The Abstract

This ethnographic research is guided by the question: How do Black folx embody everyday practices of liberation? To address this question, I conducted interviews (also called RIP sessions or cyphers) with folx (1) who identified as Black, (2) born in the US (3) during the onset/critical influence of Hip Hop, (4) and were interested in documenting their personal histories. The interviews were also used as teaching tools for participants to engage in conversations with other folx in their Village. The protocol and analysis were grounded in critical race theory, Black feminism, and Black storytellers. During our interviews we focused on how Black folx create history; understand our individual stories within a broad American context; exercise self-care and agency; and cultivate cultural wealth. The geographic location of each participant was significant because space tells its story of home as well. 


RIP disrupts institutional anti-Black racism to prioritize home and is necessary to affirm intersectional/generational identities of Black folx; thereby, making the claim that #BlackFolxAreRich. This work was done with Black folx for folx who Love Black folx. The purpose was/is to create a quilt of Black folx’ narratives across the US as a multimedia gallery of histories and futures, toward everyday practices of liberation. 

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The Interviews

Interviews for this research occur over two sessions, with an optional group interview.

Both interviews range from 90-120 minutes, scheduled during mutually convenient times at your preferred location. Lunch will be provided during the first session.

Before we get started, you will receive copies of the Consent Form via email for you to securely sign electronically via DocuSign. You will also have access to the interview protocol beforehand, upon request.

Participation in this study is free, voluntary, and you may withdraw for any reason, at any time. If you have any questions, you should contact me at [This study has been approved by The University of Washington: "Radical Identity Praxis: A Methodological Approach to Investigate the Relationship Between Identity, Family Narratives and Liberation with and for Black Folx," STUDY00013597]


The Movement Cycle

The Movement Cycle grounds all of the interview questions.

RECORD the Story of Home

Name the people connected to me, my home(s), neighborhood and community. What do Black families look / feel / sound / smell / taste like? This movement is designed to express gratitude and cultivate empathy.

(RE)CONNECT the Diaspora

Consider the work of "home" through an inter-generational / sectional lens of the Black Diaspora. What are the alignments and tensions of our stories? This movement is designed to disrupt "school" and cultivate criticality.

REWARD the Self

Embrace the Inner Child, the Erotic, the Land, the Body. How do Black folx feel protected (individually and collectively?) This movement is designed for the individual to trust self and cultivate agency.


Curate a mixed collection of narratives and materials. How do we cultivate and distribute cultural wealth? How do we mark time and who do we tell we were/are here? This movement is designed to build Village and cultivate wisdom.

The Language Guide

  • Black African ascendents. [see also, "American Black," "African American."]

  • Diaspora movements (voluntary and forced) and settlements of Black folx across the globe.

  • Folx intersectional, non-binary, people and experiences.

  • Radical transformation at the root.

  • Identity fluid articulation of how each person chooses to understand, shape and re/present self.

  • Praxis reflection and action.

  • Intersectional/ity non-binary identities that are inextricably tied by systemic power and/or oppression.

  • Liberation autonomy for how *I* choose to move within the world.

  • Village two or more folx who pour into one another; a kinfolk of reciprocity.

  • Rich affirms the cultural wealth of Black folx.


For folx interested in participating, a full description of the study including procedures, risks, confidentiality, benefits, and other relevant information will be immediately available for review and discussion.

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