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The household wealth gap has a profound impact on the financial stability of black families, said William Darity, an economics professor at Duke University who studies economic inequality. It makes it harder for black families to weather recessions and personal setbacks, pass along real estate and other assets that can give subsequent generations a head start, and take the risks that might result in higher earnings, such as moving for a job or starting a business. Read More read more about The Black-White Wage Gap is Growing. It's Worst in Texas. »

The forum, “Inequalities and the Erosion of Social Cohesion in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” featured presentations by Hiroyuki Hino, a visiting research scholar at the event host, the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS), and economics professor  Murray Leibbrandt (University of Cape Town). Charles Piot, a Duke professor of cultural anthropology and African and African American Studies, and Ada Umenwaliri, associate director of  African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at… read more about Scholars Say Inequality Remains in Post-Apartheid South Africa »

The plan to address those differences by giving newborns a nest egg was first developed by professors William A. Darity, of Duke University, and Darrick Hamilton, of the New School. “Its real intent is to provide every young person with an asset that could enable them to actually build or accumulate wealth over the course of their adult lifetime,” Darity said in an interview. “It would not bring about the equalization of wealth but it certainly would improve [on] the degree of inequality that we’re experiencing now.” Read… read more about Cory Booker Wants 'Baby Bonds' For Every Newborn. How Would That Work? »

Professor William Darity speaks with ABC News about the Georgetown reparations case. WATCH read more about Leading Reparations Scholar Weighs in on Georgetown's Big Vote »

William Darity Jr is a professor of public policy at Duke University, and is one of the leading scholars on reparations in America. "I am refreshingly surprised that the reparations conversation has become so rich and expansive in the public arena recently," he says. "To see multiple presidential candidates talking openly about the issue means the conversation we are having is unlike any we have had on the topic before in the United States of America." Read More read more about The U.S. Students Who Want To Pay Slavery Descendants »

William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at Duke University and one of the leading scholars on the economics of reparations, said he was “admiring” of the student efforts, while also pushing them to lay the groundwork for a nationwide effort that avoids “piecemeal” solutions. “We do need to move away from viewing this as a matter of individual guilt or individual responsibility that can be offset by individual payments, towards the recognition that this is a national responsibility and a national obligation that… read more about This Could Be The First Slavery Reparations Policy in America »

If there were such a thing as an academic rock star, Duke University’s Mark Anthony Neal would be one. Neal is a professor, hip-hop scholar, and author, who is a highly-sought after cultural critic. News outlets like the Huffington Postand WUNC regularly tap Neal, Chair of Duke’s African and African American Studies and founder of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship, for cultural commentary – as do we. Read More read more about Revisiting Duke University's History of Hip-Hop Course »

Duke University professor William “Sandy” Darity and his onetime student Darrick Hamilton, currently serving as director of Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, have proposed an interim step dubbed “baby bonds.” The bonds, averaging $25,000 but rising to as much as $60,000 for the poorest children, would be federally managed to increase by a guaranteed annual rate of 2 percent. The cost of up to $100 billion would be less than 3 percent of the U.S. budget. As they explain to… read more about 'Baby Bonds' Could Help the U.S. Wealth Gap »

What he loves about Duke: As a professor in several departments, DeFrantz values Duke’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching and collaboration. ... “Duke is pushing the arts to an interdisciplinary focus,” DeFrantz said. “I can work in engineering and humanities and arts. It’s very appealing to work in several directions at the same time.” Read More read more about Blue Devil of the Week: Dancing Through Past and Future »

Popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal and Natalie Bullock Brown share their thoughts on Hollywood’s treatment of a Durham story with host Frank Stasio in the latest installment of #BackChannel, The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context. READ MORE read more about The 'Best of Enemies;' What To Do About Michael Jackson, and More »

Duke University professor of economics William Darity Jr. recently spoke on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal call-in show about reparations for the African descendants of slaves and the role the issue plays in the 2020 presidential campaign. Read More read more about Duke University Professor Shares His Guidelines For Reparations »

Democratic presidential hopefuls are talking about reparations for slavery. They’re talking seriously, but with few specifics. What would a reparations policy actually look like? LISTEN read more about The Cases For Reparations: How 2020 Presidential Candidates Address The Issue »

Duke University professor William Darity talked about reparations and the role they could play in the 2020 presidential campaign. He spoke via video link from Durham, North Carolina. WATCH read more about WATCH: William Darity on Reparations and Campaign 2020 »

In an interview, Darity acknowledged that almost none of these programs realistically constituted the sort of reparations his research has advocated, but suggested even the fact the debate existed at all should be seen as a positive advance. “Suddenly the term reparations is not verboten in the public square,” Darity said. “So that to me is a very significant change. I think that now there is a certain type of gravitas or credibility that it has, which leads the conversation to be a serious one, and I think that’s… read more about Reparations: Democrats Renew Debate Over How To Heal the Legacy of Slavery »

