You could probably call Photographer and Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed the bohemian Black Barbara Walters. In Rasheed’s conversations with creatives, especially Black creatives, her incisive questions often result in incredibly generative dialogues.
Rasheed’s conversations with Black artists are rich texts that capture something critical and vital about this current moment in Black artistic history. Her interviews are often creative acts in and of themselves, where she and the interviewee co-create new frameworks by which to understand the modern Black experience and the 21st century Black self.
Here are excerpts from five of Rasheed’s interviews with writers of color whose insights taught me about the race politics of contemporary journalism, Black feminist poetry and how the central fearlessness has been to Black creative expression.