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Saturday, April 28 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Reintroducing the Hardline

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  1. Jason King "Batman-Blackman: Notes on Black Rock and Outer-Pop Contributions to the Superhero Film Franchise"
  2. Tavia Nyong’o  "Freedom’s Flight: Enlightenment, Awakening, and Extinction in the work of MeShell NdegeOcello"
  3. Francesca Royster "‘Baby, Could I Love You Tonight’: Tracy Chapman and Butch Recognition, Longing and Belonging in the Neo-Soul Moment"
  4. Shanté Paradigm Smalls "In the Name of the Future Buddha: On The Death and Life of Sananda Maitreya"
Moderator: TBD

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Jason King

Jason King, Ph.D is Associate Professor and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ and producer, he worked alongside music impresario Clive Davis to help build and develop the program and he served as... Read More →
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Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong’o is is a writer and teacher, and the author of two books, The Amalgamation Waltz (2009) and Afro-Fabulations (forthcoming). He has been attending EMP/Pop/MoPop/SyFy con since 2005, when he presented on the British punk band The Homosexuals. His first concert was the... Read More →
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Francesca Royster

Francesca Royster is Professor of English at DePaul University. Her research interests include African American literature, popular music, performance, Race, gender and sexuality, as well as Creative-nonfiction. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon... Read More →
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Shanté Paradigm Smalls

 Shanté Paradigm Smalls, a performer and performance studies scholar who works at the intersection of blackness, popular culture, and critical theory, is also an Assistant Professor of Black Literature and Culture at St. John’s University. Find out more about their music and scholarship... Read More →

Saturday April 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
JBL Theater MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109