CACE Schedule

Wednesday, February 22nd, 9 am – 5 pm
CACE (Conference on African-American & African Diasporic Culture and Experience)

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Registration tables for CACE will open from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm in front of the EUC Cone Ballroom


9:00 am – 9:50 am: Opening Session


Location: EUC Cone Ballroom

Welcome: Dr. Cerise L. Glenn & Mr. Michael D. Cauthen
Remarks Given By: Chancellor Gilliam, Provost Dunn and Dean Kiss
“Performing Power” Interactive Performance by Community Play


10:00 am – 10:50 am: Research Presentations, Session 1


Session 1A: “Conversation on Gender Representation in Performing Arts for African Americans”
Moderator: Mr. Duane Cyrus
Location: EUC Auditorium

Duane Cyrus, Amari Jones, and Nia Sadler, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Associate professor Duane Cyrus will lead a discussion and showing of excerpts of his work “Chronicle of the Masked Faggot”; “#blackmendream” by contemporary artist Shikieth, and live performance work by dance major Amari Jones. These works will open discussion on the topic of gender representations for African-American women and men. “Chronicle of the Masked Faggot” (2016) explores the ways same gender loving men of color create “masks of survival, denial, and control” on and around their bodies. #blackmendream (2014) by Shikieth is described as an “…experimental documentary that creates a virtual “safe space” through hash tagging, enabling Black males to pull apart emotional restrictions often denied through crossroads of race and gender.” Student Amari Jones’ piece entitled Catharsis, was constructed as a response to the living paradox that exists within the American black woman.


Session 1B: Examining Contemporary Misconceptions of Black America
Moderator: Mr. Michael D. Cauthen
Location: EUC Claxton

“Conquer the Construct: Reclamation of ‘The Hood’”
Stephanie Nnamani, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The narrative of Blackness in America has long been plagued with the stigma of “the hood,” with the prevailing objective being: get out of the hood as a demonstration of Black success. But as gentrification plows through major cities in America, there isn’t a more pertinent time to come into the realization that “the hood”—at its core—is a social construct. Like most social constructs, it is open to deconstruction, and ultimately, reconstruction. The present paper will examine visual and linguistic structures that contribute to this cultural standing and the role of rap artists in orchestrating change.

“Health Impact on Black Americans When Chronically Exposed to Racial Trauma”
Jasmine Kendrick, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Direct and indirect exposure to racial trauma leads to adverse health effects. According to Pinchevski and Amit (2016), viewing traumatic images such as these in the media can elicit post-traumatic stress disorder. Scharrer’s (2008) research reported that witnessing such violent reports in the news causes desensitization. This constant exposure to police murdering Black people can also evoke fear in many individuals (Wanzo, 2015).

“The Myth of Black Unity”
Alexis Brown, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Throughout the course of history, an archetype for individuals who fight for social justice has developed. Those that are credited with making an impact more often than not are heterosexual, cisgender, male, fair-skinned, or able-bodied individuals that conform to gender roles and respectability politics. Regrettably, this outdated archetype has manifested itself in the 21st century, especially in Pro-Black movements of today. I argue that Black people outside of said archetype are often neglected or erased in Pro-Black movements, and until we acknowledge those that are marginalized within the marginalized we will not truly be free.‌ ‌Liberation for some is not liberation at all.


Session 1C: “Partnering Protest Action with Student Voices for Change”
Moderator: Dr. Ayesha Boyce
Location: EUC Alexander

 Spoma Jovanovic, Nancy Maingi, Christopher Jordan, Ayah Khalifa, Kayte Farkas, and Isaiah Saint-Hilarie, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In 2016, youth took to the streets, rallying around chants, “Black lives matter” and “not in my name” to voice their displeasure of systemic inequalities. But back in the classroom, students are routinely driven away from critical questioning of the discrimination that persists in society. As education critic Henry Giroux (2012) rightly points out, we need to blend classroom and community action to teach students how to recognize injustices and, “relate them to a broader understanding of politics” (p. 17). Public participation for a 21st century democracy requires that students be prepared and respected for their contributions in community affairs (Nabatchi and Leighninger, 2015).


Session 1D: Academic, Economic, and Social Classification of Blacks in the 21st Century
Moderator: Mr. D. Clinton Williams
Location: EUC Kirkland

“Racial Socialization: Black Middle Class”
Nailah Amen, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Middle class Black Americans go through different racial socialization than lower-class Black Americans. Class values and social environments are analyzed to explain how these differences occur. This topic is important to explore because it affects racial and class relations within the Black community. Using peer-reviewed journals, I will explore the history of the Black middle class, class division in the Black community, and the differences in racial socialization amongst both classes.

