Patrick Johnson

Negotiating Past Black Media

My research explores how past black media texts function in the lives of black college students and contribute to their conceptions of blackness. Drawing on in-depth interviews, focus groups and textual analyses, my project examines how past media shape black cultural memories thus highlighting shifting constructions of blackness in popular culture. I am particularly interested in the ways students, who did not experience black media texts in their original temporal context, leverage past black media to substantiate their conceptions of generational difference. Additionally, I investigate how participants’ gendered positionalities inform their readings and memories of past black media texts.