Melissa, an educator at UC-Berkeley and AD for African American Student Development, is organizing a series of classes which speak to Black history, Black activism, and organizing 101. She is currently hosting a 7-day zoom series, but will use Peerspace locations to bring the course to physical spaces. The series is free of charge to any Black and/or Indigenous people. You can register for her series using the button below.
In September, the nation will celebrate National HBCU Week. Club 1964, Inc. is hoping to do their part by hosting a series of events, including the Black Art + Red Hearts Luncheon where they will highlight black artists in Miami, promote HBCUs with degree programs in the arts, and discuss how POC can leverage their education attainment and artistic expression to better combat racism.
Aimed at economically advancing and holistically empowering Black women and girls across the diaspora, this organization was started out of the lack of support and space for Black females. They host events and provide programs on civic engagement, financial literacy, fitness and nutrition, mental health, and entrepreneurship.
Photographer Cedric Terrell is working on a series called my BLCK skin; which showcases the beauty and diversity of black culture. This is a mixed medium project covering still, motion and poetry. His goal is to create a motion piece, printed booked, and social media series showcasing the final collection.
A Hard Pill to Swallow is a dinner series that focuses on showcasing talented chefs of color, primarily Black chefs, in fine dining cooking while encouraging a dialogue to discuss and challenge white hegemony in the restaurant industry. Through this dinner series, I would like to tell the story of Black people and the culture in the Bay Area, as well as in the US. I would also like to discuss the lack of Black chefs in high end restaurants, and how these restaurants can combat anti-Blackness.
Andre, a yoga and mindfulness teacher in NYC, will curate discussions around the healing effects of the mind body connection for people of color to combat racism and other identity-based social biases. He believes we can move towards liberation for all by calling our mindfulness to action, beginning from within.
Damian's fashion line, INTRO, is a high-end gender neutral brand that creates one-of-a-kind garments from recycled clothing and rerolled fabric. The brand seeks to create awareness, foster conversation, and thus bolster socio-cultural change through fashion. He'll use the space for a 1-day fashion installation, with live models and activists whose work is committed to racial equity and sustainability.
Old Skool Cafe is a violence prevention program in San Francisco that provides job training, employment, and a second chance at life by way of a 1920's speakeasy and jazz restaurant run by formerly incarcerated and foster care youth ages sixteen to twenty-two. The management team will use the funding for strategic planning sessions for the upcoming year.
Black Girl Film School offers quality film production programs for females interested in a career in film and television. Their goal is to create more opportunities for young women to learn technical production skills from other women of color. The funding will be used to produce a video that shows what happens when you place a camera in a Black girl's hands and equip her with the skills and training to tell her own story.