The NYU John Brademas Center and NYU Skirball presented a dialogue on Race & Politics in America. Led by Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, member of the Washington Post editorial board, writer for the PostPartisan blog, and host of the CapeUp podcast, the discussion took place with April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Public Radio, named 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and Michael Steele, former Chair of the Republican National Committee and MSNBC contributor. This event was part of the new series SKIRBALL TALKS.
Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is also an MSNBC contributor, appearing regularly on Hardball and other dayside programs. Capehart's prior work includes: deputy editor of New York Daily News’ editorial page; policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor; national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News; and a member of the Daily News editorial board. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He hosts the podcast CapeUP, available on iTunes and Stitcher.
April Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. Ryan is also the author of the best- selling book, The Presidency in Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America. Ryan's prior work includes: director of WXYV-FM in Baltimore and board member of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association for a three-year team. Ryan was named 2017 National Association of Black Journalists' Journalist of the Year.
Michael Steele is President and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he started in 1999. The Steele Group works with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies. Presently, Mr. Steele is Political Analyst for MSNBC, a frequent contributor on the Fox News Channel, and a regular host for the Salem Radio Network's nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Steele’s experiences as a successful elected conservative African-American Republican, and former Chair of the National Republican Committee, as well as his engaging speaking style have launched him into national prominence.
In her first book, The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan examined race in America through her experience as a White House reporter. In this book, she shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America. At Mama’s Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children. As a single African American mother in Baltimore, Ryan has struggled with each gut wrenching, race related news story to find the words to convey the right lessons to her daughters. To better understand how mothers transfer to their children wisdom on race and race relations, she reached out to other mothers—prominent political leaders like Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett, celebrities like Cindy Williams, and others like Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, whose lives have been impacted by prominent race related events. At a time when Americans still struggle to address racial division and prejudice, their stories remind us that attitudes change from one generation to the next and one child at a time.
In Right Now, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blows the whistle on the entire Obama agenda. Setting aside appeals for caution in taking on a popular president, Steele throws down the gauntlet, insisting Republicans must expose and refute the policies lying at the heart of this administration’s attempts to resurrect a discredited brand of extreme liberalism.
A call to arms for grassroots America, this book argues for abandoning “conservatism-lite,” returning to core conservative principles, and launching an uncompromising campaign for limited government. The path to a Republican renaissance has already been laid, says Steele: the target is the Obama agenda, the method is active opposition, and the time is Right Now.