Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, co-authors of the visual anthology Black Futures, will become the first guest curators on the Lift Black Voices section in their flagship mobile applications.
Starting Monday and for three weeks, they will personally select collections of dialogues, essays and other content on the topics of joy, justice, memory and legacy, property and care systems.
Elements of the takeover are:
- A custom header depicting the collaboration between Lift Black Voices and Black Futures.
- An Introduction to the Hub by Drew and Wortham.
- A commissioned self-care breath work video by Siedeh Foxie
- A hashtag prompt that allows users to delve deeper.
The social network launched the Raise Black Voices section as a target in its app last June to highlight black stories, share educational resources, and inspire people to take action through fundraising for racist justice.
Drew and Wortham said in their introduction, “The Black Futures project started out a few years ago as a direct message exchange on Twitter and has grown into a shared desire to archive a moment. Black Futures, the resulting book, is meant to be a dwelling place for our most precious cultural exports, at a moment when so many black contributions – from memes to groundbreaking scientific discoveries – still need to be erased and co-opted. As co-editor, we tried to answer the question: what does it mean to be black and alive now? It was not enough to define ourselves using our productivity examples. We wanted to recall our hopes, dreams, expectations and fears for present and future generations. We wanted to capture some of the most dynamic artists, writers, thinkers, and musicians of our time who emerged in an unprecedented era of cultural, social, economic, and environmental revolutions. “
They added: “Online and offline we are witnessing a flowering of black creativity and art. In the following we have put together a unique selection of portals, videos and galvanization posts from Facebook. We felt it was important to highlight a visual feast of healers, artists, and abolitionists who have influenced us online and offline. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope you find our selections alive and inspiring. “