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Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now

The Black Lives Matter movement, the stark inequalities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing racial resentment of the Trump Era made 2020 a uniquely challenging and uniquely fruitful year for Black media-makers. As Americans seek out more stories about race, and we are reminded over again of the myopic whiteness that has historically excluded Black perspectives from prominent media, Black media-makers, from journalists to comics, have spoken out about the continued roadblocks to covering these issues with compassion and depth.

Annenberg Conversations on Race: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Jessa Lingel

This event will be held on Zoom. Join here: www.asc.upenn.edu/conversations

About this Conversation

This conversation will address re-imagining connections between academia and activism. Can one be a scholar and an activist at the same time? If so, how? If not, why not? What can contemporary scholar-activists learn from scholars and activists of the past who have tried to balance those two goals/trajectories at the same time?

Annenberg Conversations on Race: Jeanine D. Liburd, Maori Karmael Holmes, Jasmine E. Johnson, and Aymar Jean Christian

This event will be held on Zoom. Join here: www.asc.upenn.edu/conversations

About this Conversation

This conversation will address taking race seriously in contemporary content distribution. What are the challenges of marketing black content? What difference does gender/sexuality make to filmmakers trying to reach audiences? Is there a difference in such discussions between film, TV, and online venues?

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