Black Futures Ball 2020 Honorees

A short documentary created for The Pōpolo Project

Featured Honorees

Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara
History maker, professor, poet, publisher, afro-futurist practitioner, one who serves

Celina Green
certified professional midwife, reiki practitioner


Kenneth Lawson
civil rights/criminal justice, teacher and advocate

Maxine Burkett
Profess-or, Founder, Paradigm Tinkerer


Direction, videography, editing, and set design by Lala Openi

With support from Imani Artemis-Williams & Dr. Akiemi Glenn

Music by the one and only zen chambers


"To redefine, redirect, reconceptualize difference

to deconstruct the paradigm of race births—

births a new feeling


— a politics of survival"

— Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara





“All women have the right to give birth the way they choose. It is our right and our choice to make.”





“…I’ve been conscious of the fact that I’m black since the day I was born. And moving here to Hawai‘i where there’s not that many blacks at all, I think that I have an obligation to make sure everyone around me knows: not only am I conscious of my blackness, but I want you to be conscious of the fact that I’m black also.

— Kenneth lawson




“My Friends, do not lose heart… the fact is we we were made for these times. For years we have been learning, practicing, been in training for, and just waiting to meet on this exact plane of engagement. There can be no despair when you remember why you came to earth, who you serve, and who you sent here.”

— Maxine Burkett

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