North Texas poet, Darius Ajai Frasure, performs his piece “We, Us, Our” Poet’s Studio series–an original production of KERA.

This series was made possible with support from Texas Mutual. Special thanks to DaVerse Lounge. Video by the Digibees.

MAKING BLACK AMERICA: THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE is a four-part series from executive producer, host and writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which premiered October 4th on PBS stations nationwide. Professor Gates, with directors Stacey L. Holman and Shayla Harris, chronicle the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” The series recounts the establishment of the Prince Hall Masons in 1775 through the formation of all-Black towns and business districts, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, destinations for leisure and the social media phenomenon of Black Twitter. Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today. MAKING BLACK AMERICA takes viewers into an extraordinary world that showcased Black people’s ability to collectively prosper, defy white supremacy and define Blackness in ways that transformed America itself.

About Doctoral Student Darius Ajai Frasure

Darius Ajai Frasure, Ph.D.

Darius Ajai Frasure, MFA, MEd, MA, EBC, ACC

Professor Darius Frasure is a highly sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, poet, and coach. He specializes in helping high-functioning individuals and teams create, nurture, and develop sustainable presence and engagement practices. Darius Frasure cultivates awareness through evidence-based practices, intuition, and creativity. His process fosters renewed vision, which uncovers opportunities in places of limitation and practical methods for maintaining the state of the “best self!” He holds degrees from Paul Quinn College (B.S.), Luther Rice Seminary (M.A.), National University (MFA), and Fielding Graduate University. At Fielding, Darius completed the Evidence Based Coaching Certificate (EBC). While pursuing the Ed.D. in Leadership For Change, Darius Frasure’s work revolves around partnerships with literary arts and education organizations, impacting Texas and the United States. He is a member of the International Coach Federation as well as the North Texas Chapter. His poetry appears in many literary journals, and select readings are on youtube. He has one spoken word album, Spoken Pieces (2010), and two collections of poetry: stained glass medusa (2015) and of stone and rope (2019). Darius is currently a doctoral student in Fielding’s Ed.D. in Leadership for Change program with the School of Leadership Studies.

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