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Black Issues Forum: 3200 series (2016-2017)

November 27, 2016: BIF Roundtable - Reflections on the Election  BIF takes on Election 2016 this week with a new series called  "The BIF Roundtable." We chat with three community and media leaders from North Carolina - Natalie Bullock Brown, Darrell Allison, and Brett Chambers - to analyze what happened with this presidential election and what is going to happen in the coming months and years as we move forward.

November 20, 2016: Black Wall Street Homecoming — A group of talented and brilliant people have started a movement in Durham, NC, called Black Wall Street Homecoming. Deborah went to this year's event to learn all about how the BWSH movers and shakers are taking the world of entrepreneurship by storm and opening up new opportunities for young people of color in North Carolina. 

November 13, 2016: NC Promise for HBCUs — NC Promise and the Connect NC bond are two huge developments from 2016's legislative procedures that are going to have big impacts on NC's HBCUs and those schools' students. Three HBCU leaders and Thomas Stith, the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, sit down with Deborah to discuss what exactly will happen as Connect NC bonds are distributed and as NC Promise is implemented.

November 6, 2016: Building Up NC's Public HBCUs — The voter-approved Connect NC bond granted billions of dollars to state-sponsored institutions that were in need of repairs and updates, such as roads, state parks, and the UNC system. Deborah chats with Governor Pat McCrory, NCCU Acting Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye, and NC A&T Administrator Robert Pompey about the Connect NC funds that will be used to specifically help NC HBCUs.

October 30, 2016: Securing Your Vote — Among the tensions that are pervasive in the 2016 election climate, voter advocacy groups are working around the clock to make sure that everyone has an unimpeded experience when they go to express their voice at the polls. Deborah chats with the League of Women Voters, Common Cause NC, and NCCU Prof. Irving Joyner to learn what steps people can take to protect themselves from voter intimidation.

October 23, 2016: Black Folk Do! — We'll ride horses with the Barnyard Bandits Saddle Club in Smithfield, run with Black Girls Run Greensboro, take a hike with the Neighborhood Ecology Corps with the Center for Human-Earth Restoration, and jump in the water with Aquablazers Swimming Team for sports and recreation Black Folk do! Featuring Black Issues Forum production intern Paris Alston.

October 16, 2016: Unspoken Truth about HIV/AIDS — Despite progress in the medical and social stigma realms, black North Carolinians are still suffering at staggering rates from HIV and AIDS. Bridgett Luckey and Drs. Allison Mathews of 2BeatHIV and Adaora Adimora discuss how to continue and increase the fight against this terrible medical phenomenon. BIF intern Ayana Sadler also takes us to a 2BeatHIV event in Durham for more information about HIV research. 

October 9, 2016: What is Race? — The concept of race is a complex matter, and often it is difficult to have a real conversation about race and ethnicity without tensions rising and offenses being launched. Deborah has a dialogue about the definition of race and more with Dr. Candis Watts Smith of UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University, and Samone Oates-Bullock, a student at UNC-CH.

October 2, 2016: Black Exploitation in College Sports  College sports are a beloved and time-honored tradition - but what does it mean when the athletes who provide the excitement of competition don't get the education that they were promised or proper compensation? Dwayne Ballen of CBS Sports, CL Brown of, and Dr. Deborah Stroman of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School flesh out the problems with big university athletic programs in the NCAA.