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19th February 2014

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GriotWorks Archive: AfroFuturism: Black Myth, Media and Culture

Presented with community partners ReelBlack and Vivant Art Collection

What does the future look like for Black movies and media? How will the stories we tell today impact our culture? What methods will be used to distribute those stories? How does ‘Afrofuturism’ contribute to shaping ideas, beyond oppression? With 7 slavery themed movies released in 2013, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this conversation focused on exploring the role of history through a futuristic lens.

Moderator:
Rasheedah Phillips is an attorney and the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic culture. She is the author of several published science fiction works and essays. She is currently completing her first speculative fiction novel, Recurrence Plot.

Panelists:

Yumy Odom
Yumy Odom is an award-winning educator, BlogTalkRadio host and Founder of The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.) which focuses on sharing new ideas and technologies, combating illiteracy, creating ennobling images of Black superheroes / super-powered characters and promoting professionalism in the comic book industry. Mr. Odom’s latest work is a 250-page web document (2010) entitled “A Public Resource & Guide to the Epic Myth Continuum” that outlines and contextualizes 10,000 years of ancient, modern and neo-mythology.

Li Sumpter
Ph.D. candidate in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Sumpter’s research applies archetypal, aesthetic and quantum theories toward understanding humankind’s existential condition in the 21st century. She believes our future trajectory through the multi-verse is fundamentally shaped by collective participation in a mythic paradigm that supports a corresponding reality. In her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time Sumpter examines the impact of apocalyptic art and media on psyche and the phenomenological world.

Ozzie Jones
Mr. Jones is a writer and director of stage and film, and a musician and composer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Jones co -wrote, dramaturgy, and performed in the Bessie Award winning, Olivier award nominated Rome and Jewels for Rennie Harris Pure Movement. Mr. Jones has directed or performed with Patti Labelle, Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, Sonja Sanchez, Jill Scott, Guy Davis, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Schooly D, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, to name a few. Mr. Jones developed and directed staged readings of his new plays, Chasin’ the Bird at Penumbra Theater and an African Continuum production of Kind of Blue at Arena Stage in DC, both of these new works are a part of a larger series of plays on Jazz called, The Real Book.

Caroliese Frink Reed
Caroliese is a doctoral candidate, educator, storyteller and librarian who has done extensive research on traditional and contemporary storytelling and the timelessness of African oral traditions. She has performed at libraries, schools and festivals across the United States, South America and South Africa. She is a co-editor of Sayin’ Something’:Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and is a founding member of Keepers of the Culture, Inc, Philadelphia’s oldest storytelling organization.

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31st August 2013

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AfroFuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball Presents: Dark Phase Space →

The AfroFuturist Affair is throwing our 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball: Dark Phase Space on November 9, 2013 at MythMedia Studios in Philadelphia!  At the annual Ball we celebrate and bring awareness to AfroFuturistic culture with feature artists, authors, and performers who will present works and creations that use Afrofuturism and Sci-Fi as vehicles for expression, education, agency, and liberation. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Futurist Fund, a community grant dedicated to serving the needs of an underserved or marginalized member of the community.

We need your support to throw the Ball and fund our community grant! 

Your generous donation goes toward:

  • paying and promoting artists and performers 
  • expenses of throwing the Charity & Costume Ball 
  • The Futurist Fund Community Grant

We have a collection of awesome gifts, including stickers, pins, zines, tees, an afrofuturistic mix cd, and a creative workshop with The AfroFuturist Affair!        

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22nd July 2013

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On my Rockers BBQ Weekend type shit w/ the bul’ 18. 

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5th April 2013

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Combining two notable brain stimulation techniques, the psychotemporal transcranial stimulation device (PTSD) uses a noninvasive method to stimulate several targeted brain regions responsible for memory and time perception. The PTSD utilizes an electric coil set in place above the targeted region of the scalp with rapidly changing magnetic fields to induce small electrical currents in the brain; simultaneously, a constant, low current is delivered directly to the targeted brain areas via small dermal electrodes. \

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29th March 2013

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GALAXY HIGH SPECULATIVE FICTION HOUSE PARTY
METROPOLARITY.NET Benefit Shindig
Creator of AfroFuturist Affair’s Sun Return Ritual 

GALAXY HIGH SPECULATIVE FICTION HOUSE PARTY

METROPOLARITY.NET Benefit Shindig

Creator of AfroFuturist Affair’s Sun Return Ritual 

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1st January 2013

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A Year of The AfroFuturist Affair

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The AfroFuturist Affair originally began as a singular event in October 2011 to provide opportunities for Black Sci-Fi and Afrofuturistic-identified artists, authors, and activists to creatively commune in one space, with proceeds from the event going to Need in Deed nonprofit. Since that first event, we have expanded far beyond our original goal into a collaborative organization that produces events, workshops, critical creative writing, and administers our very own community grant for those in need of emergency funds. 

