Please join us Saturday, April 15 for our next monthly meeting: “#BlackTwitter: How Social Media is Changing Journalism.” We will be joined by Marqueeda LaStar (Black Girl Nerds), Ira Madison III (MTV News), Tyree Boyd-Pates (Black Book LA, Huffington Post Black Voices) and Dexter Thomas (Vice News). The meeting will take place at the SAG-AFTRA building at 11 a.m. It is open to the public, and parking is validated.
Marqueeda LaStar is the community manager of BlackGirlNerds.com, a society and lifestyle website and online community exploring the intersections of being Black, woman and nerdy. As community manager, she works to create and support an inclusive online community and collective whose reach goes far beyond the interwebs with engaging digital content and conversation. A culture technologist, Marqueeda is passionate about connections, emerging media and technology.
Ira Madison III is a culture writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Variety, Vulture and BuzzFeed. He will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Culture of Proximity.”
Tyree Boyd-Pates is a professor of Africana Studies, contributing writer for Huffington Post Black Voices and TEDx speaker. A graduate of Temple University and California State University, Bakersfield, Tyree expounds on Black culture from a millennial vantage and mobilizes communities of color through journalism, social media and education. He is co-curator of Black Book L.A., a weekly newsletter serving as “the Black millennial’s guide to Los Angeles.”
Dexter Thomas is a culture correspondent for Vice News covering the intersection of identity and art. He previously wrote for the Los Angeles Times, where he contributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of shootings in his hometown of San Bernardino, C.A. Dexter is also a PhD candidate in East Asian studies at Cornell University, and is writing a book about Japanese hip-hop.