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Monday, March 11 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Black Twitter Activism, Bigger Than Hip Hop

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In the late 1980s, Public Enemy rapper and Internet aficionado Chuck D famously remarked that hip hop was like the “black CNN,” speaking on the “lower frequencies” cited in Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” about issues in African-American communities like the War on Drugs, sex and relationships, poverty and police brutality. As social media has become the default medium for gathering and disseminating information, Twitter posts provide the steady bass beat that continues to inform on similar topics, but with more portability and immediacy than ever before. This panel will examine how so-called “Black Twitter” exchanges news (like the Trayvon Martin case as a recent example) and uses it to mobilize political dialogue and direct action, and how information professionals–like librarians, journalists, and educators–can guide users toward responsible practices that respect the unique coding and cultural perspectives of black and other minority communities.

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Stacie Williams

Learning Lab Manager, University of Kentucky
Stacie Mari Williams is a 2011 graduate of the GSLIS program at Simmons College, where she received her master's of science in library science with a concentration in Archives Management. She has worked or interned at the historic Chicago Defender, Jim Henson Company, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives, Harvard Medical School's Center for the History of Medicine and the Lexington Public... Read More →

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Meredith Clark

@Meredith Clark  a third-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She came to UNC from Florida, where she last worked as an opinion editor, editorial writer and columnist at the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. Her research interests include digital media pedagogy, social media and race and communication. In her limited free time she enjoys watching movies and catching up on news, information and pop culture... Read More →
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Mark Anthony Neal

Professor, Duke University
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African + African-American Studies and Professor of English at Duke University where he teaches courses in Black Cultural Studies, including signature courses on “Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition” and “The History of Hip-Hop,” co-taught with Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder. Neal is the author of five books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Public... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

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