Birds flying high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life for me, ooh And I’m feeling good
‘Feelin’ Good’ ~Nina Simone
Hello!! Hello!! How are you feeling my friends?! Like Nina Simone, I’m feelin’ good and can’t wait for summer to get here!!
Summertime is definitely one of my favorite seasons, partly due to my Birthday [Leo in the House!!], the weather is amazing, and the fact that there is so much happening on a day-to-day basis! Well I got something for you to add to your summertime fun! Dr. Kaniqua Robinson and I are linking back up for some summertime conversations. If you have tuned into our video podcast, Conversations with Beloved and Kindred then you already have a sneak peek into what is to come!!
For the month of June, Auburn Avenue Research Library will host the limited series Summertime Conversations on “Feelin’ Good”: Exploring the Lived Experience of Black Joy!! Inspired by Nina Simone’s 1965 classic song “Feelin’ Good”, Summertime Conversations on “Feelin’ Good” is a freeform dialogue that foregrounds how people of African descent create communal agency and collective resilience via the cultivation of joy. Check out what is in store below:
June 16th-Juneteenth Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters: In recognition of Juneteenth (2021), this discussion will examine the history and contemporary relevance of the Juneteenth holiday as a curated expression of Black joy and agency. Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, which has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.
June 23rd-Sonic Curation of Happiness via Black Music: In recognition of Black Music Month (June), this discussion will explore the songs and singers/musicians that contribute to the communal expression of collective Black joy and happiness soundtrack.
Tune in as Dr. Robinson and I close out our conversation on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country” with episode 9 (“Rewind 1921”) and episode 10 (“Full Circle”)!!
In this episode, we take a deep dive exploring the closing of the series!! We went deep with this episode, discussing the Tulsa massacre, grief and loss, legacy of trauma, closure, and wisdom out the mouths of babes…So sad that the series has come to an end, but grateful for its existence!!!
Just in case you may have missed last week’s episode of Conversations with Beloved and Kindred, I got you covered!!
In this episode, Dr. Robinson and I break down episodes 7 and 8 of Lovecraft Country. Much like the previous episodes, these episodes were very much imaginative, personal and focused on a particular moment. However, what really sets these episodes a part from the earlier ones were their centering, specifically, on the Black woman and Black girl experiences. As two Black women who have experienced various perspectives of Black girlhood (southern and midwestern) to currently navigating Black womanhood both episodes are very relatable.
Being able to not only acknowledge and focus on the many layers of their experiences (trauma, resistance, joy, naming, anger, etc.) is essential because it allows for their stories to be seen as real made visible to a large audience.
To hear more about what we thought, check it out below:
On next time, we will discuss the 2018 supernatural/sci-fi/superhero/drama film Fast Colors from director Julia Hart and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and Saniyya Sidney. Here in this film we get to see #BlackGirlMagic, Black Female Star Power and the Black Female Imaginary on full display!!
Hope you guys are still hanging in there with us as we continue our conversation on the HBO series, Lovecraft Country!! Our next conversation dives into Episode 5: “Strange Case” and Episode 6: “Meet Me in Daegu”!!
The journey continues with Lovecraft Country and as always we are excited to dive into another episodic adventure this time with Tic, Leti, Montrose, and Ruby!!
Remember you can watch it here on Thursday March 11th at 7 pm/ET!! For more information on the event, see here!
As always, I got the goods for you!! As you move you into the weekend, tune into our latest episode of Conversations with Beloved & Kindred as we discuss and celebrate the 1989 film, Harlem Nights!! So sit back, relax, chill, get your snacks and favorite beverage, and enjoy the ride!!
Check it out below:
Next time, we will discuss episode 5 (“Strange Case”) and 6 (“Meet Me in Daegu”) of Lovecraft Country!! At this point in the series, we are definitely at a turning point…to where you will have to tune in to see!! These next two episodes are definitely going to hit you in your core…real deep!
Folks!! Oooooooo man, I’m excited about this next episode of “Conversations with Beloved and Kindred”!! Think the imaginary…Harlem…Black Excellence…Black wealth… For episode 4, Dr. Robinson and I dive into the 1989 “blassic” (‘Black Classic’ tune in to hear how we came up with the term lol) Harlem Nights!
Remember you can watch it here on Thursday February 25th at 7 pm/ET!! For more information on the event, see here!
My friends!! We got you covered for last night’s episode right here!! See below:
Our third conversation discusses Episodes 3 (“Holy Ghost”) and 4 (“A History of Violence”) of Lovecraft Country!! In this episode we tackle everything from the museum space, mental health and trauma, rituals & spirituality, calling on the ancestors, Chicago housing/redlining, visibility and invisibility of Black women, and preserving #BlackGirlJoy & #BlackBoyJoy. There was a lot to digest and unpack with this one, but so glad that we did!!
Next time, we will discuss the 1989 crime-comedy drama film Harlem Nights!! I have been truly looking forward to having this conversation, and look forward to your thoughts and feedback!! It’s another one you do not want to miss!!