Moving on the Wires: Recent News and Posts


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*Update: This Thursday is the opening reception for I Am Here: Blacking the Internet at Superchief Gallery in NYC featuring the work of Azikiwe Mohammad, Terrell Davis, Nandi Loaf, Devin Kenny & Palmtrees Caprisun Citrusblast and Juliana Huxtable. The run of the show is from tommorrow, July 1st to July 14th.

*The documentary Brandon Easton’s Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21ST Century documentary will be on DVD on July 15th and and currently available for download via Paypal by sending $7.99 to ShadowLawComic@gmail.com.

*Nettrice Gaskin’s “Black Futurism: The Creative Destruction and Reconstruction of Race in Contemporary Art:“Contemporary black artists often refute conventional notions or images of blackness and replace them with altered realities. Their works exist in the social imaginary between the symbolic and the real—avatars with alternate, hybrid, or cyborg identities, surrounded by worlds that stimulate the viewer’s awareness of the future.”

*”Girls of Afrofuturism: The future is in our past” on Vanguard.

*”Janelle Monáe Is The Most Defiant Artist Of Her Generation” on HuffPost: “It’s a little more confusing when it comes to sci-fi understandings of her past (wait, is she literally an android?), but when we talk about identifying sexual preference or identity there is a certain power to Monáe’s refusal to participate in the media cycle associated with her rising level of fame. Why should we be privy to that personal information or have access to yet another means of classifying her? “The lesbian community has tried to claim me,” she told Rolling Stone, when asked yet again about how she identifies. “But I only date androids. Nothing like an android — they don’t cheat on you.”

*Rejected Princesses Tumblr. Imagine if Disney was bold enough to make films about these women.

*K. Tempest Bradford’s “Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That’s OK; They Created It) on NPR: “So are women destroying science fiction? Yes. Women created it, so it’s only fair. (Most would cite Frankenstein author Mary Shelley here, but others point out that preceded her.) In destroying it, women are creating a larger space for themselves within science fiction; one filled with their voices, dreams, experiences and realities.”

*Octavia Butler-related articles and posts in honor of her birthday last week:

Adrienne Maree Brown of Octavia’s Brood published Reflections on Octavia Butler’s Earthseed on Scribd: “A book to use for reflection and meditation towards deepening practice with Octavia Butler’s Earthseed philosophy (from the Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents). Gathered by adrienne maree brown, including Alexis Pauline Gumbs, dream hampton, Moya Bailey, Autumn Brown, Ayana Jamieson, Bilen Berhanu, Adela Nieves, Lynnee Denise, Tanuja Jagernauth, Alta Starr, Peter Hardie and more…”

-Brown’s article in Yes Magazine’s “Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary:“The ideas in Butler’s fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power.”

– “16 Things You Didn’t Know About Octavia Butler” on Buzzfeed.

Finding Estella⇢ an Octavia Butler research pocket

-“Octavia Butler Fans Psyched Over 2 New Science Fiction Tales” on The Root.

-““There’s Nothing New / Under The Sun, / But There Are New Suns”: Recovering Octavia E. Butler’s Lost Parables by Gerry Canavan” on LA Review: “What Butler had ultimately hoped to do was write four Parables sequels: Parable of the Trickster, Parable of the Teacher, Parable of Chaos, and Parable of Clay. The titles suggest a shift from a Christian idiom (Sower, Talents, and Trickster all reference Biblical parables) to an Earthseed one (Teacher, Chaos, and Clay seem likely to be parables drawn from Olamina’s life, not Christ’s).”

*“Octavia Butlers fictional religion of ‘Earthseed’ inspires real religious movement on IEET: ” The Terasem religion.

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Danez Smith


“I have left Earth in search of darker planets…I have left Earth and I won’t stop until I’ve found a place where my kin can be safe…”

I saw Danez Smith‘s “Dear White America” posted on Upworthy and thought it was fitting for here.

Modern Griots Reviews: Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape


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What is your hustle?

