El Jones is a spoken word artist, teacher, and activist. She was the Poet Laureate of Halifax from 2013-2015. She is a two-time national slam poetry champion and has performed, lectured and taught nationally and internationally. El currently teaches in the department of Sociology at Saint Mary's University. El is most influenced and inspired by the many nameless and unrewarded women who labour every day in their communities with love.
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Learning to Fail Better
BY ELENI SCHIRMER
@ VOL 13
ON APR 30, 2015
Co-president of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, Eleni Schirmer talks about insights gained from mistakes made in a recent political showdown in the Wisconsin capitol. She shares how the situation sparked tough questions about how to challenge and overcome social inequalities and how social movements impact public education.
Black in The Day
BY WILLIE SLAYDEN
@ VOL 1
ON OCT 15, 2015
How much do you know about black history? The presenter shares historic moments of American history in relation to how black community members were treated by their white counterparts while also highlighting the assets of a black community in Tulsa Oklahoma.
The Long Black Wig Project
BY BECKY EDDY PHILLIPS
@ VOL 5
ON DEC 01, 2015
“Recall the idiom Everything But the Kitchen Sink…This is NOT that space.”
In The Long Black Wig Project from PechaKucha Night Bryan’s 5th Volume Speaker Becky Eddy Phillips rhythmically details a her multimedia artistic piece. The Long Black Wig Project enters contemporary plots in art, science, domesticity, mothering, and feminism. Using art like a verb, it wavers in leaps and falls between the intellectual and domestic realms. At the same time, the work is introspective, balancing the overlapping (though historically antithetical) realms of mother and artist: how to stay connected to art depends on the artists connectivity to her children. An ambitious multi-media exhibit, it is contained within A Vacuous Space.
A multitude of video vignettes are projected within it’s relative space. With titles such as Miss Sara Tonin’s Fancy and My Feminism Hurts My Marriage, the imagery is strangely eerie with a feminine edge as if there were an invisible link to the past lives of women associated with Surrealism. A long wig is seen throughout the work and acts as a connective fiber.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.
Grey is the New Black
BY ALISON BENZIMRA
@ VOL 38
ON MAY 03, 2016
Many older adults are living longer & healthier lives. This shift impacts how society views elders & how elders view themselves. Ageing should be seen as a continual stage of development & growth rather than a period of decline. It’s time we begin to redefine ageing. It’s time “Grey becomes the new Black” suggests, Alison Benzimra.
BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16
ON APR 14, 2016
"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."
In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists.
Black Edmonton: Our History, Our Legacy
BY BASHIR MOHAMED
@ VOL 28
ON JUN 01, 2017
"This history is not meant to shame. It's based on the principle that the first step to step a problem is to recognize that there is one."
Bashir Mohamed shares personal and historic anecdotes of racism and resistance against Black Edmontonians. Through his story and others, Bashir explains the importance of learning and celebrating this history in order to understand contemporary racism and why groups such as Black Lives Matter are relevant now more than ever.