Malik Boykin: Ivy League Professor and Hip Hop Artist

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Dr. Malik Boykin, aka Malik Starx, is the first Black professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) at Brown University. He is also a hip-hop artist and we feature his song “Dancing for Freedom,” a jazzy, Afro-Carribbean single, early in the show. An insight is a beautiful thing . . . someone once described it as holding a candle in a dark room and then suddenly the lights are turned on. I am grateful to have gained some new insights that will stick with me as a result of this conversation. Dr. Boykin and I discuss Black America, and reflect on myths and research about Black America (especially as found in the 2020 book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William Darity and Kirsten Mullen) . Throughout the episode Dr. Boykin shares heartwarming stories, including his strategy for raising his GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score by 550 points in about 100 days. Learn more about Dr. Malik Boykin at https://www.boykinlab.com , https://www.malikstarx.com)

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