Being Seen is an in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves. Focused on the gay and queer Black male experience, the first season of Being Seen is a space to explore these questions through conversations with leading artists, writers, activists, entertainers, and community leaders.
If we create nuanced and accurate cultural portrayals of identity and experience, we have an opportunity to reduce stigma and change perception - impacting everything from HIV to institutional inequality.
Being Seen was produced by Harley & Co. and Darnell Moore and created in partnership with ViiV Healthcare. Theme music is Colouour by Moses Sumney with additional music compositions from Subculture. Photography for the episodes was curated by Texas Isaiah and Gioncarlo Valentine. More information on each episode and the series can be found at beingseenpodcast.com.
Mississippi, Texas, the Bronx, Camden. The power of context. The places and landscapes that define us from our countries to our bodies. The stories that take place amongst these backdrops and the ways in which our specificity should never be denied or overlooked.
Featured in this episode: Kiese Laymon (Author), Diedrick Brackens (Artist), Jerome LaMaar (Fashion Designer & Stylist). Artwork for this episode provided by Diedrick Brackens and photography provided by Shan Wallace.
Spaces. Space. The places we occupy and a trip that takes us beyond to a point where we can transcend. Eddie Ndopu plans to be the first disabled person to go to space, the first Black queer disabled person. This quest is confirmation of what we should all already know, that people like Eddie are magnificent in all of their multiplicities.
Featured in this episode: Eddie Ndopu (Activist, Author & Scholar) and music by Sun Ra. Artwork for this episode provided by Olivia Fields and photography provided by Clifford Prince King.
A Strange Loop, making it in Hollywood, getting to Broadway, Billie Holiday. What is the story behind culture firsts that break down barriers, push back against invisibility and refute stereotypes? How does the creation impact the creator? Why are we still fighting to get these firsts made?
Featured in this episode: Lee Daniels (Writer, Director & Producer), Jordan E. Cooper (Writer & Actor), Michael R. Jackson (Playwright), and Wesley Morris (NYT Culture Critic). Original artwork for this episode created by Olivia Fields and photography provided by Gioncarlo Valentine.
The Roles We Play
What is the impact of the roles we are often asked to play? How do we make more spaces where these roles can be self-defined? How do we use our roles to shift culture and empower others?
Featured in this episode: George M. Johnson (Author & Activist), Kenyon Farrow (Activist), Samira Nasr (Editor-In-Chief, Harper's Bazaar). Artwork for this episode provided by Khari Rahim and photography provided by Erik Carter.
Finding The Story
Who decides what stories will be told and how can we rewrite the narrative of what constitutes the “American” story? How can stories become our proof of life? What will it take to bring forth more stories from places that aren’t officially sanctioned?
Featured in this episode: Saeed Jones (Poet & Author), Ben Cory Jones (Writer, Director & Producer), Yashua Simmons (Fashion Editor & Stylist) and Marc Meachem (Head of US External Affairs, ViiV Healthcare). Artwork for this episode provided by Detour and photography provided by Jah Grey.
A weekly podcast hosted by Darnell Moore, exploring culture’s role in shaping how we see ourselves.
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This dialogue is long overdue & beyond important. Thank you for sharing such compelling stories.
Great Content & Thank You For Giving A Voice To The Voiceless Within Our Communities.
Darnell Moore is a great host and beautifully highlights the experiences of the artists featured on the show. It’s thought provoking, and the length and pacing of the conversations make them easily digestible and clear. It’s a perfect addition to your commute and your podcast rotation!