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Thursday 18 March 2021

#DeafWoke with CJ Jones

A virtual consciousness-raising online talk show, led by Black and Native American Deaf host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with CJ Jones livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 18 March at 4:05 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6:05 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7:05 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Join us for an inspiring evening with CJ Jones of SignWorld Studios. CJ will share his #DeafWoke journey as a Black Deaf producer, director, writer, actor, comedian, musician, and
motivational speaker.

ASL-English voice interpretation and English captions provided.

#DeafWoke is a virtual consciousness-raising engaging online talk show, led by Black and Native American Deaf host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow.

Founded as a response to isolation and misinformation experienced during CoVID-19, #DeafWoke provides access to the Deaf BIPOC life stories, critical coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, education, Arts, social justice and analysis of CoVID-19-related news for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Black Hearing communities.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our stories to be heard by providing the #DeafWoke platform to uplift BIPOC Deaf and disabled artists voices and to contribute to the arts and larger society, increasing awareness at the intersections of audism, ableism, and racism--this includes DeafDisabled stories as a force for cultural change and collective liberation. There is also a space to talk about economics, parenthood, and education.

All episodes will be produced with ASL Interpreters and captioning welcoming everyone to the conversation. For da Hearing and Deaf! It’s inspiring, it’s funny, it’s beautiful with the ugly, it’s things people don’t really talk about, it’s unheard of, it Deaf Woke!

The host: Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter also known Purple Fire Crow is an award-winning Internationally-known African-American, Indigenous, Deaf, Disabled, choreographer, dancer, actor, instructor, speaker, Producer and Deaf advocate. He creates opportunities for Disabled, Deaf and hearing artists and produces Deaf-friendly events, and founded the Urban Jazz Dance Company and Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival.

Guest Bio:

CJ Jones is a producer, director, writer, actor, comedian, musician, and motivational speaker. CJ is a legend in the deaf and hearing world, acclaimed for his humor and inspiration. He has done it all: TV, movies, educational films, and theater and performed as a standup comedian for 40 years all over the world. (www.cjjones.com)

CJ Jones played Joseph in the 2017 blockbuster summer hit "Baby Driver", directed by Edgar Wright. This role made CJ the first black deaf actor in an international Blockbuster. You can currently see him as Odin in "Castle Rock", a HULU Original production, written by Stephen King. CJ is thrilled to be working with the brilliant James Cameron on the Avatar Sequels. He played Uriah in the indie horror film "Door in the Woods" directed by Chase Goforth, which earned him a Best Actor award in the Graveyard Shift category of the Nashville Film Festival. CJ played the role of "Craig" in "This Close". He was interviewed in depth in the current season of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. This year he will appear on “Everything Gonna Be Okay” (FreeForm), and “Shameless” (Showtime).

He founded SignWorld Studios (www.signworldstudios.com) to write, develop, and produce TV series and movies. CJ also founded SignLight, a nonprofit organization, with its mission to create a post-production training program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. CJ Jones was selected and received as the recipient of the 2018 SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award by Media Access Awards.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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