One Way to Make Reparations Work

Thursday, March 14, 2019
The simplest suggestion for a wealth transfer is the idea of baby bonds, advanced by economists William Darity and Darrick Hamilton. If done as a form of reparations, the program would simply endow every black child with a government trust fund, worth perhaps $21,000 to $47,000... Read More »

'Leaving Neverland' and What To Do With Michael Jackson's Music

Monday, March 11, 2019
“People are being asked to grapple with trauma, actual harm, inflicted on living human beings by a dead man who is not merely beloved. He was unparalleled,” said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African American studies at Duke University, who saw his first Jackson concert in 1971... Read More »

LISTEN: Michael Jackson Academic Discusses Abuse Claims in Leaving Neverland

Monday, March 11, 2019
The two-part documentary alleging the king of pop Michael Jackson was a serial child rapist began screening on TVNZ last night. Leaving Neverland has prompted a worldwide storm, with many radio stations pulling Jackson's music off their playlists. The Jackson family has angrily denied the... Read More »

'Black Duke' Takes Flight

Monday, March 11, 2019
“You had this idea about the kind of black players Coach K recruited,” said Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal, chair of the African and African-American studies department. “Kind of a cut-and-dried, clean-cut type of black player … a lot seemed to be mixed-race. When it came to color, they were... Read More »

Colin Kaepernick and the Anti-Racism Industry

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Duke University economist Sandy Darity has studied racial wealth gaps, and his conclusions are stark. According to Darity, “for families in which the lead earner has a college degree, the average white family has $180,500 in wealth. The average black family? $23,400.” As Ezra Klein of Vox... Read More »

How 'Leaving Neverland' Puts Michael Jackson's Cultural Legacy and $2 Billion Empire in Jeopardy

Monday, March 4, 2019
“In some ways, I don’t think a film like this gets made or gets the kind of wide circulation that it does in absence of the #MeToo movement,” said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African American studies at Duke University, who teaches a course on Michael Jackson and the black... Read More »

75 Top Economics Influencers To Follow

Friday, March 1, 2019
35. Sandy Darity Sandy Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University. Some of his research topics include inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial... Read More »

What Hollywood Gets Right & Wrong, the Contradictions of College Sports & More

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal and Natalie Bullock Brown share their take on the 2019 Oscars with host Frank Stasio in the latest installment of #BackChannel, ‘The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context. Read More

Grammy-winning Producer, 9th Wonder, Brings Life Experience and History to His NC Classroom

Thursday, February 28, 2019
In 2006, Douthit returned to NC Central - not to finish his degree - but to teach. He serves as Artist in Residence at the University's History Department; he also teaches down the road at Duke University as Lecturing Fellow for African & African-American Studies.  "They want to know... Read More »

Duke African & African American Studies Program Ranked in Top Ten

Monday, February 25, 2019
Duke University’s African and African American Studies Department sends students to study abroad in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa’s Durban and Cape Town, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana. Back in North Carolina, students can earn a B.A. in AAAS or minor in it. Professor Stephen Smith said, “Our department... Read More »