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'MHP' Syllabus: 11.8.15

Sunday in #nerdland: A progressive push in California, traumatized students in Compton, and influential women in the entertainment industry
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday in #nerdland: A progressive push in California, traumatized students in Compton, Marco Rubio is having his moment, and influential women in the entertainment industry.

With Governor Jerry Brown at the helm, California implemented one of the country’s toughest gender pay gap bills, curbed racial profiling, enacted a right-to-die law, and approved an aggressive climate change bill. These are big wins for progressives that lead us to wonder, what’s next for the state? Melissa talks to her panel about the future of California and the reasons behind this progressive lean. 

What constitutes a disability? This has been the heart of a recent debate concerning the Compton school district. Many of the students in the district have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Last year Compton’s murder rate was more than five times the national average. Now a group of students are in a legal fight in order to shift the school district’s resources on helping rather than punishing students who have faced severe trauma.

As we see GOP presidential candidates battle it out on debate stages, the top tier begins to narrow. Rubio’s performance in the last debate has earned him the endorsement of fellow senators as well as a boost in the polls. Rubio is now taking an abrasive stance in an effort to continue bolstering support from the GOP. He recently announced that as President he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Is this the candidate who can emerge from the crowded field? Melissa turns to her political panel for our discussion.

She was recently named one of the most influential teens of 2015 for her life on and off the screen. Now Amandla Stenberg is revamping the world of comics with the release of, Niobe: She is Life, which is the first comic to feature a black writer, illustrator, and lead. Melissa talks to Stenberg about her inspiration behind the comic and her latest work.

Plus a one-on-one interview with director Ava Duvernay about her latest project and her take on diversity in the film industry.

Joining our Sunday morning conversation will be:

  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Former. mayor of Los Angeles (D)
  • Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist; author, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe”
  • Amandla Stenberg, Actor; co-writer, “NIOBE: She is Life;” played Rue in “The Hunger Games”
  • Pedro Noguera, Distinguished professor of education, UCLA
  • Kathryn Eidmann, Attorney, Public Counsel
  • Dr. Robert Ross, President & CEO, The California Endowment
  • Micah Ali, President, Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate professor., political science & gender studies, USC; author, “Solidarity Politics for Millennials”
  • Ava DuVernay, Director, “Selma;” founder, ARRAY

To prep for our discussions, feel free to check out:

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on MSNBC. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.