Ron will definitely be back on my show. Meanwhile, check out his spoken word links:
Check out my podcast 6/21 EST Thursday night at 8 and call in! My podcast series Culture Makers begins with Ronald Mason, who will be talking about his writing process, how he creates poetry and spoken word, and how he uses it to inspire and teach young folk to be creative and revolutionary in their own right.
My podcast show will be coming back later this month. Expect a special guest at my launch, and expect lots of talk about the creative voice and culture making for the community/collective. If I find the energy after doing my chapter work this weekend I’ll post a poem or a short short story. Topic for the story? You tell me. Ghosts, witches, vampires, or aliens? Or something closer to Earth, like love, or something weird like a ufo sighting? Give me a sign, people. I’m watching the night sky light up with a coming storm, thinking…..
In this virtual roundtable organized by me, Kathryn Buford, and Suey Park, we invited women of color to discuss coming together to consider #solidarity and feminisms across communities of color, as well as recent issues and challenges we face as women of color dealing with racism, colorism, classism, sexism, heterosexism/homophobia, and transphobia. What does solidarity mean to us, and what does feminism mean to us? How do we build a united front ready and able to support each other across cultural communities?
Kathryn is a writer, and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship, women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora.
Suey Park is a free-lance writer from Chicago who now lives in Colorado. She is the organizer behind the Twitter hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick.
My 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 & https://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.
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.
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