SPOTLIGHT: Social Justice Activist and LGBT Advocate Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

By Nick Delmacy | Posted Feb 6 2014 | 12 Comments  

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In an age where the black community lacks the fearless, intelligent and passionate leaders of yesterday, author & educator Dr. Marc Lamont Hill has definitely been a breath of fresh air.

Dr. Hill, a holder of a University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., has tirelessly spoken out against police brutality, the racially biased criminal justice system, the impact on drugs in the black community and many more issues facing under served groups.

He’s also been giving back to his community for years, putting action and rhetoric on the same playing field. He’s founded and worked with programs like the Philadelphia Student Union, My5th, the ACLU Drug Reform Project and he’s on the faculty of Columbia University as Associate Professor of Education regularly giving lectures to young men & women on racial equality in the criminal justice system. 

In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also continues to organize and teach adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden.

Being young himself (35 years old), Marc Lamont Hill relates closely to the Hip Hop culture of today’s youth through their music, slang and attitudes. This is one reason he’s so passionate when speaking out against the inequalities young African American and Latino men & women face in our country’s education, legal and prison systems.

In addition to all of that, heterosexual Marc Lamont Hill is fearless in standing up for the equality of gays. For a young man raised in the macho culture of Hip Hop, its inspiring to see him be so outspoken for the rights and acceptance of Homosexual men of color.

And let’s face it….Marc Lamont Hill is a very handsome man. His engaging personality and unquestionable intelligence is extremely sexy, which makes him perfect for the camera. This is evidenced by his long running stint as a political pundit on networks such as Fox News and CNN, hosting the syndicated talk show Our World with Black Enterprise and also being one of the founding hosts of the Huffpost Live internet news web series on Huffington Post.

It is one of my guilty pleasures to see Marc Lamont Hill intellectually battle people in televised debates. He never backs down from clearly and quickly backing up his opinions with facts and statistics.

Personally: His good looks, his intelligence, his urban personality and sense of humor, his passion for tearing down the injustices people of color face, his hustle mentality, his unwavering aggressiveness, his well thought out (sometimes unpopular) opinions that he clearly articulates and his ability to blend in with both the intellects on educational conference panels down to the thugs in neighborhood barbershops makes him a living example of what I emulate and view as Modern Black Male Masculinity.

Check out some of Dr Marc Lamont Hill’s many television appearances below where he demonstrates why he’s one of our greatest modern role models.

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MARC LAMONT HILL ON OVERRATED WHITE PEOPLE

 

MARC LAMONT HILL ON LGBT CIVIL RIGHTS

 

MARC LAMONT HILL ON BLACK GAY GREEKS AND GAY MARRIAGE

 

 MARC LAMONT HILL ON THE NAACP AND RACISM

 

MARC LAMONT HILL ON “STOP & FRISK”

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MARC LAMONT HILL SPEECH ON THE AMERICAN RACIALLY BIASED INCARCERATION RATE

 

MARC LAMONT HILL ON RACIAL PROFILING

 

MARC LAMONT HILL DEBATING ON “THE KNOCKOUT GAME”

 

MARC LAMONT HILL LECTURE ON RACE, POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN LIFE

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  1. achris
    achris | February 6th, 2014
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    He is great, definitely a person I try to stay up to speed on.

  2. Exhibit REY | February 6th, 2014
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    This dude is a breath of fresh air. Even though he’s a very handsome man, his intellect and ability to switch from discussing social justices to hip-hop/popular culture to politics among other topics and actually know what he’s talking about is what really attracts me to him. We don’t have enough black men like him in the media and truthfully, we need more!

  3. African King | February 6th, 2014
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    An amazing individual that more young black men should look to as a role model. I remember seeing that he tweeted his GLAAD award. Great to see him make steps for the community as a whole.

  4. RellyRell | February 6th, 2014
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    Alright let me just fan boi real quick and say that I think Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is fine and he can get it, yes I know he’s straight, but whatever, a nigga can dream.

    Anyway now that I’m done being a whore I have to say I really enjoyed these clips of him and I’m going to start reading up on him and his movement.

    He’s articulate, funny, smart and QUICK on his feet. He’s definitely someone I should be paying attention to and will now do so going forward.

  5. ControlledXaos
    Black Pegasus | February 6th, 2014
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    What? Lamont Hill is “heterosexual?” LOL ok

  6. Ace of hearts | February 6th, 2014
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    He mentally turns me on! It is so great to see someone like this. Thanks for exposing him to me. I need to do more research on him now.

  7. Dre G | February 6th, 2014
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    I’ve seen him on a few news programs over the years.He’s always come across as very intelligent,but also socially conscious like you mentioned.That’s what I enjoy about people like him and Judge Greg Mathis.They have more experience with what people are going through and their solutions are therefore more pratical and grounded than some generic answer put forth by someone who doesn’t know where more disadvantaged people are coming from.

  8. Ocky Williams | February 7th, 2014
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    Ever since I saw him hold his own on Fox News, I was an instant fan. Even though I don’t agree with some of his positions or points of view, I think his authenticity and intelligence speaks for itself.

  9. questforknowledge
    quest for knowledge | February 9th, 2014
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    I love this dude. I remember when I first saw him on a video from the huffpost and I started looking up more info about him. Seeing him speak so well on a wide range of issues is so sexy. And I love his confidence, he never seems to back down on how he feels with certain issues. I definitely feel like he is a good role model, I appreciate all that he does.

  10. scottywashere | February 13th, 2014
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    I always liked this guy a lot. Very few people I agree with this much. If I could just find a homo version of him, I’d be set. #mancrush

  11. NickAuzenneNOLA
    NickAuzenne | April 9th, 2015
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    I love this guy man and I remember his commentary on the gay greeks and thought damn this dude gets it. Not just because he made the best choice possible becoming a Kappa Man.

  12. scooter
    scooter | February 27th, 2016
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    I love Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s commentary on black liberation, but we must acknowledge that Dr. Michael Eric Dyson trained him when he was pursuing his PhD so I’m sure was trained quite well under Dr. Dyson so I’m not surprised that he’s become a giant when it comes to being a public intellectual.




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