Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu: Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy

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Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu
February 10, 2022
1:00PM - 2:30PM
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Zoon

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-10 13:00:00 2022-02-10 14:30:00 Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu: Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy In recent years, social media have become the main platform where new artistic talents, but also black activists are imposing themselves in Italian culture. This multi-media lecture explores the role of Black girls in Italy and their contribution in a variety of fields including the world-renowned Italian fashion and beauty industries, the role of Black artists in the music and entertainment industry. Social Media Entrepreneurship has emerged as an important strategy for Afro-Italians seeking to advance new narratives about Blackness and its inclusion within the material and symbolic boundaries of Italy. At the same time, Afro-Italian entrepreneurship is transforming Italian material culture, and, by extension, the meanings of "Italianness" itself. Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu is a filmmaker, activist, producer, and educator. Zoon Department of French and Italian frit@osu.edu America/New_York public
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In recent years, social media have become the main platform where new artistic talents, but also black activists are imposing themselves in Italian culture. This multi-media lecture explores the role of Black girls in Italy and their contribution in a variety of fields including the world-renowned Italian fashion and beauty industries, the role of Black artists in the music and entertainment industry. Social Media Entrepreneurship has emerged as an important strategy for Afro-Italians seeking to advance new narratives about Blackness and its inclusion within the material and symbolic boundaries of Italy. At the same time, Afro-Italian entrepreneurship is transforming Italian material culture, and, by extension, the meanings of "Italianness" itself.

Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu is a filmmaker, activist, producer, and educator.

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