“Economic Justice, The Social Construct of ‘Black,’ ‘Colored,’ and ‘Negro,’ and the Need for Collective Self Identification”
Akeem Cheek, North Carolina Central University

The enslavement, conquest, and colonization of America was an economic thrust for power by many European nations. The enslavement of various groups of people ending and flourishing with African enslavement was an economic tool. The tactic was used to exploit the newly conquered land of the Americas and the economic sovereignty of West and Central Africa. As a result of the exploitation of various ethnic groups of Africans, the status and identifying factors of these people has been compromised. The result has been the newly united groups have been issued social constructs as identifiers.

“Black Sisyphus: Racial Identity and Objectivity in Academia”
Jamal Michel, Duke University Alumni

This presentation will seek to explore the phenomenon of racial identity as an inadvertent obstacle on the path to objective teaching in that, educators of color often work within parameters that discourage, if not, disable, usage of their lived experiences. When blocked, these lived experiences become diluted and alter the efficacy of the educator’s role as a guide and model for critical analysis. Pragmatism and objectivity then become shifted and reworked in order to acknowledge the existence of an educator’s racial identity, and if left unaccounted for, severely impact the inclusive environment in which growing student bodies of non-white students thrive.


11:00 am – 11:50 am: Research Presentations, Session 2


Session 2A: The Identity of Black Women in the 21st Century
Moderator: Dr. Cerise L. Glenn
Location: EUC Claxton

“The American Dream”
Bre’anie Sanders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation analyzes the inequalities that come with being a woman, black, and gay in the 21st century. You will hear experiences from my former educators, peers and leaders from a rural community. Years have gone by and equality still doesn’t fully exist, and we tend to wonder if it will ever come into existence.

“To Be Black, Female, and Already Dead: Black Women, Discourses on Value, and Disposability”
Itane Coleman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Given disparities in treatment of black female victimhood as it relates to violence, this presentation will interrogate the ways in which black women are increasingly vulnerable to instances of kidnapping, sexual violence, and serial murder. The HBO film Tales of the Grim Sleeper will act as the site of this presentation to interrogate discourses on value.

“Coretta Scott King in Selma and Betty & Coretta: Representations of the Black Woman, the Black Wife, and the Black Mother during the Civil Rights Movement”
Rozalia Romocki and Jarrett Johnson,  University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist and the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. With recent productions of movies such as Selma and The Butler, we wanted to investigate how Coretta Scott King’s role in the Civil Rights Movement is depicted in current “Civil Rights-esque” popular films.


Session 2B: “And Still I Rise: Lived Experiences of Prominent and Emerging Black Evaluators”
Moderator: Dr. Ayesha Boyce
Location: EUC Alexander

Cherie Avent, Aileen Reid, Ayesha Boyce, and Adeyomo Adetogun, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The purpose of this presentation is to examine experiences of prominent and emerging Black program evaluators in the 20th and 21st centuries. Findings from a study that aimed to compare and contrast lived experiences of Black evaluators who are diverse in gender, age, years of experience, and nation of origin will be presented.


Session 2C: News Coverage of Black Lives Matter, Representations, and Responses to Black Student Activism by Convservative Media, and the UNC System
Moderator: Dr. Tara T. Green
Location: EUC Kirkland

“Black Student Movements”
Ajamu Dillahunt-Holloway, North Carolina Central University

This session covers the vital role that students play in social movements, with a specific focus on The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). This session also elaborates on the campaigns that SNCC laughed in the deep south and the important resources they served for the surrounding community.

“Black Lives Matter Coverage on Fox News”
Kayla Baker, Candice Parrish, Mushaya Carter, and Stephanie Scheller, North Carolina Central University

As a call-to-action in 2013, #BlackLivesMatter emerged as a response to anti-Black racism and state-sanctioned violence. Since then it has grown as a nationwide activist network, a political organization, and a global rallying cry. While not free of criticism from both the left and right on its strategies and tactics, the movement has proved proficient at conforming to different political contexts.

“How do Universities in the UNC System Cover the Black Lives Matter Movement?”
Latasha Jeter and Candice Parrish, North Carolina Central University

This presentation examines how student newspapers within the UNC system covered the Black Lives Matter Movement within the past year (from 2015-2016). Several schools included coverage of different types of events on campus.


Session 2D: Art, Religion and How These Impact Different Aspects of the Black Society
Moderator: Dr. Roy Schwartzman
Location: EUC Dogwood

Are We Going to Be Alright? Kendrick Lamar, and Identity Tension
Christina Blankenship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

With the success of How to Pimp a Butterfly and good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar’s music has pushed a revitalization of Black Power within mainstream culture.  Using Lamar’s 2016 Grammy performance and identity theory, the question we are to ask is “who is the ‘we’ in Alright?” while examining the political-personal and collective identity tension occurring within modern hip-hop music.

