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CCCC 2016: Does Black Twitter Exist? The Technological Politics of Researching Race and Social Media

Does Black Twitter Exist?   The Technological Politics of Researching and Writing about Race and Social Media Composed by:  Dr. Alexandria Lockett Presented at:  CCCC 2016 (Houston, TX) Abstract:  Although “Black Twitter” has been acknowledged by some mainstream media outlets,… Continue Reading

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Investigating White Privilege in Writing Centers: Some Recommendations for A ‘Fair’ Inquiry

Call:  A graduate student is in the beginning stages of writing a thesis about race and writing centers.  She asks her writing center colleagues (via listserv) to write her a response to two questions–how do they see white privilege manifesting… Continue Reading

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Composing Self in a Surveillance Culture (SAMLA 2015)

Earlier today, I presented the talk “Compositing Self in a Surveillance Culture:  Reminiscences and Notes on Teaching Personal Branding in College Writing Courses.”   The following artifacts and resources were alluded to or directly cited during the presentation. Interactive Syllabus… Continue Reading

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Off Center: Reflections of a Black Feminist Tutor (IWCA Talk, Pittsburgh)

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Introduction This weekend, I attended my first-ever International Writing Center Association conference in Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. While I met some vibrant individuals doing amazing work in Writing Center Studies and Writing Program Administration, and I deeply appreciated… Continue Reading

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Rihanna’s #BBHMM Video Assaults Patriarchy and Generates Dialogue about the Gendered Politics of Race, Violence, and Labor

Call:  Rihanna’s recent video for the song, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” or #BBHMM, is generating vibrant conversation about race, gender, and economics.  Some advertisers even boycotted the video.  Of course, there are rather predictable responses to Rihanna’s revenge fantasy.  However,… Continue Reading

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The Dolezal Argument Files Part 1: Why People Need to Stop Bifurcating the Law and Culture

An examination of Rachel Dolezal’s passing farce draws attention to some of the ways in which racial perception fuses law and culture. Continue Reading

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Why Rachel Dolezal is the Raciest Fraud I’ve Ever Seen

Call:  After 9 years, Spokane NAACP president and Howard graduate, Rachel Dolezal’s family “outs” her for being a white woman.  AJC presents a narrative of distributed and centralized media coverage of the story. Response: Rachel Dolezal’s claim to black-ness is… Continue Reading

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Plagiarism and Leakology

Plagiarism is a concept best understood through leakology.  This pervasive cultural practice perversely lurks somewhere between seduction and sin, narcissism and insecurity, voyeurism and exhibitionism.  Although it is tempting to categorize the plagiarists’ actions as theft, their flagrant disregard for… Continue Reading

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Betty Boop’s Cultural Origins Reveal Links between Race, Gender, and New Media History

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Call:  Madame Noire’s Featured Article:  Michelle Obama Still the First Black Lady?  Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Were Black. Response:  This engaging article has its merits, but illustrates the problem with web styling data for an agenda. Recovering black history… Continue Reading