Anika Noni Rose Checks HBCU President Amid ‘The Quad’ Criticisms

Photo Credit: BET

By: AJ Niles

BET has been on a resurgence as of late with new programing. Fresh off the 29 million viewers who tuned into the “New Edition Story,” a biopic about the group, BET premiered “The Quad.” The show is set on a fictional Historically Black College & University (HBCU) campus and its received positive reviews and ratings since it premier earlier this month.

However, one HBCU president let it be known he is not here for the show.

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  1. I honestly don’t see the big deal. It’s like a soap opera to me. Sometimes people do way too much. Always looking for something to be offended about.

    1. Exactly. And you know what? I’m still going to send my kids to HBCUs. People are so worried about what white people think of us. It’s sad and I’m over it. The show is good! Find something else to complain about please.

  2. Why does everything have to be like the Cosby Show and A Different World? I’m loving all the variety we have on TV now. Like Anika said, don’t watch if it’s not your cup of tea.

  3. Harvey continued: “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 their marching bands; that our presidents are unethical; 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.

    ———————- way too easy lol

  4. I see people are going to try to get this show cancelled over some nonsense. It’s amazing how quick we are to shut down things that apply to HBCUs but say nothing about all these reality shows.

  5. I love the show. You can find a flaw in anything if you want to. It’s a drama, of course there will be scandals. If we want only positive HBCU experiences, A Different World already did that and it’s on Netflix.

  6. I haven’t watched yet but I had to laugh a few times at the letter that president wrote. How delusional. HBCUs are far from perfect. So are PWIs.

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