David Wall Rice

Takeaway Contributor

David Wall Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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Russell Simmons: An Easy Lesson in Psychology

Friday, January 07, 2011

Russell Simmons provides a particularly interesting personality within the space of hip-hop and modern popular culture. As co-founder of Def Jam Records – the kick-and-push for the placement of hip-hop within the everyday – Simmons has not only seen, but has helmed much of the growth of rap music and rap music culture to the juggernaut it is today. From the first record pressing for L.L. Cool J. to the interconnected industry he has helped build, Simmons has served as a statesman of hip-hop through example.

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Upcoming 'Huckleberry Finn' Edition Replaces 'N-Word'

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A new edition of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" is being published in February, replacing the "n-word," which shows up 219 times in the original edition. Instead the publisher, New South Books, uses the word "slave." New South's editor-in-chief, Randall Williams, told The Takeaway that removing the racial slur isn’t censorship.


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Living Race: Reflections on Shirley Sherrod, a Supreme Court Nomination, and LeBron James

Friday, July 23, 2010

White people used to own black people in the United States. And it was profitable to own black people because they performed labor that white people couldn’t or didn’t want to perform. And it was legal to own black people in the same way that it is now legal to own a cow, or a horse, or a dog.

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Commentary: The President's 'Chin-Check' on McChrystal

Thursday, June 24, 2010

McChrystal spoke out of turn – again – was figuratively chin checked, and provides an interesting cultural marker concerning issues of race within the United States. 

It could be argued that the “loose cannon” and former Commander of U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan would have talked slick about any administration and civilian leadership that he disagreed with, black president or no.  There has been made the easy parallel between the present situation and that of President Truman and MacArthur during the Korean War.  And the comparison fits, but for the fact that they typify two powerful white men going at it and this is a white four star general pushing at a black president within a hyper-media sphere.

Surely many might suggest this a reach, going in on the issue of race – but it’s there.

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Note to Self: The Day After Earth Day

Friday, April 23, 2010

Like others on this show, Morehouse psychology professor — and Takeaway contributor — David Wall Rice bought into the hype surrounding Apple's new iPad this week. But on Earth Day, he put his new device away and got insight from a day without technology.

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Chris Matthews Says He 'Forgot' Obama Was Black

Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama's State of the Union Address last night prompted a wide range of comments on style and policy.  But maybe the most surprising came from MSNBC Chris Matthews, who said he "forgot that he was black tonight for an hour." We ask Morehouse College professor David Wall Rice.

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Rakim: A Hip-Hop Hero's Third Act

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

[Rakim's "Guess Who's Back"] Rakim’s influence is all over contemporary hip hop (and beyond it), from Tupac and Jay-Z to Eminem and Rage Against the Machine. He relea...

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The Balloon Boy and Us: A 'Wild Thing' by Another Name

Friday, October 16, 2009

I've never gravitated toward Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." I know, terrible. As a kid I thought the 338-word masterpiece was creepy, and imagined myself being punishe...
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[Web Special] Excuse me, Oslo, but didn’t the U.S. bomb the moon today?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Conventional thinking has me on the side of President Obama in that I, too, “do not feel that [he] deserve[s] to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been...
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Jay-Z's Place in Hip-Hop Canon

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Forbes estimates that Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z and the man behind such classic hip-hop songs as "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "Hard Knock Life," rakes in about $82 million a...

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[Web Special] Jay-Z Grows Us Up

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Shawn Carter’s new album has echoes of an experience around John Edgar Wideman’s 2008 novel "Fanon." Ham-fisted and a bit less than what many wanted, Wideman's prose at first seemed ...
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Anatomy of a News Conference

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Last night President Obama addressed the nation during a primetime news conference. The number one item on the president's agenda was health care reform, but other issues popped up, t...


[Web Special] Professor Gates Arrested? No Surprise

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Disorderly conduct. Charges dropped. Cool, now we can all pretend that we’re post-racial again. The fact that Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his own home after being s...
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America, Still Not 'Post-Racial'

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Monday, Henry Louis Gates Jr, one of the nation's pre-eminent African American scholars, was arrested for breaking into his own home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The charges have b...

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Free At Last? The Senate Apologizes for Slavery

Friday, June 19, 2009

150 years after the Civil War, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to apologize for the nation's ignominious history of slavery. The resolution passed unanimously. But who does the re...


My "post-racial" era, from spin class to the United Nations

Monday, April 20, 2009

David Wall Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College in Atlanta. This past Friday marked the second week I'd attended a spinning class t...
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Qualifying my "true belief" in President Barack Obama

Friday, January 23, 2009

The 20-year-old single "Don't Believe the Hype" by hip-hop icons Public Enemy has been a constant thought of mine in days up and through the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th p...
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President Obama: The message and the moment

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For weeks speechwriters, politicians and pundits have been forecasting the policy and prose that President Obama would deliver in his inaugural address. Now that the greatly anticipat...


A speech called 'home'

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Obama gives the inaugural address today. No doubt it will be a soaring narrative that will have interwoven int...
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Rice on Obama

Wednesday, November 05, 2008