Wednesday, September 4, 2013

And the Beat Goes On….New Direction on the HBW Blog

[By Kenton Rambsy]

On February 22, 2011, I founded the HBW blog in the attempt to fill a void—that void being a no central online resource dedicated to writing about African American novels and its history. Two years later, with nearly 300 entries and over 200,000 hits, the blog has grown and serves as an online representation of the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW). The initial blogging project to provide a few entries on 100 of the Project’s novels has certainly surpassed my imagination for what could be possible in terms of presenting research findings to an online audience.

The growth and sustainability of the blog requires new voices and ideas in order for the site to continue to meet its goals of being an outpost for African American novel history. Therefore, as my graduate career begins to pivot in other directions, I must step down as editor-in-chief in order to devote my attention to other areas and ensure the future of this website. While I will still occasionally blog, the day-to-day responsibilities of the site will now be headed by Goyland Williams as he expands the focus of the blog and continues to cultivate an online community interested in exploring content related to black novels, black popular culture, and digital humanities.

The HBW blog has served as an online outpost where I could focus on advancing the Project’s goal of literary recovery work in black studies; professional development, curriculum change and innovation; and, public literacy programming. As editor, I have had the opportunity to write nearly 100 entries, recruit a regular blogging staff dedicated to writing about black novels and culture, cultivate an impressive roster of guest bloggers, and develop a series of online timelines and various resources geared towards the study of African American literature. Below, I have catalogued a series of entries I have done over the past two years and arranged the various blogs by content and theme.

As the song says, “And, the beat goes on” as the HBW blog continues to work on filling a major void and serving as an online reservoir for  content pertaining to black artistic culture in novels, music, and digital culture. 

Blogging About African American Literature—Various Topics related to Black Novels and Autobiographies 

30 Days of 100 Novels

Various Entries on Black Literature and Rap Genius

Digital Humanities

African American Literary History—Timelines and Resources

Oprah Winfrey and African American Literature

The Coverage Of…Various Subjects in Black Culture and Literature

Break It Down—Explaining Black Novels

Public Events with HBW and the University of Kansas

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