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Our first interview for February features Chicago-native Meida McNeal, Arts & Culture Manager for the Chicago Parks district, and Artistic Director for the Afro-diasporic, feminist collaborative Honey Pot Performance. Join us, as Meida and The People's Culture editor, Vanity Gee, discuss parenthood, the intersections of her artistic and community practices, her journey through academia, and making time for it all.
“I guess you can say I am a charismatic, outgoing, outspoken, super-duper black, always-willing go-getter,” says Adrian O. Walker, a contemporary mixed-media artist and photographer, during our interview in Oakland, California. Walker is all of these things and has been for as long as I have known him.
This week's feature is with Los Angeles-based writer, director, and filmmaker Tamika Miller. Since graduating college, she has never had a "9-5," and has freelanced successfully for her entire career. In our conversation, Tamika and I discuss her artistic influences, her unexpected path in film, working in a predominantly white, male field, and her most recent award-winning short film entitled /SMOKD/.
When I ask Basil Kincaid if there is a difference between Basil the person and Basil the artist, he responds, “the work is my life and my life is the work.” And he’s right. Everything I have ever known, heard, and observed about Kincaid is related to his art practice. For Kincaid, art is a means of honoring family and tradition, the beginning of a process of healing from trauma the world inflicts upon us, and—as it is for many of us cultural workers—a vital method of viewing and processing our world.
For six days in August 1965, African Americans rioted and protested police brutality in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, a tumultuous expression of anger and injustice that left the great Watts area, and many of its residents, devastated. A month later, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg started the Watts Writers’ Workshops in response to the riots, aiming to provide a space where black and brown voices could convene and have serious dialogues about the societal ills plaguing the United States. Quincy Troupe was one of its first members.