The My Colorful Nana Project is a collected group of Generous Thinkers. We invite all people to consider and celebrate their definitions of the words "beauty," "femininity", and blackness through a discussion of hair. This is a project that allows individuals to define identity on their own terms. Find out more about our Generous Thinkers and multimedia content by checking out our website: https://mycolorfulnana.wixsite.com/tmncp
”Black Hair Is The Root of Pan-Africanism,” (Audio Segment) MCN Event 6/16/2022
Topic: "Black Hair Is The Root of Pan-Africanism," My Colorful Nana (Talk in English)
Date & Time: Thursday, June 16th at 3:00pm
Summary: "This presentation about Back Hair & Pan-Africanism is led by Dr. Korka Sall (PhD) and Lauren Stockmon Brown (Current Fulbright ETA) and incoming PhD candidate. Together, we will discuss how art & community have strengthened and complicated our understanding of language analysis in relation to identity formation.”
“My Colorful Nana is a community engagement platform that has published recent podcast interviews that have nurtured our understanding of cultural representation and “generous thinking.” Our goal is to uncover the concept of Black hair as a form of Pan-Africanism and highlight the importance of “linguistic expression” as a tool to understand complex topics such as identity formation.”
-WARC (West African Research Center)
📍Rue E x Léon G. Damas, Fann Résidence, Face Agence Autonome des Transports Routiers, DHL, CSE) | For our community in the states :), please find a zoom link below if you’re interested in sharing space ♥️—
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82736677449?pwd=NUVRcEk3eXhENmZsSGdDcUZ0dEpKdz09
”People Are Like Waves,” (Short Story: Audio Version)
This week, I'm excited to share the audio version of the short story that I wrote about Identity Formation & Spirituality in Senegal entitled, "People Are Like Waves."
I am moving into my last month living abroad, and I'm exploring "how to" build lasting systems of thinking that can help improve my general understanding of self-expression, particularly in relation to the concept of Pan-Africanism. A key action that has inspired me to continue "thinking globally and acting locally," (Dr. Korka Sall) in a consistent & reflective sense is my writing.
My hope is that sharing art together will create more opportunities for me and those who feel connected to MCN to imagine what it would mean to "Think globally. Act locally."
Recently, I heard a quote that said, "Data is *only* based on what has happened in the past" (Author: James Clear). While living in Dakar, I'm slowly learning how to carefully accept the power of imagining "possible futures." Possible futures that we can consider on a global-scale as well as implement in our day-to-day lives... "Bite-size" moments of hopeful reflection & potential impact, perhaps... I hope that you enjoy this ~experimental~ piece and as always, thank you for believing in this work.
Link (written version): https://mycolorfulnana.com/writing. Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown. Music: “Jealous,” Fireboy (Instrumental)
Dr. Korka Sall (PhD)- ”Believe in Your Natural Power.”
Listening to the way Dr. Sall is enthralled by her work was absolutely exhilarating. Dr. Sall's research reframes debates about the participation and conversation of francophone women writers in the Negritude movement. I deeply resonate with Dr. Korka's calculated choice to centralize aspects of "humanness" when working to understand concepts like "Pan-African Solidarity," "Double Consciousness" and identity formation.
Throughout this conversation, I gradually realized how imperative it is for individuals to be able to confidently refer to multiple pools of cultural frameworks.... There is beauty in choosing to shield aspects of our identity, and growth in choosing to open our mind to other modes of thinking & feeling. Similar to language analysis, studying the history of “Black hair” is a tool that can help us sit with the complexities of existing.
Favorite Quote: "If you always hesitate about who you are then it will be hard for you to find the ground…. You need to be grounded first to know who you are, what you want, and why you want it.”
Very excited to share this episode with you! Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown. Music: “Jealous,” Fireboy (Instrumental)
Alioune Sene- ”I Evolved.”
For this episode, I interviewed one of my first friends in Senegal, Alioune Sene!
Alioune shared his experience growing up in Dakar before receiving a BA in New York & Tennessee, a MA in Paris and he is now excitedly living in Dakar, Senegal as an Associate Coordinator for the West African Research Center (WARC). Together, we shared many laughs as we discussed the meaning of “home” in unfamiliar spaces and the power of cultural exchange in relation to self-growth.
I very much look up to Alioune and his ability to be mentally agile in the face of adversity and uncertainty— I remain in awe of his seemingly instinctual urge to embrace “the unexpected” in life as I continue my own personal journey navigating the highs and lows of living abroad.
Favorite Quote: “….Everything I experienced made me more of who I am today… I evolved.”
Thank you again for everyone’s ongoing care & support... Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown. Music: “Jealous,” Fireboy (Instrumental)
Dr. Mamadou Bodian (PhD)– Understanding Identity Formation & Black Hair
For my Fulbright Community Engagement project in Senegal, I hope to nurture my scholarly interests in Body Politics, hair, beauty culture, race, and popular media as sites of creativity and politics. While interviewing Dr. Mamadou Bodian, excitedly, we discussed Dr. Mamadou's research on identity formation and religion in relation to my budding research interests on identity formation and Black hair. I found Dr. Mamadou's gentle encouragement to view concepts like "identity" and "individuality" as communal concepts rather than isolating thoughts, feelings and memories to be both complex and inspiring. I believe a conversation on Black hair creates a necessary entry-point to understand the intimate aspects of our lived experiences both together, and separately.
Favorite Quote: "Knowing others is also a way of knowing yourself..." -Dr. MB
I hope you enjoy our first episode of season 4 for MCN! Host & Founder: Lauren Stockmon Brown. Music: “Jealous,” Fireboy (Instrumental)
Why Black Hair Matters (with Dr. Kari Williams, PhD)
A conversation about Black hair and Black joy. Dr. Kari is passionate about hair styling and education. She has merged her passion and degree to create a business that caters to a market that is interested in natural hair and seeking guidance on how to achieve healthier hair. She is also a board-certified trichologist through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and the Founder & CEO of Mahogany Revolution. She also has a PhD in the field of Trichology. *Trichology: the branch of medical and cosmetic study and practice concerned with the hair and scalp. [Note: this episode was originally featured in Breakthrough's IG Live Spotlight: recorded on February 15 at 6:00 PM (ET)].
Such an informative podcast
If you want to educate yourself while being entertained, this is an incredible way to do so.
You’ve done such a great job with this podcast Can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
My favorite episode!
Love these women’s voices. Very intimate and organic dialog.