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Exclusive: “The Quad” Stars Respond To Hampton University President’s Condemnation



Welp, you can’t please everybody…

That’s pretty much the sentiments from Anika Noni Rose and Jazz Raycole regarding Hampton University’s President and his unfavorable opinion of their new show The Quad. Last week, President William Harvey sent a scathing letter to BET CEO Debra Lee saying that The Quad didn’t accurately depict HBCU life and that Lee was a bit reckless for airing it on the network.

The letter read in part:

“Devoid of any reference to academics, The Quad is about a president who is promiscuous, trustees who are unwilling to deal with a rogue band director, and a band director who condones criminal activity on the part of his drum major. The Quad will lead many to believe that HBCUs exist because of marching bands; that our presidents are unethical; that our boards are dysfunctional and have misplaced priorities; that our faculty, students and administrators are driven by sex, alcohol, marijuana, low self-esteem, parties and a preoccupation with music; that it is acceptable to disrespect women; that university policy can be set by a band director; and that there are no standards of conduct or penalties for bad behavior. This depiction seems more analogous to a disgruntled, adolescent and unrealistic point of view that some may have. It also feeds a false narrative about the irrelevance of HBCUs.”

Well, needless to say, the cast of The Quad doesn’t agree. While at the “BET presents The American Black Film Festival Honors” red carpet, HipHollywood spoke to Rose and Raycole about Mr. Harvey’s remarks. Jazz was quick to point out that the fictitious show has only aired a few episodes, while Anika reminded Harvey that she too is an HBCU grad and would never be apart of something that would ruin that legacy. Check out their interviews below and let us know what side you’re on.

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  1. HONORABLE JP Saint Maurice

    February 23, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Of course entertainment folks need gainful employment like the rest of us. But at what cost to the rest of us ? I totally disagree with the negative depictions of such African American institutions in any case. Real or fictitious . That’s a lot of Black money, time, talent, creativity, and energy to feed the white devils racist machine. If you want drama about Blacks in a negative light, produce a series about the 116 MILLION Black Babies murdered via abortion since 1973 in the United States of America- and in case I’m not pressing the point , that’s a “GENOCIDAL !” number. NOW THAT’S DRAMA ! and a negative light; depicting Black Mother’s ( Black Women), as currently the greatest destroyers of Black life !! Or does it ” matter ? ”
    Honorable US Air Force Veteran, and intending to attend an HBCU ( Can U Dig It ?) for a master’s degree after I complete my Bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento. GO HORNETS !!

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