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2009 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: 46 pages || Words: 13675 words || 
1. Harris, Cherise. and Khanna, Nikki. "Black Is, Black Ain’t: Biracials, Middle-class Blacks, and the Meaning of “The Black Community”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Various scholars have claimed that forging a sense of group cohesion amongst Black Americans is a necessary step toward Black liberation. Our research questions the extent to which group cohesion is possible given the increasing diversity of Black America, particularly its socioeconomic and cultural diversity. In in-depth interviews with 33 middle-class Blacks and 40 Black-White biracials, we explore the variation in the Black experience and the challenges this presents for group cohesion. Specifically, we examine: 1) the similarities and differences in the experiences of both groups, 2) their experiences with rejection and marginality by other Blacks, 3) how they negotiate this rejection, and 4) the extent to which all of the above are shaped by culturally constructed ideas of Blackness. As is consistent with other studies, we find that ideas about “authentic” Blackness have lead to a splintering of the Black community along class and racial-cultural lines. However, we also find evidence of greater tolerance for the community’s racial diversity than its class diversity. Nevertheless, the data presented here suggest that the increasing heterogeneity of Black America poses significant challenges to group cohesion and thus the ability to mobilize for the sake of racial advancement.

2017 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 215 words || 
2. Mahmoud, Jasmine. "On ‘Black Lives, Black Words’ and Transnational Black Worlds: A Black Sense of Place on Stage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: In 2015, playwright Reginald Edmund curated Black Lives, Black Words, with short plays that queried: “Do black lives matter today?” After the first performance in Chicago, BLBW grew geographically and artistically, with subsequent performances in Minneapolis, Toronto, and London, and with new works by Black American, Canadian, and British playwrights. The myriad BLBW plays—about black queer relationships, abstracted maps contrasting with lived black cartographies marked by police violence, and protest—transnationally situated black contemporary narratives.

This paper chronicles Black Lives, Black Words through interviews with playwrights and dramatic text analysis. It also attunes to each play’s aesthetics: often minimalist with simple costumes, actors reading from scripts, and few props. When many modernist and colonial ideas of blackness have been produced by non-black people, this paper suggests that BLBW centered narratives by black playwrights to re-attach aesthetics, materials, and imaginations of blackness to black people. Katherine McKittrick has theorized a black sense of place as “materially and imaginatively situating historical and contemporary struggles against practices of domination and the difficult entanglements of racial encounter” (949). BLBW aligned, multiply, black playwrights and black narratives across geography; read through McKittrick (who transnationally particularizes geographies of the racial encounter), BLBW staged black transitional dissent by inciting, even if briefly, Black Worlds by staging iterative black senses of place on stage.

2008 - NCA 94th Annual Convention Words: 67 words || 
3. Crawley, Rex. "Black Man, Black Boy: An Autoethnographical Exploration of the Issues Associated with Black Men Raising Black Boys" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: This study focuses on the role of the Black father in the nurturing relationships of their Black sons. Also, the study examines the child-rearing experiences of Black men that play significant and permanent roles in the lives of their sons. The purpose of the study is to identify the diversity of parenting experiences and likewise identify, from a Black male perspective, dominant issues associated with these experiences.

2009 - 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies Words: 277 words || 
4. Glocke, Aimee. ""The Triangle of Black Power: The Relationship between the Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement, and Black Studies"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2009 <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Individual Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement, and Black Studies occurred at the same time, in many of the same geographic areas, involving many of the same artists, activists, and intellectuals. Despite these commonalities, few scholars ever discuss these three movements together. Instead, they usually discuss them independently or, at best, in conjunction with one other movement. This seems almost impossible since they are so undeniably interrelated that none of the movements would even exist if it was not for the influence and motivation of the other two. This is why the Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement, and Black Studies will be presented in this presentation as identical sides of an equilateral triangle. Because the angles on this type of triangle are exactly the same, each angle will represent the equal influence each movement had on both society and on each other.

Although Black people have always utilized an African worldview and/or the Black Aesthetic in Black Literature, it is during this time period when the Black Aesthetic is formally articulated, developed, and debated by various artists, intellectuals, and activists. Therefore, in order to understand the Black Aesthetic, one has to understand the movements that birthed it. Even though it may look like the Black Arts Movement directly birthed the Black Aesthetic, it must be remembered that there would be no Black Arts Movement without the Black Power Movement or Black Studies. Therefore, all three movements must be understood in order to truly understand the Black Aesthetic because they all equally gave it life. The Black Power Movement provided the ideology, Black Studies provided the articulation, and the Black Arts Movement provided the application.

2014 - 38th Annual NCBS National Conference Words: 249 words || 
5. Johnson, T.. "Crashing the Black Gender Party or Return of the Sacred Black Masculine: Historicizing Progressive Black Masculinities, Representation, and Black Masculinism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 38th Annual NCBS National Conference, Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, Miami, Florida, Mar 05, 2014 <Not Available>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Individual Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Many Black males (young and old) have become apathetic about their options and future potential--something not often understood by those who don't share their experience, limited options, and social pressure to perform. Yet despite the opposition from society and the limited options for success, many Black men, by any means necessary, have gone to detrimental extremes to demonstrate a desirable masculinity that will bring about status, wealth, respect, and the affections and loyalty of their women. Gender, for Black men, has become a life or death issue, as many of our youth are drug-dealing and in gangs, many of our adults are incarcerated or are lifelong sexual play-boys, and many of our elders are dying too early from stress and health issues all due to one thing: trying live up to an unrealistic standard of "manhood" historically excluded from Black men, even in the contemporary world.

As a result, many Black males who've long tired of these confining definitions by others, now find ourselves on the precipice of change, for those who dare consider it. Should we abandon our definitions of manhood and create a new one? Will our families and communities support such an endeavor? Will society's educational, law enforcement, and employment institutions be willing to accept it? These are some of the challenging questions that many Black men are struggling to answer. The answers can't be explored, however, until Black men first learn to articulate their own experiences, in their voices, and with a new gender vocabulary.

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