ABOUT THE ACTIVIST STUDIO WEST
The Activist Studio West (ASW) is an online digital archive of multi-media sources. It’s principle purpose is to house digital materials involved in making, “Inside the Activist Studio” (ITAS).
“Inside the Activist Studio,” is an interview style, web-based series, modeled after the popular television show, Inside the Actors Studio. Each episode features an interview with an activist about their political awakening and biography of activism. The show is recorded in front of a live audience at the Schomburg library, a branch of the New York Public Library. Each episode includes a media package/short of oral histories with the activist and original primary source research. To date the project has finished episodes featuring: Ramona Africa, the only survivor of the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia; and Sekou Odinga, who reportedly helped Assata Shakur escape prison in New Jersey in 1979.
The Activist Studio West will build a digital space for the multi-media sources as they relate to these two completed episodes. Students will also conduct primary researchfor upcoming episodes. Colloquially titled, “The John Brown Files,” these episodes center pan-racial individuals who have been active in the Black Freedom struggle. Public facing and academically grounded, this project is a collaboration between the City University of New York (Baruch College), Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Morgan State University, Dr. Jewell Debnam and the University of California (Irvine), Dr. Jessica Millward, and Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard.