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Moving on the Wires: Recent News and Posts


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This post has been missing for the past couple of weeks, so here is a combined one:

Rasheedah Phillips’ “Black Quantum Futurism” theory

*Should Science Fiction and Fantasy be Included in the “New Wave of African Writers”? on Books Live: Since Science Fiction and Fantasy are still considered genre fiction and not high literary fiction, I can see why this happened. Still not right though.

*”So I Geek Yeeah: Six Black Women Geeks You Should Know” on For Harriet.

*”Afrofuturism through the eyes of Bill Campbell” Interview on Oak Park: “Oddly enough, I’m one of those artists who’s not really into definitions. However, I think of Afrofuturism as an artistic movement spanning the different disciplines where the Diaspora gets to examine its own past and future, its own humanity within the context of speculative fiction. It is global and quite disparate and, to me, incredibly hard to pin down in just a few words. I think that’s why I like it so much. There are so many possibilities within Afrofuturism — and within all of us.”

MLK, science fiction, innovation, creative thinking and Afrofuturism” Interview with Ytasha Womack on Chicago Tribune: “[Afrofuturism is looking at alternate realities through a black cultural lens. It’s expressed in so any different mediums, but it brings in science, math and philosophy. It provides a window to look at all these different ideas.”

*Submissions call for next issue of Joint Literary Magazine: “Capitalist Realities and Their Consequences.

We are looking for work that responds to the question, “How do capitalist conceptions of time expand or limit how we perceive reality and negotiate our identities as persons within the African diaspora?” Consider capitalist notions about time and space, the commodification of body and/or intellectual resources, etc.”

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Moving on the Wires: Recent News and Posts


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*Update: This Thursday is the opening reception for I Am Here: Blacking the Internet at Superchief Gallery in NYC featuring the work of Azikiwe Mohammad, Terrell Davis, Nandi Loaf, Devin Kenny & Palmtrees Caprisun Citrusblast and Juliana Huxtable. The run of the show is from tommorrow, July 1st to July 14th.

*The documentary Brandon Easton’s Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21ST Century documentary will be on DVD on July 15th and and currently available for download via Paypal by sending $7.99 to ShadowLawComic@gmail.com.

*Nettrice Gaskin’s “Black Futurism: The Creative Destruction and Reconstruction of Race in Contemporary Art:“Contemporary black artists often refute conventional notions or images of blackness and replace them with altered realities. Their works exist in the social imaginary between the symbolic and the real—avatars with alternate, hybrid, or cyborg identities, surrounded by worlds that stimulate the viewer’s awareness of the future.”

*”Girls of Afrofuturism: The future is in our past” on Vanguard.

*”Janelle Monáe Is The Most Defiant Artist Of Her Generation” on HuffPost: “It’s a little more confusing when it comes to sci-fi understandings of her past (wait, is she literally an android?), but when we talk about identifying sexual preference or identity there is a certain power to Monáe’s refusal to participate in the media cycle associated with her rising level of fame. Why should we be privy to that personal information or have access to yet another means of classifying her? “The lesbian community has tried to claim me,” she told Rolling Stone, when asked yet again about how she identifies. “But I only date androids. Nothing like an android — they don’t cheat on you.”

*Rejected Princesses Tumblr. Imagine if Disney was bold enough to make films about these women.

*K. Tempest Bradford’s “Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That’s OK; They Created It) on NPR: “So are women destroying science fiction? Yes. Women created it, so it’s only fair. (Most would cite Frankenstein author Mary Shelley here, but others point out that preceded her.) In destroying it, women are creating a larger space for themselves within science fiction; one filled with their voices, dreams, experiences and realities.”

