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Seedz of Revolution: an ethnographic look at the African diaspora

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As a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, and other long-standing structural systems that maintain white supremacy, people of African descent, have always imagined and created liberation and revolutionary change. People across the African diaspora have expressed this change through their cultures, in ways that differ from one another. With my research I sought out to find the connection to liberation or revolution that lives within all people across the African diaspora. During the summer of 2018 I went into communities such as Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland to explore descended African people’s various expressions of liberation and revolution. Using an ethnographic approach I naturally let the participants of my research guide my study. With questions such as, “how do you define revolution?” or “how do you express liberation?” I allowed my participants the chance to ponder over the idea of what those terms meant to them. This research project acted as a platform by allowing the “four seasons of ethnography” to naturally give my subjects the space necessary to express themselves openly. My presentation is a compilation of photography and direct quotes from some of the subjects in the project. My research is only but a small fragment of a bigger research and film documentary series titled Seedz of Revolution. Using visual imagery and historical context, Seedz of Revolutionaims to use critical questions and concepts to document and examine ways young people throughout the African diaspora experience, perform, and create liberation and revolution for themselves and their communities.

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Throughout time people across the African diaspora have expressed their cultures in ways that differ from one another. However, one resounding aspect of those African cultures is the idea of “liberation.” During the summer of 2018 I went into surrounding communities such as Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland to see different expressions of liberation and revolution. By asking a guiding question around liberation or revolution, I allowed for the participant to ponder over what those terms meant personally. My research is only but a small fragment of a bigger research and film documentary series titled Seedz of Revolution. Seedz of Revolution is a research and documentary series focused on youth and their urge to create, define, or even perform liberation or revolution throughout the African diaspora.

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English/Languages/Communication

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Nyla HendersonFollow

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Journalism

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Sunni-Ali

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April 2019

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Seedz of Revolution: an ethnographic look at the African diaspora

As a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, and other long-standing structural systems that maintain white supremacy, people of African descent, have always imagined and created liberation and revolutionary change. People across the African diaspora have expressed this change through their cultures, in ways that differ from one another. With my research I sought out to find the connection to liberation or revolution that lives within all people across the African diaspora. During the summer of 2018 I went into communities such as Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland to explore descended African people’s various expressions of liberation and revolution. Using an ethnographic approach I naturally let the participants of my research guide my study. With questions such as, “how do you define revolution?” or “how do you express liberation?” I allowed my participants the chance to ponder over the idea of what those terms meant to them. This research project acted as a platform by allowing the “four seasons of ethnography” to naturally give my subjects the space necessary to express themselves openly. My presentation is a compilation of photography and direct quotes from some of the subjects in the project. My research is only but a small fragment of a bigger research and film documentary series titled Seedz of Revolution. Using visual imagery and historical context, Seedz of Revolutionaims to use critical questions and concepts to document and examine ways young people throughout the African diaspora experience, perform, and create liberation and revolution for themselves and their communities.