'No One Cared Because We Were Black Girls': Is Time Finally Up For R. Kelly?

Thursday, January 17, 2019
“He had a really good ear,” Neal says. “He couldn’t read or write music, but he was able to mimic these larger traditions: R&B, soul and gospel, adding a contemporary feel so that it felt urgent and vital. And he knew how to record raunch.” Read More

The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The cause of those wealth gaps is relatively straightforward, too: racism. According to Sandy Darity, a Duke University economist and one of the country’s leading researchers on race, wealth inequality, and economic policy, the enduring black-white disparities trace all the way back to slavery. “I... Read More »

Motown Legacy Remains Strong 60 Years Later

Friday, January 11, 2019
The power of Motown’s legacy can be found in the careers it helped launch -- Diana Ross, who is the template for Beyonce’s current success; Stevie Wonder, who signed with the label as a 12-year-old; and the late Michael Jackson, arguably the most globally recognized entertainer of the 20th century... Read More »

How Elizabeth Warren is Taking On America's Housing Affordability Crisis

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
The bill raises questions about how thorough the program could be in screening white homebuyers from receiving cash compensation for historical legal discrimination. As a discussion of reparations, this is where William Darity, director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke... Read More »

NC Experts Ponder the 2019 Political Landscape

Friday, January 4, 2019
Haynie on a challenge the Democratic Party is facing: When the Congress was called into session yesterday, and then the leadership appeared, it was a night and day difference. You see Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Congressman Clyburn, [all] in their late 70s, and [then] this young generation. So... Read More »

New Sheriffs in Town As African Americans Win Top Law Enforcement Posts in N.C.

Friday, January 4, 2019
Assessing the recent electoral outcomes — with the defeat of three Republicans, all seven urban sheriffs are now Democrats — Duke University political scientist Kerry Haynie sees a “blue tint” in the future. “Blacks and Latinos are becoming an increasingly larger share of the population and the... Read More »

#BackChannel: Black Women in the Penal System, Michelle Obama's Memoir & Lauryn Hill's Impact

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  In this episode of #BackChannel, the State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context, popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal talk to host Frank Stasio about Cyntoia Brown’s case and what it illuminates about the treatment of black women... Read More »

How Cory Booker's Baby Bond Proposal Could Transform the Reparations Debate

Thursday, December 6, 2018
The average black family has wealth of about seventeen thousand dollars, while the average white family has wealth of about a hundred and seventy thousand dollars, according to William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke. During the Obama Administration, Darity concluded that his preferred... Read More »

Booker's Ambitious Proposal To Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Booker’s idea isn’t new and it’s not wholly his own. Much of the intellectual heft behind baby bonds stems from a 2010 paper published in The Review of Black Political Economy, in which left-leaning economists Darrick Hamilton of The New School in New York City and William “Sandy”... Read More »

Make Me Hot P, Hold Me Down P

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Many of us were first introduced to 9th’s soulful, sample-based production during his time as a member of the groundbreaking Durham rap group Little Brother with emcees Phonte Coleman and Rapper Big Pooh. Their 2003 debut album, The Listening, was an underground classic and earned them a... Read More »