The world wants soul. We are soul. We have what the world wants. The price of admission into dominant culture has been to cover the soul. We want to shift this. We want to reveal the power of the naked black soul. We want to shift and define the dominant culture through the revealing and expression of our souls.
We are BlackBox — Named for the black box in an airplane that contains the secret information after a crash. BlackBox is a cultural creative collective dedicated to bringing vision to all the things we don’t talk about in this culture and talking about them. We facilitate conversations and experiences to engage with these things through the FREESOUL platforms — the taboos of race, spirituality and religion, of sex, of beauty, of power, of the dark parts of being human, being black and living in and shaping the American culture. With play, with humor, with gravity, with having the ability to remain in connection with anyone, not just black folk, to have room to say what we want to, what we need to, what we have been holding back for fear of retribution or being an outcast. We include everyone. All subjects are up for discussion.
FREESOUL Online Content Channels
We produce short and long-form storytelling and narrative video. The goal of our content is to facilitate discussion and intimate conversations about the black experience. Here’s a representation of the experience and variety we look to cultivate.
Curated by BlackBox:
Black Soulmaker Book
This book sets out a vision and a framework for a new black consciousness, built on the unique attributes of black culture, which are exactly what the world needs today. The African American historical experience, essentially a history of the trauma of unexpressed power, has resulted in deep problems that affect nutrition, finance, technology, community and education, but also point the way to the future: a future of dignity and power. Drawing on examples of black leaders who exemplify the new black power in an evolving world, the Black Book paints a vision of self-definition, excellence and resilience to uncover the Soul.
Community Leadership Programs
These development programs will be inside of prisons across the US. They offer prison residents the opportunity to participate, at a greater depth, in programs that promote the discovery of themselves and who they are and provide guidance. The ultimate aim of this program is to encourage participants to become leaders in their communities, simply by being exactly who they are. To set the example for others to do the same within the prison environs and outside to families and friends.