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    Panel Discussion on Publishing

    Panelists talked about the challenges of publishing in 2014 and suggested strategies for publishing the literature produced by Black writers. Topics included self-publishing, online…

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    Panel Discussion on Reconstructing the Historical Narrative

    Panelists talked about the importance of historical narratives and how they affect our understanding of the common narrative. The panelists suggested common historical narratives have…

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    Panel Discussion on Environment and the African Diaspora

    Panelists talked about environmental, health, and social issues that impact Black communities throughout the African diaspora.  The panel “Saving Ourselves, Saving Our…

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    Book Discussion on The Rich and the Rest of Us

    Tavis Smiley and Cornel West presented their thoughts on poverty in America. The authors report that 150 million Americans are poor or near poor and argue that ending poverty should be…

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    The Role of Social Media: Black Writers Take Literature to the Web

    A panel discussion was held on how black writers, publishers, and journalists use social media. Grace Aneiza-Ali moderated. The panelists also responded to questions from members…

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    Black Writers in the Marketplace

    Calvin Reid moderated a panel discussion on the state of the publishing industry for black writers. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. “Being Sold…

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    The Impact of Popular Culture on Politics in Literature

    Panelists discussed the impact of popular culture on literature. Obery Hendricks moderated. They also responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.  “The…

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    Tavis Smiley on Books, Media, and Culture

    Author and talk show host Tavis Smiley talked about popular culture and publishing. Topics included the literature that has affected his life. He was interviewed by Esther Armah…

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    Panel on Literary Activism

    Patrick Oliver, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Dorothea Smartt, and Frank Wilderson discussed the use of literature to promote political causes and instigate change and transformation. Louis Reyes…

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    Panel on Politics and Satire

    Herb Boyd, Thomas Bradshaw, Charles Edison and Major Owens discussed how current events are reflected in the writings of African Americans. Obery Hendricks moderated. Th panelists…

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    The Impact of National Emergencies on Black Literature

    African American writers participated in a roundtable discussion titled, “Impact of Katrina and 911 on Literature by Black Writers.” They talked about issues of race and class…

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    Book Discussion on Don\'t Play in the Sun

    The theme of the Eighth National Black Writers Conference was “Black Literature: Expanding Conversations on Race, Identity, History and Genre.” The opening program included a…

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