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Update: *Unnamed Press announced the NYC launch of PEN Fellow Deji Bryce Olukotun’s book Nigerians in Space. He will be in a conversation with Joel Whitney of Guernica and Al Jazeera at Word Brooklyn on February 26th at 7pm. For more information click here.
*The Clutch’s “Calling All Nerds, Geeks, Afro-Punks and Other Such Off-Beat Black Folks…” list
*Saul Williams and Sanford Biggers will be in conversation at the Studio Museum on Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. They will explore “the sonic, visual and textual in their practices in the context of Afrofuturist aesthetics.” The day after, Columbia University along with the Studio Museum will be presenting John Akomfrah’s film about Stuart Hall, who recently passed away. Buy tickets for the Williams and Biggers talk here.
*Frances Bodomo’s Afronauts will be part of The Film Society at Lincoln Center and MOMA’s New Directors/New Films festival in March. Tickets for general audiences go on sale March 10.
*Che Grayson and Sharon De La Cruz’s Rigamo Film and Comic Book project. The project is about a Kera Moore, “a young girl who accidentally stumbles upon a secret ability: her tears bring people back to life. However, there is one caveat: when she brings someone back to life, she ages by multiple years.”
*Bitch Magazine’s “Black to the Future:” Women in Afrofuturism featuring Janelle Monae, Missy Elliot, THEESatisfaction, Ebony Bones and Martine Syms.
*Afropunk’s feature on Nandipha Mntambo‘s shapeshifting artwork: “Nandipha Mntambo is a South African artist best known for her sculptures, videos and photographs. She aspires to push past boundaries of race and sexual identity through her work. She develops these transformative pieces of art with all natural and organic materials.”
*”To Hell With The Goddess: In Celebration of the Human Person Audre Lorde:” The humanization and learning to be critical of our icons like Lorde.
*76 Crimes’ “21 varieties of traditional African homosexuality”
*Will Smith set to star in Nigerian Julius Onah’s directed film, Brilliance. The film “follows several different people – called “Brilliants” – who possess special abilities: a little girl who is able to read people’s darkest secrets; a man is can sense patterns in the stock market and gets rich; a woman who make herself invisible. As the novel’s synopsis continues…They’re called “Brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.”
Fly Moon Royalty’s Unfinished Business: “Funky electronica”
Freeze Tag’s “No Passing (Otto and the Atom):” “Drumbeats and enchantment”