealth gap. Read More

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

Saturday, December 14, 2019
William Darity, a Duke University public policy professor and an expert on reparations, said the voices of college students have helped bring attention to reparations in a way that hasn’t been seen since Reconstruction. But he has warily watched what he sees as a piecemeal approach to an issue he... Read More »

Can Dance Make A More Just America? Donald Byrd is Working on It

Thursday, November 28, 2019
The elegant 1986 work he’s dancing, “Divertimento,” is one of the first images visitors see in “The America That Is to Be,” an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum here that runs through Jan. 26. Organized by the dance artist and scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz, the show traces the evolution, over 40... Read More »

How Migration Scholars Interpret Borders

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
“Many borders are decided in places that aren’t at the edges of nations or represented by a fence,” said Piot, a professor of cultural anthropology and African and African American studies and a leading researcher in the economy and history of West Africa. Read More

Kaepernick's Future, Meditations on Mothering Black Sons and the Apollo Theater

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal join host Frank Stasio to break down the latest chapter in the story — a derailed workout event — and analyze what it means about the power and peril of being a black athlete.  LISTEN

We're Self-Interested: The Growing Debate in Black America

Friday, November 8, 2019
William Darity Jr., a professor at Duke University, has written a series of reports about wealth inequality cited by Mr. Moore and Ms. Carnell. In one report, Dr. Darity found that the median net worth of white households in Los Angeles was $355,000, compared with $4,000 for black... Read More »

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, A 'First Five' African-American Undergraduate at Duke, Dies at Age 72.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, one of the first five African-Americans undergraduate students at Duke, died Oct. 22 at age 72. Reuben-Cooke entered Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 1963 along with Gene Kendall and Nathaniel "Nat" White, Mary Mitchell Harris and Cassandra Rush. With Reuben-Cooke... Read More »

With Plans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Two Seminaries Prompt A Broader Debate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
"The case-by-case approach can't encompass the full range of effects of slavery in producing racial inequality in the United States," says William Darity, a professor of public policy and African-American studies at Duke University who has written extensively on reparations. LISTEN