Black history is American history. In this week’s episode of Verizon’s #Next20, David Hubbard spoke with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad to discuss recent events and the importance of studying Black history as a blueprint to build a more equitable future. “What’s important in 2020 is really understanding why we have not taught these histories, how these systems were built and the possibility for dismantling,” said Dr. Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Bravo is standing behind the stars that make up its roster of iconic reality shows, and they’re taking notice. When the death of George Floyd fueled protests, overdue conversations about racism and calls for change earlier this summer, Bravo quickly became wrapped up in the conversation, with the network swiftly firing personalities from “Vanderpump Rules” and “Below Deck” in response to outrage from fans over racist incidents from their pasts. The network then doubled down on its stance against racism by doing more to uplift the voices of its Black talent, through initiatives like special episodes of “Watch What Happens Live” and an Instagram Live series called “Amplify Our Voices.” Bravo will also air a roundtable discussion called “Empowering Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment” on Sunday, August 9, night after “The Real Housewives of Potomac.”
Season 5 of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” was perhaps one of the most anticipated seasons of a Bravo show in recent memory. With four original cast members — Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon and Ashley Darby — set to star alongside two other returning cast members, Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard, as well as newbie Wendy Osefo, the “RHOP” cast was set for a banner moment ahead of their original May premiere date.