*On Thursday in Brooklyn, Black Girls Code will have a free screening of their documentary with founder Kimberly Bryant. “The event will help support our expanded Summer of CODE 2013 and bring our mobile lab to 10 new cities and reach 2,000 more girls. In addition, we will discuss the development of New York City Chapter of Black Girls CODE.” Click here to rsvp.
*Afrikadaa Magazine recently released their issue 5 on Afrofuturism, which features both French and English articles. Take a look at it here and the other issues, too (“Birth,” “Black Renaissance,” “Visibility,” “Identity”).
*At the San Francisco Main Public Library’s African American Center, the exhibition Afro-Futurism: Envisioning the Year 2070 and Beyond is running till August 1 and features artists Durrell Owens; Ajuan Mance; Karen Oyekanmi; Tomye; Malik Seneferu (whose wife, Karen Senefru recently did the Black Women is God exhibition); James Anderson; Safety First; Michael Ross; Jarrel Phillips; Nyame Brown; James M. Kennedy; Sara Marie Prada. Read about it here.
*The tentative table of contents for the upcoming book Black Girls Are From the Future were released with topic including Steve Harvey, For Colored Girls, hair, technology, twerking, Whitney Houston, Makode Linde and more. B
*I will be at Blogging While Brown on Saturday and will be tweeting from the event under the hashtag #FABWB
*Celebrate Octavia Butler’s birthday by leaving her a love note on Octavia Butler Legacy Network.
*Jamaican author Stephanie Saulter released her debut speculative novel Gemsigns. Here is the synopsis:
For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems – the line between survival and ethics was radically altered.
Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom.
But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.
*There are a few Summerstage events that look interesting:
Okayafrica Presents: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force x Sinkane x King Britt Live – June 23
Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited – longstoryshort: Remixed Featuring: Nona Hendryx / Sandra St. Victor / Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely / Poets: Faybiene Miranda / Lenelle Moise – July 3
Diablo Love featuring the music Tomas Doncker Band and Howlin’ Wolf – August 16 . Listen to Tomas Doncker’s latest album Howlin Wolf EP.
Ghostpoet – “Meltdown” remix
Moses Sumney- “Alchemy”
Prince and Ledisi – Ain’t Gonna Miss You