2009 TED Fellow.
I empower emerging adults to own their own greatness while I master mine. I am an artist-scholar-teacher and a black feminist thought leader in the field of ethnomususicology. Award-winning author of The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (2007 Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology). Current project is on the games black girls play online from twerking to vlogging on YouTube. kyraocity.wordpress.com
Check out the Nokia documentary featuring my work while a TED Fellow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p352_cQ-Rgw
I design and faciliate workshops on race and racism (as well as other things that separate us). I also developing an idea to create a digital people's history of black music. I have a hobby: iPhone photography. I call them kyracatures (like my name kyra sounding like miniatures). I take close up shots of things out of doors that most people overlook.
TEDWomen 2010, TED2009
Areas of Expertise
Curation, Communication and Leadership, Digital ethnography, Diversity Consulting, Critical Theory of Culture and Society, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , YouTube in the Classroom, Twerking, Black Feminist Studies
An idea worth spreading
Racism can actually be a resource for being courageous and compassionate if you agree to be offended and stay connected. Why? Cuz there is only one human race and anything that separates the human race is a form of "racism" -- We are not talking to each other. We are talking to each other's past failures with the human race.
I'm passionate about
Emotional/cognitive justice of girls (13-24) relative to hip-hop in new media. Writing. Studying digital ethnography of YouTube and Twerking. Finding the right new media job!
Talk to me about
Emerging adults (the new late adolescence 18-24) owning their own greatness in higher education; becoming the consumers of their own productivity--http://tiny.cc/5S4IC and http://bit.ly/d1M0
People don't know I'm good at
That I am a kind of modern day urban griot. The sound of my voice, and all the properties of my voice--as speaker, writer, singer, heals. I really love the sound of my voice on a microphone.
My TED story
One of the first TED talks I saw in late 2007 and shared with my students through 2008 was Hans Gosling's TED Talk on poverty. I became obsessed and sponsored a Pangea Film Day Event at Baruch College in May 2008 with 52 people.
In 2008 I wrote of a passionate desire to attend TED. I became one of the first fellows.
That year I showed my students Chris Abani's TED talk on Ubuntu and they were moved to tears. We closed the Fall '08 term with the talk by Majora Carter and the lid came off. We did a creative community service project asking students to donate $ to the OLPC campaign by asking "What can $199US buy in your home country?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSWu6CLVL6Y
Several TEDsters have visited my classroom incl. RuthAnn and Bill Harnisch, Bill Jensen, and Joshua Klein. In the fall of 2009, I performed at TEDxEast in NYC, spoke at TEDx AMS in Amsterdam, and continue to promote talks, tech, and social innovation with my students.