A celebration by and for Black folks, of Black joy, resistance, resilience, and excellence.
About this Event
Now more than ever is a time to use our imaginations and to be in community, both to live into a world that honors us as Black people and also for much needed healing to sustain that necessary world. First manifested as a summer-long live radio show in partnership with Bondfire Radio in Brooklyn, NY, “Choose Black Joy” Vol II. is a reincarnation of that program through a new collaboration with California-based organization The Center for Cultural Power. On every Friday night of September, The Black Joy Project’s Kleaver Cruz will be in conversation with a series of Guest Artists to discuss the intersections of Black joy, art, and related topics. We will be together to conjure joy as much as evoke it.
Note for non-Black folks: Your interest is appreciated, but these conversations are intended for Black people only. Non-Black POC and white folks can participate by holding space for our healing from afar and making donations towards Black led organizations that are dedicated to various causes in service of Black life.
Meet our artists! The sessions will run as follows; Zoom links will be sent to ticket-holders day of.
- Paula Ramirez – Friday, September 4th @7PM EST, Zoom
Paula Ramirez (she/her) is a Poet, Creative, and Educator from the Bronx, NYC. She is dedicated to the creation and reconstruction of language to support the Liberation of Black and Brown folks across the Diaspora.
- Boo/Ti – Friday, September 11 @7PM EST, Zoom
Boo / Ti is a Pasadena-born, world-living creator. Crafting at the locus of music production, creative writing, and movement work, they build interactive performances that ask black folk to investigate our relationships to creation, spirituality, settler colonialism, and the haunting aftermaths of systemic displacement. They are currently
working on two creative writing projects: a series of interconnected short stories revolving around a sundown town touched by dark matter, and an essay collection on black gender & sexual healing.
- Jewel Cadet – Friday, September 18th @7PM EST, Zoom
Born and raised in Brooklyn, East New York by a Haitian Single Mother, Jewel is a Black Queer abolitionist and freedom fighting Femme for Black lives. She is Social Justice Organizer for the rights of Women, Girls, Femmes and for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community. As the Director of Programs at the Center for Anti-Violence Education in addition to her passion projects that include hosting her own talk show, owning her own Event Planning Business, and curating community spaces for Black Joy & Education, Jewel’s tireless advocacy for marginalized people drives her work everyday. Multi-awarded both locally and nationally from BET to NYU, Jewel is recognized as a dynamic force. As a speaker and educator who values the healing that comes with being vulnerable to her experiences as an Intimate Queer Partner Violence Survivor, Jewel’s life’s mission is to amplify the voices of those who are silenced and support them on their journey to resilience.
- Mystery Guest: Friday, September 18 @7PM EST, Zoom
Mess around and find out!
About The Black Joy Project
Started in late 2015, The Black Joy Project (TBJP) is a digital and real-world affirmation that Black joy is a form of resistance. TBJP has manifested in many ways that range from participation in an art exhibit at Syracuse University’s Folk Art Center to a live radio show broadcast on BondFire Radio in Brooklyn, NY, among many other forms. TBJP has travelled around the Diaspora and to the African continent, from South Africa to South Carolina to São Paulo and beyond building community and connecting with people around their everyday lived experiences as Black people as well as their understanding(s) of joy.
The Black Joy Project