Moving on the Wires: Giveaway Winner and Invisible Man Paper*The winner of the Sankofa Journal is bigfatjamaicanwedding. Email me at your address and I will send it to you by the end of next week. Thanks to you and everyone who enters or spread the word about it!


*For a limited time, you can read  a draft of the independent paper I have been working on about electricity and percussiveness in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Just go to the products/special items page here. Enjoy!


Otherworldly Videos: The Afronaut

Directed by Gary Land, Phobos stars Victor Grant and is about a young astronaut trying to find the will to survive after crashing onto a distant planet. Land also directed this Ghede dance video with Russell Ferguson.

Christina De Middel‘s video for her photography series, The Afronauts, based on the 1964 pace program started in Zambia. Read the rest of the story here.

Reminder: Last day of giveaway is tomorrow!

Modern Griots Review: Ancestral Voices

What are the spiritual and physical consequences of us not studying the spiritual and magic systems of the African Diaspora in depth?  This is one question amongst several explored in the British documentary film, Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge. Premiering in New York City last Saturday at the New York African Diaspora International Film Festival,  the film delves into several African and African-American spiritual systems that are often demonized, misrepresented or lack attention in comparison to more mainstream religions like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Filmmakers Verona Spence and Dalian Adofo made this film as a way to educate people on these systems and ancestral knowledge, and interviewed a variety of artists, intellectuals, and spiritual leaders and practitioners, and participants. The interviewees provided a vast amount of knowledge about not only the recurring themes in African and Afro-diapsoric spiritual systems, but also specific elements in different ones, including Egyptian Kemetic, Yoruba, Gabon’s Iboga ritual, The Sky God Tree story of the Akan in Ghana, Caribbean Obeah, Haitian Vodou, Cuban and Puerto Rican Santeria and Brazilian Candomble.

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The My-Stery: Haunted by the Record Part 2 – Rethinking Time Travel

Last week, I read a post about time travel in Black Nerds Network. While we have not reached physical time travel yet and I am not sure I would want that, let’s consider mental and spiritual time travel. The imagination is probably our first vehicle of time travel. Through media, art, artifacts, symbols, stories, traditions, memories and speculations, we move back and forth through time in our minds, exploring our relationships to the past, present and future. Our present environments are gateways to recapturing experiences from previous periods of life, imagining experiences of the next ones and even existing outside of time. As we already know, for people of African descent now, time travel is difficult for us given our histories of slavery, colonialism and racism, but we still time travel despite them, often in hopes that the societies we live in honestly take a look at themselves and their pasts and in hopes of a better present and future. Below are a few time traveling thinkers (BTW, I may update this later):

Rudyard J. Alcocer‘s Time Travel in the Latin American and Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History

“Framing the future: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo at TEDxNairobi”

Ngwatilo Mawiyoo uses poetry as a way to return home and make the future look back at itself. She quotes Robert Pinksy who said, “and as poets too, one of our responsibilities is to mediate between the dead and the unborn.”

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Otherworldly Videos: RonKat Spearman/Katdelic

“You’re mission is not complete until you funk with mission Katdelic”

“D.O.T.M. (Dance on the Mothership)” with a guest appearance from George Clinton.

“The One” with another George Clinton cameo.

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Moving in the Wires: Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Last weekend, when I attended the A Is for Anansi conference, I won a few books in the raffle, two of which was the same copy of the Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The journal does not receive a lot of attention, although it should. If you search for it, it is hard to find anything specific on it. So, I decided to give one away. Here is a chance at a copy of it and spread the word about it.

The journal has a number of interesting articles analyzing children’s literature and its publishing industry in Africa and in the diaspora. Volume 10’s theme is “heroism in the face of marginality. Some of the topics are the history of publishing children’s picture books in Nigeria, Zimbabwe’s Shona sister-brother stories, heroines in Kenyan biographies, narrators in South African apartheid stories, history of Ethiopian picture books, creative defiance in slave narratives, the impact of cultural differences in picture books, and female identity in Paule Marshall‘s Daughters.

If you want a chance at getting a copy:

1) Write about my blog and the journal in a twitter and/or facebook post.

2) Write a comment below saying that you spread the word and about why you like my blog and want the journal.

I will close the giveaway at the end of the month and choose a winner by random.