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Episode 151: Antiracism & White Supremacy

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne explore the topic of anti-racism by interviewing Kenrya Rankin, an award-winning author, journalist, and editor. During the conversation, they discuss the power of writing as a tool for change (32:30), definitions of and misconceptions about white supremacy (35:45), and resistance to anti-racism (38:00). They also have a conversation about her book—Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas—and what it means to be an anti-racist (42:20). They close the episode by discussing how people can find their unique contribution to the movement (45:10), key takeaways from How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance (48:10), allyship and approaches to building a multi-cultural movement against racism (51:10), and resources to help people enact change (1:01:00). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Check in with Ty and Daphne 

08:10 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

27:50 - Introduction of the Topic 

29:30 - Learn More About Kenrya Rankin

56:10 - Kenrya’s Thoughts on Politics and the Future 

1:06:33 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview 

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Episode 150: Environmental Justice

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne explore the topic of environmental racism by interviewing Dr. Fushcia-Ann Hoover, the founder of EcoGreenQueen and a social-ecological systems scientist who studies the interactions between urban green spaces, environmental justice, and planning. During the conversation, they discuss Dr. Hoover’s research on green infrastructure (28:00) as well as environmental justice (33:27) and environmental racism (37:50). They then have a discussion about the unique environmental issues impacting the Black community (41:10), barriers to environmental justice (46:45), and Dr. Hoover’s perspective on how various politicians have approached environmental justice issues (57:15). They close the episode by highlighting how everyday people can engage with environmental justice issues (1:02:38) and learning more about Dr. Hoover’s organization, EcoGreenQueen(1:11:00). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

21:45 - Introduction of the Topic

24:55 - Learn More About Dr. Fushcia-Ann Hoover

1:19:58 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 149: A New Day

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss the 2020 election results. They begin by reflecting on Biden’s win (4:04) and discussing “Oh Lawd” News related to the election (17:58). Next, they have a discussion about Trump’s potential legal challenge to the election (24:30), the surprising results in Georgia (29:17), and the importance of the January Senate runoffs in Georgia (33:17). The hosts then have a conversation about Biden’s first 100 days (38:00), their expectations for the Biden presidency (39:51), potential conservative influences on Biden’s cabinet picks (42:55), and AOC’s interview about the importance of Democrats following through with their promises (46:05). Ty and Daphne close the episode by discussing division within the United States (51:57), the electoral college system (53:03), exit poll data and voter demographics (53:49), a potential change in Democratic leadership (1:02:14), VP-Elect Kamala Harris (1:04:56) and Trump’s future influence on the Republican Party (1:09:00). 

Other Topics Include: 

00:30 - Election Musical Tribute 

9:30 - Learn More about the BhD Patreon Account 

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Episode 148: Election Reflection

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss the 2020 election. They begin the episode by reflecting on the unfolding results (00:30), sharing their thoughts on what it will take for Biden to win (6:15), and discussing how the changing demography of the South is shaping voting trends (9:00). The host then have a conversation about voter suppression during the 2020 election (11:20) and whether or not mail-in voting was the best strategy for Democrats (13:30). Next, they reflect back on the 2016 election (19:38), discuss Senate races (22:26), and share how they are managing anxiety while awaiting results (24:00). Ty and Daphne close the episode by discussing the NJ marijuana ballot initiative (28:54) and what this election means for the future (32:03). 

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Episode 147: National Association of African-American Studies

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Lemuel Berry, the co-founder and executive director of the National Association of African American Studies. During the interview, they discuss the foundation and evolution of the National Association of African American Studies (38:15) and its role in shaping the recent ethnic studies movement (41:18). Dr. Berry then makes the case for Black studies on college campuses (44:40), shares his thoughts on critical White studies (49:30), and provides insight into the burden that Black faculty face on college campuses (53:17). They close the episode by discussing NAAAS initiatives (1:00:01), the  2021 NAAAS conference (1:05:50), and the 2020 election (1:13:20). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

08:08 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

35:10 - Introduction of the Topic

1:31:30 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 146: Race & Politics of the Census

