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America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8, 4.3K Ratings

America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. 

These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. 

Hosted by Don Lemon.

    Schooling the System

    Schooling the System

    It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are still pretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks with Michigan State University’s Professor Sheneka Williams about the state of American schools. How far have we really come since Brown v. Board of Education, and how can we all take part in fixing the system?

    • 24 min
    Beyond Mammy: Misrepresentation in Film

    Beyond Mammy: Misrepresentation in Film

    In the midst of protests for racial justice and calls for police reform and defunding, why should we care about the movies? Well, representation matters and the media we consume influences the way we view ourselves and each other. HBO Max recently pulled "Gone with the Wind" from its film library but just added it back online, with a new introduction addressing the controversial racial depictions. Don shares a love of classic film with his mom, so in this episode, they talk about their conflicted reactions to historical Black representation on the screen. You'll also hear from Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart, who presented that new introduction to "Gone with the Wind.” She explains why context is key when reexamining controversial classics.

    • 29 min
    Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough

    Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough

    We live in a society where it's no longer enough to simply not be racist—we must proactively choose to be antiracist. And that choice means showing up and doing the work, every single day.

    In this episode, Don talks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi and Professor Christopher Petrella about how we got to this moment and what it will require of each of us to build a more inclusive future. 

    • 27 min
    There is No Going Back From This Moment

    There is No Going Back From This Moment

    Whether you're protesting in the streets or at the voting booth, we all recognize the need to disrupt generations of racism in our country. Knowing what to do is harder. Each week, Don Lemon will talk with experts, activists, and artists to help us figure out how to move forward, together. Because no matter how you choose to engage, silence is not an option.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

eabelson ,

Wonderful !

Educational, well-produced, and as amusing as it is thought-provoking. Don is a wonderful host for a fascinating selection of guests. If a podcast compels ignorant racists to leave one star reviews, it must be doing something right!

Bunches🤑 ,

Informative

Don thanks for being available. I enjoy your style of teaching. Keep feeding us words of wisdom!

Soljanei up North!

hillbillysteve ,

Don is a fraud

Marxist propaganda! All he wants is communist Russia right here in the USA. He is stomping on the constitution daily.

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