AFCC Speaker Bio 2020

Bianca Sams

Bio Bianca Sams is a Writer/Actor hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work spans different genres and mediums (Plays, Television, Novels, and Feature films). Her original pieces are often described as lyrical investigations of found stories out of today’s headlines or the pages of history, that ask audiences to face their own complex …

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John Jennings

Bio JOHN JENNINGS is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside.  Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection, The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center …

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Maya Houston

Bio Aya de León directs the Poetry for the People program in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist series, which includes SIDE CHICK NATION (2019), the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Aya’s first children’s chapter book, EQUALITY GIRLS AND THE PURPLE REFLECTO-RAY …

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Kwamé

Bio Kwame, a talented artist, songwriter and producer, first emerged on the music scene at large in 1989 at the age of 16 with one of Hip Hop’s classic albums, “The Boy Genius” and along with timeless songs such as the Rhythm and Ownlee Eue, selling over 2 million records as a artist. Kwame also …

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Godfrey

Bio Godfrey, is a multi-talented comedian and actor who has appeared on BET, VH1, Comedy Central, and feature films, such as Soul Plane, Original Gangstas, Zoolander, and Johnson Family Vacation. He was also a spokesperson for 7 Up during the popular ‘7up yours’ advertising campaign. He was also a cast member on the first season …

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Ricco Ross

Bio Ricco Ross; born in Chicago,IL, is an award winning actor / producer, best known for roles in Aliens, Mission Impossible and A Husband For Christmas, to name a few. He comes from a family of 11 siblings, went to high school and college in FL. He has a Master degree from UCLA and is …

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Rodney Barnes

Bio (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, WRITER) Rodney Barnes is the award-winning writer/producer of the upcoming Showtime: The LA Lakers Story, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, American Gods, Everybody Hates Chris (AFI, NAACP Image Awards), Marvel’s Runaways, the 88th annual Academy Awards, and a host of other television programs and feature films. Rodney has also authored graphic novels for …

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Denzel Whitaker

Bio Born in Torrance, California, Denzel Whitaker is best known for his award-winning role in THE GREAT DEBATERS, where he performed opposite two of his namesakes, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. His recent work includes the Marvel film BLACK PANTHER directed by Ryan Coogler and CUT THROAT CITY directed by RZA. He will next be …

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Calvin Williams

Bio Over the past 20 years, Calvin Williams has been worldbuilding for liberation. As a cultural strategist, he believes radical imagination activates our power to transform liberatory possibilities into irresistible realities. As Cultural Strategies Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, he conspires with fellow afrofuturists to produce immersive spaces for new stories and storytellers of Black …

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