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The Institute of Black Imagination.

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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


E30. The Tenets of Healing with Writer and Activist Darnell Moore.

In this episode, Dario sits with award-winning author and activist Darnell Moore. Moore’s scholarship weaves effortlessly between the role of the colonial state, the depraved church and the destitutes of patriarchy on political, spiritual, and social freedoms of Black, queer and marginalized people. A leading voice in culture, media, and movement, Moore antagonizes any Black liberation thought that colors freedom inside of the lines of cis, straight, and able-bodied Black people. 

In today’s conversation, we’ll explore Moore’s definition of a “costly grace” in transforming our justice systems, the role and relevance of Black churches in queer lives, and what it means to unbecome a man in community of menfolk. Sensitive topics in this conversation include suicide and domestic abuse. 

Mentioned In This Episode: 

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell Moore

Heather McGhee - Ep.23 The Hidden Cost of Racism, Institute of Black Imagination Podcast 

Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching : A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith 

Darnell's Instagram: @mooredarnell

This conversation was recorded on February 8, 2021

Original Music composed by Dario Calmese, Show Art by River Wildmen, Social Art by Stéphane Lab

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