Chris Lebron (Yale): Theory is Stranger than Fiction: Black Literature as Social Truth. Monique Liston (Wisconsin): Scandal, Twitter and Black Feminist Epistemology. Sanjay Sharma (Brunel): Black Twitter? Racial Hashtags, Networks and Contagion. Martine Powers on what we learned in 2013: Black Twitter gets results. Black Twitter finally gets recognized — so Twitter can sell ads. An interview with Christopher J. Smith, author of The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy. Emancipating Hollywood: After the Trayvon Martin shooting, politicians called for a “national conversation” about race, to no effect — but a de facto discussion has been coming out of Hollywood, with a bravura bunch of movies about the struggle for equality. Slavery is having a Hollywood moment — what about the rest of black history in America? Conservatives can transport themselves for two hours into the hellish antebellum world of 12 Years a Slave and experience the same horror and grief that liberals feel; what they cannot do, almost uniformly, is walk out of the theater and detect the still-extant residue of that world all around them. No, 2013 was not the year of "The Black Movie": Hate to break it to you, but we’ve been here before. The Mandelas, hip-hop and Cliff Huxtable: Brittney Cooper on how black popular culture can politicize us. James Jordan on Kanye West, Gunnar Kaufman, postmodern black revolution. Greg Howard on Richard Sherman and the plight of the conquering negro. Joseph Flaherty on 13 toys from the era of casual racism.

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