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Modern Griots Reviews: A Dangerous Cure

A Dangerous Cure
A Dangerous Cure

We all know that humans use technology as a tool for our own advancement, but what about when technology becomes a trap to our own destruction? How do we as humans rationalize it all when technology does not help but is controlling us and leading us to chaos?

This is one of the themes explored in Kevin Jarvis’ satirical documentary-styled apocalyptic film. A Dangerous Cure. The film essentially consists of several interviews about Savia Jones, a media personality who was making a film about a zombie virus epidemic at first for fame, but then gets in too deep. As is already known, apocalyptic films, shows and books are a major part of our current culture, but this one gives a slightly different feel with its old school documentary style and closer-to-reality plot. It feels as if the film could happen right now, but also, with its timeless feel, seems as if it already happened.

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The My-Stery: The Different American Realities We Have and Politics of Proof – RIP Trayvon Martin

I feel genuinely weakened and tired from the not guilty verdict given to the George Zimmerman case. I was not shocked by it, but it did feel like another painful smack in the face after you’ve already been beaten several times.

During the whole trial, two quotations from Malcolm X came to mind:

“If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn’t even begun to pull out the knife.”

Here is another version of the quotation where he says they won’t even admit the knife is there.

The second quotation is:

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

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Blogging While Brown Recap

Photo: At Blogging While Brown #BWBNYC #FABWB

I learned a lot at my first Blogging While Brown conference, so I wanted to share some of what I learned and have done already:

The opening keynote from Markus Robinson of Interactive One opened my eyes to several new ways to gather traffic and reach out to a large audience. Some of his advice included besides social media sharing and guest blogging were to put your blog in your email signature (which I do), post on Craigslist, answer questions on Quora, post SlideShare presentations and update Wikipedia pages. So far, I have placed my blog in the external links on the afrofuturism page.

Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup was a book frequently mentioned at the conference and Robinson used the lean marketing loop points – acquisition (get viewers to site), activation (join/buy), retention (come back), and referrals (other people join) – and tools to use to help to do it:

For email lists – Mail Chimp or Constant Contactor

For analytics of site – Google Analytics, Segment.Io, Mix Panel, Lucky Orange (real-time), Lead Converter, Optimizely (not free) and Social Crawlytics. Also, Luvvie and Scott mentioned Feedburner

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Blogging While Brown Entry

Program interruption: This is my entry for Blogging While Brown scholarship.

My blog, Futuristically Ancient, has been running for a little over two years. I started blogging a couple of years before that as another way to express myself, since I am not much of a talker. As for this blog, I started it after watching a clip of John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History; I thought it did a great job of connecting pasts, presents and futures, which was already one of my interests. Later on, I found out about afrofuturism, reigniting my interest in science fiction and fantasy, and declared that as the focus of my blog.

While this blog started as a side things for fun, I do want to be more serious about how to expand it and connect with others. But I am slightly introverted and shy, as Stacia L. Brown said in her post, so networking is not that easy for someone like me. Blogging While Brown, which will be in my home city this year and would be my first time attending, seems like a great opportunity to meet other bloggers and learn from the more advanced and professional bloggers their tricks and techniques, since I am still somewhat of a newbie.

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Modern Griots Review: Afro-Cinematique at ImageNation

largeAlthough at last night’s Afro-Cinematique showcase at ImageNation for five award-winning short films, which film student Lauren Elizabeth Brown curated, seemed to have no common theme, I would like to suggest that of the relationship between contact and alienation.

Despite some technical difficulties, I was glad to see these independent films were available and the audience had access to the filmmakers, where otherwise this would have been difficult to have in the past. The featured films were Say Grace Before Drowning, which I saw before, The Man in the Glass Case, White Space, Cherry Waves and Record/Play, the film I actually came to the event to see.

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Otherworldly Videos: Afrogalactic Postcards

This series is from National Black Programming Consortium and features actor Alem Sapp:

This work is a series of video podcasts in which the receiver ‘intercepts’ 60 second messages from ‘travelers’ either trying to find their way home or trying to run as far away as they can, but always hoping to maintain a connection with those they’ve left behind, or those they seek. These postcards express the pathos and longing of homesick travelers alienated from both the place they come from and the places to which they travel. They are communications of love and frustration. They are instructions and signs.

This reminds me of stories about people who are terminally ill and decide to create videos of themselves to give messages to loved ones they are leaving behind. It reflects how media of any kind is larger than life in their ability to travel time and space to speak beyond the grave or distance between people.

“Black Hole”

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