Dr. Iyelli Ichile returned to discuss the film Get Out from her particular perspective of and preferred frame of Africana history and womanhood.
The leadership of our School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University has encouraged that professors like myself find ways this semester to incorporate into our work the new book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Noah is the South African-born, biracial, Colored comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Copies have been distributed to students and faculty alike and I anticipate there being a flurry of engagement for courses in media studies as Noah’s book has plenty to offer.
Kwabena Sakidi Jijaga Rasuli of the Clear the Airwaves Project joined us to discuss the politics of radio, the relationship between lived condition and media environment and movements occurring around the country to rid radio of “the wratchet.”
My initial reaction to seeing 13th was that it puts very establishment thinkers and analyses to issues, histories and conditions which need radical, revolutionary, extreme responses. 13th may make a few obligatory nods to that as possibility, we see Assata Shakur, hear reference made to a more threatening Dr. King and get a glimpse of Malcolm X, but nothing along the lines of what that man once said which remains exactly true today…
Dr. Iyelli Ichile joined us to discuss Birth of a Nation, film, and the (un)known contributions, leadership and queendom of African women.
Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, joined us once again to assess media distortions of armed struggle. We discussed the history of the Black Liberation Army, armed struggle, media narratives regarding violence, plus praise of and advice for #BlackLivesMatter and related activists.
Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble joined us again to discuss how her work on the political economy of the internet is playing out in current media coverage of the deaths of Black people. Money and audience are generated for a variety of media and their political and commercial sponsors but little is said of the trauma and political stagnation imposed upon affected Black communities, audiences and activists.