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Contemporary Black Canvas celebrates the depth and breadth of the Black artistic and intellectual traditions from across the African Diaspora and Africa. Through conversations with leading writers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, radical gardeners, and institution builders, we examine the Black imagination as a vital, vibrant, and dynamic force for individual and collective transformation. This podcast is an accessible and mobile university without walls that presents the ideas of leading Black creators, thinkers, and builders to Black audiences world-wide.

Contemporary Black Canvas Dr. Pia Deas, Professor of African American Literature, interviews Black novelists, poets, filmmakers, visual artists, and radical gardeners and farmers

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Contemporary Black Canvas celebrates the depth and breadth of the Black artistic and intellectual traditions from across the African Diaspora and Africa. Through conversations with leading writers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, radical gardeners, and institution builders, we examine the Black imagination as a vital, vibrant, and dynamic force for individual and collective transformation. This podcast is an accessible and mobile university without walls that presents the ideas of leading Black creators, thinkers, and builders to Black audiences world-wide.

    EP 27 Scholar Therí A. Pickens

    EP 27 Scholar Therí A. Pickens

    Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas, I am your host, Dr. Pia Deas. In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing scholar Therí Alyce Pickens about her most recent work Black Madness::Mad Blackness published by Duke University Press in 2019.  Currently, Therí A. Pickens is a  Full Professor of English at Bates College in Lewiston, […]

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP 26 Poet Geffrey Davis

    EP 26 Poet Geffrey Davis

    In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with award winning poet Geffrey Davis. Davis has authored two successful books Revising the Storm,   a 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize winner and most recently Night Angler ,  the recipient of the 2018 James Laughlin Award. Geffrey Davis is currently an Associate Professor at the […]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    BAM EP 5 Scholars, Dancers, and Choreographers: Dr. Osumare and Dr. Dixon Gottschild

    BAM EP 5 Scholars, Dancers, and Choreographers: Dr. Osumare and Dr. Dixon Gottschild

    Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas. I am your host, Dr. Pia Deas. On this episode of Contemporary Black Canvas, we are sharing an audio recording entitled “ It’s A Commitment,” an audio recording. This audio piece features esteemed dance scholars Dr. Halifu Osumare and Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild. This is part of a larger, artists’ […]

    • 24 min
    EP 25 Scholar Rashad Shabazz

    EP 25 Scholar Rashad Shabazz

    Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas where we celebrate the depth and breadth of Black artistic and intellectual traditions. In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rashad Shabazz, an Associate Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry within  School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and an affiliate faculty member at the […]

    • 1 hr 9 min
    BAMAA EP 4 Scholar & Activist Abdul Alkalimat

    BAMAA EP 4 Scholar & Activist Abdul Alkalimat

    Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas, I am your host, Dr. Pia Deas. In this episode,  I had the pleasure of speaking with scholar and activist, Abdul Alkalimat. In our conversation today, he begins by discussing how influential his family of activists and scholars were on his early development and his lifelong commitment to the freedom […]

    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP 24 Curator Meg Onli

    EP 24 Curator Meg Onli

    Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas. I am your host, Dr. Pia Deas. This week we had the pleasure of speaking with Meg Onli, the current Assistant  Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Please join us for this two-part series. In this episode, we speak to Meg Onli about her life and work […]

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Verifiedsherron ,

In Love

I came across this podcast last week when searching for black artist podcast and I'm addicted now. Hopefully there will be more episodes in 2019!

D@nG1 ,

Wonderful podcast

Contemporary Black Canvas is fantastic! Just listened to the interviews with Evie Shockley and John Keene.

Jessicajones123456 ,

thank you, such a great and needed podcast!

I love this podcast! I am so grateful it exists! The conversations are so rich and listening to theme opens up so many spaces to think and breathe -- To me it is like reading or listening to a poem. I can't wait for more episodes! I really also like the proposal to interview artists working in different kinds of mediums such that if you begin an inkling for one (poetry for example) you get interested in the others (dance, etc). I also love how we hear about the artists' processes, how they came to write or make the kind of art that they do, what their searches and their needs to express were, how this is connected to memory, to the body, to everyday life. It's very inspiring.

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