From Black-ish to Black Lives Matter: Communicating Blackness in the 21st Century

Sponsor: African American Communication and Culture Division
Thu, 11/16: 8:00 AM  - 9:15 AM 
Room: State Room 4 - Third Floor (Conference Center) 
Blackness is multifaceted; it is both local and global, lived and mediated, homogenous and heterogeneous. This panel will discuss communicating the diversity of Blackness in the 21st century through media and interpersonal communication strategies.

The first two panelists will examine how trends in media industry converge with self-concepts and interpersonal interactions to affect the development of Blackness in predominantly Black communities. Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay is a social psychologist who researches media use and identity construction and will present findings from semi-structured interviews with employees at a African-American-targeted advertising agency regarding how different definitions of Blackness affect content production. Jamila A. Cupid specializes in public relations and strategic communications and will explore how diverse Blackness is fostered and represented at HBCUs through classroom activities, extracurricular events, and media discourse.

The final three panelists will focus on the representation of Blackness in American media, including film, television, and literature, to demonstrate narrative trends relating to national identity, authenticity, and intra-group diversity. As an intercultural communication scholar, Kami Jamil Anderson investigates the shifting identity of Black people across cultures and will describe how bilingual Black people are represented in literature. Omotayo Banjo Adesagba researches representation and audience responses to cultural media and will address the politics of authenticity in the visual narrative of Southside with You, a 2016 film about the Obamas' first date. Shavonne Shorter specializes in organizational communication and will analyze how the television show Black-ish disrupts stereotypical narratives of Blackness by portraying 21st century Black life as nuanced and ever-evolving.


Khadijah White, Rutgers University  - Contact Me


Charisse Corsbie-Massay, Syracuse University  - Contact Me
Jamila A. Cupid, Shippensburg University  - Contact Me
Kami J. Anderson, Kennesaw State University  - Contact Me
Omotayo O. Banjo, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me
Shavonne Shorter, Bloomsburg University  - Contact Me


Charisse Corsbie-Massay, Syracuse University  - Contact Me


African American Communication and Culture Division