Black Diasporic Visions:
(De) Constructing Modes of Power

Reflections and Resources

by Josh AdlerRosa AngelaDarializa Avila ChevalierBrittany BrathwaiteJ. Michell BritoO.D. EnobaborJaviela EvangelistaRuben MinaJanelle PoeCarla SheddKayla ReeceAshleigh WashingtonCrystal Welch-Scott
Contributor: Wendy Barrales

Black Diasporic Visions turns us toward a myriad of pathways for liberation formed by African people and people of African descent inside and outside of oppressive structures of power, as well as the development of alternative visions and spaces. More specifically, in this course, we consider these constructions which are often despite, within and at the intersections of institutions and systems that impact education, the prison industrial complex, food justice, public planning, preservation, legal personhood and climate change. It is our hope that the knowledge that grows out of Black Diasporic Visions may inform and continue to be informed by urgent interventions and creations today.


The range of constructions and visions reviewed in this course serve as correctives and prescriptives to the problems of omission and misrepresentation in academia, archives and society at large. Ultimately, Black Diasporic Visions, centralizes historically and globally informed liberatory possibilities, imperative to our lives today, that challenge divides between theory and practice.


This course was co-developed and co-taught by Futures Initiative Faculty Fellows,
Dr. Javiela Evangelista and Dr. Carla Shedd


Before we begin, Our Terms of Use✨

"The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is –
it’s to imagine what is possible."


– bell hooks, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 2012

We dreamed up this space and project as an artistic creation of liberation, freedom dreaming, and, as bell hooks said, to imagine what is possible. Through a great level of intentionality and care, we created and curated this project centering YOU, our community. That being said, we know that this project is publicly accessible to the world, beyond who it was originally imagined or intended for.

Because of this, we have a few asks:

  • As a guest of this project, we ask that you annotate, explore, read, and interact with a great level of intentionality and care.

  • This project is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and is meant to be shared widely, remixed, and used in classrooms. We do ask you to please make sure to cite us! Manifold has a built in annotation tool that makes it seamless to create and share citations (and tweet what you've learned!)

  • Are you using the resources in your class? Did you remix one of our assignments? We'd love to hear from you! Use our #BlackDiasporicVisions to document and follow our community creations

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    A special thank you...🌻

    The digital version of this project was carefully thought up and curated by artist and educator, Wendy Barrales. We want to thank her for the level of care and love that was poured into this. Thank you for manifesting our vision for a project that centers visuals, our audience, and our work.

    With Gratitude,

    The Authors & Contributors of
    Black Diasporic Visions:(De) Constructing Modes of Power 🌱

    A Sonic Exploration...

    We invite you to listen to Jamila Woods' LEGACY!LEGACY! as part of a multisensory experience to our project. LEGACY!LEGACY! is a sonic ode to Black artists, musicians, and writers, assembling an illustrious creative lineage stretching from Muddy Waters’s southern blues to Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism. So now, click play, sign into your Spotify, and enjoy this experience.

    Thanks for being here. We can't wait to see & hear what you dream up from our conjurings.


    Desktop Pro Tip:

    As you explore our project, make sure to right click and "open in new tab" so you can listen to Jamila Woods uninterrupted -- the way we intended for you to experience her.

    *Read a full review of the album by Sophia Ordaz.

Our Course

The following texts are organized as a course reader and include reflections and resources created and curated by graduate students and course instructors. They do not have to be read linearly --- we encourage you interact with them in any order that speaks to you while you bop to Jamila.

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    Resource Guide

    by Josh Adler, Rosa Angela, Darializa Avila Chevalier, Brittany Brathwaite, J. Michell Brito, O.D. Enobabor, Ruben Mina, Janelle Poe, Ashleigh Washington, Crystal Welch-Scott, Kayla Reece
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    Our Conjurings

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    by Josh Adler, Rosa Angela, Darializa Avila Chevalier, Wendy Barrales, J. Michell Brito, O.D. Enobabor, Javiela Evangelista, Ruben Mina, Janelle Poe, Carla Shedd, Kayla Reece, Ashleigh Washington, Crystal Welch-Scott
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Explore Further

Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew + Jenna Wortham

We began the semester inspired by the work featured in Black Futures Editors, Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew created an anthology consisting of art, recipes and moments captured in Black culture and history and presented to us, "Black Futures". Click the video below to hear from the editors.

Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America. The show profiles Black activists, academics, business leaders, sports figures, elected officials, artists and writers to gauge this experience in a time of both turbulence and breakthroughs.

Black America is hosted by Carol Jenkins, Emmy award winning New York City journalist, and founding president of The Women's Media Center.

Watch more at http://tv.cuny.edu/show/blackamerica

Support a Black Feminist Bookstore!
Get your copy of Black Futures from, Cafe Con Libros ☕📚

More Sonic Explorations...

Along with Jamila Woods' LEGACY!LEGACY!, we sonically explored the work of JJJJJerome Ellis, who helped us reimagine the possibilities of speech and language --- transgressing beyond impediments. This album was shared by Josh Adler, thank you!

With The Clearing, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer JJJJJerome Ellis establishes a new metaphor that frames speech dysfluency—stuttering in particular—as a space for possibility rather than a pathology. First introduced in his 2020 essay “The clearing: Music, dysfluency, Blackness and time” in The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, Ellis presents “The Clearing” as a concept that challenges us to reimagine dysfluency in speech and question how speech and articulation impact how we exist in the social realm. Ellis speaks with a block stutter, which manifests as intervals of silence in his speech. He calls these intervals “clearings.”

Album review courtesy of the artist on bandcamp

Want to watch, view, interact, and explore the multimedia resources from this project? Take a look below!

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