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The Field Guide to the Black Experience

Field Guide to the Black Experience - Kellee Massey
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The Field Guide to the Black Experience is a sound walk through Harlem, that aims to give others an insight to the experiences that Black people have as they navigate their world. 


These experiences are told in the form of auditory conversations and narratives, told by the people I interviewed, in their own voices.

I’m investigating the experiences black children and young adults have as they learn to navigate their world. Specifically, building a narrative around ‘the talk’, police brutality, navigating environments, and situations dealing with authority figures.


The Talk, narrowly defined, is a conversation Black parents/parental figures have with their children to tell them how to act when dealing police/authority figures, in the hope that they come home alive at the end of the encounter.  More broadly, the talk can encompass other situations that as Black people, we have to consider to navigate the world we live in.  The conversations found in the field guide, often begin with the talk and continue into a broader range of conversations.

Call to Action can be found here

Documentation and other insights can be found here.

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