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Black Issues Forum: 3000 series (2014-2015)

June 28, 2015:  Movement of Youth - Young CEO Atrayus Goode shares how the intervention of a mentor through 100 Black Men of Charlotte helped him choose the right roads growing up to later attend college and found a mentoring organization of his own.  While attending UNC Chapel Hill, Atrayus founded Movement of Youth which has grown into a successful, multiple county network of college students who mentor high school students.

June 21, 2015: Black Writers of Children's Books — Award Award-winners in children's books publishing, author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Vanessa Brantly Newton discuss the importance of diverse characters and subject matter, how to use books to talk with children about difficult social issues, and the real gatekeeping and institutional challenges African Americans face in publishing.

June 14, 2015: Violence is a Public Health Concern — It's already argued today that gun violence is a public health crisis. If so, all the more is overall violence in communities. At this year's National Health Equity Research Webcast, experts in the field of health equity will be talking about Advancing a Community-based Model for Violence Prevention. This webcast is an outgrowth of the Minority Health Project at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and reaches researchers, educators, administrators, practitioners and students in public health. Join Nia Wilson, the Executive Director of SpiritHouse in Durham; Leon Andrews, Jr., the Director of REAL, Race, Equity And Leadership in the National League of Cities based in Washington, DC, and Dr. Stephanie Baker White, a faculty member at UNC Greensboro as they share what they're doing to help empower communities in violence prevention.

June 7, 2015: Center for Alzheimers Caregivers — Alzheimer's Disease affects more than 5.2 million Americans every year, and African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have Alzheimer's. But thanks to the passion, leadership, and tireless work of researcher Dr. Goldie Byrd, North Carolina A&T in Greensboro is the birthplace and home to vital initiatives in Alzheimer's research in African Americans and outreach. Dr. Byrd and Takiyah Starks talk about COAACH (Center for Outeach in Alzheimer's, Aging, and Community Health), the annual caregivers conference, and more.


June 1, 2015: Dudley High's AVT Team — Dudley High School, established in 1929, had rich involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and today is continuing to impact the world, but through a very unique engineering program. Instructor Ricky Lewis and Former Le Mans Race Car Driver Jim Smith guide students in Dudley's Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Team as they build an electric car to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon and discuss the importance of STEM learning.


May 24, 2015: Opening Doors in Travel & Tourism — Visitors to North Carolina spend over $55 million a day in the hospitality industry, and nationwide tourism supports the jobs of more than 7 million workers. In this discussion, one of only 32 African American B&B owners and a millennial who's achieved managerial status in the hotel industry share their thoughts about African Americans as consumers, workers, and business owners in hospitality.


May 17, 2015: Estate Planning
— Studies show less than 50% of Americans have a will in place. In this discussion, find out why it's so important to have this documentation in place, regardless of how much or how little you think your assets or financial worth are. Sharing the basics are guests Clemonte Mills and Ed Fulbright, CPA, PA. Mills is President of Mills Funeral Home, a full-service family owned funeral home in Kinston. Fulbright is a Certified Public Accountant with Fulbright & Fulbright CPA PA, a professional Money Coach, and host of the weekly radio show "Mastering Your Money," which airs Sunday evenings at 6PM on 90.7 FM WNCU Radio.


May 10, 2015: NCCU Coach LeVelle MotonLeVelle Moton is the championship coach of NCCU's men's basketball team and a North Carolina success story. In his book The Worst Times are the Best Times he shares his most vulnerable moments and emotions as a boy growing up without a father in the projects of Boston then Raleigh and builds these touchstones into a tower of lessons on how to  overcome obstacles and achieve success in life.


May 3, 2015: Behind The Secret Game — In 1944 American soldiers were engaged abroad in World War II, but in North Carolina blacks and whites moved to the rhythm of a complex dance called Jim Crow. Still, a courageous act involving blacks and whites occurred right in Durham, kept secret, until now. Hear details about the game as author Scott Ellsworth shares insights from his book The Secret Game.


April 26, 2015: Roadmap to Youth Success Pt. 2 — In this second discussion about using data from the Public School Forum of North Carolina's Roadmap of Need to craft programming and strategies to  improve student outcomes in a community, learn about a public school in Winston Salem that is helping students boost academic achievement against all odds. Dr. Essie McKoy, Principal at David H. Petree Elementary School and Shayne Willis, Petree's Curriculum Coordinator, share how they joined forces with other school educators and parents to improve student performance. They are joined by economic development strategist Dr. Jonathan Q. Morgan, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government with the UNC School of Government.


April 19, 2015: Roadmap to Youth Success Pt. 1 — Join the State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina Dr. June Atkinson along with the President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina Keith Poston as they discuss data reported in the Forum's Roadmap of Need and how education stakeholders including parents, non-profits, and educators can use the information to shape programs in their communities that increase potential for student success.  


