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BLACK, BOLD, & BRILLIANT: Black Joy

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Black Joy is everywhere at the moment. It’s in the media, it’s on everyone’s lips, and it’s the latest topic we’re exploring on Black, Bold, & Brilliant. Black Joy is a form of radical self care to have grace, hold space, and work on yourself to continue persevering in an uncertain world. It’s in the way we walk, the way we talk, the way we dance, the way we sing, and the way we strive to just be- in a fullness of expression that is uniquely Black and all our own. Join us, as we go behind the movement and the magic as we kickoff the 2021 Utah Juneteenth Festival!


Panelists:


Ashley Cleveland is affectionately known as Outdoor Auntie, is an ex ecologist turned city planner that adores nature, place, science and afro futurism. When she is not volunteering for Outdoor Afro, she is mothering, community organizing or reading. She enjoys centering Black joy and rest and believes everyone living in a city should have access to outdoor respite. 


James Brown started his career in Utah as owner of Salt & Pepper Marketing where he begin his community advocacy as host and producer of New Horizons an all inclusive community based program that changed the face of the diverse population in Utah. An award-winning broadcast journalist, TV Host, Feature Reporter for ABC News and Producer who has worked across multiple independent and major network outlets. Mr. Brown also played a key role in the development and management of Salt Lake City Studios located in Salt Lake City, UT where he served as founder and President. As a host, writer, and producer, James has been the driving force behind several innovative and engaging national and international programs as well as being a featured voice on TV and radio. His distinctive ability to create innovative properties has carried forward through the national launch of Living and Aging with Pride. Living and Aging with Pride is bolstered by his proven ability to create and manage multimedia-platform content for a diverse and inclusive global audience.


Arvin Mitchell believes comedy is a ministry. As a writer, actor and standup comic I get to have a conversation and connect with millions of people. Kevin Hart’s One Mic Stand, Studio C and BET are amazing platforms but that microphone...POWERFUL!


Wynter The Poet is a Queen of many crowns or hats...She is a Mother to a handsome baby boy and has been a Poet since the age of eight. Having her first poem published in second grade, Poetry was the first time she felt like she could express herself with meaning and purpose. Wynter made her debut in the 2018-19 Salt Lake City Slam Poetry Season and made the team in the same year. She creates poems about justice, healing, self-love, queerness, and the power to overcome. She is the 2018 Ogden Pride Poetry Slam winner and a member of the 2019 Salt Lake City Slam team. From there she went on to be a 2019 Salt Lake City Pride Finalist, a Rustbelt Team finalist, and a Southwest Shootout team finalist.


This discussion is presented in partnership with the Utah Juneteenth Festival.