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Black in Bloom, a Times Virtual Event

Join The Times’s Veronica Chambers and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff as we explore moments in nature for the third episode of our yearlong series Black History, Continued.

Become inspired to experience the outdoors with our special guests: the historian, educator and author Blair Imani; the poet and artist Precious Okoyomon; the Vans Global Surf athlete Chelsea Woody; the culinary artist and writer Rahanna Bisseret Martinez; the forager and outdoor educator Alexis Nikole Nelson; and the chef, author and publisher Bryant Terry. We will also have a special performance by the artist, activist and entrepreneur Mumu Fresh.

In the second episode of our yearlong series Black History, Continued, we celebrated Juneteenth with The Times’s Veronica Chambers along with Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Dr. Shamell Bell and Brooklyn’s The Lay Out. They explored Black joy in all its forms: the energizing power of togetherness and the restorative moments of solitude; the love we show one another and the joy of loving who we are.

We discovered how dance and rest, mindfulness and music — and, yes, even napping — invigorate our souls and help us face everyday adversity. How do Black joy and hope exist in proximity to Black pain?

We street danced with the artist, community organizer and educator Dr. Shamell Bell as she shared how movement can unlock the joy within. We recharged with The Lay Out, a group of Brooklyn-based activists and organizers who are helping us reclaim space, time, energy and, most important, one another.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson discussed “Summer of Soul,” his powerful new documentary, and the energizing power of togetherness with The Times’s Pierre-Antoine Louis. The Grammy-winning bassist and listener Esperanza Spalding made a joyful noise with an exclusive performance and conversation with The Times’s Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff.

You can further explore the series — including articles, interactive experiences and more — here.


In the first episode of our new series Black History, Continued, we asked: How do we learn to dream? Our dreams inspire an ever-expanding universe of creation — comic books, movies, art and poetry. And in the right hands, they can even spark transformational change. What inspires us to dream big? To not only imagine a better world, but work to make it a reality?

The Times’s Veronica Chambers investigated the mysterious alchemy of imagination — through conversation, verse, art and song.

We enjoyed a reading from Nikki Giovanni, the iconic poet and university-distinguished professor at Virginia Tech.

There was a performance from the singer, actress and radio host Estelle, available on YouTube.

And we had a wide-ranging conversation with the director of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Peter Ramsey, and the author N.K. Jemisin — woven together with original animations from Reyna Noriega.

Then, The Times’s John Eligon spoke with Brandon Dasent, Ashanti Scott and Thandiwe Abdullah — three bold young activists whose dreams of a more just and equitable society have inspired them to action.

We are excited to bring you more dynamic conversations throughout our yearlong series Black History, Continued. You can further explore the series — including articles, interactive experiences and more — here.

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