Dr. LaWana

I am Dr. LaWana Richmond and I curate this web page.
We live in a moment when adversity and the opportunities it presents beckons us all to rise above ourselves. 
I have been in the business of making things happen (often something out of nothing) for my entire career.  Let me know how I may be of assistance. If you're trying to get on my calendar, click hereI invite you to engage.  Whether it be political, community,  equity, inclusion, or other forms of activism - Get off the sidelines.  I did.   Subscribe to updates if you are interested in staying informed. If you are familiar with the work I do and want to be supportive, click here to buy me a coffee. 

Upcoming Events

In the spirit of Kwanzaa, Dr. LaWana will be hosting a free presentation on Kwanzaa and Afrofuturism on Zoom - 12/23/21 at noon.  Here is link.

Feel free to share info about upcoming events and provide any feedback or questions. 

Cafe X has agreed host BSAM SD Unpacking the Matrix on December 30,
2021 at 6:00pm,
1835 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102 and online

Past Events

November 18, 2021 1pm - 3pm
@ 1835 Studios 
1835 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102

Dr. LaWana on Building Community in This 21st Century

Let's talk about building cooperative and collaborative communities that support your business, organization, initiative, and or values. 

Dr. LaWana will share theory, tools, tips, and techniques for connecting with customers, constituents, neighbors, or clients. 

November 20, 2021, 3pm
@ The Hamlett Coffee Shop, 7801 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Black Speculative Arts Movement
Info Session and Launch

Calling Black writers, and artists (visual and performing) as well as Blerds to come to learn about the Black Speculative Arts Movement.

“There was a restlessness in the creative community at the beginning of this decade, a dissatisfaction with a certain aspect with politics going on, and a desire to get the art and political ideas a platform. That lead to us forming, putting together the exhibition, and then me subsequently writing the manifesto for the movement.”

— Co-Founder Dr. Reynaldo Anderson


The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design is a 21st century statement on the intersection of the future of African people with art, culture, technology, and politics.
Dr. LaWana Firyali Richmond has been appointed by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson to organize and lead BSAM San Diego. Appointed by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson to serve as San Diego Coordinator, I look forward to co-creating and implementing visions for our future with you!
Let's link up like Voltron and make some things happen!
Afro Con (the Afrofuturism Convention) is where Black Comic Creators, Artists, Writers, Designers, and Innovators  Collide!

2021: September 4th and 5th- Hybrid Event

Over 1,000 people between the ages of 2 and 82 visited Afro Con this year. 

Our Vision is to provide an educational, entertaining, and informative space for creative and critical thinkers alongside community builders to experience speculative futures and the multiverse as an exploration of art as well as a world of opportunities. 
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Afrofuturism Dream Tank is an immersive experience of art, music, comics, science fiction, science fact, history, and current events curated and facilitated by Dr. LaWana Richmond.  It seeks to catalyze one's imagination to dream forward to co-create visions of the future we want with a focus on reverse-engineering the process to identify actions that support manifestation.  At a minimum, you will be entertained and at best inspired as well as energized. 

I am passionate about Afrofuturism and hosted a free Afrofuturism Dream Tank at UC San Diego on February 14, 2021.  Featured artists are Alyce Smith Cooper, the Brown Fairy Godmother/Poet/Educator, Adria Fox, Urban Alchemist, Qamar Bradford, Visual Artist/Cofounder Afrofuturism Lounge, King Britt, Educator/DJ/Producer, and Maxx Moses, Community Artist/Educator.
Monday, February 15, 2021, we recorded a live interview with Dr. Anthony Browder and Afua Richardson on the next episode of the Afronauts. 


You can ask questions,
get more information about my platform or qualifications,
or just stay in touch.


Mailing Address

P. O. Box 741867
San Diego, CA 92174-1867
Contact Information

+1 (619) 796-3479


"Your work is amazing and forward-thinking. I know April, my daughter would like to envision future schools as micro multi-aged schools where subjects of real import are taught to children, that nature would play a large part of the education for all ages, that history be taught truthfully and that all are treated as individuals with no labeling of special needs but each child taught according to their individual needs.
"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." Mark Twain
~Mari Peterson
Dr. LaWana Richmond is a selfless cognizant leader. She pays attention to details and will make decisions that benefit the common good. She is trustworthy and transparent. 
As an educator and a parent, I believe that she will serve in an unbiased way.
Dr. Barney J. Wilson
As a student affairs professional trying to figure out my own pathways, I am inspired by Dr. Richmond's story and her passions.
Best regards,
Kyler Nathan IV


The breadth and depth of content curated will vary and occasionally events and programs will come up spontaneously.  Subscribing to this list is one way of ensuring you don't miss anything. I'm looking forward to connecting with you on and off of the internets. 

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