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Adilifu Nama

Professor of African American Studies | African American Studies

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES, University Hall, 4427

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Publications

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Documents

Photos

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Audio

Video

Biography

Dr. Adilifu Nama is a Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Education

University of Southern California

Ph.D., Postgraduate Studies

2002

Areas of Expertise

Astro-BlacknessAmerican Pop CultureRaceFilmcomicsPrinceSciFi Filmafrofuturism

Accomplishments

Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association | professional

Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino (University Texas Press: 2015).

Winner of the American Book Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement, 2012 | professional

Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes (University Texas Press, 2011)

Winner of the Peter C. Rollins Book Award for Best New Publication on Popular Culture, 2009 | professional

Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film (University Texas Press, 2008).

Media Appearances

Dissecting ‘Black Panther’ with the guy who literally wrote the book on black superheroes

kpcc  radio

2018-02-16

Interview about film.

'Black Panther': The Movie, The Madness, The Movement --

WUNC  radio

2018-02-14

INTERVIEW REGARDING BLACK PANTHER FILM.

Black Panther puts black lives on screen “The Current”

CBC  radio

2018-02-08

INTERVIEW REGARDING BLACK PANTHER FILM

Super Heroes Decoded: American Rebels, Television Series/Documentary

The History Channel  tv

2017-10-01

RACE AND COMICS IN AMERICA

“Marvel's Luke Cage and the cultural significance of a bulletproof black man”

NPR-KPCC 89.3 – Take Two  radio

2016-09-30

Interview

“Comic books come of age – the depiction of race in graphic novels” |

National Public Radio  radio

2012-02-14

INTERVIEW

Event Appearances

“Afro-Futurism: Black to the Future!”

Comic-Con  San Diego, CA

2018-07-20

Invited Panelist, Afrofuturism

CLOAK AND DAGGER Conference (2014)  Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society

Invited Panelist, Afrofuturism

San Diego Comic Fest  San Diego, California (2014)

Invited Speaker

Series, a yearlong slate of programs, collectively entitled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" focused on themes of power, heroes and identity, as explored through the medium of superhero comics  The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI "SkypeTacular! (2014)

Invited Panelist, Black Masculinities in Comic Books

Comic-Con  San Diego, California (2014)

Invited Presenter

Graduate seminar on Diversity and Representation in Comics and Sequential Art  California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California (2014)

Invited Speaker, The Sun Ra Centennial: A Different Order of Being

Allendale Branch Library Event  Pasadena, California (2014)

Articles

Staking Out a Blatino Borderlands (Book) | Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (2013)

“Staking Out a Blatino Borderlands” in Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Palgrave: 2013), Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama

Color Them Black | The Superhero Reader (2013)

“Color Them Black” in The Superhero Reader (University of Mississippi Press: 2013). Eds. Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worchester

Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers | The Black Imagination, Science Fiction and the Speculative (2010)

“Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers” in The Black Imagination, Science Fiction and the Speculative, Eds. Sandra Jackson, Julie Moody Freeman, (Routledge: December, 2010).

It was Signified: The Genesis | Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’ Illmatic

“It was Signified: The Genesis” in Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’ Illmatic. Eds. Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzi (Basic Civitas: January, 2010).

Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers | African Identities

Brave Black Worlds: Black Superheroes as Science Fiction Ciphers
Peer reviewed journal: African Identities
Published (May, 2009).

R is for Race, not Rocket: Black Representation in American Science Fiction Cinema | Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Q.25.2 (2009)

R is for Race, not Rocket: Black Representation in American Science Fiction Cinema
Peer reviewed journal: Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Q.25.2
Published (November, 2009).

More Symbol than Substance: African American Representation in Network Television | Peer reviewed journal: Race and Society

More Symbol than Substance: African American Representation in Network Television (2004)
Peer reviewed journal: Race and Society p. 21-38 (6), 2004.

Codes of Race (Letter-to-the-Editor) | The Los Angeles Times (2002)

Codes of Race (Letter-to-the-Editor) (12/29/02).
Newspaper: The Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section.