This year has been packed with a lot of ups and downs, but it has also open a few unexpected doors for me that I cannot wait to see come into form next year. So here is a list of my favorite posts I did this year, so you can look back too before we head into the New Year. Thanks for joining me on this ride.
*I recorded myself singing Ishmael Reed’s blues poems
*Interview with my logo artist Estella Yu
*Highlights from Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center
*This post is sadly still relevant: I watched the docufilm, Cry of Jazz” and reflected on the Restrictions on Black Excellence.
*Recap of The Studio Museum’s “Black Aquatic and Afrofuturism” panel that was part of their The Shadows Took Shape exhibition.
*Inspired by Janelle Monae, a look at Dapper Ladies.
*A look at the Retrofuturism of Steamfunk, Rococoa, Black Medieval and Black Westerns.
*A brief summary of my upcoming published essay called The Legba Circuit in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
*Recap of conversation with Saul Williams and Sanford Biggers (The Shadows Took Shape exhibition).
*The Meaning Behind Futuristically Ancient
*Recap of “Afrofuturism, Myth and ‘Image as Prophecy‘” panel (The Shadows Took Shape)
*Bessie Coleman‘s story was inspiring for me, so here is the review of the one-woman show about her.
*Review of Moondance at PS1.
*The poem/artwork I found at a family member’s home that matched the theme of my blog. It is called, “The Guide and The Guided.”
*Artwork from Sol’Sax and Maksaens Denis that I enjoyed.
*Review of Rasheedah Phillips’ Recurrence Plot.
*A playlist of speculative blues songs.
*Renee Cox’s Sacred Geometry collection.
*CCCADI Celebration of Sacred Power of Women of Spirit (Candomble Priestesses).
*The divine hairstyles of Shakilla the Loc Scultpor (I was a celebrity for a couple of weeks with that do).
*Interview with Denisio Truitt about her clothing line, DOPEciety.
*Rest in Peace Spaceape (Stephen Gordon).
*Review of Word, Rock and Sword Concert.
*Animism, Cybernetics and Adaptability! Doesn’t that sound cool?
*Review of The Summer of Gods short film, one of my favorites from the year.
*Five Black Witches Is Too Much for Black Audiences? (I wrote this after the film idea was canned on Hollywood Divas.)
*We Must Value Our Own Stuff Even in the Face of Doom 1 (June Jordan‘s “Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan”) and 2 (Futuring the Presence of the Blackness in Arts Panel Recap)
*Interview with Janluk Stanislas, director of first Caribbean short science fiction film, Trafik D’Info.