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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
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Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication.She lectures, writes and consults on these and… Read more

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The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval in the form of reports like this one do not appear to have the same effect in lessening racist speech as disapproval does in face-to-face encounters.The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval is less effective.

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Baratunde Thurston's "How To Be Black," part memoir, part investigative journalism and part cheeky instruction manual, explores such topics as "How to Be the Angry Negro" and "How to Be the (Next) Black President."

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Sunday, April 29, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Los Angeles uprising and the two-week anniversary of the resurrection of slain gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur as a hologram at Coachella. The events are not a coincidence. Rather, they are part of a cultural argument that speaks to racial tensions, police misconduct and vigilantism that have plagued the city for decades.The 20th anniversary of the L.A. uprising and the resurrection of slain rapper Tupac are not a coincidence.

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Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication.She lectures, writes and consults on these and other issues related to contemporary communication through Truthdig and her books.

Dawkin's books include "Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity"(2012), the Best Book Award finalist "Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Hip Hop in America)" (2013) and her latest book "Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age" (2015). In addition to her writing, she has been consulted by Google, NPR, WABC-TV Boston, TIME Magazine, HuffPo Live, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, Voice of America, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America.

Dawkins has received funding and recognition from organizations such as the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, the Irvine Foundation, the California State University, Google Project Glass and USC Program Board. In addition, she has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Brown University, Vanderbilt University Law School, New York University, Villanova University and the USC Graduate School Office of the Provost and was recognized with the Outstanding Professor Award in 2014. Most recently, she has been awarded with the SC Panhellenic Greek Professor Appreciation Award (2015) and Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order ( 2015)

Dawkins recieved a doctorate in communication from USC Annenberg, master's degrees in humanities from USC and NYU and bachelor's degrees in communication arts and honors from Villanova.
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