Colored Girls Hustle featuring founder Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris released their first official mixtape, Colored Girls Hustle Hard, a 19-track compilation reimagining the conventional ideas of what it means to hustle and giving positive encouragement and education in their lyrics with fun, danceable tracks for and about black women, black girls and other women of color. For Colored Girls Hustle, hustling is not about getting money and material items at the expense of others, but about forging communities and movements, seeking justice, creating safe spaces for black women and girls to be who they are and love who they are completely in mind, body and spirit, and world-building and creating futures.  In their description of the mixtape, they reinforce these ideas that are clear in their music, “using powerful beats and powerful words to catalyze audacious self-expression and authentic living. We speak from our lived experiences as Black women to affirm, honor and celebrate how our communities hustle hard for justice, creativity, and wellness….This is the groundwork for our vision of hustle: doing passion-filled and purpose–driven work.”

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Art of This World: Sol’Sax + Maksaens Denis + Kara Walker


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Despite having a cold last week and recovering from it, which is why I have not posted in a week, I managed to go to three exhibitions — Sol’Sax’s Medicine from Heaven: How African American Culture Was Used to Cure the USA, Maksaens Denis’ Mutation X062 and Kara Walker’s A Subtlety. Below are slideshows from each event:

Sol’Sax‘s Medicine from Heaven: How African American Culture Was Used to Cure the USA at Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn

This exhibition reminded me a lot of Margaret Vendryes’ African Diva Project where traditional African masks are placed on the faces of legendary African-American figures symbolizing the sacredness of African-American and African Diasporic cultures.

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Otherworldly Videos: Premiere of Fakepakt, Atilla +Daví ‘s “Clear” (and Other Videos You Should Also See)


Fakepakt, Atilla and Daví – “Clear”

About the song and video:

“The video and single were done in both Istanbul (Turkey) and NYC (USA); Daví and FAKEPAKT have never met physically. FAKEPAKT discovered Daví on Soundcloud and after a few messages back and forth, the collaboration was soon set underway. As Daví and Atilla have been longtime collaborators, Daví reached out to Atilla to tell him about the collaboration with FAKEPAKT and it just so happened that Atilla knew FAKEPAKT through a childhood friend; the project soon after became a trio. The serendipitous and powerful combination of these three wild talents is heard like crystal in Clear.”

Oh the wonders of technology; we can collaborate even from long distances. Hmm. I want to learn more connection between the fencing, the fighting competition with masks on, the mask he wears in the video, and the song.

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Moving on the Wires: This Week’s News and Posts


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*On June 17th, I will be premiering music artist Daví’s music video for his single “Clear.” The song is a collaboration between the visionary artist himself, Radio Adidas DJ/Beatmaker, FAKEPAKT (Turkey) and Turkish-born/Brooklyn based trap music producer, Atilla.

*Colored Girls Hustle, featuring Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris, will be hosting listening parties in Brooklyn (18th), Detroit (22nd) and Washington DC (25th) for the release of their mixtape on June 19th. Below is the description of the mixtape:

ABOUT THE MIXTAPE
After much anticipation the Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape will be released on Thursday June 19th, 2014. This day is also Juneteenth – the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of celebrating freedom and liberation, the Mixtape will be released and available for free download. The Mixtape features songs and interludes about courage, overcoming fears, personal power, pleasure, student loan debt, surveillance, motherhood, and more. Visit www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com for more info.”

To find out more information, click here. Below is their first single, “Afro Aliens.”

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Otherworldly Videos: At the Crossroads – “Cross Road” and “Noka”


Directed by Olivier Gros, Benoit Rimet, Scott Bono and Charles E. Farkas, the film follows a “bluesman blinded by ambition and at the peak of his career is up by the Devil whom he had sold his soul 30years before in exchange for great success.” I guess this film is a possible extension to the Robert Johnson story if he lived to an old age. Also, the main message of the film seems to be if you don’t see the innate value of your creations, someone else will see that value and take it from you.

http://vimeo.com/94712566%20w=680&h=400

Directed by Trinidadian Shaun Escayg, Noka: Keeper of Worlds is a film about an 8-year-old boy named Gabriel with a rare form of schizophrenia which he inherited from his grandfather who recently died. At his grandfather’s funeral, he meets an old friend of his grandfather, who introduces him to “an unseen supernatural realm” for which he and his grandfather are gatekeepers. “Gabriel must abandon all he knows and loves to fulfill his purpose, his legacy, as a NOKA.” I am getting a Matrix, but more fantastical and less technological driven, vibe from this film; I like the Caribbean perspective of it and would like to see it as a feature length film.