#SmartBrownVoices – EP. 68 – Mark S. Luckie

I’m Back! On this episode we chat with Mark S. Luckie about his article “How Black People Built Social Media.”

Here is an excerpt:

“God created black people and black people created style,” George C. Wolfe once wrote.

African-Americans heavily influence everything entertainment to political discourse to the culture and conversations that fuel the internet. And yet black users on social platforms are largely ignored by the companies who build them.

In an effort to drive growth, many social media companies make the mistake of exclusively courting brands and celebrities while ignoring influential black users. Vine is the latest casualty of this myopic trend.

You can read the full article here: https://medium.com/@marksluckie/how-black-people-built-social-media-2eb086fcc20d#.igwoh0xz6

Mark S. Luckie is a digital strategist, career journalist and author of The Digital Journalist’s Handbook and the novel DO U. He is the former Manager of Journalism and News at Twitter and the Head of Journalism and Media at Reddit. Mark has led digital initiatives for the Washington Post, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The L.A. Times and Entertainment Weekly . Mark is a GLAAD Media Award nominee, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a part of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for Local Reporting. He was named by The Root as one of the most influential African-Americans of 2013 and 2014. Mark is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and the University of California, Berkeley where he received his master’s degree in journalism.

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