BlackChat is a series of social salons that originated in the summer of 2016. Originated by intergenerational co-conspirators !Kona and Morgan, BlackChat has dedicated it’s work to healing the Black communities in the lower mainland, through family reunion styled gatherings. Operating out of pocket and out of home, BlackChat is entirely self funded.
In the fall of 2018, we started a second branch of programming called BlackAttack, our version of community field trips. Past excursions have included Kerry James Marshall at the Rennie Gallery, Hot Brown Honey, and Black Like Me. Through this program we aim to increase the access and attendance of Black folks at arts and cultural events in the greater Vancouver area.
BlackChat launched its third stream of programming in the form of a podcast on January 8th, 2020. BlackChat the Podcast is live and is available on all major podcast streaming services! BlackChat the Podcast will be a series of conversations between !Kona and Morgan, interviews with members of the Black community, and a celebration/exploration of being Black in Canada.
!Kona is a Vancouver-based artist, writer and activist. Her creative and social justice-oriented work has spanned arts/ cultural, queer, feminist, Leather, and Black communities for over 20 years. […]
Morgan is a young Black, kinky, queer femme, full-time activist and part-time artist residing on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, S’ólh Téméxw, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples. […]