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    Panel Discussion on Politics and Literature

    Panelists talked about politics and literature. Panelists included Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work; author Charles Johnson; and Victoria Chevalier,…

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    Panel Discussion on Black Writers in the Digital Age

    Panelists talked about black writers in the digital age. Panelists included author and journalist Farai Chideya; Akiba Solomon, editorial director of Colorlines; poet Tai Allen; Johnny Temple,…

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    Panel Discussion on Memories

    Panelists talked about memories from youth to adulthood. Panelists included young adult novelist Coe Booth; Michael Datcher, author of Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story; D. Watkins, author of…

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    Panel Discussion on Race and Gender

    Panelists talked about race and gender. Panelists included Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout: A Novel; Cora Daniels, author of Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion; and…

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    Panel Discussion on Diversity and Writing Programs

    Panelists talked about diversity and writing programs. Panelists included Donna Hill, author and writing teacher; novelist Bernice McFadden; Meena Alexander, poet and English professor; and…

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    Panel Discussion on Hip-Hop and Literature

    Panelists talked about hip-hop and literature. Panelists included MK Asante, author of Buck: A Memoir; Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop; James B. Paterson, author…

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    Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    Professor Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad participated in a discussion on writing about race. “A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad” was part of…

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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 publishing,…

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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 marginalized the…

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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 Communities” was part…

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    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 of the audience. “The Role…

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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 or Selling Ourselves: Black…

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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 Impact of Popular Culture on Politics…

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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 and responded to questions…

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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 Rivera moderated.…

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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 also responded to…

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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 brought out…

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    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 conversation with Marita Golden with Susan…

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