Episode 1 | Getting Real About Bipolar [Beginning at 1:25]
Black, Bipolar, and Badass will be a storytelling exploration featuring four Black Teaching Artists as they recount the trials, tribulations, and triumphs within their personal narratives of living and thriving with Bipolar Disorder. Please join us as we open a dialogue addressing our individual and collective “mental skillness”.
LIVE discussion airing Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, at 6:00 pm (EST)/ 5:00 pm (CST). Streaming on YouTube and Facebook LIVE
Moderated by Kymani M. Jade (@kymanijade), Artivist, Educator, and Creator of the Nu Afrikan Artivist Movement
In conversation with–
Victor Sawyer (@v3000), Senior Fellowship Coach, Memphis Music Initiative
Emuche Nwaigwe (@emuchenwaigwe), Visual Artist and Innovator
Melissa Parke (@blackteachingartistlab), Founder of Black Teaching Artist Lab
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A B O U T
S p e a k e r s
Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently, Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world-famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble. He also acts as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of 10-12 professional music Teaching Artists working in traditionally underserved communities.
As a performer, Sawyer has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. He has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more.
Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance. While in NYC, Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy.
Emuche Nwaigwe is a Nigerian-American, New York-based Digital Illustrator and Art Director, formally trained at The School of the Art Institue of Chicago. The foundation of his art is rooted in both American and Nigerian culture, the vibrant colors of African art influencing the palettes of his work. Combining themes of Western culture and daily life with the bright, saturated colors that the African Diaspora is known for; creating a surreal sense of space and energy.Emuche Nwaigwe
Melissa Parke founded Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC in 2020, with the mission to give Black teaching artists across the Diaspora the opportunity to become better social and cultural leaders through educational workshops and international travel.
M o d e r a t o r
Kymani Mocha Jade is a Spoken Word Artivist and Educator bringing new meaning to poetic justice with honest healing conversations, mental health talks, & transformative media uplifting the art, mind, spirit, and the aesthetic of Black culture. She is the Creator of the Nu Afrikan Artivist Movement, a progressive initiative with a vision to unify and uplift the African diaspora’s Black and Brown communities and promote the empowerment of radical self-determination. NAAM serves to create space for Black culture, celebrating fiercely innovative visionaries who collectively occupy the making of the history and destiny of the African diaspora.
Daughter of the Diaspora, she is. 🇺🇸 ✨ 🇧🇧 ✨ 🇨🇼 🇬🇾 🇱🇨
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