Dr Gates, Dr Henry Louis Gates, Dr Gates Lo discussed on The Culture Soup Podcast

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Was nineteen ninety five I was in my final year of Grad school all at the time I was working at Channel Four it was the fox affiliate become Fox from being. CBS yeah dating myself as I was wrapping up my time at Texas Christian University One of the deliverables if you've been to Grad school before in any of the liberal arts you'll know that you have to deliver a thesis not only do you have to deliver it to Your Committee but you have to defend it my thesis chair person was Dr Name the badly he's the same professor that ensure that all three or four of US black students at Tcu made it to the National Association of Black Journalists. Chapter Meeting there in Fort Worth each time they met well Dr Babbly was all about multiculturalism he still is he's all about globalism he still is and he's all about diversity and inclusion as my thesis chairperson he wanted to ensure that my thesis and my studies had some cultural lens to it so I was was deciding on the topic that I would explore a year before decided to look into what Afric- the American images were like on local television news and how newsrooms could impact it in fact I have it right here and it's called African American images in local television news and it was a qualitative and quantitative look and what those images were and who impacted them lots of interviews lots of sources cited but among the Oh cited was a book called Colored People by Dr Henry Louis Gates Junior doctor gates professor of African American Studies at Harvard University his wasn't the only book that I quoted from or cited Dr Cornel West Who's also at Harvard Laurente Bennett Junior you may remember his groundbreaking black history book one of the first of its kind at least it was the most prolific before the mayflower he went on to do work at Ebony magazine the list of citations in this book reads like the WHO's who in African American Studies and African American culture was interesting about Mike thesis is the timing if you recall nineteen ninety-five maybe nine hundred ninety four that famous White Bronco was captured on network news in that low speed chase talking about Oj Simpson. Yeah I've thought is going to throw off my entire study because we were going to see his face on television all the way through the trial well I could you write this book without quoting Dr Gates I had read several of his books before and I really admired Dr Gates Lo and behold fast forward to two thousand sixteen and working at at and T. and it's time for black history month during that time we had a program called twenty eight days and we needed a spokesperson well but it's we're low we add rabbit out of the hat spoke to my friends over in sponsorship who shared with me that they had a contract and sponsorship with PBS which would allow US access to Dr Gates my team and I had an idea why didn't we start leveraging Dr gates voice during black history even though his show finding your roots wouldn't come on into later that fall all we could do ask and we did and he agreed and never will forget the first conversation I had with Dr Gates in fact I told my team give me a few minutes to speak with Dr Gates just put your phones on mute because I have to go here and there was just jovial on the line and friendly as I imagine and I told him that I cited him in my thesis and I had a fan girl moment the call it it you know what he was so down for it he wanted to know which book I quoted and we talked a bit about it for the next three years we would work together on and off around the sponsorship for finding your roots we culminated in two thousand eighteen in December of that year here with an event that I'll never forget and we talk about it in this broadcast ladies and gentlemen I am so fortunate to have the doctor Henry Louis Gates junior on the culture suit podcast today when this.

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