As the past continues to lay the ground for the present, we review the AfroFuturist Affair’s first year in existence. We perpetually appreciate all of the love and support that we have been shown, the community embrace, reblogs, t-shirt purchases, coming out to our events, collaborating with us, and just being in solidarity with our mission to promote Black Sci-fi and Afrofuture culture as a lifestyle, aesthetic, spirit, and communal safespace that can be celebrated and lived daily. Following are highlights from our 2011/12 season:

*Immortality: Black History and the AfroFuturist Article and Photoshoot - Article penned by the AfroFuturist Affair and photoshoot for the launch issue of TLW Magazine with photography by The L. Park Project and DiLo DeMille, with designs by feyasterling inc. 

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*The AfroFuturist Affair: A Charity & Costume Ball - The AfroFuturist Affair had its first event, a Charity & Costume Ball, on October 28, 2011 at The Windows Factory in Philadelphia, PA where feature artists, authors, and performers presented creations that connect back to Afrofuturism and Black Science Fiction. List of performers

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*AfroFuturism: A Beautiful History, a Brave New World - Guest blog spot on the blog of Nicole Sconiers, author of Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage

*AfroFuturism: A Performative Lecture - featuring six women panelists who demonstrated and discussed how their creative and advocacy work incorporates afrofuturistic elements. Presented by GriotWorksMisty SolSanctuary Wholistic Arts, The AfroFuturist Affair, Cheryl Durgans, and MythMedia:21

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*Philly Stake Presentation

*State of Black Science Fiction Blog Hop

Week 1 - WHat is the State of Black Sci-Fi?

Week 2 - Why I Love Sci-Fi

Week 3 - The Importance of the Black Presence in Sci-Fi (reprinted in The New Black Panther Spring Edition 2012)

Week 5 - I Heart The AfroFuturist Affair!

*Institute for Community Justice ”Using Afrofuturism to Examine Reality” Workshops  (photo by Lindo Jones)

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*Guest Fest: Using Afrofuturism to Re-Examine Our Past - Guest blog spot on the blog of Alicia McCalla, Author of “Breaking Free”

Wine, Spirit, & Mind: An Evening of Exploration and Examination of the Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse - presented by AfroFuturist Affair & Sanctuary Wholistic Art Gallery featuring artwork by Artist Joshua Mays

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*AfroFuturist Affair Website and Limited Edition Tee Launch

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*Laser Life Queer Sci-Fi Reading -  AfroFuturist Affair Creative Director was a featured reader at the July Laser Life event, a West Philly queer empowered sci-fi reading event

*MetroPolarity215 Sci-Fi Anthology - founded by Laser Life x Apiary x AfroFuturist Affair x Locust Moon Comics

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*The Futurist Fund Community Grant - a community, need-based grant established to provide a small amount of financial assistance to those in the community with an immediate and demonstrated need, and without other available funds or resources to meet that need

*Huffington Post’s List of Five Tumblrs Every Black Sci-Fi/Comic Lover Should Know About 

*io9.com’s New Favorite Tumblr! 

*Cluster Magazine Branding Issue Interview with Maggie Eighteen

*Afro Futurist Mask Making workshop - Blu Dahlia sponsored an Afro Futurist maskmaking workshop in benefit of the The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball

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*Places&Spaces radio show guest appearance

*Black Tribbles radio show guest appearance

*State of Black Science Fiction Presents: “Possibilities” FREE Flash Fiction Anthology - Creative Director has a super-short speculative fic story featured in this FREE flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become

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*AfroFuturist Affair 2012 Photoshoot: Somewhere in Time - promotional photoshoot with photography by DiLo DeMille and The L. Park Project, with designs from feyasterling inc. and Rocker’s Closet

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*2nd Annual AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball: Museum of Time -The Museum of Time is a space where different modes of time (past, present, and future and any and all combinations therein and thereout), are bought forward or backward into the present through the preservation of energy in artifacts and through the persistence of memory in flesh and through blood.  List of performers

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*neon V magazine: continuum + black excellence launch issue  - featured in “the octavians,” a homage to octavia e. butler via emerging black sci-fi women writers with original short story “the convention” penned by the Creative Director of the AfroFuturist Affair

*Black Tribbles radio show guest appearance  - Philadelphia Weekly’s STEPHEN SEGAL returns with comic book author JARED AXELROD and young adult sci-fi author E.C. MYERS in tow with RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS of The AfroFuturist Affair to help the Black Tribbles craft the next episodes in the story of Luke Skywalker, The Republic and the Sith

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2nd November 2012

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2nd November 2012

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17th October 2012

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The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball Presents: THE MUSEUM OF TIME! In the spirit of Halloween and all things awesome about Autumn, the AfroFuturist Affair is throwing its annual Afrofuturist-themed COSTUME BALL! Last year’s Affair was legendary and this one promises to vibrate even more intensely as we emanate from our new venue @PhilaMOCA at 12th and Spring Garden in Philly, PA.
$10 admission donation includes refreshments gathered from the future and punch to put you out of this world…Advanced tickets can be purchased on EventBrite for a special discount rate until October 15th. The FB invite is here for up-to-date info on the event! Afrofuturist and Sci-fi Costumes are rabidly ENCOURAGED!!!
All proceeds from the MUSEUM OF TIME will be donated to The Futurist Fund community grant. More details about the scholarship fund, who it helps, and how you may donate, as well as application details, are available on the AfroFuturist Affair website.

