The Bombastic Brilliance of "Black Twitter"

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Friday 9th March, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

"Black Twitter" has captured the imagination of the online world. In 2010, a Pew Research Study highlighted trends demonstrating Twitter usage was disproportionately Black and female. Next, journalists for Slate, The Huffington Post, Time, etc., began to explore and analyze the world of "Black Twitter" and kept getting most of it wrong. The fascination continues; but explorations into "what Black people are doing on Twitter" tend to get it wrong, most of the time. Like the innovation of Hip Hop, Black Twitter shows that despite the seeming universality of technology, people and culture matter. This session will demonstrate the "Black Twitter" phenomenon's intelligence, humor, unique language production, emoticons, hashtags, corrective narratives, cultural critique, organizing and entrepreneurial success, enhanced by fictive kin relationships that stun, amaze and inspire the world. Learn from an American / Africana Studies scholar, artist and activist writing a book on "Black Twitter.”

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Dr Goddess

Pres, Dr Goddess Arts Education & Management

Affectionately known as "Dr. Goddess," Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. is a Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur who loves Technology and Social Media. Dr. Goddess was named one of the "Most Influential Black Women on Twitter" by “For Harriet” Digital Magazine and was nominated for a Women's Media Center Social Media Award and named one of the Top 10 Creative Women in Social Media by Liberated Muse. Dr. Goddess is a popular speaker and has been featured at Netroots Nation, Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, Blogalicious and now presenting "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter" on March 9, 3:30pm, Rm 6AB at SXSW 2012! For much more about Dr. Goddess, read her full bio here: http://drgoddess.com/about

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9 attendees

  • Mike Jacobson
  • David Padilla
  • Dr. Goddess
  • Jacqueline Steck
  • Morgan Burton
  • Renda Morton
  • Sam Newman
  • Shoni Gustafson
  • Carlos Tornell

7 trackers

  • Chip Brantley
  • Elizabeth Thompson
  • Esteban Cortés
  • Alden Hopkins
  • Geoffrey Brown
  • Yesenia Sotelo
  • Lane Goldstone

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Fri 9th March 2012


Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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