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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry is a columnist at The Nation and host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” which airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET. She is also Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, her alma mater and where she is also director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She has previously service on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Tulane University. 
 
Harris-Perry is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two daughters.
 
 

 

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News and Features

It’s time to update Nina Simone's iconic song title—the GOP veep candidate is just as extreme on women’s health and rights as he is on economics.

Republicans are turning to tired, failed strategies in an effort to alienate both black and white voters from President Obama.

A diverse democracy requires us to be able to live near one another, to come together in public space and to engage across differences.

Despite the end of Jim Crow, it is once again socially, politically and legally acceptable to presume the guilt of nonwhite bodies.

The populism of the right is coalescing around the race-bating extremism of Newt Gingrich—and Citizens United is greasing the wheels.

Today, neither the press nor government has the authority to validate little Virginia's belief in miracles.

More than two weeks after the GOP candidate was accused of sexual harassment, Republican men still support him.

What the legacies of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs could teach the protesters.

Electoral racism may be dead, but is there a more subtle form of racism at work in the white flight from Obama?

Could black Americans follow Catholics and white Southerners in drifting away from the Democrats?

Blogs

Americans widely accept the use of corporal punishment, but its effects are damaging. 
Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains...
Mychal Denzel Smith appears on Melissa Harry-Perry to explain why we need a national movement to dismantle white supremacy. 
Those charged with the duty to protect America's laws don't see its black citizens as equals. 
Moral Mondays may seem exceptional, but it is actually part of a long history of interracial political coalitions in the South. 
“I cannot begin to comprehend the terror you are feeling,” says Melissa Harris-Perry in her open letter.
Stephen Black appears on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predators set up shop and grab a cut of their victims’ tax...