April 12, 2015: Breaking Ground as a Black Quarterback — In 1964, Jimmy Raye left Fayetteville to enroll at Michigan State University. Little did he know that while he was there, he would become a trailblazer helping to change the game of college football forever. His story is captured in the book "Raye of Light" by Tom Shanahan, and includes insight into the integration of college football and the role of the Michigan State Spartans in it. He is the South's first black quarterback to win a national title, on the Michigan State Spartans' 1966 team; a trailblazer among college and NFL black coaches having served as one of the first black NFL assistants in 1977 with the San Francisco 49ers and one of the first black coordinators in 1983 with the Los Angeles Rams.


April 5, 2015: Center for Alzheimers Caregivers — Alzheimer's Disease affects more than 5.2 million Americans every year, and African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have Alzheimer's. But thanks to the passion, leadership, and tireless work of researcher Dr. Goldie Byrd, North Carolina A&T in Greensboro is the birthplace and home to vital initiatives in Alzheimer's research in African Americans and outreach. Dr. Byrd and Takiyah Starks talk about COAACH (Center for Outeach in Alzheimer's, Aging, and Community Health), the annual caregivers conference, and more.


March 29, 2015: Men at Art — What is black art? It probably depends on who you ask. Find out how three different visual artists making their marks in North Carolina are defining this term and their work. Eric McRay, Richard Wilson, Jr., and LeGrant Taylor share their work and their views on issues that exist for African American artists.


March 22, 2015: The Holt Brothers Foundation — At the age of 10, NFL Super Bowl Champion Torry Holt lost his mother to cancer. Now, he and his brother Terry have established the Holt Brothers Foundation with a commitment to help children of adults with cancer cope and find joy. He talks about programs supported by the foundation plus the Holt Brothers' other business ventures in North Carolina.




March 15, 2015: African American Music Trails — A new book African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina takes readers to eight different counties in Eastern North Carolina to discover the culture and heritage of this region as told by African American music and musicians. Guests Michelle Lanier, co-author of the book as well as an oral history historian, folklorist and Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; Bill Myers, a retired educator and renowned musician in Wilson who's been a resource on the project since its inception and is also a 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient; and Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council, the group that created the music and literary trails series, share some of the history and the music.


March 8, 2015: The Howard Lee Institute — Howard N. Lee has served North Carolina as Senator, Mayor, Chair of the State Board of Education, and Director of the state's Education Cabinet under Governor Beverly Perdue. Today his work for the community endures through the Howard N. Lee Institute. He shares his vision for the organization and commentary on the current status of African American boys.


March 1, 2015: Policing and the Black Community — Recent cases of police killing unarmed blacks Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and the young boy Tamir Rice  raised public furor over equal justice.    Chief James Moore of the Police Department for the City of Rocky Mount and Chris Herring, Executive Director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development at NCCU, share what both law enforcement agencies and the public can do to build trust and safety for everyone.


February 22, 2015: Parenting, Discipline & Self-Control — As the public debates whether or not NFL star Adrian Peterson should face child abuse charges for beating his four-year-old with a switch, the question about how to effectively discipline today's children remains. Dr. April Harris-Britt, a licensed Psychologist with AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, SAFEchild Clinical Supervisor and Program Coordinator Stacy Sullivan, and Keith Copeland, a Parenting Workshop Facilitator, discuss research around physical disciplinary measures, punishment and reward, abuse, and how to parent with effective results.

February 15, 2015: Dudley High's AVT Team — Dudley High School, established in 1929, had rich involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and today is continuing to impact the world, but through a very unique engineering program. Instructor Ricky Lewis and Former Le Mans Race Car Driver Jim Smith guide students in Dudley's Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Team as they build an electric car to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon and discuss the importance of STEM learning.


February 8, 2015: Dr. Ada M. Fisher — The 2014 midterm election is over, and Republicans won big. What does this mean for African Americans, most of whom identify as Democrats, and their concerns around health care and immigration reform, education and more? Dr. Ada M. Fisher, the only African American woman in the North Carolina GOP, answers these concerns from her book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions: Solutions for What Ails Us.


February 1, 2015: StepUp Ministry — The Raleigh-based nonprofit StepUp Ministry celebrates 25 successful years of changing lives through job placement, financial literacy, and more. Executive Director Linda Nunnallee, recent program graduate Bobby Atkinston, and volunteer Brandon Lowery talk about StepUp's programs and services including GG's Closet and an entrepreneurship program that's helped both men start their own businesses.


January 25, 2015: Polished Souls' Mike AndersonMike Rae Anderson says "Every Diamond in the Rough is a Soul that deserves to be Polished," and he's working to be part of the fire that helps shape the souls of today's young people. Learn about how this ex-offender, who once faced the death penalty, turned from an abusive childhood and life of crime to the CEO of a foundation called Polished Souls Foundation, Inc. with future plans for a charter school.


January 18, 2015: Charter School Moves to Watch — Charter schools are a viable alternative for parents exploring public school options. Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, is joined with Joe Ableidinger, Senior Director of Policy and Programs with the Public School Forum of North Carolina, to share new innovations that are increasing accessiblity to charter schools plus questions and factors for parents to consider in their decision-making.


