When he was pulled over by the police, Tyre Nichols was on his way home from taking photographs of the sky. He was an artist. This Black History Month, we want to celebrate and spotlight Black joy and the arts as a tribute to him.
This celebration featured the following artists:
Bobby "Blast" Akinboro - Akinboro, a DJ raised in Dallas, moved to Seattle to "take on the challenge of shifting the culture through DJ'ing." The Lagos-native has entertained thousands at Afrobeat concerts and large scale festivals.
Aaron Chapman - A former D1 student-athlete, Chapman's transition to filmmaking was not an easy one. After a career ending injury, Chapman transitioned to focus on his lifelong photography passion, which transitioned into video, and a journey learning about the ins and outs of editing and directing. He was selected as one of the writers on Kevin Durant's "Dream to Achieve" series.
Adelia Davis - Her journey in the arts has been "guided by her strong belief in the healing power of storytelling." She has focused that passion on launching her organization, Story Shifters, which focuses on children's literacy skills and building confidence in personal storytelling.
This discussion was moderated by DWT's Dane Davies and Sherron Wiggins, and focuses on the personal journeys of our speakers, what they've learned, and how community continues to build resilience, creativity, and joy along the way.