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Media Critic Eric Deggans Talks #OscarsSoWhite, Beyonce And Political Correctness

Eric Deggans What to do when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly calls you out on his show, labeling you a "race-baiter"? If you are television and media critic Eric Deggans, you take the jab and make it the title of your 2012 book, adding the subtitle How Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation. For more than 20 years, Deggans has covered film, music and pop culture for various outlets, most recently becoming NPR's first full-time television critic. The Indiana native has appeared on PBS’ NewsHour, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, where he often weighs fairness and inclusivity in the public stories we tell. Over 90 minutes at the lectern at John Carroll University, Deggans challenged his diverse audience to examine racism in the media -- not to just take the reporting at face value, but to... Read More →

Does Diversity Matter In Book Reviewing? (Hint: Yes, It Does)

New York, NY – Some 20 years ago, when novelist Alexander Chee was working for Out magazine, its owners commissioned a study of American book buying habits. The results: on average, lesbians bought 22 books each year, straight women, 14; gay men, 10; and straight men, one. Although the data is outdated, there was a sense at the Center for Fiction that the portrait hasn’t changed that much. Critics and writers gathered for a panel on “Race, Gender, and Book Reviews” nodded in recognition. With blue-chip reviewing outlets, said Hawa Allan, a lawyer, critic and contributing editor for Tricycle magazine, “the readership they imagine is not the readership that exists.” Noting the 2013 Pew Research study that found the most likely person to read a book was a college-educated black... Read More →

“What’s It Like To Work With A Bunch Of Black Kids?”

BY SARAH MARCUS This post originally appeared in Luna Luna magazine and is reprinted here with permission. All students named in this essay are at least 18 years of age and have given their consent. It’s 4:30 and we are sitting around on the floor of the dirty hallway outside of my “cloffice,” which is literally a very small utility closet that I joke about doing yoga in each morning. We are using the paper cutter and several children’s-sized, safe, “microbiotic” scissors, preparing “pocket poems” for National Poetry Month. I am in charge of posting poems all around the school next week, so I offered extra credit to any seniors in my Creative Writing class who wanted to help. Anthony grabs the paper cutter and insists on cutting too much card stock at one time. He... Read More →
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