Soulful Visions of the Speaking Self – download it right now!

My show last night flowed really well, and the sound quality was much better than I thought. Have a listen while you head to work in the morning! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-thinkculture/2018/12/13/soulful-visions-of-the-speaking-self-ronald-mason

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Soulful Visions of the Speaking Self: Ronald Mason on At the Edge – Thinking Culture

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Ronald Mason the spoken word artist who came to Washington DC as an educator from New Orleans returns for part two to talk about poetry, spoken word, and making culture. Poet Carl Moore who hails from Philadelphia will briefly join us to share his work as well. Tonight we will each share our works, methods, and stories about what it means to be creative writers in a highly politicized time period while holding true to our visions as artists. Tonight we will discuss soulful visions and being true to the speaking self! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-thinkculture/2018/12/13/soulful-visions-of-the-speaking-self-ronald-mason

Amanda Huron – Carving Out the Commons – BlogTalk Radio Interview Today

My show will start at 4:30 today with Amanda Huron – Carving Out the Commons http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-thinkculture/2018/12/05/amanda-huron–carving-out-the-commons

Provoked by mass evictions and the onset of gentrification in the 1970s, tenants in Washington, D.C. began forming cooperative organizations to collectively purchase and manage their apartment buildings. These tenants were creating a commons, taking a resource—housing—that had been used to extract profit from them, and reshaping it as a resource that was collectively owned and governed by them. In Carving Out the Commons, Amanda Huron theorizes the practice of urban commoning through a close investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. Drawing on feminist and anticapitalist perspectives, Huron asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and other resources are scarce, and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create and maintain commonly-held spaces in the midst of capitalism. Arguing against the romanticization of the commons, she instead positions the urban commons as a pragmatic practice. Through the practice of commoning, she contends, we can learn to build communities to challenge capitalism’s totalizing claims over life.

Author Bio

Amanda Huron is an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, in Washington, D.C. She is an urban geographer with a particular interest in housing, gentrification, the decommodification of land, and the history of Washington, D.C. Amanda serves on the board of Empower D.C., a citywide community organizing group that works to empower low- and moderate-income District residents, with a particular focus on anti-displacement work. She is a native of Washington, D.C.’s Ward One.

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My radio show At the Edge interviews Kathryn Buford @liveunchained about their Indiegogo campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained Tues Feb 26 8pm EST

warsan-1My radio show At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon is back with an episode featuring Kathryn Buford, Chief Visionary Officer/Lead Editress of Live Unchained, an organization that “represents black women’s collective and individual creativity.” “Live Unchained was born out of the desire to preserve, share and honor the diverse voices and experiences of black women across continents.” (www.liveunchained.com & 16396_10102254273779090_867894660_nhttps://www.facebook.com/iliveunchained)

Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.

Live Unchained crowdfunding campaign: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained
Live Unchained artists promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJjzWQC6Bw
Live Unchained postcard campaign press release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Live-Unchained/University-Illinois/prweb10407655.htm & http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/terrifying-strange-and-beautiful?website_name=liveunchained

Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.

The radio episode is HERE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-an-afrofuturist-salon/2013/02/27/live-unchained-terrifying-strange-and-beautiful-campaign

Tonight’s show with Kenji Jasper was fabulous!!!!

549630_10151183038847781_1008852425_nListen to my new episode Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper  at http://tobtr.com/s/4256597. #BlogTalkRadio

Artists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper TONIGHT @ 8PM EST

549630_10151183038847781_1008852425_nArtists and Writers at Work: Interview with Kenji Jasper 01/11 by At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon | Blog Talk Radio.

This episode features an interview with my long-time friend and colleague Kenji Jasper, a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter.  Jasper began his writing career with an article as an intern for The Washington Informer at 13. At 14, he became a contributor to Black Entertainment Television‘s YSB Magazine, and later worked as a writer and instructor at The Institute for the Preservation and Study of African American Writing. He also served as an on-air personality for WTTG Fox 5’s Newsbag (1986–1987), and later as one of the founding cast members of Black Entertainment Television’s Teen Summit (1989–1993). By the time he graduated from Morehouse College in 1997, his journalism had appeared in VIBE, Essence, The Village Voice, Upscale, The Charlotte Observer, The San Diego Union Tribune, and The Atlanta Tribune.
He wrote his first novel, Dark, at the age of 21, which was released in the UK, translated into French, and optioned for film by State Street Pictures (Soul Food, Barbershop, Roll Bounce) and Fox Searchlight Pictures.  His second novel, Dakota Grand, was published in 2002 and was praised by Publishers Weekly, VIBE, Essence, The Chicago Sun-Times and Africana.com. His third novel, Seeking Salamanca Mitchell, was published in 2004.  His memoir The House on Childress Street was published in 2006, followed by his fourth novel, Snow.  Jasper has contributed articles and essays to National Public Radio, The Village Voice, VIBE, The Charlotte Observer, The Chicago Sun-Times and Essence among many other publications. In 2007 he co-edited and published Beats, Rhymes and Life, a collection of critical writings on hip hop culture with writer and director Ytasha Womack. He was also the CEO and Editor of The Armory, a publishing partnership with Akashic Books. Its first release, Got by first-time author D, was published in 2007, followed by Cake in 2008.