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Michael Eric Dyson: What Are The Keys To Improving The Plight of Black Men?

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Michael Eric Dyson is an author, scholar, minister, and commentator who was born October 23, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan. He became an ordained Baptist minister at 19 and entered Knoxville college at the age of 21 after having done factory work to help support his family.  In 1985, Dyson graduated from Carson-Newman College with a bachelor’s degree, and he went on to earn Master’s and Doctorate degrees in religion from…

Does Oprah still have a problem with gangster rappers?

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Oprah has a long and complex history with hip-hop.  She doesn’t hate all the rappers, but there are some rappers that she has had serious issues with.  Some of the leading beefs have been with Ludacris, Ice Cube and 50 Cent. Does she have a point?  Seriously, do you think that a woman who has been abused by men her entire life would ever have a reason to support anyone…

Michael Eric Dyson debates Stephen A. Smith about Mark Cuban

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Stephen A. Smith is an intelligent man, very sharp.  But he’s not nearly as sharp as Michael Eric Dyson.  So, watching these two men debate is a little bit like watching Michael Jordan playing one-on-one against the guy who plays ball with his buddies on the weekends.  In other words, no comparison. The two engaged in a heated debate on ESPN about the recent remarks by Mark Cuban, who stated…

Ask Black America: Was Obama Afraid of Being Labeled an “Angry Black Man” during the Debates?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins This week, I heard one of my esteemed colleagues, Michael Eric Dyson, throw out the possibility that President Obama’s poor debate performance may have to do with his race.  Dyson argues that the stigma of being labeled “an angry black man” may have caused the president to hold back when he should have been taking charge.  It appears that some might believe that the president’s reputation…

Dyson, Watkins Debate The State of Hip Hop at Brown University

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In the video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins debates with Michael Eric Dyson on whether or not hip hop artists should be held accountable for their words.  The video is below and will begin after a brief advertisement:    

Dr. Boyce: My Two Cents on Michael Eric Dyson

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In the video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins discusses his interaction with Michael Eric Dyson during their debate on the state of hip hop at Brown University.   The video is below and will begin after a brief advertisement.

College Course On Beyonce Offered At Rutgers University

College Course On Beyonce Offered At Rutgers University

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    Beyonce is just the latest celeb to have a course named after her.  Kevin Allred, a doctoral student at Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, is now teaching a class called “Politicizing Beyoncé.”   We’re not sure why he thinks that Beyonce could be political, but he thinks that the class could be a go. “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she…

Al Duncan: Should Michael Eric Dyson Be Teaching a Class on Jay-Z?

Al Duncan: Should Michael Eric Dyson Be Teaching a Class on Jay-Z?

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    An article on USAToday.com—Jay-Z provides the blueprint for college course—has rekindled the polarizing topic of whether or not author, radio host, and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson’s course on the hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur is a good idea or bad idea. One thing is for sure: It’s brilliant marketing and publicity. The class has been mentioned in the news plenty of times. Critics and supporters have been quoted in…

Final Grade: Mixed Reviews on Michael Eric Dyson's Jay-Z Course at Georgetown

Final Grade: Mixed Reviews on Michael Eric Dyson’s Jay-Z Course at Georgetown

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Your Black News reports: When word spread in October that Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, known for dropping a Hip Hop verse mid-conversation, was offering an in depth look into the life and times of Shawn Carter at Georgetown University, he received his share of criticism. According to Dyson, the course, titled “Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z” tackles the same topics of any sociology class: racial and gender identity, sexuality, capitalism…