Every Tongue Got to Confess Podcast (ETGTCP) is hosted and co-produced by Dr. Julian Chambliss, Professor of English and Core Faculty in the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR) at Michigan State University. This podcast seeks to document the ideology and activism central to the mission of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
Iheoma Nwachukwu and the Reality of Afrofuturism
During the 2020 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, interviewer Kimberly Williams talked with Iheoma Nwachukwu about Afrofuturism. Nwachukwu is a fiction writer and poet from Nigeria. In this conversation, Nwachukwu reflects on the realities of African culture captured by contemporary Afrofuturist practice.
Tenea Johnson and Building Black Future Worlds
During the 2020 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, interviewer Grace Chun talked with Tenea Johnson about Afrofuturism. Johnson is a speculative fiction author, poet, and musician. She is the author of several books, including Smoketown: A Novel as well as Starting Friction, a collection of poetry and prose.
Phenderson Djeli Clark and a Retro-Afrofuturism
During the 2020 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, interviewer Grace Chun talked with Phenderson Djeli Clark about Afrofuturism. Clark is a writer of speculative fiction, including The Black God's Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. In this conversation, he recounts the complex journey that defines his black speculative practice.
Chesya Burke and Reimagining the Future
During the 2020 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, interviewer Tiffany Pennamon talked with Chesya Burke about her work in Afrofuturism. Burke is an editor, educator, and author of comic books and speculative fiction, including The Strange Crimes of Little Africa, and Let's Play White. Burke shares her vision of how black writers reach back to the past to reframe the future.
Maurice Broaddus and the Space to Dream
During the ZNH Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Kimberly Williams talked with Maurice Broaddus in Eatonville, Florida about his work. Broaddus is a writer, a community organizer, and a teacher who uses Afrofuturism in his writing and life. His books The Knights of Breton Court Trilogy, the steampunk novel, Pimp My Airship, and the YA detective novel, The Usual Suspects.
Michele Berger and the Afrofuturist Aesthetic
During the 2020 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Michele Berger spoke about her work and the wider implications of Afrofuturism. Dr. Berger is an award-winning scholar and writer who sheds light on the ways Afrofuturism centers the transformative vision offered by black women.