Rapper-producer-actor-activist David Banner co-leads Planet Deep South Colloquium
Rapper, producer, actor and activist David Banner helped to lead a panel discussion at Jackson State University at the 2016 “Planet Deep South Colloquium: Speculative Cultural Production and Africanisms in the American Black South.”
In conjunction with Astro Blackness, the town hall-style meeting was held Thursday in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building at JSU. It was sponsored by The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO and The Institute for Social Justice and Race.
Student leaders joined Banner and Kiese Laymon – a writer, editor and associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Laymon is also a Grisham writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, 2015-2016.
The Deep South conversation broached the relevance of HBCUs in the future of Black America.
The three-day interdisciplinary colloquium was open to all scholars, artists and others who wanted to explore the intellectual and creative expression of African people. Discussions probed southern Black cultural production through a historical and speculative lens. The colloquium included exhibitions and a closing plenary session.
Thinkers, writers, musicians and artists said they envision a Pan-African world that is diverse, specific and seemingly unlimited.
Some session topics included: Afro-Futurism and Southern Hip Hop; Afro-Futurism: A Multimedia Experience Featuring George Clinton; Sun Ra as an Afro-Futurist Prophet; Black Comics in the American South; Afro-Futurism, Black Power, and Pan-Africanism.