3Qs: The power and press of black celebrity

Assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies Sarah Jackson’s new book exam­ines how the main­stream and black press have cov­ered con­tro­ver­sial polit­ical dis­sent by African-​​American celebri­ties. Her inspi­ra­tion came from an unlikely source: Kanye West.

3Qs: Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

Law pro­fessor Wendy Parmet ana­lyzes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that some for-​​profit com­pa­nies with reli­gious objec­tions can avoid paying for employees’ con­tra­cep­tive care, a require­ment of the Afford­able Care Act.

3Qs: The end of noncompete clauses?

In April, Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick filed leg­is­la­tion that would ban non­com­pete clauses in the state, saying that they restrict inno­va­tion. Here, law pro­fessor David Phillips offers insight into the role of non­com­pete clauses and how the poten­tial new law could impact businesses.

3Qs: Meet IDEA’s new CEO

Nick Naraghi, DMSB’15, served as Stu­dent Body Pres­i­dent last year. Now, the finance stu­dent in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness is leading IDEA, North­eastern University’s student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator. Here, Naraghi reflects on his SGA expe­ri­ence and dis­cusses his vision for IDEA and per­sonal interest in entre­pre­neur­ship and innovation.

3Qs: Could Boston host the Olympics?

Boston is on the short list of cities for a poten­tial U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor of busi­ness Rosanna Garcia, who has vis­ited the past eight Summer Games, dis­cusses what it takes to host the inter­na­tional event and what it could mean for the city.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.

3Qs: Net neutrality—what does it all mean?

Law pro­fessor Michael Ben­nett, whose research is at the nexus of law and tech­nology, weighs in on what the FCC chairman’s recent pro­posal means for net neu­trality and Internet traffic speeds, as well as why the impli­ca­tions of soci­etal igno­rance of how tech­nolo­gies work.