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November 2020

Artist Talk with HAI and VPA Visiting Artist RASHAAD NEWSOME: BEING – The Digital Griot

November 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The HAI-VPA Visiting Artist Program supports artists with a national reputation and record of commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration, and is inspired by HAI’s three focus areas related to artificial intelligence: Human Impact, Augmenting Human Capability, and Inspired Intelligence. Rashaad’s work blends several practices, including collage, sculpture, film, photography, music, computer programming, software engineering, and performance, to create an altogether new field. Using the diasporic traditions of improvisation and collage, he pulls from the world of advertising, the internet, Black and…

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January 2021

CANCELED – Charlotte Brathwaite Artist Talk – Will be rescheduled

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Charlotte Brathwaite’s genre-defying works illuminate the realities and the dreams of the marginalized and center unheard, unseen, and overlooked stories. Dealing with subject matter from the historical past to the present and the distant future, her work brings to light issues of social justice, race, sex, power and the complexities of the human condition. Current projects include Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin created with Meshell Ndegeocello is active September – December 2020 with new content each month…

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February 2021

Sharon Bridgforth Artist Talk

February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, the National Performance Network and is a New Dramatists alumnae. Sharon has served as a dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and was co-writer and performer for Amara Tabor-Smith's, "REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW." She has been in residence with: Brown University’s MFA…

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Jumatatu Poe Artist Talk

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jumatatu Poe is a dance/performance-based artist, educator, organizer, and voyager based in Philadelphia. Their early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where their Pan-Africanist parents studied and worked, but formal dance training did not start until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. Their work continues to be influenced by various sources, including foundations in those living rooms and parties, early technical training in contemporary African dance, continued study…

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Charlotte Brathwaite Artist Talk

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Charlotte Brathwaite’s genre-defying works illuminate the realities and the dreams of the marginalized and center unheard, unseen, and overlooked stories. Dealing with subject matter from the historical past to the present and the distant future, her work brings to light issues of social justice, race, sex, power and the complexities of the human condition. Current projects include Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin created with Meshell Ndegeocello is active September – December 2020; The Future is Present (TFP),…

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March 2021

Be Steadwell Artist Talk

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be Steadwell is a musician, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC.  In their live performances, Be utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.  Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming LGBTQ content.  Be's goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and generally marginalized weirdos feel seen and loved. With a BA from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University​, Be's love for music expands into filmmaking​. …

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IDA Annual Spring Class

March 31 @ 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm

The fabric of racism is inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. Racism was done and it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism. The People's Institute believes that effective community and institutional change happens when those who serve as agents of transformation understand the foundations of race and racism and how they continually function as a barrier to community self-determination and self-sufficiency.nnThis course…

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April 2021

Artist Talk with Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell at the SFMOMA

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for an online conversation with artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell, whose photographs are shown together (Floor 3, through Sep 6) as part of the series Bay Area Walls. In these commissions, both artists respond to the storefront murals and signage that have appeared in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. Alejo and Burrell will be in conversation with scholars Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and Kazumi Chin.This event is co-presented with Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity…

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May 2021

Centering Africa, the CAS Annual Lecture: We Have New Names

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join CAS for the annual lecture of the year, with Ellah Wakatama, Editor-at-Large for Canongate. The title of this event is a response to NoViolet Bulawayo's Booker Prize shortlisted novel, We Need New Names. Wakatama will be exploring how new movements in genre fiction by writers from Africa and her Diaspora are providing new definitions and telling new stories about the past, present and future. The lens of this talk stems from a publisher/editor's perspective, with a focus on the meaning and impact of…

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In Conversation: DJ Lynnee Denise with Poet Hanif Abdurraqib

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to re-position the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, Lynnée Denise harnesses…

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