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Saturday, March 9 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Off the Chain: Blacks, Social Media and Django Unchained LIMITED

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While the D in Django is silent, the discussion around this controversial film from Quentin Tarantino has been on full volume. The Christmas 2012 release of Django Unchained caused a (micro)blogging frenzy among Blacks on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on the blogs of Black scholars and critics.

In fact, some posts caused all out twitter fights and blog wars in which debates about history, representation and gender matters raged on and on. This panel examines this social media phenomenon and considers this virtual realm as (Black) public forum.

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Maisha Akbar

Assistant Professor, Fort Valley State University
@Maisha Shabazz Akbar, Ph.D. is a performance studies academic, playwright and activist who teaches speech/drama at Fort Valley State University (GA).  She also serves as Director of the Joseph Adkins Players student drama group. Dr. Akbar’s lynching play, “Saving White Face,” was re-staged in April... Read More →

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Kory Coleman

@Kory Coleman  is known in the Austin area for his long-running movie review show The Reel Deal, shown on Austin cable access television. In addition, Coleman is an accomplished graphic artist and animator. His illustrations can often be seen in the Austin Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. His c... Read More →
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Filmmaker, The Fit Cycle
Making vibrant, dynamic films. Collaborating with artists and athletes. Connecting across the Diaspora. Sci-fi, Speculative fiction, and documentary filmmaking.
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Carl Settles

In addition to 6 years as a science and math teacher in urban schools, @Carl Settles Jr. has worked extensively in educational publishing, software development, music, interactive media and advertising as a developer, producer, and consultant for more than 15 years. Mr. Settles’ clients have included Dell, Liz Claiborne, Whole Foods, MPOWER Labs, Motorola, Applied Mate... Read More →
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Wheeler Del Torro

@Wheeler del Torro began his anthropological study of food while growing up in Jamaica. Whipping up hot chocolate “tea” and other Jamaican specialties with his father, he observed the connections between food, relationships, and imparting cultural heritage. “I have always been fascinated... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 4:30pm - 6:00pm CST
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

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