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*”7 Black Scientists and Engineers Who Helped Make Space Travel Possible” on Atlanta Black Star.
*Oju Africa has developed their own black emojis.
*Black Radical Imagination is presenting a 2-day forum from April 11-12th screening various films at NYC’s Cooper Union, featuring films and works from Martine Syms, Jeannette Elhers, Jabari Zuberi, Terence Nance & Sanford Biggers, Lauren Kelley, Lewis Vaughn and a special screening of Memory Room 452 by John Akomfrah.
*Besides appearing at MOONDANCE at PS1 next week, King Britt will also be opening the exhibition, Omnipresent, for the reboot of the science fiction magazine, Omni Magazine. on April 11th at Red Bull Studios in NYC.
*”Cool Jobs: Comic Illustrator Talks Art and Race in the World of Superheroes-” Afua Richardson Interview on Black Enterprise: “From what I’ve seen, there are some amazing black male artists in the industry – there’s Brian Stelfreeze, Nelson Blake, Sanford green, Keron Grant—they’re there. What I think ends up happening is a lot of aspiring black creators often make these kind of cliché comics. They make comics about the hood or about Egypt and they don’t push the perimeters of what being black can be defined as. Perhaps they think that because there’s not a lot of black protagonists, people should support them ,regardless of the quality of their work. They’re almost like, “Well, we’re not accepted, we’re not represented in comics properly so just accept this current effort.” The problem I have with that, is they’re expecting Marvel and DC to tell their story instead of telling it themselves . being black is not a handicap. You can’t expect someone else to tell your story and get it correctly. I would hope they’d aspire to be a universal creator. Put your culture in your work, but also tell a good story. Make it, so that anyone can receive this and understand. If you create something for a niche market, understand the limitations of that niche. Beyond popular belief, Black people are not a niche market. The concepts, the stories, the things that blacks as a whole have contributed to humanity go beyond hip-hop and the streets.”
*Feature on Oya: Rise of the Orisha and Interview with director Nosa Igbindeon on Oshunschild’s blog: “‘ I am annoyed as other people are at the misrepresentation of African Traditional Religions. I think it speaks to the world rebranding what we stand for and who we are as a people” …. “ It is my goal to…. provide something different that is informed by the actual people” (who practice the religion). “The journey of the film has been crazy” Nosa explains. “Some people involved in the film dropped out because they were worried about being stigmatised. These people are Nigerians themselves” ….. “I am trying to connect with people so please get in contact. The short is coming out in May but the feature film will be layered and deep and I welcome all of your input.” The most misunderstood Orisha has to be the energies of Eshu/ Elegua. Often portrayed misleadingly as the devil I asked Nosa what he thought of this. “For myself personally, the concept of the Devil and Hell has never made sense to me and I never believed it anyway”…….“ I want to make movies which expand the paradigms of people’s thought process and their understanding of reality.” In many belief systems explains Nosa, there is the dichotomy of God and the Devil, which is a much-accepted duality.”…… “ I wanted to introduce a character which goes beyond concepts of good and evil.'”
*”Thomas Cox: The Gear Myth:” “Thomas Cox questions whether our obsession with expensive production tools is in danger of overshadowing the more important issues of creativity and skill.”
*At the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House on April 11th will be a tribute to writer Samuel R. Delany, “The Motion of Light: Celebrating Samuel R. Delany’s Performative Poetics.” Organized by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, the event will include speakers, Fred Moten, Kenneth James, Terry Rowden, Holly Wilson, Ira Livingston, and Jena Osman, readings and a screening of The Polymath or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany.
*Michael Jackson‘s posthumous and Timbaland-curated album, Xscape, will be released in May. Read The Guardian‘s underwhelming review of it. Oh well, I like the album cover.
*Gil Scott-Heron‘s posthumous album, Nothing New, will be released on April 19th with a stripped down version of “Alien (Hold on to Your Dreams).”
*Members of the band Rebellum, which includes Greg Tate, will be performing at Tammany Hall in NYC on April 8th.
*Noel Lawrence is fundraising for his new film, Sammy-Gate, a political satire about how Sammy Davis, Jr. caused the Watergate scandal.
Yukialove’s “Distant Lover” – old school r&b feel with a bit of electronic funk