On Friday, July 3, 2015, The C.O.U.P. spoke with Alexis Pauline Gumbs aka Sista Docta Lex and Almah LaVon (Rice) about love as a methodology, radical self-care, the power of dreams as a community resource, and loving and nourishing blackness in the face of anti-black violence. Help support their upcoming retreat, Dark Sciences: A People of Color Dream Retreat by clicking here.
Image credit: Audre Lorde Collage by Sista Docta Lex
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, The C.O.U.P. spoke with artist, scholar, and activist Kai Marshall Green about privilege, the academy, black queer space and place making, the foibles of the mainstream LGBT movement, and love as a radical praxis in a time of hate.
On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, The C.O.U.P. spoke with Professor Robin D.G. Kelley about black radicalism, the refusal of suffering, freedom dreams, and his award-winning book Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression, the 25th anniversary edition of which was just released (August 3) by University of North Carolina Press. Learn more about the book here!
On Monday, August 3, 2015, we spoke with Dr. Jemima Pierre about the "predicament of blackness" (from her 2013 book of The Predicament of Blackness), the production of whiteness, global black solidarity, and Haiti and Africa's importance for black radicalism.
We spoke with media artist and activist Sharon Daniel, professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz, about the power of participatory documentary, her efforts to help make the voices of the silenced audible to the general public, and her media activism in the fight against the Prison Industrial Complex and the carceral state. Visit publicsecret.net for her interactive interface about currently incarcerated women in the California prison system.
For more about Sharon Daniel's artwork, visit http://www.sharondaniel.net/.