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Moving on the Wires: Museum of Moving Image + Brown Girl Begins + More!

Happy Black History Month, or Black Futures Month, depending on who you ask! 2018 is off to a great start for Futuristically Ancient! See the news below:

*The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is hosting Past, Present and Futurism at the Museum of the Moving Image on February 24th from 2pm-6pm. The day includes film screenings, such as the Ethiopian sci-fi film Crumbs, and a panel discussion, “Afro-futurism: The History & Future of Black Science Fiction,” featuring graphic artist Tim Fielder, filmmaker Mike Sargent, filmmaker M. Asli Dukan and yours truly! Also a special award will be presented to Octavia Butler! RSVP here!


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

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*Dreamworks (I just saw their film, Rio 2, by the way and I did enjoy it. I also saw the preview short for this upcoming movie) is producing a movie, Home, that will feature a black female character, Tip, in the lead and she will be voiced by Rihanna. So, I will definitely be seeing this and I guess it is safe to say the character is Afro-Caribbean! Yay! Here is the synopsis:

“When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while the Boov get busy efficiently reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov by the name of Oh (Jim Parsons). Equally stubborn and set in their ways, these two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. Good thing they have a flying car.”

*Tonight Black Girl Nerds featured The Afrofuturist Affair‘s Rasheedah Phillips on their podcast.

*Kiplyn Primus and The Local Take on WCLK deidcated their program to The Octavia Butler Celebration of Fantastic Arts Symposium on Art and Activism event on April 16th. Tananarive Due, Adrienne Maree Brown and Dream Hampton join the “discussion about Afro Futurism, science fiction and fantasy, and the role of African Americans in fiction and in art.” Here is the broadcast. Also, you can watch some videos from the event here.

*Daniel Jose Older’s post, “Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing:” ““The publishing industry looks a lot like these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive.”

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Moving on the Wires: The reImagining Project + Electronium + “Scars/Stars” + “Free the Town” + THEESatisfaction + Ancestral Voices

Sorry everyone for not posting last week, but I was working on an essay for the Afrofuturism 2.0 (and falling in love with The Walking Dead hehe). But below are some things that are happening or will happen in the near future:

*A friend of mine sent me this project from photographer, Ijeoma D. Iheanacho, called the reImagining. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s quote “It is axiomatic that if we do not define ourselves for ourselves, we will be defined by others-for their use and to our detriment,” the purpose of the project is “to give Black women the right to determine for themselves the images they want representing them, and thus establish and distribute their own identities. The photography created for this show will be the opportunity for 100 Black women to reclaim their identities not just from the world, but for themselves.” Iheanacho wants to shed light on the “everyday Black women” who are either ignored or misrepresented. The 300 photographs will be part of an exhibition, gallery tours and outreach programs for organizations. After reading the article about ending stereotypes of Black women, this project is definitely feels necessary.I volunteered to be part of the project, so I will be working on that in the future. Iheanacho is still looking for models, so if you want to join or donate, contact her here.

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Modern Griots Review: MUV’s “Sankofa”

If you can keep dancing especially when no one thought you would survive, then you have traveled to a region beyond death. Last weekend, Movement for the Urban Village‘s (MUV) Sankofa performance showed how our expressions (dance, music, words, names and silence) transcend boundaries and even death. As George Clinton says in “Mothership Connection,” “You have overcome, for I am here.”

The production opened with their “Bearers” dances which featured a soundtrack of Parliament-Funkadelic songs, “Music for My Mother,” “Mothership Connection,” “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow.” “Bearers” riffed on the idea of sankofa as the six dancers looked as if they were performing a diasporic traditional ritual but to the sounds of the futuristic group’s music, creating a new ritual of their own. They presented an elegance, grace and power with their hips swiveling, foot stomping, legs kicking and arms twirling.

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Moving on the Wires: The Liberator Magazine, El Anatsui, Anti-Robot Radio, Mother Tongue Monologues

*The Liberator Magazine released their latest issue, “The Last Generation of Black People.” My essay, “The Percussive Approach,” is one of the writings featured. Buy a copy here.

*Accra dot Alt announced El Anatsui’s exhibition “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” will be at Brooklyn Museum Also, go to Accra dot Alt for other news happening in Accra, Ghana.

*Boston Fielder of Muthawit will be on the Anti-Robot Radio show tommorow at 7pm.

*Mother Tongue Monologues for Lesbian Ancestral Wives and Revolutionary Women Speaking the Unspeakable will be performed tomorrow at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.

*BAM New Voices in Black Cinema starts today and will be premiering tomorrow both The United States of Hoodoo (which I will be reviewing) and Tey with Saul WIlliams. For more info., click here.

*MoCada opened a new exhibition, eMerging: Visual Art and Music in the Post-Hip-Hop Era.



Moving on the Wires: Afrofuturism Talk, The United States of Hoodoo, MUV’s Sankofa, Buli…

-1*For those who will be in Missouri, one of my supporters, Reynaldo Anderson will be having a talk at Missouri History Museum on February 1st, called Afrofuturism: Race, Art and Politics in the Age of Digital Reproduction. Hopefully, the conversation will be recorded and the rest of us can listen to it later.

*The filmmakers of The United States of Hoodoo documentary will continue showcasing the film, including at New York’s BAM Rose Cinemas on February 16 and two screening in Chicago’s Black World Cinema on march 6 and 7. They also plan to release the film online through a few sites like Netflix, Hulu and iTunes. For more info., click here.

*Dance group MUV (Movement for the Urban Village) will premiering their latest performance, Sankofa, at BAM Fisher/Fishman Space on February 23 and 24. Support their Indiegogo page.

*Director Arianna Azzolini is working on a new documentary, The Singing Souls of Buli, about South African rapper, singer and shaman (sangoma) apprentice, Buli, and her journey to speak with her dead mother and meet the dragon in River Orange-senqu in Lesotho. Support the Indiegogo page and watch the trailer below:

*A new facebook group, “Afro-Punk” (not to be confused with the music organization Afropunk) is “dedicated to the production, consumption, support, discussion and deconstruction of speculative creativity originating in Africa and the Diaspora.”

*Co-editors Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall are creating their own set of anthologies, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. To submit, click here.