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Professor Adam Banks On The Link Between Funk And Technology

In a warm lecture hall, University of Kentucky professor Adam Banks bounced and spoke with the cool cadence of a spoken-word poet, dropping gems on technology, funk and black freedom.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Banks returned to the city to argue that Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album, “Talking Book,” is a master key to black rhetoric, literacy, innovation and contemporary engagements with technology. As he stood on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, blocks from the John Hay High School he attended as a teen, Banks seemed keenly aware of geography and beginnings as he performed his presentation: "Talking Back to the Book: Critical Digital Literacies in African American Rhetorical Traditions." He called Wonder's work "a funk sermon," an infusion of new technologies,... Read More →

#NPRBlacksInTech Series Explores Racial Divide In Tech Industry

African-American tech insiders will talk about their work stories in a new series on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. From Dec. 2 until Dec. 20, Twitter users can follow the #NPRBlacksInTech hashtag to follow a day-in-the-life of these "tech thinkers." Michel Martin, host of Tell Me More, expects this feature will broaden the conversation about who staffs the tech revolution. "'A Day in the Life' allows us to experience in real time the imprint that African-Americans are making on our country's STEM engine," Martin said. "The series throws open the door to the worlds of these highly important, but largely invisible, individuals."  Anjuan Simmons, who this year published the book “Minority Tech,” said he jumped at the chance to give others a glimpse of his work as a... Read More →
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