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Soul Talk: Dr. Gooding on What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans

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Dr. Frederick Gooding Jr. is a professor of pop culture who engages audiences on subtle racial patterns “hidden in plain sight.” Join in the discussion of book ‘Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans’. Hosted by Neil Foote, Hall of Fame Storyteller and Educator. Presented by NBC5 DFW Connects Us.

This timely book draws on American, African American, and film history to reflect on how the Oscars have recognized blacks from the award’s inception to the present. Starting in the 1920s, the chapters provides a thorough analysis and overview of black actors nominated for their Hollywood roles during each decade, with special attention paid to the winners—many of which occur in the latter decades. Historical patterns are analyzed to reveal racial trends and open up the question of whether race relations have truly changed substantively or only superficially over time. Book available for purchase on Amazon.

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Associate History Professor and is the inaugural holder of the Dr. Ronald E. Moore Endowed Professor of the Humanities at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Featured in national outlets such as “New York Times,” “USA Today,” and Associated Press, Dr. Gooding is a professor of pop culture who engages audiences on subtle racial patterns “hidden in plain sight.”

Dr.Gooding has also provided social commentary on CNBC, CBS, and Fox News networks and has reached an international audience with messages of racial healing through the podcast, “Reconcile This!” (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reconcile-this/id1549430350?uo=4).”Dr. G,” as he is affectionately known, also currently serves as Chair of TCU’s Race & Reconciliation Initiative designed to study TCU’s relationship with slavery, racism and the Confederacy (https://www.tcu.edu/rri), and is the proud curator of the Green Book historical exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.



Neil Foote is an entrepreneurial media executive, author and educator with experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, branding, education, publishing, radio and the internet. He has a proven ability to develop new product strategies that support business, financial and community objectives. Foote has managed and developed several websites from inception to launch. He is an expert at identifying, negotiating and managing strategic relationships. He has extensive knowledge of print and digital media and strategic communications.

Foote has been inducted into the prestigious National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, recognizing his numerous accomplishments over his storied career. He has been recognized as a new media pioneer and expert on digital strategy whose work has been published extensively. He has worked as journalist (The Miami Herald and Washington Post); a diversity executive (American Society of Newspaper Editors); a sales manager and digital strategies leader (The Dallas Morning News and A.H. Belo Corp.).; founder and COO of Tom Joyner’s BlackAmericaWeb.com and later, Joyner’s director of communication for all of his businesses, including the Tom Joyner Foundation. As a thought leader, he also is principal of Foote Communications LLC, an integrated communications, marketing and public relations firm. He is the author of a journalism textbook, “Principles of News” (Kendall Hunt Publisher, 2020), and a contributor to the textbook, “Race, Gender, Class, and Media: Studying Mass Communication and Multiculturalism” (Kendall Hunt Publisher, 2011, 2014, 2017).

Foote is a respected leader who has led membership-driven organizations for journalists, media executives, and public relations professionals. The native of Brooklyn, NY is president of the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc., the former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation serving North Texas, board secretary for Forefront Living, and a Life Trustee for The Lamplighter School.

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