Media tagged News & Documentary

Men Think About Sex 19 Times a Day

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This news clip from a media organization called Newsy reports on a study that found that men think about sex approximately 19 times a day, while women think about sex approximately 10 times a day. This contrast an often-heard saying that men think about sex every seven seconds, a much higher number.

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Mike Wallace - The Homosexuals - 1967 Documentary

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This is an excerpt from an hour-long 1967 CBS documentary, narrated by anchor Mike Wallace, which was the first network documentary that dealt with the topic of homosexuality. It aired only once. The documentary calls homosexuality “a subject that people find disturbing and embarrassing” and describes public opinion regarding homosexuality using words and phrases like “repelled by the mere notion,” “hatred,” “and more harmful to society than adultery, abortion, and prostitution.”  Wallace interviews mental health experts (who then believed homosexuality to be a disease), law enforcement personnel (who deemed it criminal), average persons on the street, as well as individuals from within the gay community.

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Mulatto: Mixed Race In America

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This 2010 documentary short by Director Sterling Hudson explores how mixed race Americans conceptualize their personal racial and ethnic identity. Interview subjects include scholars, actors, artists, physicians, students and others, as each reflects upon the challenges they have faced while navigating an often hostile social landscape. The clip begins with a discussion of the term “mulatto” -- a word that denotes the offspring of a white person and a black person, but has become an antiquated phrase for describing mixed race identity.

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NYTimes.com - Being Multiracial in America

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This short feature from NYTimes.com was produced in 2008. It begins with a clip of President Obama, who was born of mixed racial heritage, before describing recent statistic related to the prevalence of mixed race identity in the United States. From there, it follows the discussions of “Fusion”, a group of undergraduate students from Rutgers University who formed a student organization to talk about their experiences as mixed people. They describe not only the challenges faced as a result of their multiracial backgrounds, but also the value that this has brought to their lives.

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Oprah on Anderson Cooper Discusses the "N-Word"

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This interview coincided with the release of The Butler (2013), a film that dramatizes the life of Eugene Allen, an African American man who worked as the head butler in the White House from 1952-1986. In this interview, news anchor Anderson Cooper discusses racism in the U.S. with the film’s co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. Cooper opens the discussion by recalling the recent death of Trayvon Martin, a young African American man who was killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, who was accused of racial profiling but ultimately acquitted from legal wrongdoing. Winfrey describes The Butler as providing historical "context" to Martin’s tragic death. Describing herself as a "student of her history," Winfrey points to the little time passed since black men were routinely lynched and a President of the U.S. might have openly used the "n-word." When Cooper asks Winfrey about her own opinion on the colloquial use of the "n-word" by Black people, she remarks that it is "impossible" for her. "For many," she continues, "that was the last word they heard as they were being strung up a tree."

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