The Blackspace community is grieving the shocking the death of our beloved Executive Director Joshua “Rowdy” Rowsey. Please be patient with us as we pick up the pieces of our broken hearts and attempt to forge a path forward without our leader. Read about his legacy here.

Remembering Kevin Joshua “Rowdy” Rowsey II, a Beloved North Carolina Hip-Hop Legend



Blackspace offers teens of African descent free WokeShops in the digital and creative arts. 

Click here to see more details on our 2024 WokeShops.

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Check out some of our youth-produced projects! Listen to the relaxing vibrations of our LoFi Hip Hop album DurhamFi, inspired by our home the City of Durham, created in collaboration with Discover Durham and produced by Blackspace youth. Click image below or click here to stream on Spotify (album art Durham-based Black woman illustrator & animator @bunny_fart). 


Check our collaboration with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy: Arc of Justice. We produced the music for this podcast series about reparations!

Check out Blackspace’s album Revenge of the Afronauts, Executive Produced by J Rowdy and mixed by Blackspace youth under the guidance of producer and sound engineer Rem. REVENGE is an album of original, refreshing North Carolina Hip Hop. Click here to listen to a podcast of the Afronauts on NPR/WUNC’s The State of Things talking about the album. Stream the album on Soundcloud here.

Blackspace was featured on BET’s late night show The Rundown with Robin Thede!

Blackspace, in partnership with Perkins + Will, Indulge Catering and late architect Phil Freelon, chartered a bus to DC to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Click here to view our recap video and watch testimonials with Genesis, Brentton, Jewel and Alex.

Blackspace and PBS NC collaborated on Classroom Connection, a show featuring PBS KIDS favorites alongside North Carolina educators. This short-form learning series delivers engaging math and literacy lessons developed by and featuring North Carolina teachers, aimed at Pre-K through third grade students to support their at-home learning.