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BlackChat originated as a series of social salons in the summer of 2016. Curated by intergenerational co-conspirators !Kona and Morgan, BlackChat has dedicated it’s work to healing Black communities in the lower mainland through family reunion styled gatherings.

BlackChat the podcast welcomes you into our living room. Make some tea, get cozy, and join us as we explore conversations of the wild and ridiculous, real-world ish, and potentially anything else we find interesting and amusing.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

BlackChat originated as a series of social salons in the summer of 2016. Curated by intergenerational co-conspirators !Kona and Morgan, BlackChat has dedicated it’s work to healing Black communities in the lower mainland through family reunion styled gatherings.

BlackChat the podcast welcomes you into our living room. Make some tea, get cozy, and join us as we explore conversations of the wild and ridiculous, real-world ish, and potentially anything else we find interesting and amusing.

    007: Is Rome Burning?

    007: Is Rome Burning?

    Recorded March 30, 2020 at 9:21 PM.

    Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Samwel Uko. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. #saytheirnames



    We are roughly 3 months into a global pandemic. 6 Black bodies. 



    Today marks day 5 of protests in cities across North America taking the streets demanding murder charges against all 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd, and justice for all Black lives that are killed by the hands of white supremacy and colonial violence. Buildings and vehicles have been set fire. Police in riot gear accompanied by K9 units and choppers in the sky have deployed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds. Cities have called in the national guard to assist in 'containing the protests'.  Roughly 1400 arrests have been made so far across America.



    Trauma is on all of our feeds. Seepings it's way into our conversations and relationships. the white people in our lives are acting weird. So much virtue signalling. So much performative allyship. So many challenging and conflicting feelings... Times are heavy.



    We love and are thinking of all our beautiful Black kin across the continent and across the globe. We see you. We hear you. We love you. And we will stand with you forever and beyond. You are sacred. you are beloved. You are cherished. Your life matters. Your joy matters. Your dreams matter. your love matters.



    Please take the time to share and donate to the links below...



    Canda:

    Black In BC Mutual Aid Emergency Relief Fund https://ca.gofundme.com/f/covid19-black-community-support-vancouver

    Race-Based Data Collection for Covid-19 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wPWZTexf9L-RPnGgxJ08sL5tTmi71iJu/view

    Other Resources for non-Black folks to contribute to Black Communities in Canada https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rvVbCG-7ubJDBISQGy02fQjFmUm2gWHJ08x1nDwoTcc/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1S121m_2Dc8CuaXa-NP1YIcNZgn8k1SmyX_p4ith-a9Mo3kNTlyoSzjgE



    The US:

    Petition - Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

    Minnesota Freedom Fund https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

    George Floyd GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/george-floyd-bigfloyd

    Reclaim The BLock Minneapolis https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#about

    Louisville Community Bail Fund https://actionnetwork.org/f…/louisville-community-bail-fund/

    • 1 hr 46 min
    006: PART ONE - The "Real" Race Card with Desmond Cole

    006: PART ONE - The "Real" Race Card with Desmond Cole

    The conversation in this episode was recorded on February 23.

    *This episode features ASMR of us all eating a delicious meal together. Sorry and You’re welcome*

    The militarization of transit. Black and Indigenous relations and connections. Genetic testing. These are some of the conversations Morgan and !Kona had with Desmond Cole, Simone, and Parker Johnson. Join us in our chat over dinner. Hear Desmond shares parts of his new book “The Skin We’re In”, which was at the time of this recording named the national no. 1 Bestselling non-fiction book.

    Apologies in advance for the cuts in the audio. We had some recording difficulties, so some parts are cut out.. Stay tuned for the continuation of this conversation on our next episode which comes out April 16.

    You can find Desmond’s book, “The Skin We’re In” at:

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/536075/the-skin-were-in-by-desmond-cole/9780385686341

    Music by Jillian Christmas who we’ve chatted with before in episode 2, parts one and two. Be sure to check those out and grab her book, “The Gospel of Breaking” which was recently debuted at no. 6 on the BC Best Sellers list. You can find her book here:

    https://arsenalpulp.com/Books/T/The-Gospel-of-Breaking

    Find us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver

    Contribute to keeping transcribing episodes and keeping our bills paid at patreon.com/blackchat

    Please give us your feedback on how we’re doing, what you love, what we can improve on, etc..

    *Photo snagged from Google. I will site when/if I find the original source*

    • 1 hr 14 min
    005: Kinky While Black @ West Coast Bound

    005: Kinky While Black @ West Coast Bound

    This episode was recorded at 11:15am on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 on the unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, of Sto:lo Coast Salish Peoples. 

    We were invited to West Coast Bound, a Canadian conference that examines sexuality, power, and aros. Metro Vancouver Kink, the organizing board for this conference, asked BlackChat to host a gathering with the other Black presenters, to discuss the intersections of Blackness and kink.

    "What is it to be Kinky While Black? Join BlackChat, the local “Gathering of the Melanated” hosted by !Kona and Morgan, with special guests Mollena Williams, Q-Tip, GoddessIndigo, Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti, and Yoseñio. Representing a range of identities and public tenure, expect a free-ranging conversation where we will be discussing what it means to have skin like us, with the history our people do, while being a lovely kinky freak. Listen in while we explore topics like racial tones in kink, our favourite scenes and experiences, where we find representation and solace in community, and more.

    We’ll start with a 30-minute, recorded, kitchen table style conversation, where the hosts and presenters will discuss the intersection of Blackness and Kink/Leather. Expect laughter, insights and stories to which witnesses will have the opportunity to contribute.* This will be followed by a Q&A  talkback portion, and then a transition period into a POC ONLY space. Post-session,  People of Colour are invited to join us for light calories and hydration into the lunch hour ."

