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Johnson & Neal’s Introduction to “Black Code Studies” – Wild Seed in the Machine (The Black Scholar, Vol 47, No. 3, 2017) #BlackCodeStudies

Johnson, Jessica Marie, and Mark Anthony Neal. “Introduction: Wild Seed in the Machine.” The Black Scholar 47, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 1–2.

Black Code (co-edited by @jmjafrx and @NewBlackMan)

Delighted to share the latest special issue of the Black Scholar on the convergence of black studies and the digital humanities known as Black Code Studies–co-edited by Mark Anthony Neal and yours truly!

See below:

The Black Scholar is proud to announce the release of “Black Code,” a special issue of the Black Scholar. The guest editors, Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, have assembled a collective of digital soothsayers working on the margins of Black Studies, Afrofuturism, radical media, and the digital humanities. Black Code Studies is queer, femme, fugitive, and radical; as praxis and methodology, it waxes insurgent when the need arises. And in this moment, we are in need of Black digital insurgency, one attuned to racial scripts of the past even as it looks to future modes of Black thought and cultural production for inspiration. Barely scratching the surface, this issue welcomes new work and celebrates a Black digital fugitivity that has been present since the beginning of the internet. Our contributors include Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lauren Cramer, Alessandra Raengo, Tara L. Conley, Ashleigh Wade, Aleia Brown, Joshua Crutchfield, Megan Driscoll, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, and Joy James, with an introduction from Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, and cover art from John Jennings celebrating Octavia Butler’s iconic novel Wild Seed.

Preview the introduction by Johnson and Neal, the co-editors, by following this link:

We hope you enjoy the work as much as we enjoyed bringing this phenomenal group of scholars together! Hurray! It’s here!!!

DIGITAL: Parham on African American Lifeworlds and the Internet of Things

“In this talk I take as my conceptual starting point Angela Davis’ reading of Frederick Douglass’ telling of his own movement into human freedom, a tale that ends with his assertion that “however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” I end with a consideration of what is at stake in recognizing emergent parallels between the historical lives of African Americans and how the industrialization of the Internet has enabled our growing desire to optimize every object as intelligent extension of a masterful self.

DIGITAL: Gallon on the Chicago Defender’s Standing Dealers List | Black Press Research Collective


Enjoying this essay and research by Kim Gallon of the Black Press Research Collective:

“The Chicago Defender, also known as the “World’s Greatest Weekly,” encouraged over a million African Americans living in the South to migrate to urban cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York between 1915 and 1925.   Founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, it was the largest and best selling black newspaper in the first three decades of the twentieth century.

DIGITAL: Delmont’s Black Quotidian (Using Scalar)

Everyday Black Life/History Project from Matthew Delmont! –

Black Quotidian is a digital project designed to highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history. This site features historical articles from black newspapers such as the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, and Philadelphia Tribune. These newspapers—digitized as part of the ProQuest Black Newspaper collection—are among the most important sources for understanding black history and culture in the twentieth century.  Similarly, the Library of Congress has digitized dozens of African-American newspapers that chronicle life in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. By emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects.

DIGITAL: Currie and Ligon Curate Google Cultural Institute Exhibit “Black College Life in the New Deal” | U.S. National Archives

Netisha Currie (Archives Specialist) and Dr. Tina Ligon (Lead Archivist) curated the gorgeous “Black College Life in the New Deal” exhibit for the Google Cultural Institute and the U.S. National Archives:


“The photographs in this exhibit are all from the series Kenneth Space Photographs of the Activities of Southern Black Americans, 1936 – 1937 (National Archives Identifier 559211), located at the National Archives at College Park.

For more information and updates about records at the National Archives relating to black history, please visit the Rediscovering Black History blog (”

A Photo Exhibit Through the Lens of Kenneth Space, Photographer for the  Harmon Foundation