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Department of African American Studies

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African American Studies in the Media

Our faculty often share their insights and expertise beyond the classroom. Reporters for local and national print and broadcast media seek them out for perspective about history, politics, art, race relations and more.

Topic News Organization Featuring Date
How Octavia E. Butler Mined Her Boundless Curiosity The Conversation Alyssa Collins
County Councils’ Tax Breaks have Cost SC Schools Billions Post and Courier Kendall Deas
WE DANCE - New Project by Wideman-Davis Dance Premieres at Tribeca Film Fest June 18th Jasper Magazine  Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis 05/30/2022
An Interview with Kristal Moore Clemons, Kendall Deas, and Jon Hale NEPC Talks Education Podcast Kendall Deas 04/13/2022
Zombie Ideas in Education Have You Heard Kendall Deas
Professor Birgitta Johnson connects music with culture, experience and emotion USC News and Events Birgitta Johnson
Chef Looks to Rectify Broken Promise Yahoo News Todd Shaw
"Drumbeat" Black Music Month South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Birgitta Johnson 06/27/2021
Musicians for Social Change: Marvin Gaye Good Talks Radio Birgitta Johnson 06/25/2021
‘Our ultimate choice is desegregation or disintegration’ – recovering the lost words of a jailed civil rights strategist The Conversation Bobby Donaldson 04/13/2021
Taking off the White Mask: It’s Time to Recognize the Black Roots of Western Music The Lovepost Birgitta Johnson 02/25/2021
How Formerly Enslaved Man Became 1st Black US Congressman in 1870 How Formerly Enslaved Man Became 1st Black US Congressman in 1870 Voice of America Bobby Donaldson 02/25/2021
WBTV’s Steve Crump and wife Cathy donate works to USC’s libraries, center for civil rights history WBTV Bobby Donaldson 02/10/2021
Why "The Talk" about race isn't limited to Black families NBC News Nancy Tolson  08/17/2020
Political expert says there is 'some chance of an upset' in Graham, Harrison race WACH TV Todd Shaw  08/07/2020
Black Music WFUV Birgitta Johnson  06/19/2020
Columbia Celebrates Junteenth WLTX Todd Shaw  06/19/2020
Aunt Jemima brand to pull image and name, calls it racist WACH FOX Kimberly Simmons  06/17/2020
Long-term inequities put SC minorities at higher risk for coronavirus exposure and death Post and Courier  Jason Cummings 04/16/2020
NPR National Poetry Month: Nikky Finney NPR Nikky Finney   03/29/2020
Inside Pete Buttigieg’s last-ditch effort to win black voters in South Carolina  Los Angeles Times Todd Shaw  02/27/2020
Democratic Presidential Field Falls Flat with Black Students Voice of America Todd Shaw  12/11/2019
Challenger takes on S.C. Senate race with rags-to-prominence story, record fundraising  Washington Post  Todd Shaw  12/07/2019
“To Flip and Move and Shine”: Ebony Flowers’ Hot Comb  The Comics Journals Qiana Whitted  10/22/2019
Can Kanye West Save Gospel Music? Rolling Stone Birgitta Johnson 10/25/19
Is nation bracing for a “race war” The Big DM – On Point

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Jim Clyburn’s ‘World Famous Fish Fry’ hooks large crowd  WIS TV Todd Shaw  6/21/19
USC gets collection of 180,000 comics with first Avengers, Justice League, X-Men  Post and Courier Qiana Whitted  4/30/19
The Beat Goes On Organization: Columbia Metropolitan

Birgitta Johnson


USC Dance Company Performs Contemporary Dance Repertory Columbia Star Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis


USC music professor: Aretha Franklin’s legacy goes beyond music

 SC Radio Network

Birgitta Johnson  8/20/2018
“Charlie’s Place” A renowned South Carolina nightclub SCETV Birgitta Johnson 4/26/2018
Conway welcome Nikky Finney home Nikky Finney 4/19/2018
Cultural Appropriation The Big DM Nancy Tolson 3/25/2018
“Black Panther” phenomena in-depth WIS-AWARENESS Qiana Whitted 3/6/2018
AFAM Studies faculty are OnPoint for Black Panther The BIG DM Qiana Whitted and Seulghee Lee
University of South Carolina unveils statue of first black professor Post and Courier Todd Shaw  2/22/2018
USC Unveils Statue of First African-American Professor ABC Columbia Todd Shaw 2/21/2018
USC’s first African-American professor now honored by statue on campus The State Newspaper Todd Shaw  2/21/2018
Marvel's "Black Panther:" More Than a Super Hero Movie WLTX TV Seulghee Lee  2/16/2018
"Black Panther" hits the theaters WIS TV Qiana Whitted  2/16/2018
Author Shares African American Folk Tales with Seniors WLTX TV
Nancy Tolson 2/8/2018


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