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BlackStar LIVE!

Black History Month Edition
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02/26/2021 09:00 PM
02/26/2021 10:00 PM
America/New York
BlackStar Live! – Season 1.5 – Episode 4

On the season finale of BlackStar Live!, Hank Willis Thomas stops by, plus a performance from April + Vista, and a short film by Rashida Bumbray (and a special appearance by Black Thought). Watch LIVE at youtube.com/blackstarprojects/live, facebook.com/blackstarfest/live, or blackstarfest.org/blackstarlive
https://blackstarfest.org/blackstarlive

Co-hosted by BlackStar’s founder, curator and filmmaker Maori Karmael Holmes and DJ and filmmaker-artist Rashid Zakat — plus special segments with scholar Dr. Yaba Blay and Luke Carlos O’Reilly on the keys — this is a talk show unlike any other. Featuring interviews with filmmakers, visual artists, authors, and musicians, not to mention sketch comedy, insightful social critique, musical performances, and much much more. Every Friday in February at 9 pm EST, live on Facebook, YouTube, and this webpage.



On Air


Friday

Feb 5

9:00 PM ET
  • Episode 1
  • Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew talk BLACK FUTURES, plus musical guest Reef the Lost Cause, and a short film from Rebeca Huntt.

Friday

Feb 12

9:00 PM ET
  • Episode 2
  • Questlove is in the house, plus a performance by Madison McFerrin, and a short film from Adeyemi Michael.

Friday

Feb 19

9:00 PM ET
  • Episode 3
  • Mahogany L. Browne joins us to discuss CHLORINE SKY, Yaba Blay talks ONE DROP, plus music from Ivy Sole, and a short film from Rikkí Wright.

Friday

Feb 26

9:00 PM ET
  • Episode 4
  • Hank Willis Thomas stops by, plus a performance from April + Vista, a short film by Rashida Bumbray, and an appearance by Black Thought.




Add to Calendar
02/26/2021 09:00 PM
02/26/2021 10:00 PM
America/New York
BlackStar Live! – Season 1.5 – Episode 4

On the season finale of BlackStar Live!, Hank Willis Thomas stops by, plus a performance from April + Vista, and a short film by Rashida Bumbray (and a special appearance by Black Thought). Watch LIVE at youtube.com/blackstarprojects/live, facebook.com/blackstarfest/live, or blackstarfest.org/blackstarlive
https://blackstarfest.org/blackstarlive



Hosted By


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Maori Karmael Holmes

Curator, Filmmaker, Writer

Maori founded BlackStar in 2012 and serves as its Artistic Director and CEO. Recognized as one of Black Public Media’s 40 Gamechangers for 40 Years, she was on Essence Magazine’s 2019 Woke 100 List, and is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow. She has organized programs in film at Anthology Film Archives, MOCA, The Underground Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. As a director, her works have screened internationally, including her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (2006). She has also directed and produced works for Colorlines.com, Visit Philadelphia, and singer-songwriter India.Arie. Her writing has recently appeared in The Believer, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, and How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. Maori also serves as Mediamaker-in-Residence at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Curator-at-Large at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and a Creative Executive with Blackbird.


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Rashid Zakat

Filmmaker and Artist

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker and artist based in Philadelphia. He uses video, photography, design, audio and the web to encourage people to find as much beauty, joy and wonder as possible. Professionally Rashid has a 15 year long career as a director and cinematographer for non-fiction, experimental films and music videos. He has done work for Nike, Intel, Grammy Award Winning artist India.Arie, Carmelo Anthony, Black Thought of the Roots, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, NBC, Comcast, BlackStar Film Festival, Soul Train, Topic, WHYY, Philadelphia Contemporary, Mural Arts, Rashaad Newsome & BET to name a few.

His personal work includes short documentary, iPhone and traditional portrait projects, visual mixtapes, digital publications, video installations, open mics & dance parties that experiment with visuals. Obsessed with the internet and new modes of communication, Rashid routinely shares his media experiments on social platforms.

 


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Special Correspondent

Dr. Yaba Blay

Scholar, Activist

Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work, and practice center on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl to her multi-platform digital community. In 2012, Dr. Blay served as a producer on CNN’s television documentary, Who is Black in America? and has since been named one of today’s leading Black voices by The Root 100 and Essence Magazine’s Woke 100. She has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, EBONY, Essence Magazine, Fast Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colorlines, and The Root, to name a few. Her commentary is featured in A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, a permanent installation exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and she is the author of the award-winning (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race.



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