About JOKO

What is JOKO?

The term itself is Yoruba and means “sit down”. A cultural consultant informed us

that JOKO can refer to a community gathering (or “sit down”) purposed to resolve

conflict and gain clarity on an issue. Our JOKO is a grassroots learning cooperative

where the Learn-ed mix it up with the Learn-ing—a supposed “level” of learning

doesn’t qualify or disqualify. Our goal is to become a better informed, more refined

group of thinkers, in alignment with the academic roots of our revolutionary

tradition; and, to erect a clearing house for the scrutiny of concepts we rely on for

our empowerment. It is a space for intellectually ambitious folk who are willing to

be self-critical. It is not a space where all information is created equal. We are in

our second year of development, working to design a replicable model of

community self-education.

Why do JOKO?

Our popular community discourse has changed in the last 3 decades. In the 80s

and 90s, it was influenced by that surge in African Centered scholarship that has

laid waste to the Euro-centered and white-supremacist story of the World, and

what’s important in it. Today, our discourse emphasizes a kind of personal piety of

Afrikanism. We purify our diet, observe metaphysical principles thought to derive

from ancient African—especially Kemetic—ideas and hold forth that Europe’s

cultural and technological achievements derived from Africa via Kemet. Too often,

we skip over the process of verifying the bases of our ideas because “It’s all our stuff

anyway!” The practices may be progressive and the historical posture basically

correct, but there are problems with the “It’s all our stuff anyway” approach. It

forgets its academic lineage, can’t name it’s ideological ancestors, and tolerates

huge gaps in its information sequence, and this leaves us intellectually vulnerable.

Where is JOKO?

Attend JOKO every second Saturday 4-7pm at The AFIBA Center, 5730 Crenshaw Bl

L.A., CA. Read, post, share at FB: jokocollective. Contact us at

jokocollective@gmail.com. Watch and comment at our YouTube channel:

JOKOCollective where you can check out our archived programs.  JOKO does go on the

road periodically, or when invited, offering programs at other locations and times,

generally announced on new media platforms named above.




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