Africana Studies

Fall 2023: Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Poster Session

Friday, December 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Grand Salon | University Student Union

Men of Color 2023

Please join us for the Fall 2023 Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Poster Session. The theme for this semester's event is Digital Renaissance: Exploring AI's Impact on Black Masculinity, with special guests, Rafiki Cai, Community AI scholar and veteran technologist who has served from Capitol Hill, to Silicon Valley to the Ivory Tower and singer/songwriter, musician Allyn who will discuss Black Masculinity in Music.

About the Theme

In the era of rapid technological change, the theme "Digital Renaissance: Exploring AI's Impact on Black Masculinity" embraces the convergence of two powerful forces: the transformative potential of artificial intelligence and the multifaceted expressions of Black masculinity. By delving into AI's impact on Black masculinity, the theme invites exploration into how AI can empower, uplift and redefine notions of black male identity, while also raising questions around ethics, bias and equitable access. Ultimately, the theme aspires to inspire collaboration, innovation, and a collective vision for a future where AI becomes a catalyst for positive change, enabling black men to harness their unique strengths and contribute to the advancement of society as a whole.

About Rafiki Cai

Rafiki Cai is a veteran technologist who has served from Capitol Hill, to Silicon Valley to the Ivory Tower. His current interests include Voice and AI, Data Science, Machine Learning and of course cryptographic currency.

Visit Rakiki Cai's website.

About Allyn

Allyn is a Sacramento-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and musician who fell in love with music at three years old starting with the violin. She plays violin, viola, piano, guitar, and drums. As a classical musician, she started in the orchestra and then later found her love for R&B in the studio after relocating to LA. Allyn has written music for TV shows such as FOX's drama series "Empire", Tyler Perry's "Sistas", etc. Allyn has also written and produced for Grammy-nominated artists such as NBA YoungBoy. Additionally, Allyn's critically-acclaimed EP "Overthinking", was premiered nationally on BET JAMS. Allyn has been featured on Billboard, Lyrical Lemonade, Power 106, UpRoxx, BBC Radio, and more.

Talk Title: Black Masculinity in Music
Talk description: Discussing black masculinity within the music industry and the roles. She will interrogate the question "What is the persona of black men in the music industry and what can we keep or change with using AI?"

Request Accommodations

Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact Dr. Cedric Hackett, Program Coordinator via email or (818) 677-3311.