Moving on the Wires: Recent News and Posts


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This post has been missing for the past couple of weeks, so here is a combined one:

Rasheedah Phillips’ “Black Quantum Futurism” theory

*Should Science Fiction and Fantasy be Included in the “New Wave of African Writers”? on Books Live: Since Science Fiction and Fantasy are still considered genre fiction and not high literary fiction, I can see why this happened. Still not right though.

*”So I Geek Yeeah: Six Black Women Geeks You Should Know” on For Harriet.

*”Afrofuturism through the eyes of Bill Campbell” Interview on Oak Park: “Oddly enough, I’m one of those artists who’s not really into definitions. However, I think of Afrofuturism as an artistic movement spanning the different disciplines where the Diaspora gets to examine its own past and future, its own humanity within the context of speculative fiction. It is global and quite disparate and, to me, incredibly hard to pin down in just a few words. I think that’s why I like it so much. There are so many possibilities within Afrofuturism — and within all of us.”

MLK, science fiction, innovation, creative thinking and Afrofuturism” Interview with Ytasha Womack on Chicago Tribune: “[Afrofuturism is looking at alternate realities through a black cultural lens. It’s expressed in so any different mediums, but it brings in science, math and philosophy. It provides a window to look at all these different ideas.”

*Submissions call for next issue of Joint Literary Magazine: “Capitalist Realities and Their Consequences.

We are looking for work that responds to the question, “How do capitalist conceptions of time expand or limit how we perceive reality and negotiate our identities as persons within the African diaspora?” Consider capitalist notions about time and space, the commodification of body and/or intellectual resources, etc.”

*”Video Games‘ Afrofuturism Frontier” on Media Diversified.

*”Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center” on HPHerald: “Blocks from the University of Chicago Law School, where President Barack Obama once lectured, an art installation by saxophonist David Boykin is exploring one of the Hyde Parker’s most controversial strategies to combat terrorism: drones.”

*”Afrofuturism and the Future of Storytelling” on Austin Weekly News: Featuring Ytasha Womack and Bill Campbell.

*”Afrofuturism and Empowerment on Black Gate.

*”Diversity in Geekdom” with NK Jeminson, Nalo Hopkinson, and Daniel Jose Older

*Brave New Souls roundtable on The Mo’Kelly Show.

*Weekly Geek Speak Podcast with Interview of Maya Glick about her short film Rain.

*MoCADA‘s upcoming exhibiton is “A/wake in the Water: Meditations on Disaster,” which is “a film, video, and new media exhibition that explores the ways Black bodies experience environmental hazards and natural disaster.” Curated by Erin Christovale, it is a “direct response to recent catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil spill, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti” and “Kevin Jerome Everson, Cauleen Smith, Ulysses Jenkins, Tameka Norris, Danielle Lessovitz and the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National utilize found footage, staged reenactments, and performative paralysis to expose the systematic neglect and lingering repercussions Black communities face in the aftermath of disaster.” Other works will be from A. Sayeeda Clarke, Wanuri Kahiu, Muchiri Njenga, Loretta Fahrenholz, and Observatory Media. The exhibition opens August 14th.

*”African Americans and the Environmental Movement” on The Root and Roots Show: “Dr. Carolyn Finney will discuss her new book Black Faces, White Spaces:Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans with the Great Outdoors.”

Alexis Pauline GumbsMoCada

*Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ “When Goddesses Change” on The Hooded Utalitarian about Octavia Butler and other black women literary ancestors.

© Cyprien Tokoudagba. Houéda vodoun dangbé, 2007.

*”Cyprien Tokoudagba’s Voodoo Visions” on The Guardian: “A recent exhibition in New York showcased the work of Benin’s voodoo temple painter. Another Africa looks back at his life.”

Marvel Launches Diversity & Representation 2014 (a.k.a. Don’t Piss on My Head and Tell Me It’s Raining)” on Badazzz Mofo: I heard about the Captain America is now black and seriously I am not impressed. I don’t want regurgitated superheroes. I want our own.

*Janelle Monae on Women’s Superpower of Compassion, Vulnerability and Strength on HuffPost.

*”What Happened to ‘Soul Man’ – The ‘Blade Runner’ Meets Blaxploitation Film Aimed for a 2014 Release?” on Shadow and Act.

As a self-identified Black Feminist Love Evangelist, my relationship to chosen black feminist ancestors has been one of love and affirmation. Mostly, I identify with the black women writers and activists whose words I read, reread and chant and sing. They offer affirmation for who I am and for the world that I believe in. One January I even found myself receiving urgent love letters (motherourselves.wordpress.com) from the internalized voices of the likes of Audre Lorde, Ella Baker, June Jordan and Toni Cade Bambara every morning. And at the end, when I had thanked my grandmother and declared the project complete…I got this letter from ancestor-trickster Octavia: – See more at: http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2014/07/when-goddesses-change/#sthash.UhZfSoim.dpuf
As a self-identified Black Feminist Love Evangelist, my relationship to chosen black feminist ancestors has been one of love and affirmation. Mostly, I identify with the black women writers and activists whose words I read, reread and chant and sing. They offer affirmation for who I am and for the world that I believe in. One January I even found myself receiving urgent love letters (motherourselves.wordpress.com) from the internalized voices of the likes of Audre Lorde, Ella Baker, June Jordan and Toni Cade Bambara every morning. And at the end, when I had thanked my grandmother and declared the project complete…I got this letter from ancestor-trickster Octavia: – See more at: http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2014/07/when-goddesses-change/#sthash.UhZfSoim.dpuf

*Didn’t get a chance to post about this earlier, but this here is an essay from Pablo Vazquez about Afrofuturism, which introduced the Afrofuturism programming at DetCon last weekend.

Fabrice Monteiro

*”The Myth of the Black Magical Father” on The Nation.

*”Daquan is a White Girl and Death of Black Twitter” on Medium: Twitter Minstrelsy? Sadly, this ain’t nothing new.

*Feature of Fabrice Monteiro‘s work on Afropunk: “In the midst of such a chaotic world full of mischief, injustice and poverty is an optimist who seeks to soothe the world’s friction with captivating brilliant imagery. A motley photo of a protector that arises through scum, gains enough strength to overlook a village that seems to be decaying through dark fog. It is, The Prophecy, a prediction we, the onlookers have no knowledge of yet and may never learn of. This is the vision of Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro who grants us privilege to delve into his genius and peek at a hopeful world unseen through carnal thinking.”

-“The Magic of Meshell N’degeocello” on Huffpost.

New music:

Georgia Anne Muldrow’s “Crossroads”

Josiah Wise is the Serpent with Feet‘s Death 4 the Doleful EP

SZA‘s “Moodring”

Kool Keith and Rah Digga’s “Non Stop”

DELSMixtape

-Stream of Sa Roc’s Nebuchadnezzar on DJ Booth.

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