Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for the Festival preview. Thanks, too, to all who were able to donate to the cause. More on that later.
If you recall, the topic was “Creating A Revolutionary Aesthetic”. Moderator Farai Chideya laid it out this way:
Singer/songwriter/bandleader Tamar-Kali took the opportunity to define what “new black imagination” meant to her:
Photographer Renee Cox suggested that imagination begins with knowledge:
Playwright and co-founder of the New Black Fest, J. Holtham, offered the perspective that maybe people are just following a narrative, not necessarily creating aesthetics of any kind:
Marketer Malcolm Gillian closed by talking about building audiences and current and future channels for those who are creating cultural expression to reach people:
For me, the big “aha!” was that we need to further explore the interplay between progressive culture and capitalism. How do the two interact? How can we push progressive culture if capitalism is the dominant frame? I think that’s going to be a session at the Festival. Stay tuned.