Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with Francis Phiri livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 6 May at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).
Join us for an inspiring evening with Francis Phiri, founder of Give Back To Community-Zambia (GBCZ) and American Sign Language teacher. Francis will share his #DeafWoke Journey.
ASL-English voice interpretation 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.
The guest: Francis is an American Sign Language teacher at Mid-Peninsula High School in Menlo Park. He was born and raised in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia in Africa. At the age of 12, he became ill with malaria and it caused his hearing to slowly deteriorate, becoming deaf at age 18. He has always been a lover of education which eventually provided him the opportunity to come to California for college. Francis studied at the National Institute of Technology for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) then returned to Ohlone College to complete his degree in Deaf Studies and Graduated at San Francisco State University with Liberal Arts in Ethics studies. Francis has taught at a private San Francisco international language school, ABC Languages and presented as a motivational speaker for community organizations, workshops, and charter school conferences. He is also the founder of Give Back To Community-Zambia www.gbczambia.org (GBCZ). Currently, he serves on the Conference of Interpreter Trainers Board as Director of Public Relations and Outreach. Francis' goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams and be successful, with patience, flexibility, and motivation. He now shares his passion by teaching others the value of education, the importance of communication, and the power of human connections.