New episodes on Fridays! | Every week, join host Deborah Holt Noel as she welcomes thought leaders, policy influencers, and journalists for diverse conversations that inform and engage viewers on the issues impacting North Carolina’s Black communities today. Learn more at pbsnc.org/blackissuesforum.
9/23/2022: Racial Equity, African-Centered Learning & Hip-Hop in Edu.
Inclusive education goes beyond the books—it’s about the cultural experience. Dr. Noni Davis, founder of St. Sya Academy; Leonardo Williams of Durham City Council; and Stephanie Reed, founder and director of Aspire2Higher Personal and Professional Development, Inc., join guest host Kenia Thompson in a conversation about racial equity, African-center learning and hip-hop’s influence on education.
9/16/2022: Wooing Young Voters, NC Senate Race & Black Women Win Emmys
An exciting event in Durham brings together fashion and politics to engage younger voters. What the outcome of North Carolina’s Senate race could mean to the country’s political landscape. And the 2022 Primetime Emmys deliver a big night for Black women. Lamair T. Bryan and La’Meshia Whittington of Advance Carolina and student activist Greear Webb join host Deborah Holt Noel for the discussion.
9/09/2022: The Impact of North Carolina’s HBCUs
North Carolina is home to many of the nation’s top HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). George Lynch, Co-founder of HBCU Heroes, and Kamille Bostick, Director of Programming at CREED, join guest host Kenia Thompson to discuss HBCU’s impact on the state.
9/2/2022: Biden MAGA GOPers, Student Debt and Black Women Athletes
President Joe Biden uses bold language to call out MAGA Republicans, his student debt relief package marks another promise kept, and Serena Williams evolves from tennis as Duke volleyball players continue to fight for respect. Journalist Mary C. Curtis, Attorney Harold Eustache, and UNC student Greear Webb join host Deborah Noel to share their perspectives.
8/26/2022: Examining the Effectiveness of the DEI Movement
As more companies appoint Chief Diversity Officers as part of their DEI efforts, are working conditions improving for marginalized communities? Host Deborah Holt Noel invites Donald Thompson of the Diversity Movement, Dr. Torri Staton of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Dee McDougal, a Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to share insights.
8/19/22: Affirmative Action on Trial and Intimidation at the Polls
The US Supreme Court will soon reexamine the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions. Professor April Dawson of NCCU Law, political analyst Steve Rao and La’Meshia Whittington of Advance Carolina discuss. Investigative reporter Lynn Bonner joins the panel to discuss the role and handling of public mistrust in the upcoming midterm elections.