Race

The State of Things
11:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

How Does Performing Race Impact Success

Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America
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Frank Stasio talks wtih Mitu Gulati and Devon Carbado about their latest book, 'Acting White?: Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America.'

During President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, some public discourse focused on the “blackness” of the President. Some on the right critiqued him for being “too black,” but some on the left claimed he was “acting white.”

“President Barack Obama, has these public moments, where he has to deal with the facts of race. He’s in this complicated situation where he has to appeal to members of multiple racial groups and have them all support him,” states Mitu Gulati, professor at Duke Law. “And then these instances occur as with Trayvon Martin, and he has both of these groups watching him so very carefully to see how Black is he or how Black isn’t he.”

Host Frank Stasio talks with Gulati and his co-author and fellow law professor Devon Carbado of UCLA School of Law. Their book, “Acting White? Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America,” (Oxford University Press; 2013) addresses the question: “What does it mean to ‘act white’?”

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Abandoning The Black Hero

The film adaptation of Frank Yerby's 1946 best-selling novel, The Foxes of Harrow.
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A panel of writers and scholars discuss the white life novel.

African-American literary authors like James Baldwin or Zora Neale Hurston are famous for their depictions of black life. But these novelists have also written books with white protagonists. Why is this unexpected? Is there a mandate that black authors write only about black characters?

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Law
5:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

ACLU Report Finds Major Race Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

African Americans are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people.
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A new report from the ACLU says African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in North Carolina.  The survey released today says African Americans were arrested at three times the rate of whites in 2010.  A US Health Department report from the same year showed similar rates of marijuana use among both ethnic groups nationwide. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

The Complex Identities Of Some Of America's Most Famous Black Men

Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

Have you ever thought of Jay-Z having multiple personalities? There's Jay-Z, Sean Carter, Hova, and Jigga. And they're all wrapped up inside one black man. In Mark Anthony Neal's latest book "Looking For Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities," he explores the complex identities of figures like Jay-Z, Avery Brooks and Luther Vandross (NYU Press; 2013).

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Why Comic Books Don’t Have Heroic Female Characters

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Action Lab Entertainment Jeremy Whitley

Comic book fans know the pleasure of becoming absorbed in an alternate world. One where weirdos and freaks reign supreme as superheroes and saviors. It’s the perfect escape for somebody that doesn’t feel as though they quite fit in. For Jeremy Whitley, comics were engrossing, so much so that he wanted to make his own. But then he had a daughter.

Female comic book characters

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Education
11:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Duke Marks 50 Years Since Integration

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Duke University celebrates 50 years of black students on Saturday, with an address by U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan.  The Massachusetts Democrat is a 1991 Duke graduate and one of two African-Americans currently in the U.S. Senate.

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Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Langston Hughes And Lynching

Book cover, 'Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture'

Host Frank Stasio talks to Miller about his new book, 'Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture.'

Writer Langston Hughes is famous for uplifting poems like "I, Too" and lyrical poetry like “A Dream Deferred,” but North Carolina State Assistant Professor of English Jason Miller says that hidden within Hughes' works are powerful statements about the practice of lynching. Host Frank Stasio talks to Miller about his new book, "Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture” (University Press of Florida/2011).

Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Mon June 23, 2008

Interracial Anniversary

Alvin and Omelia Garner
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on the Garners' wedding.

On this day - June 23, 40 years ago, the first interracial couple in Orange County was married. Alvin and Omelia Garner got their marriage license a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding such unions. To mark this year’s anniversary, the Garners decided to celebrate in style and have the wedding they never had.

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Health
9:50 am
Wed October 10, 2007

NC Voices: Health Disparities

Laura Leslie reports for North Carolina Voices.

If you’re a white North Carolinian, you’re statistically likely to be born stronger, live healthier, and die later than your African American or Latino counterpart. You’re also not as likely to suffer from a chronic disease, and if you do, you’re less likely to die of it. Some say that’s because of racial bias within the health care system. But others say the problem’s much bigger than that – and health care alone can’t solve it. Laura Leslie reports for North Carolina Voices.

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