Exploring the art within numerous forms of storytelling from the worlds lived and told by Black women storytellers.
2. The Myth of Our Characters, a Kathleen Collins Masterclass
“I am interested in how human beings evolve; a consciousness that is true to who they are in HERE. In the center of their being. I am interested in telling stories that give pleasure to the psyche.” —Kathleen Collins
In this episode, I introduce to you all our monthly masterclass, where we visit key elements to telling a story from our ancestors of the arts. To kick it off, we study from the late filmmaker, playwright, poet, novelist, and professor Kathleen Collins, who passed way too soon but left behind bold work that explored the beauty of our Black mundane and nuanced life. From a guest lecture she did at Howard University in 1984, we learn how to begin removing ourselves from the White gaze, the basics of how writing starts with our obsessions, our intrigue with our characters, and the places we give them room to lead us towards in pursuit of documenting their journeys and finding ourselves along the way.
Masterclass Link: https://vimeo.com/203379245
1. Expression Is Our Birthright
In our very first episode, we start our conversation on the ways we withhold our right to expression, particularly through our stories. Inspired by an essay written by Stephanie Fields, who theorizes how time hasn't always been kind to Black women storytellers of our past, I break down the truth of this thought, highlighting our greats and how they were not afforded the support, freedom, and confidence to be artists. How the fight to simply be killed them, whether in body, mind and/or spirit, right at the brink of true exploration. How we of this generation own the privilege to dream and dream big, and how we can take advantage of it.
Stephanie Fields essay: https://theestablishment.co/solange-beats-the-deadly-clock-constraining-black-women-creatives-2e6d1ce16677/index.html
Welcome to Tales of Our Sisters, a podcast exploring the art within numerous forms of storytelling from the worlds lived and told by Black women storytellers. I'm your host, Cynthia Francillon, and I hope you're as eager as I am to celebrate the imagination belonging to us, and the boldness to express it.