Courtesy: Black Press USA
A prominent advocacy executive for historically black universites and colleges is the latest leader to write in order to Black Entertainment Television President Debra Lee seeking changes to its weekly HBCU-themed drama ‘The Quad. ’
In a notice dated Feb. 22 and obtained by the HBCU Digest, National Association For Equal Possibility in Higher Education Chief executive and CEO Lezli Baskerville had written to Lee for NAFEO in order to serve as a consulting resource in order to writers and producers of the hit series, which drew criticism recently from Hampton University President William Harvey for what he known as “a missed opportunity” for the show to showcase a balanced view of HBCUs.
“Because a lot of who watch BET use the details they receive to vicariously experience aspects of life unknown to them, but alluring, ‘The Quad’ should strive to a greater degree to educate students plus families about real college lifetime, ” Baskerville wrote. “To the particular extent that ‘The Quad’ could be adapted to present a balanced view of school life, and HBCU college living in particular, the viewing audience would learn that HBCUs are a cost efficient, excellent environment for their professional and private development. ”
“The administrators, faculty, and personnel are teaching students the appropriate curriculum, but also how to be both impartial and interdependent. The students are learning how to be on their own, but also to become at their best – to test their own boundaries, take risks, study difficult, serve the campus and neighborhood community, and to party, sometimes with a purpose. They are learning to be safe, respectful of themselves and others. They are things at which ‘The Quad’ does not even hint in passing. By these failings and others, ‘The Quad’ casts HBCUs in a negative plus false light, and BET does not show for a tremendous opportunity to use ‘The Quad’ to entertain, inspire and teach – a model that would most assuredly be attractive to current and additional marketers. ”
Baskerville, in whose organization represents all public and private HBCUs and predominantly dark institutions, was among several professionals present during the recent ‘HBCU Fly-In’ held over the last two days in Wa D. C. and was one of the select group invited to the putting your signature on of President Donald Trump’s executive order on historically black schools.
Lee, along with ‘Quad’ star Anika Noni Rose and possess creator Felicia D. Henderson, possess expressed disappointment with the criticism of the show, and have emphasized its role in telling human stories that are authentic to HBCU campuses plus audiences.
“I was expecting and we have received very strong opinions, ” she said. “So while we’re doing well in the rankings and critics love the show, you can find people who have that experience who don’t such as what we’re doing, ” Henderson told MadameNoire. possuindo in an interview . I did anticipate very strong opinions, but I can’t say that I did expect people never to see the good in the storytelling. That’s what surprised me. ”