Episode 43: Black Stories Matter – Then and Now with Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders and Dr. Judy Foster Davis

You’ll love this special episode with friends I met over 40 years ago at Detroit’s Cass Tech High School – Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean of Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications, and Dr. Judy Foster Davis, Professor of Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications at Eastern Michigan University.

We talk about a topic near and dear to my heart – the Black media, then and now.

Progress has been made, that’s obvious. But it’s also clear that there’s a continued need for Blacks to tell their stories, share their lived experiences, and contribute to AND run the narrative around the Black lives that have always mattered.

 Listen in while we talk about: why Blacks need to own their own media, who will tell our stories if we don’t, how social media has democratized communication, the power you literally hold in your hand, impactful books that we’ve written and read, what to do when you don’t have a seat at the table, what makes the ‘Thought Police’ so dangerous, marriage and money and mentorship … and more!

It’s important for us to tell our stories, to contribute to and run these narratives. If we don’t do it, who will?” – Dr. Judy Foster Davis

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Highlights From This Episode:

  • On being a Black female professor in the USA
  • Have you been pulled over by the “Thought Police” yet?
  • A heads-up from activist and attorney Percy Sutton
  • Black leadership in the media: Has there been progress?
  • Why it’s important that Blacks tell their stories and drive the narrative
  • How Blacks get boxed into ethnic-aimed media jobs and roles
  • What to do when there’s no seat for you at their table
  • How Howard University cultivates a culture of success
  • The 21st-century game-changer in media communications
  • Another danger for Blacks in our current society
  • Why you need to read books instead of tweet
  • Success Story! When other people see more in us than we see in ourselves
  • True Story! You really can have a career AND a marriage or a family
  • The power that you literally hold in your hand


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