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Many Lumens with Maori Karmael Holmes

Arts & Culture Podcasts

BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes chats with the most groundbreaking artists, change makers, and cultural workers — finding meaning in the intersections of art, social change, and popular culture.

BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes chats with the most groundbreaking artists, change makers, and cultural workers — finding meaning in the intersections of art, social change, and popular culture.

Location:

United States

Description:

BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes chats with the most groundbreaking artists, change makers, and cultural workers — finding meaning in the intersections of art, social change, and popular culture.

Twitter:

@manylumens

Language:

English


Episodes

Imani Perry

5/25/2022
In this episode, Maori talks with Princeton African American Studies Professor and prolific author Imani Perry (South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation). The two talk about shared geographies and discuss how the places they belong to have shaped who they’ve become. They get into Imani’s commitment to beauty, her family, and the intellectual tradition she inherited from her grandmother. And finally, Maori and Imani bond over being migrant weirdos.

Duration:00:59:58

Jeff Chang

5/18/2022
Maori chats with kindred spirit and prolific writer Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. In their conversation they time travel back to the 80’s and 90’s, looking at how hip-hop transformed their politics and shaped their outlooks on the world. They also discuss how to learn from failure, Black and Asian solidarity, and the significance of chosen family.

Duration:00:59:06

Yaba Blay

5/10/2022
Maori sits down with close friend Dr. Yaba Blay, a producer, professor, cultural consultant, self-described “maroon academic,” and author of the award-winning book, One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. The two discuss beauty and the pressures Black women face to conform, how to step out of the isolation and rigidity of the academy, and finding your way through time and geography.

Duration:01:05:17

Season 2 - Trailer

5/3/2022
A sneak peek at Season 2 of Many Lumens with Maori Karmael Holmes. Produced by BlackStar Projects, this season premieres May 11, 2022 and will feature 12 new conversations with the most groundbreaking artists, change makers, and cultural workers in the game. Subscribe to Many Lumens wherever you listen to your podcasts. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @manylumens. Trailer features Season 2 guests Imani Perry, Jeff Chang, Sky Hopinka, and Yaba Blay.

Duration:00:01:44

Episode 5 - Blitz Bazawule

2/1/2021
Maori chats with Blitz Bazawule, the musician, filmmaker, writer and painter. Topics include The Black Atlantic and Kwame Nkrumah, moving to middle America from Ghana, finding a creative tribe, and the multi-dimensional power of film as a tool for Afro diasporic storytelling.

Duration:01:19:14

Episode 4 - Arthur Jafa

1/25/2021
Filmmaker and artist Arthur Jafa joins Maori to discuss freedom, collective action as counter culture, the Black cinematic trajectory, and the importance of geography in forming our pictorial and musical traditions.

Duration:01:16:47

Episode 3 — Jason Reynolds

1/18/2021
Maori is joined by writer and poet Jason Reynolds, who posits literature as a form of radical world-making. They talk about kindred experiences in the late 90s D.C. spoken word scene, hippie parents, his love of Queen Latifah (and not so secretly 90 Day Fiancé) and so much more!

Duration:01:07:14

Episode 2 — Janicza Bravo

1/11/2021
Maori is joined by filmmaker Janicza Bravo. Their chat encompasses everything from accountability and friendship, to her hands-on creative process and the importance of choosing your battles, to her latest feature Zola and a shared childhood obsession with Barbies! Get into it.

Duration:01:11:22

Episode 1 - dream hampton

1/4/2021
Maori is joined by friend, writer and filmmaker dream hampton, for a talk that evokes the intimate dimensions, costs and rewards of being committed to a Black radical politics. Topics include her early hip hop influences, Detroit, writing and making films, the necessary practice of tuning out the trolls and finding refuge amidst the chaos.

Duration:00:43:20

Introducing Many Lumens

12/27/2020
Meet the host of Many Lumens and learn more about the inspiration behind the podcast in this short conversation between Maori Karmael Holmes and journalist Dyana Williams.

Duration:00:11:12

Season 1 - Trailer

12/17/2020
A sneak peek at Season 1 of Many Lumens, a new podcast by BlackStar, hosted by Maori Karmael Holmes.

Duration:00:01:44