Black Kids in Outer Space is multimedia editorial news platform that uses videos, podcasts, photos, writing, and art to cover Africans and the African Diaspora in relations to space (transportation, environment, and urban planning policy.) Our inspiration is the traditional Black media and we strive to honor Ida B. Wells, Lucy Parsons, and first Black owned newspaper, theFreedom Journal founded in 1827 in our coverage.
We speak to urban planners, engineers, environmentalists, bicyclists, architects, artists, and anyone part of creating the space that Black people live –on earth –and beyond.
Our aesthetic is Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism with an eye on the past, present, and the future.
is to amplify the concerns of the community, to educate transportation professionals on historical and present day institutional racism as it relates to transportation and urban planning, to provide information to politicians, stakeholders, and the community with information on the latest technical break throughs in urban planning and transportation, and to eliminate enforcement as the cornerstone for transportation safety in the Black community. The entire community whether it is working class, immigrant, Black, LGBTQI, and/or disabled have the right to enjoy the freedom to choose active transportation unfettered. The right of accessible walking, bicycling, public transportation, and just sitting in the public space are rights that continue to elude many people of African descent.
We would like to stress that we are editorial in nature and our guide is a combination of both the SPJ, the NABJ, and our own code of ethics. We believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of freedom — the elimination of racism is part of that. Our journalism is ethical and strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair, unharmful to the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, and thorough. We are ethical in our journalism and act with integrity. We are dedicated to telling the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous story through media. We understand the pain of institutional racial discrimination and the role the PWI media has played in upholding institutional oppression and seek to remedy that. We actively challenge racism. We do not stereotype by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status. We amplify issues to challenge and dismantle racist institutional practices and to showcase Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities in their entirety. We do not tell the story of the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous community through deficit storytelling and/or pathologizing narratives. We believe one of the the cornerstone for comfortable, safe, and equitable transportation systems and urban planning is the elimination of racism in policy making.
The first active law in the US against pedestrians was against Black people through the requirement that we carry Freedom Papers to walk on the public street. We seek to provide media that facilitates transportation being a path to freedom for all.
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Black Kids in Outer Space is produced and owned by Lark Lo through Lark Lo LLC.