By Adam J. Banks

A few compositionists, together with Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart Selber, have used the tropes of "mix" and "remix" to provide an explanation for electronic writing practices—and have even noted the present age as "remix culture." Banks (Univ. of Kentucky) asks "what we'd research from the rhetorical practices and traditions of the tradition that gave us the remix." He hyperlinks print, oral, and electronic productions in ways in which find African American discursive practices on the middle of electronic rhetoric, and he argues that the DJ is a griot, or electronic storyteller, via whom African American rhetoric might be reimaged in a brand new century. within the book's 5 chapters, the writer explores how the tropes of "mix," "remix," and "mixtape" tell a number of texts and areas. In bankruptcy four, for instance, he considers black theology as a "mixtape movement" that synthesizes integrationist and nationalist traditions. He additionally deals shout-outs in every one bankruptcy to electronic griot tasks. This groundbreaking publication is necessary and well timed, suggesting new instructions within the learn of either African American rhetoric and electronic rhetoric. Summing Up: Graduate scholars, researchers, school.

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David Coogan offers a compelling treatment of the complex roles, expectations, and audiences present for scholars attempting to do community literacy work. He also argues convincingly for a scholarly caution, for the maintenance of a kind of distance from local communities in the name of preserving intellectual inquiry as one's main goal. In his article "Community Literacy as Civic Dialogue," he presents an intergenerational oral history project he developed with residents of a black neighborhood in Chicago and his students.

Exploration of the innovative practices and conceptual frameworks fostered by black DJs in the Hip Hop tradition opens up space for connection with everyone and every culture as well, as Hip Hop DJing has influenced the entire society—just as Robert Johnson and B. B. King influenced guitar playing through and beyond rock and other cultures and musical genres worldwide. org) This digital griot project, developed by Ronald Bailey, uses ancient Nubia as a site of inquiry to help young people connect the sciences and humanities.

Geneva Smitherman found similar results in a different study: in her article "The Blacker the Berry, the Sweeter the Juice," she notes that African American students whose twelfth grade National Assessment of Educational Progress test essays demonstrated familiarity with black discursive patterns scored higher than students who weren't as familiar with such patterns, showing that students grow more in standardized English use and mainstream discourses when they are at home in their own language traditions.

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