Modern Griots Reviews: Renegade Performance Group’s “The Inscription Project”


Graffiti and The Dance of Power Relations From its beginning almost 40 years ago, Hip-Hop culture has had afrofuturist tendencies, from costumes and sounds of artists like Afrika Bambaataa and Ramellzee to later Missy Elliot and her videos with Hype Williams; to the hacking of street lamps to power sounds systems and other innovative rewiring […]

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Modern Griots Recap: Divination 101


Divination (n): the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers. Divination, Science and Technology, Transhumanism and Futurism: Definition, including implied ones, are important because they affect our perceptions. That is true for some modern […]

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Happy Earth Day!


Enjoy these two videos that I recently saw that include themes about earth and nature from a speculative fiction angle. Also, take a look at Outdoor Afro, a social community encouraging the exploration of nature. Book video for Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents Nature SuperHero Heal our World Heal […]

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Modern Griots Reviews: Nick Cave’s Magical Horses in Heard.NY


As Ebony celebrated Katherine Dunham, Nick Cave was featuring dozens of Alvin Ailey dancers wearing 30 colorful horse “soundsuits” in his public performance piece at Grand Central station, HEARD•NY. Presented by Creative Time and MTA Arts, the 30 minute performances included a grazing pastoral music and dance sequence followed by a rhythmic choreographed dance, “crossings” […]

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Otherworldy Videos: Tanya Evanson


Tanya Evanson‘s video poem, “Almost Forgot My Bones.” Evanson is an Antiguan-Quebecoise poet, vocalist, whirling dervish dancer, arts educator and director of Mother Tongue Media and The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. Her work is featured in such works as her six chapbooks, three studio albums, anthologies and documentaries, Generation Exile and In Search of […]

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