Religious Practices of the Black Community
Niesha Williams, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation focuses on exploring the religious practices of the black community from BCE all the way to the 21st century to gain an understanding of how religion has evolved over time within the black community, and shaped how we function.

“’About Us, By Us, For Us’: Shakespeare, Du Bois, and Black Theatre During The Black Arts Movement”
Sara Eudy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The cultural history of Shakespeare in America provoked backlash from authors of the twentieth century, driving many towards locally composed “folk plays” in an attempt to restore voice to those disenfranchised by traditional theatre.  Theatre of the Black Arts Movement developed in opposition of conventional drama, particularly the likes of Shakespeare, and pushed for the exposure of suppressed voices, productions of the era often being steeped in black nationalistic thought.


12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: CACE Luncheon for Registered Participants and Registered Guests


Location: EUC Cone Ballroom

Remarks from Dr. Naurice Woods
African Student Union Mwasi Kitoko Dance Group performance
Wesley Williams and Jeremiah Williams, Drummers from Suah African Dance Theater, performance


1:00 pm – 1:50 pm: Research Presentations, Session 3


Session 3A: “Black Women in the Community”
Moderator: Dr. Julie Smith
Location: EUC Claxton

Aliyah Ruffin, Nailah Amen, and Laniya James, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation will examine the influence Black women have in the community, while addressing their role in the establishment of several community based organizations. This presentation will focus on a specific community organizing group entitled Community Play!/All Stars Project, which each of the presenters produce.


Session 3B: “Race and The Gender Wage Gap: Whiteness and the Systematic Silencing of Black Women”
Moderator: Mr. Armondo Collins
Location: EUC Alexander

Nancy Maingi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This will be an interactive workshop with the audience.  The focus is illuminating the systematic silencing of black women in conversations pertaining to the gender wage gap.


Session 3C: Social Media as a ‘New’ Tool for Black Activism
Moderator: Dr. Brian McGowan
Location: EUC Kirkland

“Slacktivism or Social Change? Analysis of the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign”
Annalisa Donahey, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Through the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign led in the U.S. by First Lady Michelle Obama, this discussion will be focused on how social movements may emerge, thrive, survive, or evaporate online.


Session 3D: Political and Artistic Topics Relating to the 21st Century Black Experiences
Moderator: Ms. Erin Ellis
Location: EUC Dogwood

“Affirmative Action”
Allen Walker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation addresses and reaffirms the need for affirmative action in education, while utilizing the United States Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2013) and the prohibition against affirmative action at the University of California at Berkeley.

“Erasure Erased: Interpreting the Parallels between America’s Racial Past and Present in Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall”
Thomas Simonson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey has long concerned herself with correcting the abridged historical narratives of her country. It is in her latest volume, 2012’s Thrall, that Trethewey is perhaps most ambitious in reclaiming from obscurity the voices of the dispossessed. Thrall is part of the reclamation of suppressed history in which Trethewey seeks to amend the United States’ traditional, historical erasure of people of color.

“Black Dance in America”
Aleshia Satchel, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Black Dancers in America face many struggles that hinder them from being able to succeed in the dance industry. Black dances are not taken seriously and is considered primitive and unprofessional. They are few opportunities for black dancers to get the proper training that these schools or companies require. Black dancers that do receive classical training are still discriminated against because they may not have the look that these companies desire. The dance world has given very little room for black dancers to thrive.


2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Research Presentations, Session 4


Session 4A: African Diasporic Elements in Black America
Moderator: Ms. Sarah Carrig
Location: EUC Claxton

“Reyes del Congo: Clandestine Elections of Black Royalty in Colonial Mexico”
Miguel Valerio, Ohio State University

This talk analyzes the records against the Colonial Mexico narrative in order to show how blacks syncretized African and European traditions in order to preserve and continue to practice their ancestral festive, funeral, and other life rituals. The argument is that while Afro-Mexicans availed themselves of religious confraternities in order to garner social agency, they did not entirely forego their African heritage in their adherence to Iberian Christianity, but rather made it a constitutive element of their New World identity.

“The Afro-Latino Experience Within the United States”
Anthony Mungo, Guilford Technical Community College

This presentation investigates, as well as highlights, the invisibility and marginalization that Afro-Latinx immigrants within the United States. The purpose of the presentation and analysis is to not only open the critical conversation involved around the intersections of latindad and blackness but also allow for a deeper cultural and authentic appreciation of the cultural and social contributions that the Afro-Latinx community has made within the United States as well as in the African Diaspora in regards within the fields of music, education, politics, healthcare, and other areas.

