From the hidden figures of yesteryear to now, Black culture has been instrumental in the continued evolution of geek and pop culture. "The Evolution of Blackness in Geek Culture" will interrogate the history and future of these areas. We will explore how Black culture is at the forefront of trends and fandoms and learn how the influence of voices such as "Black Twitter" and Blerd (black+nerd) contingents have propelled the entertainment industry to new heights. We will illustrate how the culture at large has had a direct impact on marketability and acceptance. As films such as Black Panther and television shows like Game of Thrones became social and economic global phenomenons, this conversation will further illustrate how Black culture has been paramount to that growth.
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