We are very excited about partnering with Chaz Antoine and love providing a grant of monetary support for his Black Matter Productions! If you read Style Magazine, you saw that Chaz Antoine was chosen as one of the 40 under 40 this year. And, if you watched our first Diversity Richmond Film Night you saw his film “ Don't Touch My Hair RVA” an art-documentary to pluralize the Black narrative and reveal the wealth of Black experiences. By centering Black women, who herstorically are often the bridge and backbone to social justice movements, hair expressions are used as a metaphor to depict a multiplicity of blackness. Then you had a chance to view the talk back with him.
Last weekend Chaz Antoine and Black Matter Productions presented a virtual program “A Messy Year” for 1708 Gallery’s InLight along with co-host Diversity Richmond Board member Rebecca Keel. Earlier, he showed a Black Matter production in process with commentary at the Afrikana Virtual Film Festival. He continues to lead the Blackademic programming at Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC) and is active with local arts and inclusion organizations in Richmond.
With his recently completed Media, Art, and Text Interdisciplinary PhD program at VCU, and Master's in Nonprofit Studies at University of Richmond, where he focused on youth arts programs, Dr Chaz Antoine's scholarly practice brings together Black feminist auto-ethnography, Black pop culture and performance studies, and Black queer world-making. He wants to lift up Black Joy!
We look forward to continuing to partner with Dr. Chaz Antoine Barracks and to provide support for his work.