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Check out Chinaka Hodge’s “Black Future Month” posts.
*Seattle’s EMP Museum’s “Fantastic Voyage: Black Presence in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Technology” on February 16. The films featured will be Eyes on the Stars, Black Girls Code, Is That Me?, Odessa, Space Out and Kirikou and the Sorceress.
*”Afrofuturism: Artists on Three Continents Explore ‘Black to the Future'” will be on exhibition the whole month of February at Goethe Institut in Washington.
*Fundraiser for post-production of M. Asli Dukan’s Invisible Universe:
*Fundraiser for THEESatisfaction’s Black Weirdo Party Tour:
*Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes’ short film Danger Word will be showing at the Pan-African film festival on February 13th, 16th and 17th.
*Brooklyn Museum is hosting Off the Wall, “…a Thursday evening series featuring site-specific performances inspired by exhibitions on view. The first Off the Wall will explore Wangechi Mutu’s futuristc vision through an original performance by musician and performer Daví; art-making with artist Saya Woolfalk; an Octavia Butler-inspired reading with Kiini Ibura Salaam; and a curator-led tour with Saisha Grayson of the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.
*Be Steadwell’s Vow of Silence: the magical musical queer fairytale: “Vow of Silence tells the story of Jade, a heartbroken composer who takes a vow of silence to win back the heart of Isis, her true love. In her struggle to reconnect with Isis, she meets Jaxson-an outgoing musician. Utilizing music, magic and silence-Jade finds her voice in the place she least expects it.” Be is currently raising funds for post-production; click on the link above to donate.
*”Black History to Black Futurism: Trajecting our Liberation” on For Harriet: Canadian writer Sharrae Lyon
writes, “AfroFuturism and Black Sci-Fi, I believe, is the future of our self-actualization. In actuality, it always has.
Every black visionary in all aspects of culture, politics and lifestyle were afro-futurists, science fiction visionaries who had the capacity to understand the current condition of black peoples, but were also able to see alternative possibilities.”
*“Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month,” featuring N.K. Jemisin, Samuel R. Delany, Walter Mosley, and the son of Virginia Hamilton.
*Special Issue for Spellbound e-zine for kids and Spindles adult companion anthology. They will feature “fairy tales retold to feature POC, LGBT and disabled characters, as well as non-Western European and non-North American settings. We are looking for poetry and fiction, as well as artwork for both books. Detailed guidelines are below, please read through them before submitting. It is worth it to read through the comments below also, especially if you have a question because it might have already been answered there.” Guidelines here.
*Kelela and Moses Sumney performing at Saint Heron curated event at 1Msqft on February 12.
*Tyrone Hayes, a scientists who took on a leading herbicide manufacturer, Syngenta, for its use of a harmful chemical.
*13-year-old entrepreneur and animator, Maya Penn
*Trailer for film Children’s Republic, co-starring Danny Glover and set in Guinea-Bissau: “‘In West Africa, there’s a small country every adult abandoned. The children get organized and the Children’s Republic becomes a stable and prosperous country. But the children can no longer grow up.’
It’s a futuristic tale of a city ruled by children, its only inhabitants, after a horrific and tragic civil war. And even more strange, the children, for some reason, don’t age. Conflict arises when child soldiers from the outside enter this unusual community of children…
It’s been suggested by some that the film is an allegory on the possibility of African youth taking over the hope of building democracy on the African continent without forgetting its past.
The film, which is set in Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa, was produced with funds from the European Union, and it’s categorized as a fantasy film.