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Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Architecture, College of Art + Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, NC

"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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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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Building Afrotopia

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. 

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A 7 Part Movement In Black

BY RAYMOND A. JETSON
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 31, 2017

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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Black Grief: The Silent Killer

BY RONNIKA WILLIAMS
@ VOL 11 ON DEC 07, 2017

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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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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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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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.

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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.