Paris Dennard, Angela Rye, Deray Mckesson, Michael Eric Dyson

Black Genius in the Digital Age

Paris Dennard, Angela Rye, Deray Mckesson, Michael Eric Dyson

Talk: Black Genius in the Digital Age

As early adopters of technology, the Black Diaspora uses the internet as a way to showcase the complexity of Blackness., In this forum we explore Black Genius in Tech - the new language developed (misogynoir), the social movements created (#BlackLivesMatter), and the dialogue in virtual communities (Black Twitter) that push us into a new age. We also juxtapose how while Black genius creates technology, the people behind these developments are rarely funded to develop their ideas, afforded access to tech workplaces in critical mass despite being qualified, or the opportunity to be apart of the decision-making.

Paris Dennard

Paris Dennard is a GOP political commentator and consultant with over a decade of private and public sector experience on all levels of politics and public relations. In addition to his political background, for the past 20 years he has provided brand and image consulting.

Angela Rye

Angela Rye (born October 26, 1979) is an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC. She is a political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst.

Deray Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson (born July 9, 1985) is an American civil rights activist and educator. Mckesson is a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and is known for his activism via social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram and has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. Mckesson has also written for The Huffington Post and The Guardian.

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson (born October 23, 1958) is an African-American academic, author, and radio host. He is a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Described by Michael A. Fletcher as "a Princeton Ph.D. and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two", Dyson has authored or edited 18 books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Hurricane Katrina.