The SXSW panel addressing #TweetingWhileBlack featuring me has been cancelled but the program will now continue by podcast or livestream. TBD

Tweeting While Black: You in Danger, Girl…

Date/Time of event: March 13, 2020 | 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm


Twitter represents a frenetic dichotomy for black women. On one hand, Twitter is a place to converse publicly and build community. The success of Black Twitter is but one example of how black women thrive in the Twitterverse. On the other hand, Twitter can be dangerous for black women. A 2018 Amnesty International study found that black women are Twitter’s most targeted group. It showed that black women are 84% more likely than white women to receive abusive tweets. It also labeled 1 in 10 tweets about Black women as abusive or problematic, with those tweets being sent every 30 seconds. Our panel will address this Twitter dichotomy. From the research, to having a large following, to going viral, this diverse group of panelists will explore the present and future of black women on Twitter.

This event was listed as 10 SXSW Session to Honor MLK Day. See link below


Carliss Chatman

Carliss Chatman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Her scholarship is largely influenced by 11 years of legal practice in complex commercial litigation, mass tort litigation and the representation of small and start-up businesses in the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Chatman’s work is also influenced by over two decades of service on non-profit boards and involvement with community organizations.

Tonya Evans

Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She created and directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.

Shontavia Johnson

Shontavia Johnson joined Clemson University in 2018, where she currently serves as Associate Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Innovation. She is also a tenured faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Prior to her current role, Shontavia served as the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School.

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.McMillan Cottom earned her doctorate from Emory University’s Laney Graduate School in sociology 2015. Her dissertation research formed the foundation for her first book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press 2016).

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