Dare to Ask! / Phillip Milano
With 20,000 live student conversations and 10 million visits at DareToAks.com (formerly YForum.com), Phillip has found that opening up about the very things that ruffle our feathers — from stereotypes to insensitivity to microaggressions — is what helps us move past them.
Students roll in the aisles AND gain powerful new insights in an accepting space as they discuss topics like:
*What do blind people see in their dreams?
*Why do white people smell like wet dogs when they come out of the rain?
*Why do black people get to use the N-word?
*Are Asian people really bad drivers?
*Do Catholics believe in oral sex?
Phillip is a 30-year journalist who’s been a breakout on BET, CBS, CNN, the BBC and FOX News with his myth- busting dialogue project, and featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post and many more outlets.
His stirring call to action: LOVE AND RESPECT others by learning EVERYTHING about them – no matter how sensitive.
Dare to Ask, the daring cyberspace cultural conversation that started it all, invites users to ask and answer touchy questions, without fear of judgment. Since 1998, 10 million people have visited the site, contributing tens of thousands of postings, which Phillip supplements with answers from experts. His project has been lauded by hundreds of national and foreign media, including USA Today, The New York Times, CNN, FOX News, BET, CBS, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Playboy, Air America Radio, the BBC, Le Monde, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, The (London) Guardian, Boston Globe and many more. Phillip Milano is author of “I Can’t Believe You Asked That!” (Perigee), writer of the “Dare To Ask” column and founder of YForum.com. The veteran newspaper editor is also creator of The National Diversity Newspaper Job Bank and is former chair of the Recruitment and Youth Development Committee of The Newspaper Association of America’s Diversity Board. Phillip received his MBA from Northern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University. The transplanted Midwesterner lives in Florida with his wife and three children.
WHAT SCHOOLS ARE SAYING
We highly enjoyed Phillip Milano. He was able to take sensitive issues and help the audience ease its way into topics that could otherwise be extremely tense or uncomfortable.
Our students were given the challenge of using the seminar with Phillip to come up with relevant topics that affect all students. The topics generated by student will be used to identify one prospective open student forum to be facilitated by the Student Government Council this fiscal year.
The talks with Phillip Milano began with an intimate luncheon (which included five diverse students and five diverse faculty/staff). The talks were extremely engaging, informative, open, and honest. The luncheon was a perfect Segway into the forum/seminar led by Phillip. After the seminar, the talks continued. Students and employees are still talking.
This was an excellent fit for our mission to recognize diversity and inclusion at the college.
Beverly L., M.S.
Director, Student Activities
Forsyth Technical Community College
Phillip and the event were WONDERFUL! Very engaging, informative and interesting. Had many evening class students glued to their seats— a first for my evening programs! So well done.
Jessica Rowell Coordinator of Multicultural and Educational Opportunity Programs
Schenectady County Community College
Our students really enjoyed the discussion with Mr. Milano. He came prepared with a full (and very well-done) powerpoint presentation. He began his presentation lecturing and flipping through slides…but a good 20 minutes into it…the students began raising their hands and asking questions…which lead to some great discussion. Phillip’s role kind of went from presenter to facilitator in no time flat! The discussion about race got so in depth that he went over his slotted time! His presentation is very informational and classy. He discusses topics that can be taboo in a very tactful manner. In all…faculty, staff, and especially students all enjoyed the program!
Thomas Christopher Priester Advisor, Campus Activities Board
Monroe Community College
I wanted to say thank you for such an all-around awesome experience. Your presentation was great! All the students I spoke with following your talk loved it. It was insightful, thought-provoking, provocative, fun, and funny. You’ve got a real gem, and I hope that you’ll be able to continue writing your column regardless of what the naysayers threaten. I wish you and your family all the best.
Brandyn Woodard Director, Office of Intercultural Life
Race is one of the most difficult topics on the American social landscape. Phillip Milano, however, plunges right in. He navigates that tricky terrain with a great dexterity and enviable sure footedness. Milano makes race and other differences less scary – and more accessible – to the average observer. Recommend him highly.
– Princeton University