Black Male Students in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2018
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Edited Collection
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Abstract Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2018


Book Title: From Boom Boom to Malcolm: Representations of Black Male Students in American Popular Culture

Edited by Heather Moore Roberson, Ph.D. (Allegheny College) & Kevin W. Joseph, Ph.D. (The University of Kansas)

Under Contract with Information Age Publishing Inc.



Since the early 1900s, Hollywood has largely portrayed Black males as criminals, pimps, comics, slaves, athletes, and entertainers. With the frequency of such stereotypical representations on our screens, Hollywood has masterfully constructed the dominant narrative of Black males in mass media—leaving little room for representations of Black male characters in intellectual spaces. Though limited in number when compared to the entire catalog of television shows and films produced in the last century, a substantial amount of Black male student characters have made their way into homes, headphones, and local theaters across the world.  Examples include the K-12 representations featured on long-running television series such as The Wire and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and films such as Freedom Writers, High School High, Dangerous Minds, and Finding Forrester; the landmark television series A Different World; and films highlighting the collegiate experiences of Black male characters in School Daze, Drumline, Stomp the Yard, and, most recently, Dear White People. Further, with young adults’ increased engagement with various social media networks and hip-hop culture, Black male students have additional opportunities to establish their own digital identities and utilize their voices to address issues they encounter in educational spaces—such as the rise in student activism resulting from incidents of racial unrest on college campuses across the country.


This edited collection takes the position that popular representations of Black male students serve as more than mere sources of entertainment. In fact, they are representations worthy of critical exploration. Chapter contributors will question if visual representations truly offer non-stereotypical representations; analyze the depictions of film and television characters’ academic and social experiences; examine the interactions between students, teachers, and school administrators; explore Black male students in various genres of film; identify the ways current Black male students interpret their visual representations; centralize the Black male student voice in social media; and discuss Black male student activism.


Recommended Topics

The editors invite chapter proposals addressing all aspects of Black male student representations in popular culture. The edited collection will be organized around five sections:

  • Section One will explore the early history of Black male student images in American popular culture beginning with Black male student images immediately following Brown v. Board of Education.
  • Section Two will examine K-12 and post-secondary Black male student representations in film and television.
  • Section Three will consider the transformation of the Black male student image, with particular emphasis on the hip-hop generation and student athletes.
  • Section Four will explore the Black male voice in the era of social media.
  • Section Five will examine mass media representations of Black male student activists in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.


While all authors in the edited collection will generally discuss the images of Black male students in mainstream popular culture, we welcome proposals that interrogate agency, informal education, and social justice from a variety of vantage points. Further, we encourage submissions that incorporate methodological and theoretical approaches that expand the conversation about Black male’s social and educational experiences beyond race and gender (i.e. intersectionality theory, Black feminist thought, critical childhood studies, etc.).


Submission Procedures

Authors are invited to submit a 500-1,500 word abstract of their proposed chapter on or before November 30th, 2018.  In order to gain any necessary copyright permissions, authors are asked to provide a list of all popular culture texts they intend to analyze with their chapter abstract. All submissions must be in Times New Roman (or similar sans serif typeface), 11 or 12-point font size, and follow American Psychological Association (APA) format. Authors will be notified by December 15th, 2018about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters must be submitted by January 15th, 2019.  In your e-mail, please identify your willingness to adhere to the timeline listed below.


Submissions and inquiries should be forwarded to Heather Moore Roberson ( and Kevin W. Joseph (



The book is scheduled to be published by Information Age Publishing (IAP). IAP is a social science publisher of academic and scholarly book series, monographs, handbooks, encyclopedia and journals. IAP’s goal is to develop a comprehensive collection of materials that break down and define specific niches that lack high-level research material in the fields of Education, Psychology, Management, Leadership, Educational Technology, Mathematics and Black studies. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit





November 30th, 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline

December 15th, 2018: Notification of Acceptance

January 15th, 2019: Full Chapter Submission

February 15th, 2019: Feedback from Co-Editors

March 30th, 2019: Final Chapter Submission