As a woman-owned studio, we’ve only been in a barbershop a few times. Every time, it’s been an experience – a mix of comedic antics, political discourse, and life lessons. A safe haven for black men in particular to share their opinions and raise their voices unapologetically. The haircut is just a bonus.
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We co-created the educational component for Slavey By Another Name, the documentary film produced by Twin Cities Public Television, directed by Sam Pollard and based on the book by Douglas A. Blackmon.
We’re happy to share that the film is now the focus of a new education project from tpt National Productions, Slavery by Another Name: Digital Storytelling. This initiative is funded by the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
The project will educate African American and Latino boys and their teachers about this shameful and little-known chapter in American history. The yearlong initiative will include professional development workshops led by our own Felicia Pride and will be held in New York and Jackson, Mississippi.
Felicia will kick-off the project at the end of February by moderating an online OVEE screening and panel discussion to introduce the initiative to a wide group of educators and encourage them to participate in workshops and use the educational materials in their classrooms.
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Arguably one of the most preeminent authors and activists of our time, Alice Walker’s life’s work is equally compelling and inspirational. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, beautifully captures Walker’s influence in her new documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which chronicles Walker’s extraordinary journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.
We’re doubly excited about this new film project as we’ll be collaborating with the filmmakers on developing an educational component for the film and executing various engagement activities including social media and strategy. We hope you’ll tune in to watch the film on PBS American Masters on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9 pm EST.
The film offers audiences a truly penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. If you’re planning to watch, we also encourage you to follow along and chat with us as we live tweet using the hashtag #beautyintruth.
In a few weeks we’re hitting the road and heading to The Big Apple for diy days NYC.
Presented by Reboot Stories and the New School, diy days is best described as “a roving gathering for those who create.” In a series of talks and workshops, creative minds from all over will collide.
The goal? To spark dialogue, experimentation, and hopefully collaboration, surrounding the latest ideas about funding, creating, distribution, and sustainability of creative efforts.
The best part? You get to access this gold mine of creativity for free. The event is organized completely by volunteers and is cost-free to participants. Think of it as a kind of open-source platform for creative innovation.
We are particularly excited this year because we’ll be helping to tell the story of the event through social media. Storytelling, participation, and media? In heaven.
Last year, our own Felicia P presented on extending a project’s reach through education and was a member of an international team that created an ebook to chronicle the narrative of diy days NYC. The book, which you can download here for free, is part of LEARN DO SHARE, a documentation and learning resource about narrative experiments and social innovation efforts ventured at diy days.
One last thing. Maybe you have some creative prowess of your own that you just can’t keep to yourself. If you’re eager to share your expertise with others, then you should know that the event’’s Creative Sparks Presentation has slots to be filled. Selected speakers will be given 10 minutes and 10 slides to present something inspiring and innovative with the chance to win micro grants, mentorship, and 30 days of free office space.
In a nutshell, diy days is a lab, playground, and learning center for the creative.
Hope to see you there.