“Mobilizing African Diaspora Communities in Greensboro Participatory Budgeting”
Vincent Russell and Spoma Jovanovic, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This talk reviews how working with stakeholders to organize community training events mobilized members of immigrant and refugee communities to vote in PB (Participatory Budgeting). It also discusses how this collaboration recognized the important contributions of African diaspora communities to teach researchers and practitioners about voter mobilization.


Session 4B: “The Turbulence and the Wake: The Execution of Black Women in Early America”
Moderator: Dr. Andrea Hunter
Location: EUC Alexander

Tiera Moore, Domonique Edwards, and Andrea Hunter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Christina Sharpe (2016), in “In the Wake: on Blackness and Being,” challenges us to draw connections between past and present, and to ask questions about the female body, violence, and death as well as the acts of resistance by women. We focus on 18th century America when the trade and exploitation of black bodies, male and female, came to define a nation alongside its Declaration of Independence.


Session 4C: Narratives and Myths of Black Masculinity in Education, Family, and Popular Culture
Moderator: Dr. Cerise L. Glenn
Location: EUC Claxton

“Examining Black Masculinity in: Between the World & Me”
Christopher Jordan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation discusses the black body, the constraints placed upon it in the United States and more specifically, the importance of male figures. The book, “Between the World and Me,” by Teneshi Coates has great perspective into the aspect of the Black body as well as the father writing a letter to his son about being black in America, such as encountering police prejudice.

“Gang Culture and Performing Masculinity ‘Code of the Street’”
Dominick Hand, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation focuese on “false” masculinity practiced by black male youth who come from dysfunctional black families, resource-deprived schools and areas of concentrated poverty.

“The Power of Kendrick Lamar’s Mortal Man”
Vincent Johnson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation addresses the power that artistic expression has to communicate minority perspectives on issues of social justice/injustice. Art is one of the primary tools that Black Americans have used to communicate our perspectives to the world.


Session 4D: African American Experiences in Health, Adversity, and Psychosocial Resilience
Moderator: Dr. April Ruffin-Adams
Location: EUC Dogwood

“Lone Survivor: Linking Institutionalized Racial Adversity, Lived Experiences and Mental Health Conditions among African Americans”
Mary John, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This presentation will define the link between institutionalized racial adversity, lived experiences, and mental health conditions in the African American community. This talk explains how it relates to the misrepresentation and norm of suffering in silence.

“Hip Hop Holocaust Studies: Engaging With Intersecting Oppressions and Resiliencies”
Asya Taylor and Roy Schwartzman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Utilizing the lyrics and life experiences of Kendrick Lamar as an exemplar, this presentation links first-person oral testimonies of individual Jewish Holocaust survivors with the social forces that inspire and are reflected in selected hip hop musical culture.  This will also demonstrate and discuss interactive student exercises designed to expand Jewish and African American identity beyond victimization and trauma.


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: CACE Networking Social, Poster Presentations, and Graduate Information Program Session

Location: Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room


Poster Presentations:

“Objectification Theory, Black Women, and their Sexuality”
Jennifer McLean, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Objectification theory postulates that girls and women are acculturated to internalize an outside person’s view of their bodies. For decades, Black women’s bodies have been objectified within and outside of their culture. This poster explores how objectification affects body image and perceptions of their own sexuality.


“Crazy, Sexy, Blues: TLC’s Redefining of the Classic Blues Woman”
Asia Brown, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

TLC’s music redefines the blues woman through unabashed sexual independence, social activism, and shifting the blues narrative from female jealousy and rivalry to girl power. These blues women sang about individualized African American sexual love, female solidarity and gender struggles within the working-class black community.


“An African Bio-Mineral Approach in Reversing Disease”
Yely GnaN’Ga Henry Gamamou, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The alkaline herbal medicine gives insight into many of the herbs used to reverse disease. This research mainly focuses on the reversal of diabetes. Diabetes is an increasing problem in many African communities throughout the Diaspora. This research reveals that all manifestation of disease finds its beginning when and where the mucous membrane has been compromised.


UNCG Graduate Program Tables:

Graduate Programs with the following Departments and Programs will be hosting information tables during the CACE Networking Social:

– African American & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Certificate Program
– Department of Biology
– Department of Communication Studies
– Department of English
– Department of Geography
– Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
– Department of Mathematics & Statistics
– Department of Political Science
– Department of Sociology
– Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
– Women’s & Gender Studies Program

Literary Café

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: EUC Alexander

Hosted by: Tiera Moore, Dominick Hand, and Demetrius Noble

Round 1 of performers will begin after introductions from the hosts, around 6:00 pm

Round 2 of performers will begin after second introductions from the hosts, around 7:00 pm

Open to the public!

The performing artists for Literary Café:
•  The Black Box (Tee, Ariel and Ishine)
•  Poet Laureate Donovan Livingston
•  Demetrius Noble

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