Black Manifesto! Podcast

Black Manifesto, the 10 Commandments: Black Women Speak Out, is a 10-part podcast series hosted by nora chipaumire and Pawlet Brookes. Black Manifesto brings together voices of Black women from around the world as a collective conversation, making the invisible visible, and addressing how we work to reshape a new world in which Black women are seen and heard, and a resource for inspiring creativity, learning, and unlearning. Each guest will discuss one commandment from nora’s Black Manifesto, offering their interpretations and insights. 


1) THINK, darn it!

with nora chipaumire

THINK, DARN IT. This series will bring together Black women from around the world to discuss the 10 commandments of nora chipaumire’s “Black Manifesto.” nora is a renowned artist, performer, and choreographer whose work challenges and embraces stereotypes of Africa, the Black performing body, art and aesthetics. In this episode, Pawlet Brookes speaks directly to nora about the inspiration for Black Manifesto, the challenges Black women face in arts and media, and where we go from here.

Episode 1 – Black Manifesto! – Transcript
Episode 1 – Black Manifesto! – Resources and Further Reading

2) Shape Shift! You Can

with Annabel Guérédrat

Shapeshift. You can. In this episode Pawlet Brookes explore the second commandment of the Black Manifesto with Annabel Guérédrat, Martiniquan performance artist and co-founder of the Festival International d’Art Performance (FIAP) in Martinique. Guérédrat discusses the role of shapeshifting and metamorphosis in her work, life, and spiritual practices; She also offers insight into the founding motivations of FIAP and it’s anti-colonial philosophy.

Episode 2 – Black Manifesto! – Transcript
Episode 2 – Black Manifesto! – Resources and Further Reading

3) Free the feminine in u

with Yinka Esi Graves

Free the feminine in u. In this episode, Pawlet Brookes and Black British flamenco dancer and artist Yinka Esi Graves explore ideas of freedom and individual truths and how they can be expressed through the body and dance. Graves examines the links between her personal background and her work beyond flamenco and how these experiences have shaped her ongoing journey of expansion and self-definition.

Episode 3 – Black Manifesto! – Transcript

Episode 3 – Black Manifesto! – Resources and Further Reading

4) Refuse to dumb it down

with Maya Taylor

Refuse to dumb it down! In this episode, highly sought-after choreographer and movement director Maya Taylor takes us on a journey of self-affirmation, explains her practice of overcoming fear, and contextualises the fourth commandment of Black Manifesto, “Refuse to dumb it down.” Maya also shares insights into how she built her career without compromising her artistry or individuality.

Episode 4 – Black Manifesto! – Transcript

Episode 4 – Black Manifesto! – Resources and Further Reading