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SXSW 2019

Disputing Our Absence: POC as Agents of Innovation

Bree Newsome. Jordan Peele. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Tarana Burke. These are just some of the people we've seen become leaders of a larger movement. Whether they're behind the camera or leading a protest, they embody a remarkable sense of urgency, purpose, and hope, empowering people on smaller stages to innovate the spaces they occupy and dispute their absence in the media, boardroom, political office, and the public square. Two of them, Nkrumah Farrar, co-founder of the first natural hair magazine in the world, and Morgan DeBaun, founder of Blavity and Afrotech, will discuss the role of community in taking ownership of your representation. They'll share personal stories about becoming innovators and why the term "creative" doesn't just apply to the arts.

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  1. Your tribe is your pillar. While an innovator brings original ideas and leadership to the table, that success is not realized without community.
  2. Creativity has no boundaries. You don't have to be a traditional artist to create spaces, realities, and voices that impact the world.
  3. Your voice can free the masses. By innovating the establishment and disrupting the status quo, you empower the community to embrace their dreams.



Candace Howze, Freelance writer & multimedia artist, Independent Contractor

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Podcast
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Beginner
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