[By Kenton Rambsy]
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
♦Struggles for Freedom: Kanye West and Toni Morrison’s Artistic Renderings of Flight—August 29, 2011
♦Occupy Wall Street and Ralph Ellison: African American Novels and Organized Resistance—November 8, 2011
30 Days of 100 Novels
Various Entries on Black Literature and Rap Genius
♦Follow Up: 7 Links That Demonstrate Rap Genius's Connection To Digital African American Literary Scholarship—April 3, 2013
♦Jay-Z, Zora Neale Hurston, and Rap Genius: African American Expressive Culture and "Swag"—April 15, 2013
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