Kimberly Drew (left) and Jenna Wortham

By David Cohen

42 mins ago

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, co-authors of visual anthology Black Futures, will become the first-ever guest curators of the Lift Black Voices section in its flagship mobile applications.

Starting Monday and lasting for three weeks, they will personally select collections of dialogues, essays and other content on the themes of joy, justice, memory and legacy, ownership and systems of care.

Elements of the takeover include:

  • A custom header depicting the collaboration between Lift Black Voices and Black Futures.
  • An introduction to the hub by Drew and Wortham.
  • A commissioned breathwork video for self-care by Siedeh Foxie
  • A hashtag prompt that allows users to delve deeper.

The social network introduced the Lift Black Voices section last June as a destination on its app to highlight stories from Black people, share educational resources and inspire people to take action via fundraising for racial justice causes.

Drew and Wortham said in their introduction, “The Black Futures Project started a few years ago as a direct message exchange on Twitter and has evolved into a shared desire to archive a moment. Black Futures, the resulting book, is meant to be a dwelling place for our most precious cultural exports in a moment in which so much of the contributions of Black people—from memes to groundbreaking scientific discoveries—is still subject to erasure and co-option. As co-editors, we endeavored to answer the question: What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? It wasn’t enough to define ourselves by our examples of productivity; we wanted to memorialize our hopes, dreams, expectations and fears for current and future generations. We aimed to record some of what the most dynamic artists, writers, thinkers and musicians of our time made during an unprecedented era of cultural, social, economic and ecological revolutions.”

They added, “Online and off, we are witnessing a flourishing of Black creativity and art. Below, we have curated a unique selection of portals, videos and galvanizing posts from across Facebook. We felt it was important to highlight a visual feast of healers, artists and abolitionists who have impacted us, online and off. This list is by no means comprehensive, but we hope our selections invigorate and inspire you.”