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The Black Artivist Collective
58 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Creating Our Own Space: Amber Pickens
Dancer, actor and singer, Amber Pickens talks about her work as the choreographer on the film Passing, how social media has influenced the entertainment industry, why being in alignment is necessary and the importance of returning home to "plant seeds" in the community.https://www.amberpickens.comhttps://www.theblackartivistcollective.comhttps://www.bloominginmotion.com
7 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Bonus Episode: What Had Happened Was...
The Black Artivist Collective is back and ready for Season Three! Find out what we've been working on and what to look forward to in 2022.
55 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Black Love is Revolutionary: Ashlee Harris
Screenwriter, producer and creator, Ashlee Harris talks about her romantic sci-fi web series, The Electrics, why it is important to have Black crew members on her set, her favorite love story currently on television and why Black love is revolutionary. https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-electrics-web-series?qid=8b14794fc105fd73499a3612a9e72f75
59 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Bad Mama Jama: Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson
Poet, singer and hip hop artist, Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson talks about why she keeps every single thing she writes, how she deals with writer's block, her book She Lives In Music, her upcoming show, The Bad Mama Jama Remix... and how she manifested her appointment as San Antonio's first black Poet Laureate. https://andreavocabsanderson.com
60 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Grief Baptized Me Into My Calling: Candice D'Meza
Actor, playwright and multi-disciplinary artist, Candice D'Meza discusses her reasons for avoiding slave roles, writing about a personal and painful experience, her most recent work, FATHERLAND, and how it is being used as part of the restorative justice process between her and her father's killer.https://www.candicedmeza.com
67 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Talk to Yourself Like You Love Yourself: Lisa B. Thompson
Playwright and scholar, Lisa B. Thompson talks about the importance of art in this political climate, why artists must embrace both praise and criticism, commanding the room as a stutterer, and why her favorite beauty regimen is laughter.
63 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
When the Spirit Moves: Michelle N. Gibson
Choreographer, educator and performing artist, Michelle N. Gibson shares the importance of rituals in the African diaspora, her exploration of the secular and the sacred, the history of The Second Line and how the African Methodist Episcopal church, as well as her beloved community in New Orleans influenced her work as an artist.
64 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
I Am Because We Are: Spencer Evans
Figurative draftsman, painter, sculptor and storyteller talks about the importance of connecting to the spirit of his art as he works, dismantling everything he was taught he was supposed to be as a black man, and how a trip to Nigeria changed him as a man and as an artist.
63 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
We Have Always Fought Through Our Art: Felicia D. Henderson
Screenwriter and producer, Felicia D. Henderson talks about her experience creating hit television shows such as Soul Food and The Quad, her passion for mentoring the next generation of film/TV creators and her recent project Why I Vote.
49 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Art Heals: Tarik Daniels
Playwright and activist, Tarik Daniels talks about the influence that 90s television show, A Different World, had on him growing up in Detroit, the importance of honoring our ancestors, why it is imperative for him to tackle topics such as HIV and mental health in his work and, his festival, The Art Heals Project.
57 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Creativity is Soul Work: Vicki Meek
Visual artist, educator and mentor, Vicki Meek talks about her retrospective, "3 Decades of Social Commentary," her ongoing love for black people, the secret to keeping her energy up and why creativity is soul work.
8 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: The Black Artivist Wellness Check
In this bonus episode, Mikala Gibson talks about the inspiration and importance of the Black Artivist Wellness Check. To register for this event please visit: https://www.theblackartivistcollective.com/post/the-black-artivist-wellness-checkSpace is limited so register soon!
54 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
My Self-Care is Non-Negotiable: Ashley Wilkerson
Actress, poet and wellness practitioner, Ashley Wilkerson talks about learning how to handle rejection, the benefits of taking a breath, the importance of Black Joy and the power of community.
44 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Can't Nobody Tell Me Who I Am: Queen Deelah
Artivist, Queen Deelah talks about being a child of the Black Panthers and the influence it has on her music, the importance of being in divine alignment and the powerful connection she has with her late brother and artist, ChmlnKng.
45 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
We Control How We Document the Revolution: Dania Wright
Multidisciplinary visual artist, Dania Wright talks about using her art to combat the politicization of Black hair, the importance of representation, artpreneurship and how drinking water can cure many ailments.
36 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Fight the Good Fight: Jordan E. Cooper
Obie award winning playwright and actor Jordan E. Cooper talks about how his community influenced and supported him as a child, how artists are essential during the pandemic and what he fights for through his art.
35 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Artivism is in Everything You Do: Nadine Marissa
Actress Nadine Marissa (The Walking Dead) talks about colorism in Hollywood, the importance of being an ally, being a mother of a black son, protesting, voting and more.
32 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
It's Our Time (Part 2): Ya'Ke Smith
Ya'Ke Smith continues to talk about the importance of authenticity in his work, James Baldwin's influence and prioritizing self-care as an artivist. Click here to learn more about Ya'Ke Smith and his films.
31 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
It's Our Time (Part 1): Ya'Ke Smith
Mikala speaks to filmmaker and professor, Ya'Ke Smith about his creative process, the role spirituality plays in his work and walking away from lucrative opportunities because he wanted to stay true to his voice.
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