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Episode 100: Keep It A Buck

Today, Ty and Daphne celebrate the 100th episode of the Black and Highly Dangerous Podcast. The hosts begin by discussing “Oh Lawd” and political news (2:00), including George Zimmerman’s lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s family (2:36), the link between chemical hair straighteners and cancer (6:15), Corey Booker’s new legislation on natural hair discrimination (9:38), Corey Booker’s HBCU plan (13:35), Nikki Haley’s confederate flag comments (18:05), Kamala Harris’ decision to leave the Democratic race (19:40), the FBI’s warning about your smart TV (25:19), and the NYPD’s continuing race problem (31:30). In addition to discussing the latest in news and politics, the host also spend time reflecting on BhD’s mission and overall purpose (40:10), discussing their favorite episodes and most memorable guests over the past 100 episodes (47:45), sharing insight into life behind the microphone and their personal journeys with producing the podcast (1:00:25), and providing a preview of what’s in store for the next 100 episodes (1:14:20). 


Episode 99: Friends, Foes, and Fraud

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news, politics, and events. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss “Oh Lawd” news (3:09), including a case of delivering packages while black (3:34), an airbnb heist (6:27), faulty voting machines (8:25), and the cost of education in prison (11:15). They then turn their attention to politics and discuss ICE’s fake university sting operation (14:00) and whether Pete Buttigieg is a lying MF (18:44). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about Bill Cosby’s first prison interview (24:25), black representation in the media (26:30), Bernie Sander’s HBCU plan (29:34) and the burden of healthcare in the U.S. (34:45). They close by discussing the rising backlash against big tech (40:57), Billy Dee William’s revelation regarding his gender self-concept (46:40), HBO’s Watchmen (48:20), and Lena Waithe’s Queen and Slim (51:40). 


Episode 98: No Lie November

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss political “Oh Lawd” news (3:50), including a Louisville photographer’s challenge to LGBT rights (4:25), the rise in opposition to the impeachment among independents (6:08), the RNC’s latest $100K purchase (9:00), Deval Patrick’s struggle campaign (11:33), and the introduction of male birth control (13:47). They then turn their attention to the latest Democratic debate (15:35). They begin by discussing Pete Buttigieg’s performance as an emerging front-runner (17:15), whether women are held to a different standard in regard to political experience (18:50), and the possibility of Hillary Clinton joining the race (22:33). Next, they share their opinions about Tulsi Gabbard’s motivation for joining the race (24:04), Corey Booker’s strike against Biden (28:48), Joe Biden’s debate performance (32:36), the dwindling Democratic field (36:50), and the possibility of Stacey Abrams for VP (43:02). Ty and Daphne close the episode by discussing the latest news and events, including Colin Kaepernick’s recent NFL workout (43:58), Judge Joe Brown’s controversial comments about the Harriet Tubman $20 bill (51:10), whether British actors should portray historic African American characters (54:40), and a shocking undercover investigation that revealed unequal treatment of minority homebuyers (1:02:40). 


Episode 97: Racial Resentment & Political Ideology

Since the unexpected outcome of the 2016 election, there has been substantial scholarly and public debate about the factors shaping the support for and rise of Trump. Today, we discuss the sociology behind voting behavior and the role of race in politics by interviewing Dr. Ryan Jerome LeCount, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Hamline University. We begin the interview by learning more about Dr. LeCount (27:20) and his interest in studying race and politics (30:10). We then turn to his research and discuss the distinction between racism and racial resentment (36:52), the role of social-psychology and personality in the rise of racial resentment over the past 30 years (45:15), and how racial attitudes shape support for or opposition to public policy (52:00). We then have a conversation about the relationship between race, politics, and criminal justice by discussing Dr. LeCount’s research exploring the racial attitudes of Black and White police officers (1:00:00). We close by discussing strategies for tackling potentially controversial conversations in our current political climate (1:10:15), the 2020 Democratic primary (1:17:45), and Dr. LeCount’s upcoming research (1:24:43). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

04:55 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

25:42 - Introduction of the Topic

49:20 - Social Dominance Orientation and Politics 

1:07:30 - The Police Response to His Research 

1:31:44 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 


Episode 96: The African Roots of Marijuana

Building on last week’s discussion about the global debate on cannabis legalization, today’s episode explores the history of cannabis and the historical role of race in global cannabis prohibition. Joining us is Dr. Chris Duvall, a human-environment geographer and author of The African Roots of Marijuana—the first Africa-centered history of cannabis. We begin our conversation by discussing why Africa has been neglected in histories of cannabis (36:16) and African contributions to global practices around cannabis use (39:10). We also explore the origins of cannabis and how it became a global plant (43:50). We then discuss myths and misconceptions about the history of cannabis prohibition (51:52) as well as the "pretentious history" of the plant and how race and class have shaped understandings of cannabis use (58:42). We close the conversation by focusing on the real-world consequences of neglecting Africa in conversations about cannabis history and legalization (1:04:18) and the importance of addressing racial inequity within the movement to legalize cannabis (1:10:10). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne 

