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Poitiers @ Maison de L'architectue - Poitou Charentes
Oct 16, 2012


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Mar 14, 2013


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Mar 11, 2014


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Mar 13, 2015


Davenport @ Figge Art Museum
Nov 19, 2015


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Mar 08, 2016


Seattle @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 18, 2019

PAST Telling American Urban Stories: Immigration to Boston, Powered by PechaKucha

Powered by PechaKucha @ Concord Academy Performing Arts Center
May 20, 2019

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Introducing The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 20, 2015

The story of African Americans in Kentucky is as diverse and vibrant as the state's general history. Nancy Richey highlights notable local African Americans who were "firsts" in their locales or fought for civil rights.

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

@ 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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African 1, American 2

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017


A true story, in the style of Dr. Seuss, Bruce Conway Dickinson shares his journey from war in Zimbabwe to true love in America.  His ballad covers his hopes and dreams and fears of liberty, coming out as Gay, and the multiple forms of love he has experienced in his life. Now, a resident of Kittitas County, Bruce and his husband Chris have built a home together with Liberty’s flame lighting the way.

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A 7 Part Movement In Black

@ 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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Preview of National Museum of African American Music

@ 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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Celebrating Heritage with the African American Heritage Society

@ VOL 11 ON JAN 06, 2018

Angie West-Robinson shares about her journey of celebrating heritage with the African American Heritage Society.

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Being Number One

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Ina Anderson describes her journey of firsts including the first African-American female firefighter in Bridgeport, CT, and the first female officer.

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AFRIKA360: The Journey

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

In his search to move past the European influence and find the AFRIKAN aesthetic to his art, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo made an amazing discovery!

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Build Your Own Science

@ 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

@ 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. 

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Negro League Baseball

"Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron -- some of the greatest major leaguers who ever lived -- began their careers in the Negro Leagues." In today's Presentation of the Day, "Negro League Baseball" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 13, Nick Wilson discusses the importance of preserving history, and in this case the history of African-American major baseball leagues, prior to their integration to Major League Baseball. Nick goes over the difficulty in locating statistical records of Negro League players, and describes some of the legends of the league. He believes it's necessary for us to take down and fill out these hazy spots in American baseball history, and pass it down to the current generation.

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The Hijacked American Dream

"No one ever laid on their deathbed and wished they had acquired more stuff." In The Hijacked American Dream, Joel Larsgaard (at PechaKucha Atlanta, Vol. 20) speaks on what Americans currently define as "The American Dream." What was once defined by James T. Adams as a dream of a "land that would be better, richer, and fuller for everyone" has become twisted, and nigh unrecognizable today. He delves into the culture of consumerism that he compares to drug use, "a brief high, followed by a crash."  

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Design Diversity - Powered by PechaKucha

  We hope that you were able to make it out to PechaKucha Night Cleveland - Volume 21, which took place last Friday evening at the citadel of free speech, The City Club of Cleveland. It was a yet another truly magical evening here in Cleveland listening to amazing, creative and inspiring stories. As many have noticed, space was fairly limited at about 450 people, and we needed to distribute tickets via our Facebook page(still FREE:) to make sure we did not take the venue beyond their capacity. If you were not able to make it out, have no fear, we video taped the entire evening and are planning on posting those presentations as soon as we can process them. A special thanks goes out to Dan Moulthrop, Carrie Miller and everyone at The City Club of Cleveland for making that such an amazing partnership and evening. We are looking forward to partnering with them on many events in the future. Also, if you did not have a chance to make it out, or you did and just can't get enough inspiration, you have another opportunity TONIGHT to be inspired. The event titled "DesignDiversity - Powered by PechaKucha" takes place at Take 5 in downtown Cleveland. The event doors open with a Happy Hour from 7-8pm and the presentations will start at 8pm. The presenter list is pretty amazing and features 5 African American creative professions and will be emcee'd by Jennifer Coleman. Presenters include: Terran Washington Designer, Little Jacket Michele Crawford Intern Architect, Robert P. Madison International Jason Russell City Planner, City of Lakewood Diane Davis-Sikora Associate Professor, Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design Arlene Watson Principal and Creative Director, Möbius Grey LLC Event Details: We hope you can make it out to the first "Powered by PechaKucha" event in downtown Cleveland. We are going to be working hard throughout 2014 to not only bring you GREAT PechaKucha Night events, but we are going to be aggressively working with various organizations to fill the calendar with Powered by PechaKucha opportunities in between. What is "Powered by PechaKucha" you ask? Powered X PKN events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, but still utilize the 20 images x 20 seconds format. The events will be completely organized by other organizations and oftentimes have very different focuses, but PKNCLE is going to do what it can to support each event it can to help everyone tell their creative stories. If you are interested in hosting a "Powered by PechaKucha" event, please email us at and we will definitely reach out to talk about the process. Cheers to an amazing, inspiring and creativity filled 2014! -PKN Cleveland Creative Team Michael Christoff Raseem Parker Aseem Garg Emily Bacha Trent Boerner Heather Lenz David Purpera

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American Craft

Before the Prohibition, the craft of bar-tending took over 3 years to perfect.  Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. In "American Craft" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Jeret discusses a craft that has been around for over 200 years, and has had a resurgence since the prohibition laws let up. Much like a chef creating a fine dish, his ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that has taken him years to perfect. 

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Welcome to Europe as an American

"What do you call someone with two languages? Bilingual. One language? American."  Oliver Olson has spent 17 years of his life in Europe. In "Welcome to Europe as an American" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 22 he takes us on a whirlwind journey through the many funny and unexpected surprises he has encountered as an American living in Europe. 

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass." Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. In The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass from New Orleans Vol. 7, Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.

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Digging for History

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...


See you tomorrow!

We're so close to the PechaKucha Lilongwe event! Here are a few presenter bios to give you a taste of what's cooking for tomorrow night. Happy Wednesday! Jessica(for the PKN Lilongwe Team) Alana is an African literature nerd having just finished her Masters in African literature in Canada. With a passion for gender and health and having lived in Tanzania for some time, she is testing out Malawi working with MUSCCO. She will be talking about her sister. Dennis is a tourism and media entrepreneur, social media, artists and events manager. Also manages Uwawuke Bicycle Tours of Lilongwe. He will be talking about "Experiencing Lilongwe Townships on 2 wheels" Kondwani is a Cofounder of Ctech Systems Limited an ICT company more into software development and web services, and founder of GiantPlus which deals with logistics,tourism and finance. He will talk about game shakers. Kuda was born in Zimbabwe but has lived most of her life in East Africa. She is passionate about sports and fashion.  Class of BMIS 2016. She will be talking about cancer awareness.   Chaitali is a consultant working in water and environment sector. Living in Malawi from more than two years. She will be sharing how the idea of "being home" changed in her life (eventually :)  

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PechaKucha People: Mona Cummings

This week we salute Mona Nyandoro Cummings, organizer of Pechakucha Night Harare, who after relocating her Zimbabwean-American family to the city two years ago, has been helping local artists connect with international markets as well as providing support to international foundations focussed on improving educational opportunities for rural schoolchildren.  Now in the process of becoming a personal trainer, she recently founded SAZIMS, a unique travel experience combining the pursuit of lifestyle change with world-class “bucket list” African safari experiences. PechaKucha Organizers can do it all! 

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Poster for PKN Durban Vol. 16

  While those of us north of the equator are skating into the cold of winter, it's still surf's up down in South African where PechaKucha Night Durban is hosting a Beach Life City Vol. 16. We hope the killer swells make for some creative ripping. Looking forward to seeing the presentations. Until then, Hang Ten, Durban!