mcfarlane digital portraitNicole Ashanti McFarlane thinks about how African Americans engage technologies to compose spaces of color and preside over Blackness in the public sphere.

With academic backgrounds in Political Science and African American Literature, Nicole began her career in the early days of music filesharing. These connections soon led Nicole to join the founding staff of SlamJamz, an online music site created by hip-hop pioneer and sonic visionary, Chuck D. Such academic and practical immersion in online publics focuses her interests in digital rhetorics, pop culture, and social activism. Currently a professor of English Rhetoric and Composition at Fayetteville State University, Nicole teaches courses in rhetorical theory, professional writing, and new media. Follow her at @doctashanti or CircuitouslyCute blog.