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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


E33. The Power of Critique with Journalist Robin Gihvan.

In today’s conversation, Dario sits with fashion editor and Pulitzer prize winning writer Robin Givhan. Robin’s love for the written word and the sound of a sentence is never lost on her readers. She slips in and out of the worlds of fashion, politics, culture, and race with the ease of a classically composed concerto. In a day where facts are fabled, Robin’s essays share truth with intellectual curiosity and compassion.

In this episode we explore the wonder of words, the impact of small gestures, and to whom does beauty belong. Spoiler alert: It’s everyone.  Always above the fold, Robin’s journey and work reminds us of the power of aesthetics when laced and layered through culture. 

We mention.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 

The Battle of Versailles: The night American fashion stubbled into the spotlight and made history  by Robin Givhan 

The fictional complexity of Omar by Robin Givhan 

Where to find Robin.

Robin Givhan 

Robin Givhan on Twitter

This conversation was recorded on September 23, 2021.  

Original Music composed by Dario Calmese, Show Art by River Wildmen, Social Art by Stéphane Lab, production Carmen D. Harris and Dario Calmese 


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