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Ronnika Williams

Content Creator, Steele Lens Inc in Benton Harbor

Black Grief: The Silent Killer

PRESENTED ON DEC 07, 2017
IN ST JOSEPH @ VOL 11

Ronnika Williams is a graduate of Benton Harbor High, Western Michigan University, North Carolina Central University, and the Center for Documentary Studies program at Duke University. Ronnika is a children’s book author, nail polish enthusiast, and she will talk about what inspired her multimedia documentary project about grief in the black community.

 

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Black Cat & Shippoku Design Office

BY TOMOFUMI YOSHIDA
@ VOL 67 ON DEC 02, 2009

Tomofumi Yoshida of Black Cat and Shippoku Design Office talks about his amazing interactive designs. We absolutely adore the date bag! Find more on about Yoshida-san here at Mutsuhana Garden www.mutsuhana.org/
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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.

 

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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. 

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Love... Framed in Black & White

BY PAULA WRIGHT
@ VOL 29 ON MAY 22, 2016

Paula Wright's story comes to us from over 200 years in the past and through a family's photo albums, handed down through the years. This true tale sees the HIGHLY unlikely and, at the time, illegal union of two individuals and where that union lead them... Join us as Paula relates this tale, true in every regard, and learn what happens when loved is framed in black and white. 

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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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Pop Up Urbanism – Black Rock City

BY THOM WHITE
@ VOL 16 ON NOV 12, 2016

What happens when some friends start having a Summer solstice bonfire on the beach? Well, if you keep it up long enough you end up building the 3rd largest city in Nevada for 70,000 radical self-expressionists for one week a year, and then erasing all trace of it until the next solstice. Thom White has been participating for a number of years and shares his insider knowledge of Black Rock City and the Burning Man Festival.

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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.

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Amazing Black Women Not In Your History Book

BY RAYVEN HOLMES
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 10, 2018

It wasn't until Rayven Holmes was out of school that she discovered on her own that history also included amazing black women, and not just the old white guys that were in the school history books. Here is a small collection of those amazing black women, and why we need to get them included in the history books.

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Mane Street

BY RAYVEN HOLMES
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 25, 2018

This is an artistic stroll through black kink. Rayven Holmes shares an enlightening presentation about the styles and the underlying culture of contemporary Black hair styles.