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Black Media Studies / Mass Communications

This course explores the communication arts in the Black Diaspora. By examining media practices in Black America and beyond, we can reframe notions of 'the media' toward a broader understanding of global systems of information production and communication. Mass Communications history and research are at the core of this class, starting with African dialects, traditional oration, the Black Press in the United States, film makers, broadcast radio and TV, and social media such as Black Twitter.


Coursework includes readings, collaborative blogging, and digital tool making. The final project consists of an audio essay, produced using Audacity and distributed via SoundCloud.


Black Media Studies in Spring 2016 was hosted at


At right you will find our final projects, produced as podcasts.

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