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And the Beat Goes On….New Direction on the HBW Blog

[By Kenton Rambsy]

On February 22, 2011, I founded the HBW blog in the attempt
to fill a void—that void being a no central online resource dedicated to
writing about African American novels and its history. Two years later, with
nearly 300 entries and over 200,000 hits, the blog has grown and serves as an
online representation of the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW). The
initial blogging project to provide a few entries on 100 of the Project’s
novels has certainly surpassed my imagination for what could be possible in terms
of presenting research findings to an online audience.

The growth and sustainability of the blog requires new
voices and ideas in order for the site to continue to meet its goals of being
an outpost for African American novel history. Therefore, as my graduate career
begins to pivot in other directions, I must step down as editor-in-chief in
order to devote my attention to other areas and ensure the future of this
website. While I will still occasionally blog, the day-to-day responsibilities of
the site will now be headed by Goyland Williams as he expands the focus of the
blog and continues to cultivate an online community interested in exploring
content related to black novels, black popular culture, and digital humanities.

The HBW blog has served as an online outpost where I could
focus on advancing the Project’s goal of literary recovery work in black studies;
professional development, curriculum change and innovation; and, public
literacy programming. As editor, I have had the opportunity to write nearly 100
entries, recruit a regular blogging staff dedicated to writing about black
novels and culture, cultivate an impressive roster of guest bloggers, and
develop a series of online timelines and various resources geared towards the
study of African American literature. Below, I have catalogued a series of
entries I have done over the past two years and arranged the various blogs by
content and theme.
As the song says, “And, the beat goes on” as the HBW blog continues
to work on filling a major void and serving as an online reservoir for  content pertaining to black artistic culture
in novels, music, and digital culture. 

Blogging About African American Literature—Various Topics related to Black Novels and Autobiographies 
30 Days of 100 Novels
Various Entries on Black Literature and Rap Genius
Digital Humanities
African American Literary History—Timelines and Resources
Oprah Winfrey and African American Literature

The Coverage Of…Various Subjects in Black Culture and
Literature
Break It Down—Explaining Black Novels
Public Events with HBW and the University of Kansas