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Assistant professor of Communication Studies Carole Bell was interviewed by PBS for an article that explores republican candidate Ben Carson’s upcoming challenge of transitioning from revered neurosurgeon to presidential nominee in the eyes of African-American voters.

Bell, the Northeastern professor, said Carson’s celebrity may have helped him at the beginning of his candidacy, but that shine may have worn off.

“He had tremendous positives before he started speaking as a potential candidate,” Bell said, “but the more he speaks, the more there’s opportunities to sort of really show there’s a gulf between him and a lot of African-Americans.”

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