Afrofuturism in the A.M.
By Schetauna Powell
A weekly meditation podcast that accompanies your creative practice. Utilizing the past and present knowledge of the African Diaspora, we discuss best practices for building a creative life so that we may design our future. Sponsored by Artivism Community Art & Hosted by Schetauna Powell on All Real Radio.
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July 20, 2021
Black Family: Community Conversations with Essie
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.
May 29, 2021
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.
May 18, 2021
Black Family Month: The Striving of Black Women
This episode I connect the dots between Ma Rainy, Octavia Butler, Zora Neale Hurston, & Michelle Obama as Tiffany and I elaborate on what does it mean to have a Black family in America. I feature the book "We Live for the We" by Dani McClain in the segment I call what are the facts? Then I end this episode with a letter I wrote to my daughter and myself when I was pregnant during the early months of the COVID 19 pandemic.
May 8, 2021
Black Family Month: A Letter to My Mom
June 2021 is Black family month for us! The Black Family has been a hot topic in American rhetoric and policy since enslavement. In this episode we explore what it means to have a Black family through the tradition of letter writing that was started by W.E.B. DuBois in the Souls of Black Folk.
May 5, 2021
Bonus: Black on Both Sides
Every year I get a chance to commune with friends from KPFT to speak about my work with the Black Speculative Art Movement. We talk about activism, art, and music. Take a listen to get more context about how to apply Afrofuturist theory in a community context.
April 30, 2021
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.
April 24, 2021
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!
March 21, 2021
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.
March 6, 2021
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.
February 6, 2021
Community Interview with Jonte Vega
During the month of January we had a conversation with Jonte Vega, to gain an outside perspective on Black health. I asked, How does the mind play a role in our well being? We explore the effects of adverse childhood experiences on our health and meditate on what trauma means in context to living a healthy life.
January 17, 2021
Black Health is Political
In this segment we discuss the politics of Blackness and health. Lighthearted and joyful meditation.
January 17, 2021
Community Conversation on Health
We continue our meditation on Black health by asking the community what they do to be healthy? In this segment we discuss maternal health during pregnancy & generational feelings towards healthy parenting practices.
January 17, 2021
A Health Meditation
The second show in January 2021. We ask what inspires us? We dive deeper into Black health.
January 16, 2021
Designing the Black Future
In popular culture, Afrofuturism is best known by its sci-fi imagery depicting the African Diaspora utilizing technology as a tool of empowerment; or an imagining that employs other worldly environments to emphasize the Alien-nation popularized by the work of Sun-Ra. Maybe many entered the world of Afrofutrism through the gateway located in Wakanda? In whatever ways you have come to this place where African diasporic culture meets at the crossroad of speculation, one central question must have crossed your mind: how can I create this future I see so vividly depicted by many but well understood by few? 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.
January 1, 2021