Freestyle Friday: Volume 20

Happy Friday! I am stoked to deliver a freshly curated Freestyle Friday. Today the theme is all about culture, ecology, and liberation. Here are a few resources I’ve harvested this week on the topic.

Elaine Brown Urban Farm

Former Chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown turned a vacant lot in West Oakland into an Urban Farm that will employ former offenders, aptly called West Oakland Farms. Pure #BlackGirlMagic, if you ask me.

On the topic if Black Girl Magic, I am all about this lost interview with Julie Dash and Octavia Butler. Recorded in 1995, Butler and Dash talk about writing, Afro-futurism, technology, and global warming.

In her works Parable of the Sower and Wild Seed, Butler was forward thinking in her sincere attention to the long-term effects of human activity on the environment. Coined, Generation Anthropocene, this concept begs difficult questions, and asks humans to think in deep-time, looking into both the past and present of Earth history.

Now is a time for solutions, and harnessing wind power is one. Winona LaDuke has utilized this as a remedy in her community, and the rest of us are finally catching up. Data released by the American Wind Energy Association reports over $200 million dollars paid to farming families, and other rural landowners that use wind generation, saving over 200 gallons of water a year for every American.

It is certain that Black Farmers are on the rise, after decades of decline, most likely due to generational traumas enforced through racism and slavery. In light of all of this, I can’t help but wonder what role people of color, wind energy, and farming might have for our future. How will we transform and prepare our ourselves, and our communities for the inevitable changes to come?

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend! ox, Christian




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