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Helping BIPOC Artists Whose Work Heals and Helps Others

Ashara Ekundayo
Demondre Ward
Ashara Ekundayo

Artists gave us mental escapes during quarantine last year. If you got lost in a book, binged a series or watched films to not think about COVID, you know what I mean. And artists helped us try to make sense of the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd.

Ashara Ekundayo's organization and platformArtist As First Responder recognizes and supports BIPOC artists who use their work to heal communities and save lives.

In this interview, Ashara talks about how she provides Black artists the resources to do this work through theBlack [Space] Residency.

CrosscurrentsSights & Sounds
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.