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Sex, Love, Race, Talk: Mixed Race Relationships, Identities & Interracial Communication

This course is designed explore the conditions and consequences for crossing racial boundaries in North America. We take a multidisciplinary approach, exploring literary, anthropological, historical and communication approaches along with several feature and documentary film treatments of the subject.

Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity

Everybody passes. Not just racial minorities. Passing has been occurring for millennia, since intercultural and interracial contact began. And with this profound new study, Dr. Dawkins explores its old limits and new possibilities. Already hailed as a pioneering work in the study of race and culture, Clearly Invisible offers powerful testimony to the fact that individual identities are never fully self-determined—and that race is far more a matter of sociology than of biology.

Eminem: The Real Slim Shady

More than a decade after Eminem "The Monster" (aka Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady) disrupted mainstream hip-hop culture, he is even more hated, contested, and celebrated. His albums, autobiographies, and motion picture catapulted him into the upper echelon of American cultural icons. In Eminem: The Real Slim Shady, Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins, award-winning author of Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, offers a fresh way of looking at Eminem that will excite those who already love the artist and inform those who want to understand him.

Argumentation & Advocacy

The primary objective of this course is to understand the theories and practices of argumentation, apply them to generate meaningful public discussion of current events, and innovate by creating and critiquing new forms of public argumentation.

African American Rhetoric & Image

This course is designed to help us understand how African Americans have used symbols to construct and reconstruct images of themselves and their communities over time, primarily through music, public address, and media.

BBC Radio 5 Live Interview w/ Charlie Charlton Re POTUS, N-Word, Pinckney Eulogy

In this interview with BBC 5 Live's Charlie Charlton, Dr. Dee talks about President Obama's take on race, racism, rhetoric and Sen. Pinckney.

CBC Interview re Rachel Dolezal, Racial Passing

In this interview for the CBC-Radio Canada, Dr. Dee discusses racism, racial passing and the power of performance in the Rachel Dolezal case that fascinated US media.

BBC World TV Interview Re Rachel Dolezal & Passing

When BBC World News calls, you pull over on the 405!! Dr. Dee chatted roadside with BBC World News (minute 2:05) about the firestorm raging around Rachel Dolezal, the white Spokane, Washington NAACP leader who allegedly passes as black. #RachelDolezal #AskRachel #ClearlyInvisible

AOL Originals "That's Racist" S1:E1 - Black People Love Fried Chicken

Dr. Dawkins teams up with comedian Mike Epps to find out why black people love fried chicken. Is that even true? Dr. Dawkins answers at 2 minutes 40 seconds. Then, watch as Epps heads to Oakland to get to the bottom of this mystery, and to find out why it's considered a negative stereotype at all.

Happy Mother's Day, Debbie Mathers

Eminem’s latest video, “Headlights,” is not just another Mama missive. It’s a bold condemnation of our personalized, “if you like this you’ll like that,” world.

As I explain in my book about Eminem, The Real Slim Shady's world is one that overexposes the people in it to familiar ideas and makes them overconfident in their own ways of thinking about things.