This week in blackness and the construction of blackness in independent digital media

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Abstract

A listener once suggested to Elon James White, founder and CEO of This Week in Blackness (TWiB!), that TWiB!, given its broad appeal across racial groups, would be more aptly named “This Week in Humanness.” White rejected the deracialization of TWiB!, clarifying his vision for the project: “I made a very conscious decision, when I created This Week in Blackness … I wanted it to be clear that you can come from and embrace a position of ‘Blackness’ and racial identity and self-identification and yet still all these [different] things are still things that are of interest to you and in your background” (TWiB! Radio, 2013d). White’s statement, which centers Blackness while simultaneously highlighting the diversity of Black1 people, encapsulates a tension at the center of TWiB!‘s work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRace and Gender in Electronic Media
Subtitle of host publicationContent, Context, Culture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages328-345
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317266136
ISBN (Print)9781138640108
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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