January 11, 2015: Celebrate MLK with Sounds of Justice — Featuring diverse music genres from classical to jazz, Duke University assembles a weekend celebration befitting a king for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Join Dr. Ben Reese, co-chair of the MLK Planning Committee at Duke University and vice president for the Duke University Office for Institutional Equity, along with Grammy-nominated bassist, composer, educator, actor and Director of the Jazz Program at Duke University John Brown as they give all the details behind the Sounds of Justice and Inclusion concert plus other weekend activities including a keynote by North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William A. Barber. 



January 4, 2015: Policing and the Black Community — Recent cases of police killing unarmed blacks Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and the young boy Tamir Rice  raised public furor over equal justice.    Chief James Moore of the Police Department for the City of Rocky Mount and Chris Herring, Executive Director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development at NCCU, share what both law enforcement agencies and the public can do to build trust and safety for everyone.


December 28, 2014: Parenting, Discipline & Self-Control — As the public debates whether or not NFL star Adrian Peterson should face child abuse charges for beating his four-year-old with a switch, the question about how to effectively discipline today's children remains. Dr. April Harris-Britt, a licensed Psychologist with AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, SAFEchild Clinical Supervisor and Program Coordinator Stacy Sullivan, and Keith Copeland, a Parenting Workshop Facilitator, discuss research around physical disciplinary measures, punishment and reward, abuse, and how to parent with effective results.


December 21, 2014: Saint Ambrose Episcopal Jazz Mass — Each Sunday at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, congregants worship to hymns and music instrumentalized in the jazz style. The church quartet Moment's Notice performs holiday and religious music in their unique style, and lead musician Bobby Moody talks about the group's music career and long standing tradition at Saint Ambrose.



December 15, 2014: Howard Fuller - Black Power to School Reform — A major figure in North Carolina's Black Power and anti-poverty movements, Howard Fuller is today a strong advocate for education and parental choice. He shares stories about his journey and life lessons as recounted in his new book No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform.



December 8, 2014: Jason Mott Writes Another Wonder — New York Times Bestseller and Wilmington native Jason Mott discusses his new novel The Wonder of All Things, which has already been optioned for screen rights by Lionsgate Entertainment Studios. Mott's first novel The Returned is now the hit TV show Resurrection on ABC. He shares the plot of his new release, which like The Returned explores the supernatural and unexplained.



November 30, 2014: Dr. Ada M. Fisher — The 2014 midterm election is over, and Republicans won big. What does this mean for African Americans, most of whom identify as Democrats, and their concerns around health care and immigration reform, education and more? Dr. Ada M. Fisher, the only African American woman in the North Carolina GOP, answers these concerns from her book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions: Solutions for What Ails Us.


November 23, 2014: StepUp Ministry — The Raleigh-based nonprofit StepUp Ministry celebrates 25 successful years of changing lives through job placement, financial literacy, and more. Executive Director Linda Nunnallee, recent program graduate Bobby Atkinston, and volunteer Brandon Lowery talk about StepUp's programs and services including GG's Closet and an entrepreneurship program that's helped both men start their own businesses.


November 16, 2014: Polished Souls' Mike AndersonMike Rae Anderson says "Every Diamond in the Rough is a Soul that deserves to be Polished," and he's working to be part of the fire that helps shape the souls of today's young people. Learn about how this ex-offender, who once faced the death penalty, turned from an abusive childhood and life of crime to the CEO of a foundation called Polished Souls Foundation, Inc. with future plans for a charter school.


November 9, 2014: Charter School Moves to Watch — Charter schools are a viable alternative for parents exploring public school options. Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, is joined with Joe Ableidinger, Senior Director of Policy and Programs with the Public School Forum of North Carolina, to share new innovations that are increasing accessiblity to charter schools plus questions and factors for parents to consider in their decision-making.


November 2, 2014: Howard Fuller - Black Power to School Reform — A major figure in North Carolina's Black Power and anti-poverty movements, Howard Fuller is today a strong advocate for education and parental choice. He shares stories about his journey and life lessons as recounted in his new book No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform.


October 26, 2014: The Right of the Vote — A new voter id law, originated in April 2013 as House Bill 589 the Voter Information Verification Act and signed into law August 12, 2013, will impact when in North Carolinians vote and what the identification requirements will be. Veronica Degraffenreid, Election Preparation and Support Manager for the North Carolina State Board of Elections along with Isela Gutierrez, Associate Research Director with Democracy NC, and Ken Spaulding, Practicing Attorney in Durham and 2016 Gubernatorial Candidate share their insight on this legal matter. Find out what voters need to know now, and why this law has been so hotly contested.


October 19, 2014: Jason Mott Writes Another Wonder — New York Times Bestseller and Wilmington native Jason Mott discusses his new novel The Wonder of All Things, which has already been optioned for screen rights by Lionsgate Entertainment Studios. Mott's first novel The Returned is now the hit TV show Resurrection on ABC. He shares the plot of his new release, which like The Returned explores the supernatural and unexplained.