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The Institute of Black Imagination.

25 EpisodesProduced by darioWebsite

Welcome to The Institute of Black Imagination hosted by artist, writer, and brand consultant Dario Calmese. Each week we bring you conversations from The Pool of Black Genius: a collection of iconoclasts at the leading edge of cultural thought and innovation. More than anything, we are here to inspi… read more

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E23. The Hidden Costs of Racism with Heather McGhee

February 14th, 2021

1:16:53

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.  Do you know Heather?  You might know Heather. Maybe you saw her on NBC’s …

E22. The Hidden Costs of Education w. Dr. Nadia Lopez.

January 3rd, 2021

2:04:48

Why open a school? To close a prison.  That is the title of the Ted talk given by today’s guest, Educator Dr. Nadia Lopez.  The award-winning …

E21. The Soul of American Food w. Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson

December 20th, 2020

1:36:30

Today’s episode is with the award-winning chef and restaurateur, Marcus Samuelsson.

Hailing from a tiny Ethiopian village where tuberculosis had …

E20. The Psychology of Skin with Rose Ingleton M.D.

December 6th, 2020

1:36:34

Today’s episode is board-certified Dermatologist, and skincare expert to the stars, Dr. Rose Marie Ingleton. Long before caring for the faces of …

E19. Designing for Liberation with Systems Thinker, Marquise Stillwell.

November 22nd, 2020

1:24:53

Today’s episode is with systems thinker and design maverick, Marquise Stillwell. 

Born and raised in Ohio, into a family of community activists, Marquise learned the power of owning one’s story at an early age. He is the …

E18. Designing for the Public w. Artist Kenseth Armstead

November 8th, 2020

1:24:54

Today’s episode is with conceptual and multimedia installation artist, Kenseth Armstead. Born and raised in Washington DC, Kenseth found his artistic …

E17. Mastering Your Craft with Bespoke Tailor, T-Michael.

October 25th, 2020

1:22:05

Today’s episode is with bespoke tailor and designer, T-Michael. Born in Accra, Ghana, T-Michael spent the majority of his adolescence in London, …

E16. Processing the Pod w. Dario and Xenobia Bailey

October 11th, 2020

1:12:13

A lot of time,  the conversations I have with guests offline are JUST as interesting as the interview itself. So today, we’re trying something a little different...  The tables are turned! Today’s episode is well, not …

E15. FUNKtional Design & Material Culture w. Artist Xenobia Bailey

October 5th, 2020

1:42:13

Today’s episode is with fiber artist and cultivator of funk, Xenobia Bailey.

Born in Seattle Washington, into a family that survived off of a material …

E14. Choreographer, Kyle Abraham.

September 27th, 2020

1:14:41

Today’s episode is with American dancer and choreographer, Kyle Abraham. Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, into a home of loving and supportive …

E13. The Art of Living w. Lana Turner (part two).

September 20th, 2020

56:24

Today’s episode is with Harlem socialite and style icon, Lana Turner. Born at the Women’s Hospital on West and 110th st. and still residing in the neighborhood 70 years later, Ms.Turner is quintessential Harlem, a …

E13. The Art of Living w. Lana Turner (part one).

September 13th, 2020

49:10

Today’s episode is with Harlem socialite and style icon, Lana Turner. Born at the Women’s Hospital on West and 110th st. and still residing in the neighborhood 70 years later, Ms.Turner is quintessential Harlem, a …

E12. The Art of Hip-Hop w. Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter.

September 6th, 2020

1:18:21

Tarik ‘Black Thought’ Trotter on his origin story: “I think often in the case of heroes or of a character, a protagonist who sort of rises to greatness there is some trauma Yeah. And you know my life is was no …

E11. Weaving Narratives w. Artist Diedrick Brackens.

August 30th, 2020

1:06:07

Diedrick Brackens on his first encounter with creativity: “Moving my hands in the pursuit of language feels important and to me, it’s so relative to the way that I build narratives with textiles. (10:33)

What is a Fiber …

E10. Writing Your Narrative w. Tarell Alvin McCraney.

August 23rd, 2020

59:22

Episode number 10, with playwright, Tarrell Alvin McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney on living freely: “I’m starting a new chapter where I try to live and be as free as possible rather than be chained to survival mode.”

E9. The Business of Creativity w. Jey Van-Sharp and Kwasi Gyasi.

August 9th, 2020

1:32:17

Today’s episode is with management consultants and two of the three founders of MyUberLife, Jey Van Sharp and Kwasi Gyasi. With combined degrees in …

E8. Torkwase Dyson, Artist.

August 2nd, 2020

49:22

Today’s episode is with painter, sculptor, and multi-hyphenated artist, Torkwase Dyson.

Born in Chicago Illinois, into a family embedded with …

E7. André Leon Talley, Fashion Icon (part two).

July 26th, 2020

58:23

This is Part Two of our conversation with Andre Leon Talley. In this episode, we discuss how Andre’s crippling childhood experiences resulted in him …

E7. André Leon Talley, Fashion Icon (part one).

July 26th, 2020

1:01:51

Today’s episode is with titan of American fashion, André Leon Talley.

Raised in Durham North Carolina by his grandmother, Andre’s love for fashion …

E6. Renee Cox, Artist and Photographer.

July 12th, 2020

1:09:45

Today’s episode is with the provocative artist and photographer, Renee Cox. Born in Colgate, Jamaica, into a West Indian heritage that instills …

E5. Kerby Jean-Raymond, Founder of Pyer Moss

July 5th, 2020

55:44

Today’s episode is with Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of the fashion brand, Pyer Moss. Hailing from East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Kerby has taken the hutzpah of self-resilience and toughness and has woven it into the fabric of …

E4. Racial VR Immersion w. Psychologist Dr. Courtney Cogburn.

June 21st, 2020

1:10:18

In today’s episode we chat with psychologist, Dr. Courtney Cogburn.  Hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Doctor Cogburn’s research focuses on how …

E3. Casey Gerald, Writer and Entrepreneur.

June 14th, 2020

1:10:19

Today’s episode is with writer Casey Gerald. Born in Oak Cliff Texas, Casey’s life reads like a textbook definition of The American Dream.  Oh you know, Small town boy from troubled home makes good and lands in the Ivy …

E2. Dr. Mabel O. Wilson, Architect and Scholar.

June 7th, 2020

1:11:57

Today’s episode is with architect, designer, and scholar, Dr. Mabel O. Wilson. Doing double-duty as a  Professor of Architecture  and as Associate …

E1. T.J. Walker of Cross Colours

May 29th, 2020

48:26

Today’s episode is with TJ Walker, one of the co-founders of the pioneering streetwear brand, Cross Colours.  Cross Colours blasted onto the urban …

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