March 16, 2023
Season 4 - Episode 6
Lies About Black People, Fighting Racist Stereotypes on Both Sides of the Aisle
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga
The Bass Sisters enjoyed a lively discussion with Dr. Omékongo Dibinga. Dr. Dibinga talks about his soon-to-be-released book Lies About Black People; How to Combat Racist Stereotypes and Why it Matters.
Questions they tackle during the conversation:
1. What are stereotypes?
2. What responsibility do black content creators have in producing positive images of black people?
3. What responsibility do black actors have to reject roles that perpetuate false black stereotypes?
The conversation also moved to ideological diversity and stereotypes placed on black conservatives.
Civil discourse flowed as The Bass Sisters and the good doctor parted ways on their views about Florida Governor DeSantis’ decision not to allow an AP African American Studies Course.
- Is Queer studies fair game for an African American studies course?
- Is CRT being taught in Virginia schools and schools across America?
- Are gay teachers in Florida allowed to put their family pics on their desks?
- What power should parents have over what their kiddos are taught?
To read more about why The Bass Sisters support DeSantis’ decision, visit BPALiveWire.com or visit the link below. https://www.bpalivewire.com/post/is-ron-desantis-a-racist-for-rejecting-african-american-studies-course
Links and Content Mentioned In the Show:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED
BPALiveWire: Newswire celebrating diversity of thought in the black community
Verify: Can gay Florida teachers put pictures of their spouses on their desks?
What is CRT and was it ever taught in Virginia Schools?
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga:
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. A John Maxwell Team “Top 30 speaker”, he is an international speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. His Urban Music Award-winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first-ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com.
Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio, from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries. He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to corporate, government, and educational organizations across the country on issues centered on leadership, antiracism, diversity, and inclusion.
Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Yassine Bey. He has shared the stage with Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in nearly 30 countries on 3 continents.
Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and JAY-Z. A book based on the dissertation is in the works. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” Across the country he has worked with school districts on culturally relevant instruction including Washington DC, Texas, New York, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, and California. He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.
Omékongo he has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, JAY-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over 750,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo.
Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 8-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life has received praise from great motivational speakers such as Les Brown and Willie Jolley. His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students.