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Debra Thompson, an Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. During the interview, they discuss transnationalism and the comparative politics of race. They begin the discussion by exploring Dr. Thompson’s interest in transnationalism (42:45) and her experiences as a Black Canadian with deep roots in the United States (43:03). They then have a conversation about the Black experience in Canada versus the United States (46:00), brotherhood and sisterhood across borders (51:37), the global appeal of the Black Lives Matter movement (55:18), and connections/fissures in the Diaspora (1:04:52). They close the interview by discussing her book, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism and the Politics of the Census. Specifically, they discuss the evolution and importance of the census as a race making instrument (1:12:00), the role of the census in shaping policy (1:19:15), and the future of the census (1:21:20). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:25 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

38:35 - Introduction of the Topic

41:40- Learn More About Dr. Debra Thompson

1:31:30 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 145: Racial Capitalism & COVID-19

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss health inequity within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined by Dr. Whitney Laster Pirtle, an assistant professor of Sociology at UC Merced. During the conversation, they discuss misconceptions about health issues in the Black community (36:00), the role of racial capitalism in shaping health outcomes (38:13), and other mechanisms behind COVID-19 disparities (40:13). Dr. Pirtle also shares her thoughts on the governmental response to COVID-19 (47:00), provides insight into the role of mistrust in shaping Black participation in COVID-19 vaccine trials (50:33), and makes the case for structural—rather than individual—solutions to improving health outcomes within marginalized communities (56:25). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:05 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

28:08 - Introduction of the Topic

30:55 - Learn More About Dr. Whitney Laster Pirtle

48:50 - Defining Racial Capitalism 

1:0015 - Universal Healthcare as a Structural Solution 

1:05:40 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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Episode 144: Karma-19

For this week’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss the latest news and events. After catching up on life, the host discuss “Oh Lawd” news (8:20), including digital Black face from a University of New Hampshire professor (8:48), a case of watching your grandson while Latinx (12:20), a racially-motivated swatting prank (14:26), and brain-eating amoebas in TX (17:10). The hosts then turn their attention to politics. Specifically, they have a conversation about  the presidential debate (21:46), voting methods for the 2020 election (29:32), Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis (31:51), public reaction to Trump’s health scare (41:40), and what would happen politically if Trump wasn’t able to move forward with the election (49:30). They close the episode by discussing Breonna Taylor (55:20) and COVID-19 updates (1:00:12). 

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Episode 143: 2020 Voting Preparation

For this week’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne explore the issue of voter suppression in the United States. They begin the episode by catching up (00:30), sharing big news (05:55), and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (11:37). The host then have a conversation about the history of U.S. voting laws and rights (29:12). They also discuss the evolution of voter suppression tactics, including recent efforts to reduce the political power of BIPOC following the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision (42:15). Specifically, Ty and Daphne highlight the various tactics that politicians have used to suppress voting, including voter ID laws (44:08), voter purging (49:06), gerrymandering (54:20), and felony disenfranchisement (58:40).  They close the episode by discussing voter turnout (1:04:15) and sharing information about mail-in voting for the 2020 presidential election (1:07:28). 

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Episode 142: Black Pedagogy and Black Students

For this week’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne turn their attention to the education of Black youth. Specifically, they welcome Dr. Nathaniel Bryan, an assistant professor of early childhood education at the Miami University. They begin the conversation by exploring Dr. Bryan’s motivation for studying Black education (42:30) and discussing the importance of examining the experiences of Black youth in schools (44:05). Next, they discuss the pedagogical styles of Black male teachers (46:30), why White educators must unpack their privilege (49:50), how place shapes pedagogical styles in school (52:29), and the ethic of care among Black female teachers (55:33). The conversation then turns to Dr. Bryan’s  scholarship on the misperception of Black boyhood and how it shapes the role of Black male teachers in schools (56:45) as well as his research on Black PlayCrit (59:23)  They close the interview by discussing the importance of challenging stereotypes around Black boyhood in education (1:02:28) and education in the context of COVID-19 (1:05:45). 

Other Topics Include 

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:47 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News 

39:00 - Introduction of the Topic

41:53 - Learn More About Dr. Nathaniel Bryan

56:45 - Black Male Teachers as Disciplinarians 

1:15:05 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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