Diversity In Focus Panelists

Take a closer look at those involved in our discussion.
Dr. Reynaldo Anderson (USA) currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri. Reynaldo has earned several awards for leadership and teaching excellence and he is currently the Past Chair of the Black Caucus of the National Communication Association (NCA). Reynaldo is currently the executive director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) a network of artists, curators, intellectuals and activists. http://www.bsam-art.com

IG: @reynalod_anderson | FB: Reynaldo Anderson 888 | TW: @hardcore888

Stacey Robinson (USA) is an Assistant Professor teaching graphic design and illustration at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is an Arthur Schomburg fellow who completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo. His work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as spaces of conflict resolution away from colonial influence by considering Black affluent self-sustaining communities, Black protest movements and the art movements that document(ed) them.

IG: @StaceyARobinson | FB: Stacey Robinson | TW: @ProfSARobinson

Natasha A. Kelly (GERMANY) has a PhD in Communication Studies and Sociology. Born and bred in the United Kingdom and raised in Germany, she considers herself to be an “academic activist”, two important features that can be seen individually, but never separately from each other. Rooted in the Pan-African culture of her Jamaican heritage, her political and academic works relate to the past, present, and future of the African Diaspora in Germany. Presently, she is working on her first documentary film which focuses on the lives and works of Black German female artists. For more information see: http://www.NatashaAKelly.com

IG: @natasha.a.kelly | FB: Natasha A. Kelly | TW: @natashaakelly

Dr. Amber Johnson (USA) As a scholar/artist/activist, Dr. Johnson explores the language, exigency, sound, and aesthetics of various social movements, their art, research, and activism focus on performances of identity, protest, and social justice in digital and lived spaces. Dr. Amber Johnson is an award winning Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and the creator of The Justice Fleet TM, a mobile justice museum that fosters healing through art, dialogue, and play. To learn more, visit www.thejusticefleet.com.

IG:@thejusticefleet | TW: @dramberjohnson

Erik Steinskog (DENMARK) is an associate professor, Musicology, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Current research about Afrofuturism, African-American music, and questions of music, race, gender, and sexuality. Recent publications: Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies: Culture, Technology, and Things to Come (Palgrave, 2018), “Performing race and gender: Erykah Badu between post-soul and Afrofuturism” (2017), “Analog Girl in a Digital World: Erykah Badu’s Vocal Negotiations of the Human” (2016)

FB:Erik Steinskog | TW: @eriksteinskog

Will Focus (USA) a Drexel University Engineering Scholar, is a graphic/web designer, illustrator, and systems builder with a focus in branding/identity and sustainability. As owner of Melanating, BlkAlchemy, and co-owner of OurBlackWeb, Will currently focuses on creating high impact virtual systems which create an intellectual and financial liberation for people of color.

IG: @TheOneWillFocus | FB: The One Will Focus | TW: @TheOneWillFocus

Sheree Renée Thomas (USA) the author of *Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, has had her speculative stories and poems have appear in Apex Magazine, Harvard’s Transition, Her work has been translated in French, Urdu, and Spanish and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the* New York Times *and other publications. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas is the Associate Editor of *Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora.

IG:@shereereneethomas | FB: Sheree Renée Thomas | TW: @blackpotmojo

Quentin VerCetty (CANADA) is an award winning visual Griot (storyteller) and art educator who knows no boundaries when it comes to his creative expression. Since graduating from OCAD University, he has continued to developed his thesis utilizing speculative narratives like Afrofuturism to address issues of representation, immigration, decolonization, and the lack of what he calls PDAA (Public Display of Appreciation for Africans) Quentin has featured his work on every continent including Ghana, Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Australia, United Arab Empire and Germany to name a few. His passion for artivism (using art as a tool for social change), lead to starting the Canadian chapter of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAMCanada) in Toronto in 2016 and has since then continued to spread it across the nation

IG: @Qcetty | FB: @QCetty

Lonny J. Avi Brooks (USA) is best known as the Executive Producer, co-creator and host of The Afrofuturist Podcast— Democratizing the Future! (Which is accessible on iTunes and Stitcher). For the last fifteen years Brooks has served as an Associate professor in the Communication Department at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), where he is the Principal Investigator for the Long Term and Futures Thinking in EducationProject and piloted the integration futures thinking into the communication Curriculum.

IG: @avilonny | FB:Lonny J Avi Brooks | TW:@avilonny

Cécile Coquet‐Mokoko (FRANCE) is an Associate Professor of African American and American Studies at the Université François Rabelais of Tours (France). Her publications focus on African American religious traditions and oratory, gender
relations and identity politics in the USA and the African diaspora. Her comparative study of the representations and self‐ perceptions of interracial couples in Alabama and in France is forthcoming at Routledge.

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Charles Joseph (FRANCE) Now an assistant professor at the University of Rennes 2, completed a Ph.D. in American Studies. His dissertation, entitled Being and Writing (from) Los Angeles: Wanda Coleman, examines the complex and evolving relationship between the work of the African‐American author and the city that harbored her birth, life and death through the prism of cultural studies.

IG: agent_of_shield_295 | FB:Chrls Lehnsherr Jsph | TW:@SHIELDagent295

Natacha Bustos (SPAIN) is a Spanish comic book artist based in Barcelona who usually draws for American comics. She drew the story “Going Nowhere” for the third issue of the Vertigo comic Strange Sport Stories written by Brandon Montclare in 2015. Bustos made her Marvel debut with Spider Woman #10 and then she became the regular artist for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series published by Marvel and winner of a Glyph Award for Best Female Character in 2016. She’s also known as her work as cover artist for Boom! Studios. Notable cover works include : Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy, Go Go Power Rangers, Thrilling adventure, Joseny, or Slam.

IG:@natachabustos | FB:Natacha Bustos | TW: @NatachaBustos