November 8, 2014
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
In this three-part series, guest scholars, educators, artists, writers, activists, and cultural workers engaged in public dialogues exploring themes of black female identity in mainstream culture.
The second panel, “Mythologies of the Diva: Reexamining the Image of Black Women in Pop Culture,” moderated by human rights activist and artist Shani Jamila, used the “Long Table” format, which invites the audience to the table for an informal dialogue with the panel discussants. Participants investigated the archetypal role of the diva in pop culture, and examined, criticized, and recreated a narrative around their own ideas of the diva as they pertain to black female identity. Panelists included performers April Matthis and Okwui Okpokwasili; Kameelah Rasheed, Creative Director of Mambu Badu and studio instructor at the Brooklyn Museum; Amanda Seales, artist and media culture critic; and Adaku Utah, founder of community healing space SouLar Bliss.
Free with Museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. Co-presented by MAPP International Productions and 651 ARTS; curated by Ebony Noelle Golden.