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Saturday, March 9 • 10:30am - 11:30am
This Changes Things: The Digital Community is the New Black LIMITED

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Once upon a time, the “black community” was a physical place. Then along came integration and the physical definition was lifted as individuals dispersed to where ever their means could carry them. The dispersion carried advantages and disadvantages. This session explores how the digital landscape has impacted the nature of “community” making it possible to gain strength in numbers virtually as well as mask race when deemed necessary. The panel will explore the impact on culture and commerce from three perspectives: academic, corporate and social.

In this panel, we seek to bridge the divide between what is Black and what is Digital from different perspectives. Our panelists have spent decades working on various aspects of the Black Experience including technology, public health, consumption, religion, and socialization. Moreover, each of these experts have migrated their research, teaching, and consulting to the Digital space as it has become more prominent in the everyday lives of people kissed by nature’s sun.


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Kevin Thomas

Assistant Professor of Multicultural Branding, Marquette University
@Kevin Thomas, Ph.D. (Milwaukee, WI) is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Branding at Marquette University. Dr. Thomas investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship... Read More →

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Lauren D. McCadney

@Lauren D. McCadney (Chicago, IL / Austin, TX) is an accomplished marketing professional with corporate and academic experience.  Currently she is the architect of CDW’s social media strategy. Her reputation as an innovative marketer has resulted in several industry recognitions including being nam... Read More →
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Akon Ekpo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
@Akon Elizabeth Ekpo, Ph.D. (Chicago, IL) is an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, who leverages her background in information technology to teach courses on Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, and Online Consumer Behavior.  She has over ten years of experience in the IT field as a softwa... Read More →
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Sonya A. Grier, Ph.D.

Professor, American university
@Sonya A. Grier, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kogod School of Business, American University. She conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to the influence of social context on consumer response to targeted marketing efforts, and the societal impact of tar... Read More →
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Carl D. West

@Carl D. West  (Chicago, IL) is the CEO of MG Media, publisher of TBTNewsService, a daily online news and information media outlet delivering premium content, whose premise is to connect with and profile future global leaders. Mr. West has expanded from publishing of The TRUTH magazine, a hip hop culture publication, TBTNewsService and producer of The TRUTH Hip... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am CST
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

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