*Octavia Butler-related articles and posts in honor of her birthday last week:

-Adrienne Maree Brown of Octavia’s Brood published Reflections on Octavia Butler’s Earthseed on Scribd: “A book to use for reflection and meditation towards deepening practice with Octavia Butler’s Earthseed philosophy (from the Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents). Gathered by adrienne maree brown, including Alexis Pauline Gumbs, dream hampton, Moya Bailey, Autumn Brown, Ayana Jamieson, Bilen Berhanu, Adela Nieves, Lynnee Denise, Tanuja Jagernauth, Alta Starr, Peter Hardie and more…”

-Brown’s article in Yes Magazine’s “Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary:“The ideas in Butler’s fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power.”

- “16 Things You Didn’t Know About Octavia Butler” on Buzzfeed.

-Finding Estella⇢ an Octavia Butler research pocket

-”Octavia Butler Fans Psyched Over 2 New Science Fiction Tales” on The Root.

-”“There’s Nothing New / Under The Sun, / But There Are New Suns”: Recovering Octavia E. Butler’s Lost Parables by Gerry Canavan” on LA Review: “What Butler had ultimately hoped to do was write four Parables sequels: Parable of the Trickster, Parable of the Teacher, Parable of Chaos, and Parable of Clay. The titles suggest a shift from a Christian idiom (Sower, Talents, and Trickster all reference Biblical parables) to an Earthseed one (Teacher, Chaos, and Clay seem likely to be parables drawn from Olamina’s life, not Christ’s).”

*“Octavia Butlers fictional religion of ‘Earthseed’ inspires real religious movement on IEET: ” The Terasem religion.

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


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*On June 17th, I will be premiering music artist Daví’s music video for his single “Clear.” The song is a collaboration between the visionary artist himself, Radio Adidas DJ/Beatmaker, FAKEPAKT (Turkey) and Turkish-born/Brooklyn based trap music producer, Atilla.

*Colored Girls Hustle, featuring Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris, will be hosting listening parties in Brooklyn (18th), Detroit (22nd) and Washington DC (25th) for the release of their mixtape on June 19th. Below is the description of the mixtape:

ABOUT THE MIXTAPE
After much anticipation the Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape will be released on Thursday June 19th, 2014. This day is also Juneteenth – the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of celebrating freedom and liberation, the Mixtape will be released and available for free download. The Mixtape features songs and interludes about courage, overcoming fears, personal power, pleasure, student loan debt, surveillance, motherhood, and more. Visit www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com for more info.”

To find out more information, click here. Below is their first single, “Afro Aliens.”

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts (Monday Edition)


Sorry everyone; I had a busy weekend and could not post on Sunday. So here is this post on Monday.

*LAST DAY TO DONATE TO MY ATLANTIC IMPACT FUNDRAISER!!!!!!! Here are my posts from the past few weeks with Barbados Cultural Facts of the Day and other Barbados related posts.

Please donate to my fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge in which the organization is inviting two bloggers to travel with them to Barbados this summer. Atlantic Impact is an organization that helps at risk youth by giving them opportunities to travel abroad.

“A still from ‘NEGROGOTHIC: a Manifesto’ | Courtesy of M. Lamar” Source: Out Magazine

*Lupita Nyong’o has joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VII. Here is Comic Book Resource‘s list of five comic superheroes that Nyong’o could play.

*Out Magazine’s “Exploring M. Lamar’s ‘Negro Gothic Sensibility:’” “Multimedia artist M. Lamar may have played pre-prison Sophia in OITNB—but he’s more than Laverne Cox’s real-life twin. Much more….Before starting a conversation with musician and multimedia artist M. Lamar there are a few things you should read up on: doom metal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Frantz Fanon, Plato, Leontyne Price, bell hooks’ concept of white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy, James Brown, James Baldwin, counter tenors, Cecil Taylor, the early films of Todd Haynes, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker…”

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


*Please Donate to my blog! Any amount will be appreciated! Either click on the donate button on the side or send donation to my Paypal using my email: svfreebird87@gmail.com. Thank you!

*Also, reminder to please donate and/or share my fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge. Here is my blog post about it .

Barbados Cultural Fact of the Day: Two nicknames for Barbados are “Bim” and “Little England.”