Charlie Piot, professor of cultural anthropology African and African American Studies, will succeed Mlyn as DukeEngage director. Piot launched and leads DukeEngage-Togo, a program where students conduct service projects such as teaching computer classes in Western African countries including Togo, Nigeria and Benin.  Read More read more about Charlie Piot To Head DukeEngage »

"This is important, and the major reason I think it's important is that in the other significant instance of reparations being provided, for Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated unjustly, that program was the result of a commission," said William "Sandy" Darity, a Duke University professor who has written extensively on reparations. "There is some sentiment that this isn't a reparations program so it doesn't go far enough. But a commission could be a very important instrument in designing a program." Read More read more about Democrats Are Taking Reparations Seriously - And That's a Big Deal »

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. The proposal would have to be modified to give some money to the parents, grandparents and other family members of the recipients, but that’s the basic idea. Read More read more about One Way to Make Reparations Work »

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 accusations made by two men who said they were abused by Jackson at his Neverland ranch when they were young boys and says it will sue the documentary's makers, HBO. Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of African American Studies at Duke… read more about LISTEN: Michael Jackson Academic Discusses Abuse Claims in Leaving Neverland »

“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 often light-skinned. It seemed like he had a pattern.” Neal hated Duke basketball for years, even after he became a professor there in 2004. “What framed my view of Duke was when they played UNLV and it was portrayed as these great… read more about 'Black Duke' Takes Flight »

“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. “It is, for many people a heavy, heavy lift to even consider muting Michael Jackson or changing the way we think about him to include predator,” said Neal, who wrote a book entitled “Songs in the Key of Black Life” and teaches a… read more about 'Leaving Neverland' and What To Do With Michael Jackson's Music »

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 remarked, “that’s a difference of almost $160,000–$160,000 that could be used to send a kid to college, get through an illness, start a small business, or make a down payment on a home that builds wealth for the next generation, too.”… read more about Colin Kaepernick and the Anti-Racism Industry »

“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 performance tradition. “It changes everything, in terms of our willingness to grapple with these issues.” Read More read more about How 'Leaving Neverland' Puts Michael Jackson's Cultural Legacy and $2 Billion Empire in Jeopardy »

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 achievement gap, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, in addition to other topics. Read More read more about 75 Top Economics Influencers To Follow »

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 read more about What Hollywood Gets Right & Wrong, the Contradictions of College Sports & More »

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 what do I need to do? And they want to know from somebody who's done it. And I give them a lot of life experience," Douthit said.  Read More read more about Grammy-winning Producer, 9th Wonder, Brings Life Experience and History to His NC Classroom »

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 is Duke’s center to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship on Africa and people of African descent.”  Read More read more about Duke African & African American Studies Program Ranked in Top Ten »

“I’m pleased to hear a willingness to explore the idea of reparations, but I’m not sure what they have in mind constitutes a reparations program,” said William Darity, a Duke professor who has long been an advocate of reparations. “The danger is the possibility that the label ‘reparations’ is applied to a modest or incremental policy that falls far short of what is required, and political leaders then say the nation’s responsibility has been met.” Read More read more about Three 2020 Democrats Say 'Yes' to Race-Based Reparations »

Months after the so-called Greensboro Sit-In, a staged version appears on the cover of Max Roach’s now classic We Insist – Max Roach’s Freedom Now! Suite. The album stands as an early musical testament to the burgeoning rage, anger and passion that would take the Civil Rights Movement from its early victory in Montgomery in 1955 into a future that would dramatically alter race relations in the United States. And as perhaps fitting, the impetus for Roach’s artist statement came in the aftermath of tragedy. Read More read more about Max Roach's Freedom Now! Suite: An Early Soundtrack to Black Lives Matter »

Sandy Darity, a Duke University professor who is a leading scholar on reparations and the racial wealth gap, said he believes more black Americans may come to see reparations as a defining issue for their support. “There is a point in black Americans making a collective decision to treat a candidate’s attitude toward reparations as a litmus test for supporting them,” Dr. Darity said. “I think if folks had paid closer attention to the fact that Barack Obama was against reparations, they would have not been as disappointed… read more about 2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations »

A Duke pre-med student from Fayetteville will compete on Season 38 of “Survivor,” which premieres Wednesday (Feb. 20) on CBS. Keith Sowell writes on the Cardea Fellows Program page on the Duke University website that he is an African American Studies major with minors in biology and chemistry, and that his dream has always been to become a doctor to help underprivileged communities. Read More read more about Duke AAAS Major on Season 38 of 'Survivor' »