How much does it matter to see people who look and identify like you in the media that you consume? In the new podcast "Being Seen" host Darnell Moore examines what it means to have culturally accurate and responsible depictions of the Black, male, queer experience. He joins host Frank Stasio and popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal on this edition of #BackChannel, a series connecting culture and context, to talk about his interviews with artists, writers and others.
Stasio, Brown and Neal also look at the way police officers have been cast in the media and dig into Megan Thee Stallion’s New York Times opinion piece on why the phrase "protect Black women" shouldn’t be controversial. Plus, they look at the racial disparity in who gets funding and support in the documentary community and examine the new PBS documentary "Driving While Black" as a case study. Natalie Bullock Brown is a filmmaker and teaching assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Mark Anthony Neal is the James B. Duke Professor and chair of the department of African and African American studies at Duke University. He is also an author and the host of the webcast "Left of Black."