*I forgot to mention this, but I uploaded my  BA Thesis, African Vibrations: The Percussive Approach in Hip Hop, to Academic.edu. Click on the link to take a look.

Samuel R. Delany by John Jennings

*Cultural Front’s “From Afrofuturism to Rap Genius: a timeline

*NPR’s “Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

*The State’s “High Priestess of Future Weird

*M. Asli Dukan’s “Samuel R. Delany on Racism in SF” and Rosarium Publishing’s call for submissions for Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany.

*Art Net’s “The Yams, On the Whitney and White Supremacy:” The Yams Collective (HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican) interview where they talk about their collective, their film, Good Stock On The Dimension Floor, The Whitney Museum and confronting white-centered institutions.

*Oliver Hardt and Darius James’ film, The United States of Hoodoo is now on Hulu.

*Call for Submissions for Literary Orphans, a Chicago-based online literary magazine, “Black Thought” issue. “Named after the lead emcee of the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, the “Black Thought” issue aims to capture the fluidity of African-American literature, as reflected by its creators.

This issue will publish literature from black people who identify as queer or transgender, or are stout atheists, or who deal daily with mental illness, or who love fantasy and science fiction and comic books, who struggle with their identities within the ‘black community.’”

*Jalada, a pan-africanist literary magazine, has a call for submissions for its anthology, Afrofuture. “Jalada seeks writing and visual art that is formally innovative, imaginatively daring, and centred on the genres of Afrofuturism and AfroSF. Writers are encouraged to deploy the tools and subvert the techniques of science fiction and speculative fiction. Writers might imagine (but should not be constrained by) African futures in the contexts of slavery, colonialism, liberation, race and ethnicity, imperialism, postcolonialism, globalisation, Empire, ecocritique, class struggle, and gender struggle.”

*The African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University is calling for papers for its “Black to the Future: Black Culture Through Time and Space” symposium.

*The Guardian’s “Science fiction’s real-life war of the worlds:” “For many years, a very particular and very narrow set of authors has dominated SF. But battle for a broader fictional universe is under way.”

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


Mother Sally Source: Clothes Tell Stories

*Please Donate to my blog! Any amount will be appreciated! Either click on the donate button on the side or send donation to my Paypal using my email: svfreebird87@gmail.com. Thank you!

*Also, reminder to please donate and/or share my fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge. Here is my blog post about it .

Barbados Cultural Fact of the Day: Besides the Landship masquerade, there are several traditional Barbados costumed characters who are seen during Crop Over festival, including Mother Sally (“Muddah Sally”), The Donkey Man, The Shaggy Bear and The Stilt Man. Traditionally performed by a male who wore a mask to hide his identity, Mother Sally was a figure meant to represent fertility with her exaggerated breasts and bottom. The masquerade character has similarities to Gelede Masquerade of Yoruba in South Western Nigeria and in Ghana among the Ga ethnic peoples. Today, the character is played by women too and their performances are filled with comedy and rhythmic pelvic dances. The costume sometimes comes across as problematic with the stereotypical look and especially with men dressing as the character in the past, but reflects Barbados particular cultural history. I will discuss the other costume characters in following posts.

*Narratively’s The Imaginarium of Black Cinema: “… the Museum of African American Cinema (MoAAC) is actually a modest four-room office space on the ninth floor of Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

MoAAC, formed in 2001 as a nonprofit organization, is the brainchild of Gregory Javan Mills, Ernest N. Steele and twenty other founding members. Mills, its current C.E.O. & president, remembers seeing an episode of “Tony Brown’s Journal” on PBS in the mid-1980s devoted to early black cinema. He and the others spent the next decade and a half researching the history of black cinema in the United States. The idea to create a museum didn’t materialize until the late ’90s. Mills is on a mission to secure funds to display the vast collection, evidence of the largely untold history of black cinema, at a permanent establishment.”

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


Barbados Coat of Arms Source: Fun Barbados

These are from the past two weeks:

*Please Donate to my blog! Any amount will be appreciated! Either click on the donate button on the side or send donation to my Paypal using my email: svfreebird87@gmail.com. Thank you!

