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Raymond A. Jetson

President & CEO, MetroMorphosis in Baton Rouge

A 7 Part Movement In Black

PRESENTED ON MAR 31, 2017
IN BATON ROUGE @ VOL 4

A significant social movement is gaining momentum in our community. The Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge is an emerging force intended to transform experiences and perceptions. Listen as Raymond Jetson gives you a firsthand glimpse into the strategy that is changing the narrative on boys and men of color in Baton Rouge.

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Having Black Friends: A "Do" and "Don't" Guide to Racial Understanding

BY DUANTE BEDDINGFIELD
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 23, 2012

Duante Beddingfield is a local writer whose work can be found in the Dayton Daily News and on the Welcome Dayton website. In his presentation, Duante hopes to help guide us towards a post-racial America. (in English)

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My Optimism for Black Males

BY DR. FARRIS MUHAMMAD
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 29, 2016

Dr. Farris Muhammad explains why it is imperative for black males to share, not only their challenges, but their narratives of resilience growing up in an inner city like Detroit. When understanding the lived experiences of many young black males, it becomes easier to be optimistic about their future.

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Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975

BY CHARLES L. DAVIS, II, PH.D.
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"We started with several books that looked at the brownstone as a site of intervention."

In Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975 from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shows works from his recent exhibition project, Building Black Utopias, and discusses the literature that served as inspiration. 

The Building Black Utopias project combines the tools of the architect, the historian and the literary critic to recover the historical contributions of African American writers to architectural utopian thought. It specifically examines the role of literary depictions of place in June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall and Angela Davis’ writings. Davis argues that each authors’ rhetorical manipulations of the built environment operates on the same level as architectural utopian thought insofar as both mediums created rich, alternative depictions of modernist space to liberate the architect’s imagination. The final exhibit translates the spatial ideas of literature into drawings, models and other ephemera.

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My Life as a Hetero Cisgender Millenial Mixed-Race ADHD Agnostic Only Child Black Belt American Named Dominic

BY DOMINIC VELANDO
@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2017

Dominic Velando presents original illustrations revealing highly personal experiences such as his father’s death, drug-induced hallucinations, and doomsday paranoia.

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COMING TO THE MIC: The Transformative Power of Youth Spoken Word Poetry in Baton Rouge

BY DONNEY ROSE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 27, 2017

As a veteran poet/teaching artist and marketing director with Forward Arts Inc., Donney Rose has dedicated an exorbitant amount of time working to help give young people in Baton Rouge a platform for their voices and ideas to be celebrated, but mostly to be valued.

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Preview of National Museum of African American Music

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 18, 2017

Beecher Hicks, III - A look at the future of the National Museum of African American Music in downtown Nashville

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A Badass From Baton Rouge

BY JASON ANDREASEN
@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"The fight isn’t new. The problems have been here for a long, long time with countless people working to combat them. But for some reason - from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter; The Women’s March to The March for Our Lives - the last ten years have seen a groundswell of activism and protest. That’s just as true for contemporary art. In those same ten years, Ai Weiwei, Kehinde Wiley, and Shepard Fairey have become almost rockstars by calling out injustices and power i...mbalances with their art. Meanwhile, one such artist, who was born right here in Baton Rouge, is largely anonymous. He’s an unknown even in his hometown despite taking on the federal government (including a face-to-face confrontation with a former Attorney General), Coca-Cola, and Wal-Mart, being named a TED Fellow, and seeing his work added to the collection at MoMA, all before turning 40. And I can’t wait to introduce you."

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Build Your Own Science

BY MARVIN TATE
@ VOL 48 ON DEC 12, 2018

Marvin Tate is a performance poet, lyricist, published author, collected visual artist and educator. His work references African American history, speaks of personal and family history, and touches upon broader themes of cultural and political segregation, while addressing his own identity.

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Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

BY APRIL ALFORD
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

April Alford has been a Dayton resident for a little over 18 years. April is the founder of Welcome Home Dayton, and Vice-President of the African American Visual Artists Guild’s Board of Trustees. April is an avid volunteer, and lover of all things crafty. The African American Visual Artists Guild has been in existence for 25 years, but is not well known in the Dayton area.