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.