Kufikiri Imara was born and raised on Huichin territory of the Ohlone people (Oakland, California). He grew up in a version of “The Town” very different from the one we see today. It was a place with a broader and more embodied sense of community. He grew up in a family and community environment that strongly emphasized social awareness and responsibility. His personal healing/spiritual journey led him to such moments as volunteering with the Green Earth Poets Society in NYC, bringing poetry to incarcerated African-American youth. He is one of the early members of the Entheogen Integration Circle, a support group in NYC with a focus on marginalized communities within the psychedelic community.
Ayize Jama-Everett (b. NYC 1974) graduated from the Graduate Theological Union in 2001 with a Master's of Divinity. His thesis was on the spiritual use of substances among the homeless youth of Morocco, London, and the Bay Area. Soon after, he began teaching the Course "The Sacred and the Substance," one of the first survey courses of sacred plant use at the Graduate Theological Union. The thesis advisor was the late Ibrahim Farajaje-jones, who also served as his mentor. He's received training from the Zen Hospice center of San Francisco, harm reduction training from the Harm Reduction Coalition of Oakland. He has helped design the facilitation training with the Sacred Garden Community of Oakland.
Evan, an accomplished multimedia producer, navigates the crossroads of compelling storytelling and diverse project creation. His portfolio is rich with engaging narratives such as the thought-provoking "Death Inc" with its majority-Black cast, its Spanish language counterpart "PUM", and the award winning dark comedy "Confessions of a Well-meaning Man." Central to his body of work is "A Table of Our Own," a project that highlights his dedication to crafting significant content. In addition to his creative pursuits, Evan ardently advocates for the thoughtful and safe usage of psychoactive substances in personal, professional, and medical settings. With over a decade of industry experience, Evan continues to leave a distinctive mark on multimedia production, captivating audiences with his compelling projects.
Our goal is to create a documentary about a gathering of Black luminaries that do work in the psychedelic space. We’ll join 35 key members from all around the country in a safe place and give participants the chance to share their strengths, experience, hopes, and challenges within the psychedelic space.
The goal is to highlight those doing great work and to expand the reach of these important ways of healing to more Black people. We also wish to de-stigmatize these substances so that they’re no longer seen as “White people stuff” and more as the natural balms and salves to Black people’s psyches that we’ve been using for millennia.
The documentary will cover not only the conference but the current state of Black people in the psychedelic space as a whole.
The conference will be a three-day, invite-only, all-Black affair. It will focus on those who’ve had experience in the areas of psychedelics and the arts, activism, academics, sciences, entrepreneur, cultivators, and those still working in the underground scene.
A three-day filmed conference to document where participants have been and what they’ve seen and to look at what’s coming next for Black people and Substance use.
Because we’re tired of asking for a seat at someone else’s table. Because the rhetoric around people of color in psychedelic spaces has mostly been for show. Because the lasting positive impact that these medicines can have on Black communities is not being fully acknowledged.
Because the biggest impediment to Black people participating in this work is not seeing Black people participating in this work. Because when Black people win, we all win.
Because we will literally change the world once we’re brought back into proper relationship with the plants, animals, compounds, and communities around us.
The third quarter of 2022
(Details given a later date)
Through the grace of our ancestors, sweat equity, community support, prayer, and the generous financial support of people like you.