Kwapi Vengesayi is the Manager of Community Engagement at MoPOP, and a fan and student of all things Motown, Afrofuturism, and Star Trek.
Reconvening The Village: Parenting Through The Black Millennial's Lens
Join us online February 25 as The Chosen Few and MoPOP present the 9th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. This annual event brings together artists, community leaders, politicians, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the Black experience.
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In January of 2020, my partner and I welcomed our little one into the world, and it’s true what the TikTok-ers have been saying: these pandemic babies are built different. Every moment with him has been incredible—every leap, milestone, and first, more exciting, head-scratching, and at times, more hilarious than the last.
Pandemic Babies Are Built DIFFERENT Compilation
But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that raising a little human amidst a global pandemic has been challenging—family gatherings over Zoom, no home visits from friends or relatives without a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination, and always feeling guilty over how small our little one’s world is because our anxiety won’t let us travel. It goes without saying that this disease, along with many other factors that came before it—gentrification, the criminal justice system, healthcare disparities, etc.—have chipped away at one of the most important pillars of the Black experience, The Village, a gathering space both literal and metaphoric that provided parents, guardians, and children alike with community, protection, empowerment, resources, and more.
This February, The Chosen Few and MoPOP present the 9th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration that brings together artists, community leaders, politicians, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the Black experience. And this year we explore parenting in the Black community through the lens of the millennial caregiver. From Beyoncé ballads dedicated to her daughter Blue Ivy, to hit shows like Black-ish that dive deep into topics that make us laugh and cry, the exploration of parenting through a Black lens has always been both present and powerful in pop culture.
Through a special livestream event on February 25 set to include a series of engaging topics, guests, and panelists, our hope is to create a safe space for parents to dialogue, grieve, laugh, and reflect on the parenting journey. Each interview, activity, and event will allow us to center the diverse experiences, observations, and approaches that impact and inform how we are raising the next generation.
Black Parents Play Never Have I Ever with Their Kids
With the essence of this theme etched into our hearts and minds, we thought we would create a special Spotify playlist that explores the different textures and dimensions of parenthood through the lens of some of pop culture’s most gifted Black artists. As you’re listening to every lyric and immersing yourself in the stories they tell, we hope you take a moment to check out our Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration event, and mark your calendar to join us for free online February 25 on MoPOP's Facebook page or MoPOP's YouTube channel for an exploration of millennial parenting in the Black community.
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