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EllisonReport Oct 15: #DemDebate; #MillionManMarch; Unequal Schools; Rhymefest; Poll Watch

Frank Buchalski
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ER explores where the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March goes next, along with a review of a new documentary on the crucial role of fatherhood in the African American community. A discussion on inequality in urban school systems is next, followed by an analysis of recent national polling trends. Experts offer post-mortem analysis of the first Democratic Debate. 


ER talks with Philly Daily News weekly Islam columnist and Final Call editor Jehron Muhammad (@jehronmuhammad) about the goals and future of the Million Man March as it moves beyond its 20th Anniversary.  Is there a new movement in the making? 

ER Senior Producer Ronda Racha Penrice brings on Grammy Award-winning artist and legendary rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith (@Rhymefest) for a discussion on his newly produced documentary ‘In My Father’s House,’ which not only takes a raw look at Smith’s long quest for his father, but offers reflections on African American families in crisis. Are fathers the key to ending generational challenges? 

Columbia University sociologist Carla Shedd (@CarlaShedd) talks about her new book Unequal City: Race, Schools and Perceptions of Injustice and her study of deep inequities in the Chicago Public School system. What can policymakers do?

Quinnipiac University polling (@QuinnipiacPoll) director Peter A. Brown talks with ER about the latest national presidential polling trends and what lies beneath the appeal of non-establishment politicians.  How is this election cycle different from previous cycles? 

ER ends with political strategist and media analyst Catalina Byrd (@CatalinaByrd) and Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie (@AndraGillespie) discussing the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. How did the candidates perform? And did candidate thoughts on race and #BlackLivesMatter change any dynamics? 

ER 10.15.15 Edition Team:

Charles D. Ellison – Host & Executive Producer

Andre Melton – Producer, WEAA 88.9 FM

Ronda Racha Penrice – Senior Producer

Catalina Byrd – Resident Analyst