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From Black Face to Black Twitter: Dr. Jannette Dates on Narratives of Black Humor

Jan 17, 2019

Credit Photo Courtesy Dr. Jannette Dates

Today, the history of humor in the African American community.  Tom's guest is Dr. Janette Dates, a former Dean of the Howard University School of Communications . With her colleague, Dr. Mia Moody Ramirez, Dr. Dates has written a book that traces the evolution of Black humor from African story tellers to modern day icons of popular culture.  The book is called From Blackface to Black Twitter: Reflections on Black Humor, Race, Politics and Gender. 

Our conversation was streamed live on Facebook. Click here to watch the video.