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Episode 1: What is Black Studies?

Episode 1: What is Black Studies?

In this episode, we look at the origins of a relatively new academic discipline. How did Black Studies come about and how is it distinct from other academic disciplines? Also, what are the challenges faced by scholars, academics and students of Black Studies in higher education?

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Episode 2: Why Pursue Black Studies?

Episode 2: Why Pursue Black Studies?

In this episode, why pursue Black Studies? What is the significance of Black Studies in higher education?

Also, we look at the contributions that Black Studies as a discipline has made in academia.

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African Culture and Historical Context

African Culture and Historical Context

Africa in historical context and the events leading up to the Atlantic slave trade. Explores the rise and fall of powerful and wealthy African kingdoms as well as the path they took that ultimately led to the Atlantic slave trade.

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Yoruba Medicine, Roman Catholicism and the Birth of Santeria

Yoruba Medicine, Roman Catholicism and the Birth of Santeria

Medicinal and spiritual healing was a fundamental way of life the Yoruba of west Africa. As it turns out it also says the groundwork for surviving an unimaginable ordeal — the middle passage. As Yoruba practices were modified and as Roman Catholicism was forced onto enslaved Africans, Yoruba medicine was transformed into Santeria.

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Blacks on the Spanish Frontier: Danger and Opportunity

Blacks on the Spanish Frontier: Danger and Opportunity

In this episode, we explore how life was different for African Americans on the frontier. How those differences translate to both danger and opportunity for persons of African descent in the Spanish and English American territories, and the role Africans played in shaping what was to become the American frontier.

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Episode 8: Did The Civil War End of Slavery?

Episode 8: Did The Civil War End of Slavery?

In this episode, we will assess fruits of the struggle to define “citizenship” in “post-slavery” America. What did “freedom” mean for former slaves?  How did black women fare in the period of reconstruction? 

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