Franklin

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Michael Eric Dyson, as only he can, shares why the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin deserves R-E-S-P-E-C-T by exploring her life, talent, and influence.

Angela Davis

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Political renegade, freedom, bone deep beauty, and justice are some of the words that come to mind when one hears the names Angela Davis & Myrlie Evers-Williams. From afros worn to liberate black identities to the spunk and fire within those committed to justice, Michael Eric Dyson talks about women leaders from our past and present.

Woman

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Stories of good humor, southern accents, and the nuances of the black female during signifying are shared as Michael Eric Dyson reflects on the beauty and freedom of expression that is housed in the black woman.

Triumph

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The sense of excellence, and the quest for greatness behind ”Black Style” as a protest to the norm lies behind the genius of some of the gifted individuals of our time. Join Michael Eric Dyson as he explores the approaches for black self-expression.

Black Women Mates

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Michael Eric Dyson discusses the complications of relationships among black women in comparison to those of their non-black counterparts. The physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of black women coupled with the dire statistics are the center of the conversation.

Prison Disparities

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Whenever a media outlet features a segment about the disparate paths that Dyson and his brother Everett took—one a university professor and nationally recognized commentator and the other serving a life sentence in prison—he inevitably receives an e-mail from another black person saying that he shares that experience. In this commentary, Dyson explores the reasons behind the disparity in prison sentencing between black and white men for the same crimes, and why it’s time to speak out against it.

Colorism

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Bill Dukes’ documentary Dark Girls, which recently aired on a cable network, raised the issue of colorism in America—an issue that Dyson came face-to-face with when a older black women at a convention “complimented” him on his light complexion. In this commentary, Dyson addresses the historic biases with regard to lighter and darker complexioned blacks, and how best to move past the pathology of color bias.

The Problem with MOOCs

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Depending on whom you ask in educational circles, MOOCs—massive open online courses—are either all the rage or a source of rage. There are obvious benefits to a course offered online that aims for large-scale interaction and participation driven by open access of learning on the web. It seems tailor-made for non-traditional students who need maximal flex time and space to complete their education, and offers students at lower-tier schools greater access to lecturers at prestigious institutions. But, says Dyson, problems loom with MOOCs as well, and some of the familiar disparities between well-resourced universities and smaller schools and the education offered at these institutions resurface in the digital space.

Dr. Sampson Davis, Author, “Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home.”

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Turn on any cable news channel and you’re bound to hear one talking head or another droning on about the nation’s health care crisis. Rarely, however, do you hear it from the prospective of a doctor in the trenches. And not just any doctor, but a doctor who is a product of the urban community that he serves. That’s what you get from the book, “Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home.” The author, Dr. Sampson Davis, is an emergency room physician in a Newark hospital, and sometimes the patients who come through its doors are a reminder of the road he didn’t take.

A Bad Rap: Brad Paisley and L.L. Cool J’s “Accidental Racist”

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Country music singer Brad Paisley and hip-hop legend L.L. Cool J sparked a firestorm of controversy after the release of their collaboration, “Accidental Racist.” The song features noteworthy lyrics from both Paisley and L.L., including the rapper’s line, “If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.” While the motivation for the partnership between Paisley and L.L. may be admirable, says Dyson, what’s lacking is a sophisticated understanding of history and race.

Introducing: My Mic is Hot

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Using rhetorical gifts that led the Chronicle of Higher Education to declare that Michael EricDyson “can rock classroom and chapel alike,” Dyson weighs in with searing commentary on the hottest social issues of the day—all in his dynamic, inimitable style. The three-to-five-minute vignettes cover everything from politics to pop culture, race matters to the latest writers, and reach across gender, generational, class, and racial lines to offer a unique and sought-after point of view on issues of concern to all Americans.

   

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