*Also, reminder to please donate and/or share my fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge. Here is my blog post about it from yesterday.

Barbados cultural fact for the day: Since Kara Walker did the Marvelous Sugar Baby sphinx, did you know that sugar cane is an important industry in Barbados. Its coat of arms has a fist of a Barbadian holding two sugar canes that are crossed to resemble St. Andrews Cross.

*Speaking of Kara Walker, there is a lot of discussion and controversy surrounding the work she did (as usual with her work). The intention of her piece at its core is deep and though-provoking, highlighting the exploitation of black people to produce cash crops, like sugar, the sexual exploitation and degradation of black women, but also the simultaneous fascination with and sacredness of black women in the use of the sphinx pose, the exploitation of lower wage workers like those who used to work in the Domino Factory, and the refinement of certain products like sugar (another is vanilla) that mimics the erasure of black and brown people. Hilton Als discusses more in The New Yorker. Still, although I get it, the danger of art is always that other will not because they do not know the historical context and it will become a spectacle. Already many are mentioning how people are taking pictures, smiling and laughing around the artwork instead of contemplating it. It’s a tightrope issue of intention of art and the audiences’ reception of it.

*I was wondering what happened to the HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican’s (The YAMS collective) film showing at The Whitney; it seemed to have disappeared. This is what happened. Mainstream institutions being racially problematic -check!

*Fact Magazine’s “Space is still the place: King Britt re-interprets Sun Ra classic for 100th birthday celebrations:” As part of Dark Matter Coffee’s launch of Astro Black, King Britt released a music mix in honor of Sun Ra’s 100th birthday coming up soon. King Britt will do a special performance in Chicago for Ra’s birthday and the following day, which is his birthday, there will be a 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra event. Also, DJ Hank Shocklee posted “The Cosmic Vibrations Of Sun Ra: Audio Documentary.”

Manny Vega Artwork will be at CCCADI exhibition

Manny Vega Artwork will be at CCCADI exhibition

*CCCADI (The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) will be hosting a series of events starting Thursday with a pop-up exhibition at the 1885 historical landmark firehouse on 125th street that they are renovating as their new space. The event, “The Spirit of El Barrio: Past, Present, and Future,” starts at 11am and will feature artists “Adrian Roman, Edgardo Miranda, Manny Vega, Oliver Rios and Yasmin Hernandez, with a special live painting by guest artist Edgardo Larregui. Some of the works of art will incorporate Augmented Reality technology, providing a small preview to one of the future opening exhibitions of CCCADI.”

Update: Due to a large volume of people wanting to attend, there will be two tours of the popup exhibition. The first will have speakers Marta Moreno Vega, the founder of CCCADI, and Senator Bill Perkins, and the second tour will have New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

I will be there, too!

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Moving on the Wires: Fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge


Atlantic Abroad

Futuristically Ancient for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge

“I recently decided to participate in a fundraiser for “Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge” who is inviting two bloggers to join them in a trip abroad to Barbados. Atlantic Abroad is a nonprofit organization that provides low-income and at-risk youth “with year-round programming so they can better understand the state of their communities, which includes community exploration and international travel.” I know as someone who comes from a financially disadvantaged background, study abroad organizations, like YFU, and college study abroad, gave me the opportunity to travel to both Japan and London. If they did not exist, I would not have been able to travel and those experiences helped me to expand my imagination and grow as a person.

Here are Atlantic Impact’s Goals:

  • To create a national movement which impacts urban youth across the country surrounding an experience which has shaped our nation’s past, present, and future – the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • To bring awareness to youth on a personal level as to how a nationally and globally significant experience impacts their lives and individual communities.
  • To use historical and cultural examples as a model for success in the lives of at-risk urban youth.
  • To self-empower youth through understanding that they are capable and ready to become agents of change in their communities, nation, and in the larger global society.
  • To connect and engage youth in dialogue throughout impacted countries through this globally shared experience which was directly felt across four continents, promoting important intercultural exchange for global competency.

