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Dear Friends & Family,

I haven’t had a chance to send a MHP Monthly update since 2012 began.

Just six weeks in I can say with full confidence that this is going to be quite a year! Not only are we in the midst of a fascinating, quirky and already deliciously unpredictable election, but I also have a few projects of my own keeping me pretty busy.

This Saturday, February 18, at 10AM ET my new MSNBC political show will premier.

The show is named “Melissa Harris-Perry” but I affectionately refer to it as “mini-me.” It is a two-hour politics, news, and commentary show that will air on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon. I am honored to have a smart, diverse and freakishly hard working staff backing me up every step of the way. Please plan to make MHP a regular part of your weekends.

As thrilling and all-consuming as the show has been, I am just as excited about the launch of my new academic program at Tulane. In January we launched the Anna Julia Cooper Project in Gender, Race and Politics in the South. The Cooper Project is an effort of the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane. We are just beginning, but we hope to build an interdisciplinary home for research, teaching, and community engagement. The first big event is later this month when Professor Karla Holloway of Duke University will deliver the first annual Anna Julia Cooper lecture.

And I was thrilled to learn that Sister Citizen was nominated for a NAACP Image Award!

Between the GOP primaries, the MHP show, and the AJC project, 2012 is proving exhausting and exhilarating.

As always the support and encouragement of family, friends and colleagues means a lot.



Beware Celebrations of Republican Disarray
The Nation
January 25, 2012

As a political scientist trained in the late twentieth century, I believe in certain political truths. I trust my colleague David Mayhew’s insight that “congressmen are single-minded seekers of reelection” as the organizing principle of Congressional behavior. From the co-sponsorship of bills to the practice of earmarking, all can be understood as serving the re-election goals of members. I am also persuaded by the much debated but popular theory that every thirty to forty years the United States experiences a critical election that shifts partisan power and realigns the electorate.

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Breaking News: Not All Black Intellectuals Think Alike
The Nation
May 25, 2011 (and still relevant)

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man opens with a battle royal. The novel’s nameless black male protagonist is asked to recite his high school commencement speech touting submission and racial humility for the white citizens of his segregated town. When he arrives at the venue, he finds that the white men have arranged for him and other young black men to don boxing gloves and blindfolds and viciously fight one another for the entertainment of the white hosts. They even require the boys to scramble on an electrified mat for gold coins—which later turn out to be brass. Bruised and bloodied, the narrator is then required to deliver his speech to the men, who mockingly ignore his elocution. At the end of the night the same men award him a scholarship to the state college for Negroes.

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Select Media Appearances

At MSNBC, Professor as Host
New York Times
February 13, 2012

Colbert Report
January 9, 2012

Left of Black with Mark Anthony Neal
February 6, 2012

Obama’s Compromise on Contraception
The Ed Show
February 11, 2012

Komen Reconsiders Planned Parenthood Decision
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton

- February 2012 -
About Melissa
Melissa Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. She is also an award winning author and appears regularly on MSNBC and other media venues.
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Other Media Mentions
5 Questions with Melissa Harris-Perry on Her New MSNBC Talk Show

TheGrio's 100: Melissa Harris-Perry, bringing race and politics to the forefront

Zavvi Rodaine Interview with MHP

From AAUW Fellow to MSNBC Host
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