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Ashara Ekundayo's Weekend Picks


Sights and Sounds  is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter in place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with curator and cultural strategist Ashara Ekundayo to talk about three things to see, hear and do at home.

 The Museum of the African Diaspora continues to produce some great virtual events--this podcast series is sponsored by the museums' Emerging Artists Program.  It features artists whose work is on display discussing how their work and contemporary art interplays with themes of the African Diaspora.

 The Afrofuture Strategies Institute is a think tank and consultancy that works to promote literacy, focusing on Africa and the African diaspora.  Afrofuturists and fans discuss all the changes the world is currently going through and the presence of black people in the future. 

 This black feminist study group has been meeting since January 2018 to discuss works of black feminist writers and thinkers such as Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Hortense Spillers, and others.  You don't have to be an academic to appreciate this spiritual-political-education project. It is open to all who are interested in amplifying the work of black feminist thinkers.

Ashara Ekundayo is an independent curator and cultural strategist. Check out the See Black Women two-part discussion on Tuesday May 19 and 26th at 4pm on Yerba Bunea Center, MOAD and Ashara's social media. 

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee 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.