Read more about their purpose and how the program has impacted youth here.

Barbados Flag Source: Bim Worldwide

Why is Atlantic Impact going to Barbados this year?

“We love global historical connections! Atlantic Impact shows youth how the world is truly interconnected and how history from long ago has a lasting and significant impact around the world to this day. Last summer, when our previous group met with a British nonprofit leader in England, she talked about how she was a fierce advocate for Barbados. She had recently returned from the country herself and was amazed at the strength of connection between the UK, Barbados, and US. And so are we! Our kids are currently reading the book Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire written by Andrea Stuart, which provides constant reminders of global ties, with a focus on Barbados.”

Personally, I greatly desire to go to Barbados because it is where my mother is from and I have never been. It would be a chance for me to discover her homeland and its history. Within the past few years, I have been studying more about the history of the Caribbean, including my parents’ islands of Dominica and Barbados. Specifically for Barbados, I have learned about cultural figures like Bussa, and musical traditions like Tuk (thanks Curwen Best). It would be great to experience more of the culture in person. Also, it will be great to document my travels on this blog and connect with the others on this trip.

So, I am glad to take part and raise money for this organization. For this fundraiser, I have to raise at least $250 to get a chance to be one of the bloggers to go to Barbados. If I raise the most, I definitely will go, but if I raise over $250, I will be in pool of possible bloggers to be the second choice. I have to raise as much money as possible by June 9th.

For the next few weeks until June 9th, I will be posting interesting cultural and historical facts about Barbados in separate blog posts, with other blog posts and reblogging Barbados-related blog posts on here, and my other social media (which you can find on the contact page) as a reminder for the fundraiser!

Any donation will be appreciated! If you are unable to donate, please share! Thank you!

 

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


“Invisible Man” by Hank Willis Thomas Source: T Magazine

*Please DONATE to the blog! Any donations will be appreciated! Either click on the donate button on the side or send them via paypal to my email svfreebird87@gmail.com. Thank you!

*”Newly Discovered Octavia Butler Stories to be Published in June!:” “Two newly-discovered Octavia Butler stories are coming out this summer! “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder” will be compiled in a single volume titled Unexpected Stories. The ebook will be released by Open Road Media on June 24, and will feature an introduction from Walter Mosley, who previously praised the author’s novel Kindred as ‘everything the literature of science fiction can be.’ ABC News, quoting Open Road Media, reports:

‘A Necessary Being” tells of how the leaders of two ancient tribes “must broker a delicate peace to ensure that their peoples are to survive.” In “Childfinder,” a young woman “locates children with budding psionic powers and teaches them to protect themselves from society.’”

*A new reading series at the University of Chicago called Speculating Darkly, or The Folk Surreal Future, began today with Duriel E. Harris and Francine J. Harris. Based on poet Roger Reeves essays on Poetry Foundation, the series “features emerging African Diaspora writers from the Midwest who focus on the black fantastic, the grotesque, the Afro-surreal, the Gothic, the speculative, and science fiction” and the other readings will be on May 18, June 8 and June 22.

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


*Please DONATE to the blog! Any amount will be appreciated! Either click the donate button on the side or send donations via paypal to my email svfreebird87@gmail.com. Thank you!

*On May 10th in Philadelphia, the Future Weird film series is partnering with The Afrofuturist Affair for a movie night featuring their two film screenings, “Visions of Excess” and “In Search of Black Atlantis.”

*“Why Sci-Fi Keeps Imagining the Subjugation of White People” on The Atlantic: “As much as the genre imagines the future, it also remixes the past—often by envisioning Western-style imperialism visited on the Western world.”

*”Towards an Afrofuturist Narrative: Tech, Mythology and the Africas” on Model View Culture:” “Behind-the-scenes with stealth startup Curatoric, and conversations with creators, historians and curators of African and Diasporic African art.” Curatoric will open this spring.

*Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols talks with Janelle Monae about her role as Uhura:

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