5: 30 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

30:05 - Introduction of the Topic

33:15 - Learn More about Dr. Chris Duvall 

1:15:55 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 


Episode 95: Cannabis in Canada

Legalized recreational and medicinal cannabis use is spreading across the United States and the globe. For today’s episode, we discuss the implications of cannabis legalization and ways to reduce the harm caused by prohibition by interviewing Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. During our conversation, we discuss the racist history behind the term marijuana (30:30), cannabis legalization versus decriminalization (32:12), myths and misconceptions related to the movement to legalize cannabis (34:00), and the international/Canadian war on drugs (36:54). We then have a conversation about the motivations behind cannabis legalization in Canada (40:50), the unintended consequences of cannabis legalization (50:14), the importance of centering equity in the movement to legalize cannabis (56:10), and the future of legalization across the globe (57:53). We close by having a conversation about Dr. Owusu-Bempah’s research on Black men’s experiences with police in Toronto (1:01:15), the response to police misconduct/brutality in Canada compared to the US (1:09:37), and how the election of Donald Trump has shaped conversations about criminal justice (1:11:24).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne 

03:20 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

25:00 - Introduction of the Topic 

28:15 - Learn more about Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

1:16:25 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 


Episode 94: Dreams or Nightmares

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and events. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news—including phone addicted parents (5:24), counterfeit and expired products on Amazon (9:02), a Japanese rapper’s journey to Cleveland (12:38), a MA law that would criminalize the use of the B-word (15:00), and an extreme haunted house in Tennessee (17:00). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to politics and discuss the recent criminal justice reform plans released by Democratic presidential hopefuls (26:14). Specifically, they discuss marijuana legalization through executive action (27:22) and Bernie Sander’s marijuana reinvestment plan (31:32). Ty and Daphne also have a conversation about their own political priorities (37:33), the major Democratic platforms (41:26), and approaches to addressing the opioid crisis (47:26). 

Other Topics Include:

54:05 - The Tank Sexuality Debate 

58:45 - Rikers Island Closure and Borough-Based Jail Plan

1:01:00 - HBO’s Watchmen

1:02:30 - BhD Blog 


Episode 93: Gaining Voice

For this week’s episode, we continue our conversation on politics but shift the discussion away from the national landscape by focusing on minority representation in state politics. Specifically, we interview Dr. Christopher J. Clark, an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, about his book Gaining Voice: The Causes and Consequences of Black Representation in the American States. During our conversation, we discuss the importance of state legislative politics (29:30), the factors that shape black representation in politics (32:00), and the link between descriptive representation and policy outcomes (37:00). We then have a discussion about how partisanship impacts effective policy representation (39:12), backlash against Black policy interests (44:30), and the importance of leadership power in politics (47:46). We close by having a conversation about black political empowerment and public opinion on electoral reform (51:57), gerrymandering (58:55), and state vs. national congressional politics (1:03:00). 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

2:49 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

22:10 - Introduction of the Topic

25:00 - Learn more about Dr. Clark 

1:10:50 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 


Episode 92: War on the Black Vote

Since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, we’ve witnessed a rise in voter suppression efforts across the United States. However, grassroots organizations across the country are fighting back and finding innovative ways to mobilize the Black and Latinx vote. Today, we are joined by an award winning community organizer, Tequila Johnson, who helped register nearly 100,000 voters in TN as the co-founder of The Equity Alliance and the statewide manager for the Tennessee Black Voter Project. During our conversation, we discuss the power of grassroots organizing (17:35) and the challenges that activists face as they fight for equity (20:15). We then discuss barriers to mobilizing the Black vote (26:02) as well as voter suppression and gerrymandering (32:02). We close by discussing the 2020 presidential hopefuls (36:40), qualities that voters should look for in a political leader (39:40), ways that everyday people can join the movement  (42:30), and resources to become more knowledgeable about the political process (45:34).

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up on Politics with Ty and Daphne 

11:08 - Introduction of the Topic 

14:00 - Learn more about Tequila Johnson

52:04 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


Episode 91: Trauma Talk

Building on last week’s discussion about trauma and the importance of mental health in the black community, we interview Dr. Mariel Buquè, a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. from Columbia University and founder of Cultural Therapy, a website dedicated to connecting people from diverse backgrounds with culturally affirming mental health providers. During our conversation, we discuss the meaning behind her mission of doing therapy #fortheculture (27:30), the importance of addressing trauma in the Black community (31:30), and the signs of individual trauma (34:27). We then discuss racial differences in how trauma is manifested and treated (40:05), collective trauma experienced by Black and Latinx people (46:50), and how trauma is transferred across generations (56:30). We close by discussing equitable access to mental health services (1:03:50), strategies for addressing trauma (1:14:00), and how to find a culturally affirming therapist (1:23:20). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

2:05 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

21:50 - Introduction of the Topic 

24:45 - Learn more about Dr. Buquè 

1:27:18 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview