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Micropolis: What Has the Obama Era Meant for Young Black Men?


Monday June 17 2024 • 7:05pm - 7:05pm ET

Syreeta McFadden, Dr. Khalil Muhammad and Imani Perry talk with WNYC's Arun Venugopal live in The Greene Space

As we enter the twilight of Barack Obama’s presidency, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal hosted a live conversation in The Greene Space Thursday, May 14 that asked: What has the Obama era meant for young black men?

The thought-provoking discussion covered the initial promise of the Obama presidency, as well as the anger that rose after the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers in Baltimore and elsewhere. What does this President signify to black Americans at this moment in time? What is his administration doing to address the lives of young black men – and what is he failing to do?

Watch the entire conversation below with Professor Imani Perry of Princeton University, journalist Syreeta McFadden and Dr. Khalil Muhammad of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


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