Kalonji Nzinga: Keeping Language Arts On The Low: A Low-Key Rap Verse


Kalonji Nzinga is a professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a trans-disciplinary researcher and storyteller studying how the cultural worlds we are part of affect our perceptions, our ethical imagination and our development. He is particularly interested in the cultural innovations of those from the Global South and how we can use them as assets and protective factors, assisting us in producing the worlds we wish to see. One example of this is his study of hip-hop and rap culture and its potential for helping Black and Brown youth “write the word and write the world” (as Paolo Freire might say), envisioning and communicating new futures of wellness and cultural self-determination. Connect with him at kalonji.nzinga@colorado.edu or @QuasiWoke on Twitter.

Video recorded for the 2021 CU Boulder’s Ed Talks. Ed Talks is a series of short, engaging talks centering educators’ experiences. Inspired by TED Talks, Ed Talks address some of today’s most pressing issues in education. Learn more at colorado.edu/education/edtalks.

Ed Talks were filmed in CU Boulder’s B2 Black Box Studio by Kat Miller (www.blackatvideoproductions.com) and edited by Tom Parkin (www.coloradohealthmatters.com).





The Liberation Soundtrack: A Crossover of Art and Dialogue Around “So You Want to Talk About Race”


Oct. 29, 2020 recording. The Liberation Soundtrack is a crossover of art and dialogue around the book “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. Presented by students from CU Boulder: Audrea Fryar ► IG: @audreafryar ► IG: @diversifycunow Karia White ► IG: @Iamkaria ► IG: @ofkaria ► IG: @siblingsinthestruggle Shawn Trenell O'Neal ►VENMO: @Shawn-ONeal-1 ►Anti-Racism Coursera I https://www.coursera.org/learn/antira... #OneBookOneBoulder https://boulderlibrary.org/one-book





Dancing for Environmental Justice (DEJ) Series: North Park Village Nature Center ft. Dj Antonio Cesar & Lailah Cabell


Cesar Almeida (DJ Antonio Cesar) is an international house music DJ based in Chicago that uses his platform to preserve musical traditions, conserve the environment, and inspire the youth. Cesar is the program director of the Ghana Music Project, a cultural project that helps beatmakers, artists, and producers connect to African tradition through sampling. He is also the lead learning designer for Solidarity Studios, an international music studio that facilitates music education and community building opportunities for artists across the world. At this moment, Cesar serves as the youth program coordinator at the Eco Ambassador Program, an environmental justice program that invites youth to green spaces for artistic expression, educational workshops, and leadership training to advocate for climate justice in Chicago. The "Dancing for Environmental Justice" series is an example of an artistic project incubated from the Eco Ambassador Program. Follow @poweredbycesar and @djantoniocesar on all platforms to keep updated.