    I, (Morgan) completely butchered the land acknowledgement on this episode. With my sincerest apologies, here are the written notes addressing the land in which this conversation took place on: 


    the ancestral, traditional, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples,

    and in particular, the Kwikwetlem First Nation

    Kwikwetlem refers to the unique sockeye salmon that once ran abundant in Coquitlam River and Coquitlam Lake, sustaining the community for thousands of years.

    Archaeological evidence shows that the Kwikwetlem have lived in the area for at least four thousand years.

    coquitlamheritage.ca/

    Here is the link for the presenters of WCB which features the bios of all Black presenters present on this panel discussion:


    https://westcoastbound.ca/archive-2020/presenters-2020/

    The music on this episode is called "Sweetly" by Tonye Aganaba. A dear friend to us a BlackChat, who we hope one day will be on the podcast! You can listen to their album "Something Comfortable" on Spotify, Tidal, etc., and buy it on iTunes. Support Black artists!


    https://www.tonyemusic.com/

    The podcast icon is still, and always will be, done by the amazing Ifetayo Zarine Alabi


    https://alabi-ifetayo.format.com/about
    IG: @ife.the.artist

    For updates and ways to contribute, visit www.patreon.com/blackchat or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver

    • 1 hr 33 min
    004: Surviving the Apocolypse with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

    004: Surviving the Apocolypse with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

    This week on BlackChat, we sat down with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden. Long time friend of !Kona, "adopted" auntie of Morgan, Dr. Dryden is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research topics include, but are not limited to; Black Health Equity, Black Feminist/Black Queer Diasporic Analytics, Anti-black racism and Health Outcomes, and Blood Donation Systems. OmiSoore is also a bad-ass femme whose academic activism continues to be a vital tool in Black liberation.



    In editing, we decided to let this episode flow free form with no music and minimal editing for volume control. So grab a snack and join us as we munch on Chinese food, and discuss in-depth the intersecting existence of Black and Indigenous people on Turtle Island. Are Black people settlers? Allies? What are our roles as people of African descent in dissolving the colonial apocalypse we live in alongside Indigenous peoples?



    On a panel this past Tuesday, Dr. Dryden said something on the lines of (and I'm sorry for paraphrasing), "[Genocide did not wipe out Indigenous people, despite genocidal acts still occurring to this day. Slavery Did not wipe out Black people, despite systems of slavery still existing today.]" 

    This "quote" leaves us to further think about how coalition-building between Indigenous and Black people can, may and will be possible.



    For updates and ways to contribute, visit www.patreon.com/blackchat or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver

    OmiSoore's website: https://omisooredryden.com/

    *Photo was snagged from Google. I will properly credit if I can find it*

    • 2 hr
    003: Sliders and Solidarity

    003: Sliders and Solidarity

    How do we go about creating the conditions that would allow people to invest in each other's survival?

    On this episode of BlackChat, !Kona and Morgan discuss the recent actions and demonstrations held by land and water defenders on Coast Salish territory (Greater Vancouver Area). As a response to the RCMP raid on the Unist’ot’en camp and Wet’suwet’en lands, Indigenous youth and supporters have stood up against colonial violence and we want to talk about what that looks like.

    We look at the timeline of most recent events, considering factors of being arrest-able, and the multiple ways we can show up for each other.

    If there are parts of this that aren’t entirely correct, please let us know! We aim to deliver accurate content, especially about this topic. Mainstream media is not reporting as they should be, and it’s important for us to discuss the truth

    For updates and ways to contribute, visit https://www.patreon.com/blackchat or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver

    RESOURCES

    Donate

    https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten2020legalfund/

    https://www.solidarityartspace.com/

    Twitter

    Unist’ot’en camp: @UnistotenCamp

    Gidimt’en Checkpoint: @Gidimten

    Website Links

    http://unistoten.camp/

    https://unistoten.camp/timeline/timeline-of-the-campaign/

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/02/11/key-moments-in-the-coastal-gaslink-and-wetsuweten-conflict-a-timeline.html

    https://www.yintahaccess.com/historyandtimeline

    https://runnermag.ca/2020/02/ways-to-support-wetsuweten-from-home/

    https://www.youtube.com/user/UnistotenCamp



    Photo by  Piper Fawkes

    • 1 hr 59 min
    002: PART TWO with Jillian Christmas

    002: PART TWO with Jillian Christmas

    Welcome back to part two of our interview with the lovely Jillian Christmas. In this second half, we cover topics including self-care, the sacredness of locs, and the development and inspiration for Jillian's forthcoming book, The Gospel of Breaking. “Writer. Seeker. Traveling Circus.", Jillian is a queer, Black writer living on the unceded territories Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, where she served for six years as Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words. As an enthusiastic organizer and advocate in the Canadian arts community, her focus has been to increase anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word. She has executed programs in partnership with the Toronto Poetry Project, The Chan Centre, Vancouver Opera, and more. Jillian has performed and facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country and beyond. Her forthcoming debut book of poetry will be released in Spring 2020 with Arsenal Pulp Press. Preorder her book here: https://arsenalpulp.com/Books/T/The-Gospel-of-Breaking?fbclid=IwAR3qVUHVjuhDprZcm68OgSAjS7ex1igm89RYVEElGwl-I2dSQeTA3zNdchs 

    For updates and ways to contribute, visit www.patreon.com/blackchat or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver 

    Music and Poems by Jillian Christmas 

    Photo by @photosbykho

    • 1 hr

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