Afrofuturism in the A.M.
By Schetauna Powell
Afrofuturism in the A.M.Aug 19, 2022
How De We Create? A Reflection on Season 1 by Host Schetauna Powell
This episode reviews how the Afrofuturism in the A.M. podcast has changed since season 1 and shares Reflections and resources to accompany our meditation during season 2.
Season Two of Afrofuturism in the A.M is a deepening of a process and I hope through your participation this process will deepen further still. I am interested in listening and implementing what was said to me in a meaningful way. To achieve this I have created supporting materials which you can access via my newsletter, website, and products. These resources support me in my design thinking practice, as I gear up to create objects that support future focused creatives just like me. If this resonates with you, consider supporting this podcast by sharing it , engaging through sending me a voice note, or funding it by visiting https://anchor.fm/afrofuturismxdesign/support. The links to support can be found in the episode description, in our episode notes, and on our supporting materials.
Supporting Materials: https://www.canva.com/design/DAFFozISnPo/Aj21KRJ6aHlFHUc6Jx7T1Q/view?utm_content=DAFFozISnPo&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=homepage_design_menu
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Some time early this year I had a conversation on the educational experience from a Black perspective. We spoke on the use of education for class attainment. The experience of the classical education that included exploration of the world through the arts was an experience that contributed to an ability to create and think about the world. The ways the American k-12 public schooling system changed after the “No Child left Behind” Act has lessened children’s access to models for high level intellectual thinking. Today the innovation ecosystem is filled with people who had a classical education, but the K-12 education system is increasingly focused on training, not education. Black education is family based however. Much of the history of education in America has been segregated and alienated African Americans. Thus in our history we have models that show how to teach oneself information. In this episode we focus on the education story from Janaya Briton, a creative student at Texas Southern University majoring in communications. The question I am asking all of us is, what is your education story? How has it affected your creativity?
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Artivism Community Art Details
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This episode Schetauna calls her cousin Essie in Chicago, IL to ask her about the Black Family. During the conversation Essie helps grounds us in what Black family was like in Missippi, speaks about the Great Migration, and how family is tied to faith.
Bonus: Bootleg Like Jazz Interview
In 2018 Schetauna had a chance to chat about her work in the arts, her knowledge about Afrofuturism, and her opinion on pop culture.
Black Family Month: The Striving of Black Women
Black Family Month: A Letter to My Mom
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Bonus: Black on Both Sides
Black Faith Month: Mores of Blackness
During April 2021, Schetauna and Tiffany think about what tradition means when it comes to Blackness. How does faith line up with tradition? We wonder if the well defined idea of Blackness is serving us or hurting us in the long run.
Black Joy Month - Community Conversation with Janya and Miri
Our meditation on Black Joy is aided by some community perspectives. This episode I explore the role of Power, Sex, Money, Drugs, and Avarice in our pursuit to achieve joy with Janya Britton and Miri Teresa. We learn about all of the ways we can understand ourselves in relation to these concepts. As we discuss we talk about literary faves Toni Morrison and end the episode with some musical inspiration feat Solange, India Arie, Lizzo and more!
Black Joy Month
During March 2021 we focused on what it means to be joyful from a Black perspective. This episode Tiffany and Schetauna are joined by Miles to ruminate on the ways we can create joy in our lives. We start off by playing a game of five things, then we warm up by defining joy, and eventually we come to a couple of meaningful conclusions on how to establish joyful lives.
Black Futures Month
February 2021 we discussed what the futures industry is. We took a overview look at how the future has been conceptualized by speaking about the colonial era, the industrial revolution, and the digital age. During this month we hosted the Black Speculative Art Movement 2021 Conference, and we speak to Dominic Clay to understand how education and art influences our future planning.
Community Interview with Jonte Vega
Black Health is Political
In this segment we discuss the politics of Blackness and health. Lighthearted and joyful meditation.
Community Conversation on Health
A Health Meditation
The second show in January 2021. We ask what inspires us? We dive deeper into Black health.
Designing the Black Future
This guiding question is at the center of our meditation: How can we create the Afro Future? It is a deceptively simple question I would hear asked by community members looking for themselves in an uncertain world. Certainly, the concepts being popularized through the works of Afrofuturist artists are not new. Somehow though, through our radical imagining they are being felt in new ways. It is my understanding that this radical imagining of Blackness in the future cannot be what it is intended to be without the full participation of everyone searching for a world outside of the one we are presented everyday. A world where Blackness can grow in creativity and peace; a world where the focus of our lives is centered in practices that encourage innovation without requiring assimilation.
Ah! but therein lies the rub! (a phrase that means: that's where the problem is). How do we imagine a world of peace when we do not exist in peaceful times? How do we utilize our culture when, through assimilation we forget what that culture looked liked? How does the African Diasporic community participate in the innovation industry when we are locked out of innovation and creative practices at every turn? So often it feels like these questions are overwhelming, especially for those who wish to use the creativity of Afrofuturism in their live, whether it be through homeschooling, organizing, community outreach, or artistic practice.
If these question resonate deep within you, then I want you to breathe. Breathe deeply. Breathe again and know we got this.
Now, join me, as I meditate on all the ways we can use our imagination and creativity to design the future.
I look forward to what we create.