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Celebrating Black Innovation: The Black Future Newsstand Blends Tech and Art at AfroTech



AUSTIN, T.X. — Media 2070 is partnering with The Center for Cultural Power to unveil a travel-sized “Black Future Newsstand” at AfroTech. This in-person, custom-built installation is guided by the question, “How can the Black stories and technologies of today give us safe passage to our futures?” The installation will engage all senses as it whisks visitors to a future where a thriving Black-owned media landscape reflects the wholeness of Black experiences.


The Black Future Newsstand will be activated at the Center for Cultural Power’s Mixed Media Mixer Art Show, taking place at Speakeasy on 412 Congress Ave. in Austin on Thurs., Nov. 2, from 4 - 8 p.m. CDT. In this space, guests will be able to reflect on the past, present, and future of Black narrative power while reflecting on the question, “How can the narratives and innovations of today's Black community lead us toward a brighter future?”


“Technology, art, journalism, and media are the bedrock of our communication infrastructure,” said Diamond Hardiman, reparative journalism program manager for Media 2070. “Tech visionaries, artists, journalists, and media-makers alchemize the Black creativity and abundance that guides how we share, tell stories, connect and communicate. This activation of Black Future Newsstand allows us to lean into a world where storytelling is rooted in Black creativity and imagination that celebrates Black folks' wholeness, care, and dignity.”


Admission to this event is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. To register, visit https://events.eventnoire.com/e/mixed-media-mixer/tickets.



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The Black Future Newsstand is an initiative of the Media 2070 media reparations project at Free Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Media 2070 campaigns for the media system that will get us to a future that’s ripe with reparations justice.


About Mañón Media: Mañón Media is a PR firm committed to helping changemakers and disruptors get the news coverage they need to raise awareness, spread a message and make change. Learn more at tiannamanon.com and see recent blog posts, placements and current clients.


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