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Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Performance Studies, with a cognate in African American Studies and a certificate in Gender Studies, from Northwestern University. He is a back-to-back national poetry slam champion (2003 & 2004), has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOne’s Verses & Flow, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. He has written for Our Weekly, Text & Performance Quarterly, The Root, and is currently working on his book about how Blackness operates in slam and spoken word poetry communities.

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I'm Dunn (But Not Really) With This: A Few Notes on Strategic Apathy and White Supremacy

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Many people have asked me how I feel about the Michael Dunn case and the troubling verdict. I am quite vocal about race issues and general human equality so these inquiries come as no surprise. What is surprising, however, is my response to their questions: NOTHING. I feel absolutely and...

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Death of the Good Black Man Towards A "Shiny Suit Theory"

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:49 AM

I am a good Black man. I grew up in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in South Central, Los Angeles. I have always maintained at least a 3.5GPA, and, after graduating from Crenshaw Senior High School's Teachers Training Magnet Program with honors, I earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication...

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Remembering Revolution: A Few Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots/Uprising.

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 4:31 PM

On April 29th of 1992, the world turned its focus on South Central, Los Angeles, as the acquittal of four L.A.P.D. officers who were charged with violently beating Rodney King helped to spark the six-day racial melee that some call a riot and others an uprising. As we reflect on...

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Little Billy Blackface: The Academy Awards and the Reestablishment of the Social Order

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:27 PM

A couple weekends back, the Academy Awards, since its inception in 1929, awarded just its 14th Black Oscar winner in an acting category. Octavia Spencer, who played the fiery and outspoken maid Minny Jackson in The Help, was a bit more gracious than her character but no less subdued as...

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The Cult of Blackness: Racial Responsibility and Red Tails

(40) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 6:02 PM

Last week Anthony Hemingway's Red Tails, a Black action film inspired by the Tuskegee Airman that was written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder and produced by George Lucas, opened to sell out audiences across the United States. Despite less than stellar reviews Red Tails surpassed its initial financial goals...

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