Otherworldly Videos: Mil-K + Dubbul O + Sparkz + Melo X + Sa-Roc + Katdelic (Children of the Mothership)


Jamil Kayin aka Mil-K’s “Mothership”

Below are some other artists who reference “the mothership:”

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Rewind: My Interview with Jane Odartey


A while ago I interview my friend Jane Odartey on this blog, and since then her accessory and clothing shop, Mawusi, has grown a lot, so here is an updated version of the interview I did with her:

Jane Odartey is one of my friends from college. She is also a photographer, poet, and funny, too. Here is my interview I did with her:

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks so much for featuring me on your wonderful blog, Reese!

Home used to be Ghana, then I moved to NY because my Ma had made it her new home. I value simple things, like strong laughter, good friends who would tell you about the spinach between your teeth, and people who would laugh with you even when the crowd around you look down their noses at your “lack of civilization.” I love life only because of the people I love. I also find that icecreams and tall glasses of milkshakes are a necessity.

2) When and why did you become interested in poetry and photography?

I used to write poetry when I was bad. I wrote it as an apology to my mother. It felt proper because I came to know poetry in a sandwich of fear; my sixth
grade teacher made sure of that. In my junior year of college I met Prof. Grace Schulman. She convinced me that I ought to give poetry a chance.

Growing up, we took pictures, like, once a year. There was always a need to look perfect for the pictures. It was a real fuss. When I got my very first camera in high school, I wanted to take pictures of things that didn’t matter. I wanted them as they were without any preening. It was, however, in college that I realized my love for the art. I was working on majoring in Business Management and all that calculus was weighing me down so I thought a semester of Basic Photography, would be some sort of therapy; it proved to me more than that.

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Poets Verb + Reggie Eldridge


While watching the past two episodes of the spoken word series, Verses and Flow, on TV One, two poets stood out to me, Verb and Reggie Eldridge.

Verb spoke a critique of our current dependency on hi-tech technology and it reminded me of Louis C.K. rant on smartphones. It does make you think about how technology affects our thinking and affects us socially. Is it the technology’s fault or is it deeper, underlying issues and how were are using them in our cultures that are the problem? Maybe the social structures and codes of our cultures have not caught up with the advanced pace of technology? We do not know how to properly handle all this new technology coming at us at such a fast pace and so we haven’t taught those younger than us how to deal with it either? Instead going deeper, some of us stay on the spectacle of the superficial surface that the technology gives us. Maybe it feels easier that way because it hurts less. But listen to Verb’s spoken word pieces below and go to her youtube page for more videos; I like her autism poem, too.

“Techno Crack”

“Droid”

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Otherwordly Videos: The Seshen + Moor Mother Goddess + G&D


The Seshen – “2000 Seasons”

Based on Ayi Kwei Armah‘s book, the meaning behind the psychedelic video “…addresses the sense of ownership that drives colonization of the land, the mind, and the body.  Traveling through inner and outer universes, the video delves further into this concept of conquest with a diamond taking the central role in an alternate paradigm of existence” (Okayplayer). Talib Kweli also has a song of the same title.

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What Is Afrofuturism? Part 16: Nettrice Gaskins


I haven’t posted one of these in a while, but I enjoyed reading Nettrice’s post, including the pictures, so here is some of it below with a link to read the rest:

Sun Ra: His system was based at the center of the sun.”Without an image of tomorrow, one is trapped by blind history, economics, and politics beyond our control. One is tied up in a web, in a net, with no way to struggle free. Only by having clear and vital images of the many alternatives, good and bad, of where one can go, will we have any control over the way we may actually get there in a reality tomorrow will bring all too quickly.”—Samuel R. Delany

One of the questions posed to me after my talk last Friday regarding The Cyclical Nature of Culture was: What is afrofuturism?

  • It’s not the black version of Futurism. It is an aesthetic and the term can be used to describe a type of artistic and cultural community of practice. Afrofuturism navigates past, present and future simultaneously. The keyword here is: navigation or ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a specific route.
  • It is counter-hegemonic. Hegemony refers to the dominant, ruling class or system. Afrofuturism is not concerned with the mainstream or the canon of (Western) art history. It’s practitioners upend or flip the canon. In the image above jazz musician and cosmic philosopher Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun) placed himself at the center of other known cosmic philosophers and scientists.
  • It is revisionist, meaning that afrofuturism advocates for the revision of accepted, long-standing views, theories, historical events and movements. It retells stories by altering characters, or the environment. It re-uses existing artifacts, themes and concepts.Take, for example, the Space Age, the Universe, or the Unisphere.

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Moving on the Wires: ‘Re-Introducing Oshun’ Exhibition + Afrofuturist Affair Ball + Art Lov[H]er + Top Of The Heap + Alien Encounters


Re-Introducing Oshun LR*If you are in London, next month will have the opening of Re-introducing Oshun, which will be an interdisciplinary exhibition “discussing black women’s bodies, gender and sexual expression through the lens of the Orisha, Oshun” and re-imagining “black women’s bodies as sacred of places of, beauty, intimacy and love.” Featuring the work of an all female collective, the exhibition “demystifies the omnipresent gaze placed on black women’s bodies by creating images of black women that look, talk, feel and love like us and in doing so presenting our own truths.”
The exhibition is set to open on October 7 and hosted by Yinka Shinobare, MBE at his Guest Project Space in Hackney, London before culminating into an evening of live performances at Lyric Hammersmith on October 17. “It will be a participatory project moving away from ‘pretty-pictures-on-the-wall’ type exhibition by printing on organza thus allowing the ability of touch for our audience. More so, we wanted our audience to emerge themselves in to another time, space and reality where black women’s bodies are worshiped as the deacon of beauty.”
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*The Afrofuturist Affair having their third annual charity and costume ball on November 9 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Dark Phase Space. They are currently raising funds for it on Indiegogo. For more events from The Afrofuturist Affair, check out their tumblr and facebook, including the Afrofuturist Affair and Black Tribbles hosting their Return to Octavia City radio broadcast featuring speculative fiction stories two days before the ball.

Otherworldly Videos: S.A. Miller’s “Into the Darkness”


Happy Friday the 13th!

While browsing the internet for Caribbean speculative film, I found Bajan (Barbadian) filmmaker channel and his apocalyptic film Into the Darkness. The film follows a young boy who is trying to survive amidst the threat of revenants — visible ghosts or animated corpses that were believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living.