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"Super-Duper Black" with Adrian O. Walker

“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.

"Visual Lexicon" with Basil Kincaid

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.

"Famous All of My Life" with Quincy Troupe

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.