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Kuumba Kickback (2020)

Black Girls Create Presents:

Kuumba Kickback


Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23, 2020

A digital convention celebrating fandom and creation while centering the experiences and interests of people of color.



5:00 PM - 7:00 PM YouTube

Quick Quills Live

A #QuickQuills writing sprint with a twist! Bring your writing tools and ideas and join members of the BGC team as we write, talk about our own personal writing processes, and gas each other up!

Delia Gallegos (she/her) Delia Gallegos (she/her)
Connie Gibbs (she/her) Connie Gibbs (she/her)
Bayana Davis (she/her) Bayana Davis (she/her)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Black & British Media Fandom

There's way more to UK media than Harry Potter and Doctor Who (not that sticking to 1 or the other is a bad thing). This panel is all about finding joy in other UK TV show genres, movies, music, and more! Also, find out recommendations for Black British creatives you may not have heard before.

Cass Ransome Cass Ransome
Amanda-Rae Prescott (she/her) Amanda-Rae Prescott (she/her)
Robyn-Renée Jordan (she/they) Robyn-Renée Jordan (she/they)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Navigating Fandom Spaces As A Black/NBPOC Fan

Finding community in fandom as Black or NBPOC fans is already a challenge in the large franchise fandoms, but what about finding your space in smaller fandoms? How do you establish yourself as not only a fan but also as a community organizer? What do you do when you're faced with racism or other -isms? This panel is designed not only for panelist sharing but for the audience to ask questions as well.

Stacie C. (she/her) Stacie C. (she/her)
Mel Perez (she/her) Mel Perez (she/her)
Joy Piedmont (she/her) Joy Piedmont (she/her)
Amanda-Rae Prescott (she/her) Amanda-Rae Prescott (she/her)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Book Talk: Animation Inspiration!

Creation doesn’t happen in a void. Writers take inspiration from all sorts of things in order to create fantastical worlds: from current events to other novels, but what about animation? In this panel, we’ll be talking to four fantasy authors about the influences of animation and parallels within their stories & characters.

LL McKinney LL McKinney
Amanda Joy Amanda Joy
Tracy Deonn Tracy Deonn
Delia Gallegos (she/her) Delia Gallegos (she/her)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Sorting Fez

Join Katelyn and Brenna for an impassioned round of sorting the Doctors and companions of NuWho.

Brenna Brenna
Katelyn Katelyn
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

"The Resistance is Us" Trivia

Test your knowledge of resistance in some of our favorite stories — Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, and Avatar: The Last Airbender

K. Alexandra K. Alexandra
Robyn-Renée Jordan (she/they) Robyn-Renée Jordan (she/they)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're Funny — For A Girl

Some of the funniest women we know come together to discuss their careers in comedy, the challenges, and the triumphs of being women of color in a male-dominated space.

Proma Khosla Proma Khosla
Alexandria Love Alexandria Love
Dara M. Wilson Dara M. Wilson
Deborah Winfield Deborah Winfield
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Freelancing Ain't Free

A conversation about freelancing with Black women writers who've been there. They'll share their experiences and personal insights, and discussing pitching, being published, and getting paid.

Joi Childs Joi Childs
Tai Gooden (she/her) Tai Gooden (she/her)
Mel Perez (she/her) Mel Perez (she/her)
Nicole Hill, "Niq" (They/She) Nicole Hill, "Niq" (They/She)
Connie Gibbs (she/her) Connie Gibbs (she/her)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Bey the Brand

A conversation about personal branding with Black women who have done it. We'll discuss ways creators can establish a presence online — websites, social media, and portfolios — and how they can use social media to build reputation and create connections. Panelists will share their experiences and lessons they learned in building their own brands. We'll also talk about free and low-cost tools for building blogs, creating graphics, and managing your social profiles.

Karama Horne Karama Horne
Kayla Meyer Kayla Meyer
Nicole Hill, "Niq" (They/She) Nicole Hill, "Niq" (They/She)
Connie Gibbs (she/her) Connie Gibbs (she/her)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Being a Creator of Color

You may think you know, or do you have no idea? Having a creative mind and making creative works is already a lot, add that to the experiences of being a person of color and well...Join us for a chat all about being people of color who create and all that falls therein.

Jayme Twins Jayme Twins
Kate Sanchez Kate Sanchez
Stephanie Williams (she/her) Stephanie Williams (she/her)
Porshèa Patterson-Hurst (she/her) Porshèa Patterson-Hurst (she/her)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Dial Zoom for Murder

Enjoy a social event to die for from the comfort of your own home. Hosted by members of the BGC community, this is a virtual Murder Mystery party where you get to pick your character.

Jasmine Ellis Jasmine Ellis
Mx. Talia Franks (they/them) Mx. Talia Franks (they/them)
Maggie Brevig Maggie Brevig
Donnalie Jamnah, "DJ" (she/they) Donnalie Jamnah, "DJ" (she/they)
K. Alexandra K. Alexandra


Bayana Davis (she/her)

CEO & Co-Founder, Black Girls Create

Connie Gibbs (she/her)

Director of Content Strategy, Black Girls Create

Delia Gallegos (she/her)

CFO & Creative Director, Black Girls Create

Robyn-Renée Jordan (she/they)

Chief Community Officer, Black Girls Create

Porshèa Patterson-Hurst (she/her)

Director of Strategic Partnership, Black Girls Create

Nicole Hill, “Niq” (They/She)

Community Moderator, Black Girls Create

Joy Piedmont (she/her)

High School Teacher

Cass Ransome

Content & Project Manager

K. Alexandra

Educator, Quizmaster

Dara M. Wilson

Comedian, Performer

Alexandria Love

Comedian, Writer, Performer

Proma Khosla

Writer, Comedian

Tai Gooden (she/her)

Contributing Editor/Writer for Nerdist, Candlemaker