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Bayana Davis

She/Her/Hers

Co-Founder & Editor In Chief
Black Girls Create
Participates in 9 items
Bayana Davis is a proud Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff hatstall born and raised in Oakland, California. She is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Black Girls Create and co-host of the podcast #WizardTeam. She is a fierce advocate of critical fandom, the increased representation of Black women in media, time travel, dragons, and avoiding the AI apocalypse. You can generally find her fangirling on Twitter at @yana_hallows.

Sessions in which Bayana Davis participates

Friday 11 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

#WizardTeam is a weekly Harry Potter podcast for true Potterheads. Each week Bayana Davis and Robyn Jordan do a close reread of the books chapter-by-chapter, discussing all of their thoughts and feelings and even coming up with some strange and hilarious headcanons of their own. Join members of the #WizardTeam community as we discuss snakes, spiders, Inferi, and other nightmare fuel in the series. We’ll discuss whether it hit us the same on the first and later readings, and how we as i...

2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding World

From the Hogwarts house dormitories, magical occupations, and the representations of women of color in the series, gender permeates the magical world just as significantly as it permeates our own. A diverse set of folks with expertise in gender studies will seek to discuss the intricacies of how gender is represented and interpreted in the Harry Potter series. Panelists will discuss questions such as: How it is gender represented in similar or different ways to our own world? Different...

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Robyn Jordan

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Bayana Davis

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Jackson Bird

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3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldBeyond the Books and FilmsFandom

At a time where most media has broadly recognized that representation matters, new Harry Potter properties seem to be lagging behind, leaving the fandom torn. Should J.K. be held accountable? Should fans trust her and just "wait and see" what she comes up with before passing judgment? In this panel, we'll discuss how to be a better ally and listener in these conversations as the HP fandom continues to grow.

Saturday 12 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:15 AM
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published over 20 years ago, yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron continue to inspire. Why? The generation that grew up with the magic has brought the lessons that they learned from the series into their adult lives. How can we be the Hermione Granger in our own lives? How can we defeat the Voldemorts around us? Should we keep believing in nargles? Join Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman, co-hosts and producers of the podcast Harry Potter and the...

11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Heroines of Harry Potter are often presented as and praised for not being classically feminine, while "feminine" characters are seen as inherently flawed. This is often lauded within the fandom, touted as good examples for girls growing up reading these stories. In this panel, we'll discuss how Rowling presents feminine characters like Cho, Fleur, Lavender, and Parvati, and the sexist implications of these descriptions and their negative effects on fandom.

12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Books

Time-Turners. They pop up in the Harry Potter universe as confusing plot devices, but their secret is that they are part of a much larger tradition of time travel in fiction. How do Rowling’s Time-Turners work? Are there consistent rules? Why can’t Harry just use one to go back in time and kill baby Voldemort? Is this like [insert name of popular film that has time travel]? We’ll cover all that and more. Just remember, if someone offers you the chance to travel through time, don’t do it!

3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Are you a Potterhead of Color looking to be nerdy with other Potterheads of Color? Come to this meetup to discuss the students of color at Hogwarts, diversity in the Wizarding World, and some of your favorite headcanons!

Sunday 13 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Discussions of fashion in the Wizarding World are sorely lacking. We three fashion conscious witches want to know more about robes and dress robes, the anti-trouser organization “Fresh Air Refreshes Totally,” and wizards' baffling inability to disguise themselves as Muggles. So let's get into it! We're talking canon depictions of wizard fashion, its practicality, fan art interpretations, and wizarding fashion icons.

12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

This session will trace and speculate about the history and magic of house-elves. Join us as we talk about what their lives might have been like before becoming enslaved, to living as servants, to fighting for their freedom.