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Art of This World: Tarot/Oracle Cards


Last week Sunday, I met with some members of the Black August Cocoon Collective that Ola Ronke of Free Black Women’s Library started for the month of August as a way to bring together a community of black woman to do a series of activities and rituals that will later result in us creating a zine.

Since the Sunday coincided with a new full moon in Leo, Ola had each of us pick a card from Earthlyn Manuel’s Black Angels Card deck. The card I got was the Joker. At first I thought that was strange because I don’t think I’m much of a funny person or a jokester, but I have been studying trickster archetypes and gods like Eshu/Elegba, I do love word play when it comes to my writing practice and as the book explanation says, I seem to have a liveliness that attracts others to me.

Take a look at the card and read the description for it (click on the pictures for full size):

 

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Astro-Caribbean: Blast off to the Future


We have come to the end of the year 2016. It has been a year filled with loss and with the unbelievable happening, but it has also been a year filled with amazing opportunities and door openings. 2017 is a year coming in like a lion’s roar and our futures seem uncertain, but let us go forth together, facing our fears and welcoming the new opportunities that will be opened with the seismic changes coming our way.

I will leave you with a few visionary artists I learned about during my trip to Barbados and hopefully they will inspire you as we head into the new year. I will see you all in 2017!

Nakazzi

 

Nakazzi Hutchinson is a sculptor, painter and interior designer who is of both Jamaican and Barbadian heritage. She creates life-sized figures and masks out of organic materials. As she said in her artist statement:

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Art of This World: Joshua Mays + Caitlin Cherry


Denver born painter, muralist and illustrator, Joshua Mays is a self-taught, visionary artist who has featured his murals all over the world. He draws inspiration from “science-fiction, dreamscape exploration and futuristic visions.” In his interviews, he says often of the importance of the arts on STEM fiields; for example, he said “creative ideas that are presented by the artists end up inspiring the explorers, the scientists, the future…Leonardo Da Vinci would draw a picture or plan of flying machines because he had these dreams of human beings taking flight.” Tomorrow, he is opening his exhibition, Beyonder in Oakland, California’s SoleSpace, Take a look at more of his work on Graffuturism.

Shades of Tomorrow Interview

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Moving on the Wires: Roxe15, Afronauts, Donations, Brooklyn Museum, Oya Film, Logo…


roxe15_affa_image* Artistic Freedom Ltd. is producing Roxie15, a short film about a “virtual reality programmer working on the project she hopes will change her life. Things are good, until the software she has created is infected with a virus. Things go from bad to worse when the virus comes after her.” The film takes place in New York in 2051 and will start shooting in April. Read more about it here and donate.
*Another film, Afronauts, is also in the works. Frances Bodomo, who also did Boneshaker, is heading the project and here is the synopsis: “Afronauts tells the alternative history of the 1960s Space Race. It’s the night of July 16th, 1969 and, as America prepares to send Apollo 11 to the moon, a group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first. There’s only one problem: their spacegirl, Matha, is five months pregnant. Afronauts follows characters that have not been able to find a home on earth and are therefore attracted to the promise of the space race.” So far, model Diandra Forrest and actress Yolanda Ross are in the film. Donate at the indiegogo page.
* I want to thank Ian Burzynski for his recent donation. If you want to donate to my blog, the button is on the right side of my page. Any amount is appreciated! >>>>>>>>>
*This Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum will be free performances and presentations including Adia Whitaker and neo-folkloric dance ensemble Ase Dance Theater Collective and Bernice McFadden discussing her novel, Gathering of Waters.
*Don’t forget to continue support for the Oya: Rise of the Orisha film centering on the West African orisha being turned into modern day superheroes. They are posting concept art for the orisha Oya on their facebook page. and watch the latest interview with actress Luiana Bonfim playng Tanit.
* I haven’t posted this in a while (mostly because I put it on the backburner while doing other things), but I am still looking for people interested in creating a logo for my blog. If interested, click here for more info.
*Metropolarity announced a workshop in Philadelphia about incorporating race, gender, and sexuality in sci-fi writing with Alex Smith, founder of the Laser Life sci-fi reading series and founding member of the Metropolarity arts collective. There will three workshops on April 8, 15 and 22.