We are absolutely geeked to announce that Black Sci-Fi.com and the Black Tribbles will be joining our elite group of sponsors for The Museum of Time!!!!   
Black Sci-Fi.com is the premier site for the latest on Sci-Fi, Sci-Fact and Fantasy entertainment, news, people, places, and events in the Black community. 
The Black Tribbles are a quintet of Black Philly natives who host a Live radio broadcast every Thursday on G-Town radio, where they talk all things comic book, scifi, superheroes, and general nerdhood. 
The Scifi gods hath smiled upon us with these sponsorships! We also thank all of our other sponsors for their gracious assistance and contributions to the Ball:
 Sanctuary Wholistic Arts  - is a unique place to for personal contemplation and community engagement. Our integrative approach to curating the arts enlists all of the senses. We exhibit, represent and champion individuals and groups making dynamic statements in all areas of the arts. Philadelphia Printworks - is a screen printing company based in Philadelphia. They print shirts that are socially aware and culturally pronounced.  Their goal is to cultivate and encourage a community engaged in activism.   feyasterling inc. - feyasterling inc. creates custom fashion with a focus on entertainment and fetish. contact us today for stage and play garments of all kinds.  MythMedia:21 - is a production studio dedicated to developing projects that use the power of myth and media technologies to address critical inquiry and cultural concerns of the 21st century.

afrofuturistaffair:

afrofuturistaffair:

The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball Presents: THE MUSEUM OF TIME!

In the spirit of Halloween and all things awesome about Autumn, the AfroFuturist Affair is throwing its annual Afrofuturist-themed COSTUME BALL! Last year’s Affair was legendary and this one promises to vibrate even more intensely as we emanate from our new venue @PhilaMOCA at 12th and Spring Garden in Philly, PA.

$10 admission donation includes refreshments gathered from the future and punch to put you out of this world…Advanced tickets can be purchased on EventBrite for a special discount rate until October 15th. The FB invite is here for up-to-date info on the event! Afrofuturist and Sci-fi Costumes are rabidly ENCOURAGED!!!

All proceeds from the MUSEUM OF TIME will be donated to The Futurist Fund community grant. More details about the scholarship fund, who it helps, and how you may donate, as well as application details, are available on the AfroFuturist Affair website.

We are absolutely geeked to announce that Black Sci-Fi.com and the Black Tribbles will be joining our elite group of sponsors for The Museum of Time!!!!  

Black Sci-Fi.com is the premier site for the latest on Sci-Fi, Sci-Fact and Fantasy entertainment, news, people, places, and events in the Black community.

The Black Tribbles are a quintet of Black Philly natives who host a Live radio broadcast every Thursday on G-Town radio, where they talk all things comic book, scifi, superheroes, and general nerdhood.

The Scifi gods hath smiled upon us with these sponsorships! We also thank all of our other sponsors for their gracious assistance and contributions to the Ball:


Sanctuary Wholistic Arts  - is a unique place to for personal contemplation and community engagement. Our integrative approach to curating the arts enlists all of the senses. We exhibit, represent and champion individuals and groups making dynamic statements in all areas of the arts.

Philadelphia Printworks - i
s a screen printing company based in Philadelphia. They print shirts that are socially aware and culturally pronounced.  Their goal is to cultivate and encourage a community engaged in activism. 

feyasterling inc. - feyasterling inc. creates custom fashion with a focus on entertainment and fetish. contact us today for stage and play garments of all kinds.


MythMedia:21 - is a production studio dedicated to developing projects that use the power of myth and media technologies to address critical inquiry and cultural concerns of the 21st century.

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14th October 2012

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The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball Presents: THE MUSEUM OF TIME! In the spirit of Halloween and all things awesome about Autumn, the AfroFuturist Affair is throwing its annual Afrofuturist-themed COSTUME BALL! Last year’s Affair was legendary and this one promises to vibrate even more intensely as we emanate from our new venue @PhilaMOCA at 12th and Spring Garden in Philly, PA.
$10 admission donation includes refreshments gathered from the future and punch to put you out of this world…Advanced tickets can be purchased on EventBrite for a special discount rate until October 15th. The FB invite is here for up-to-date info on the event! Afrofuturist and Sci-fi Costumes are rabidly ENCOURAGED!!!
 THE MUSEUM OF TIME features:VIZUALZ by: Donyae Coles Ebony Malaika Collier Tafi Brown Priscilla Bell The L. Park Project  Lorna WilliamsRell Stylez of S.W.A.GNit Ra Sit 
Intuitive ExpressionsAUDIALZ byJohn Morrison  PayntThe Alien Architect Napoleon Dolemite Kenny’s Myth Warren Longmire Lindo MENTALZ withAlex Smith Ras Masramani Dja DJa N. Medjay Bill Campbell Special Presentations byPSL Presidential Candidate Peta Lindsay  &Metropolarity 
HOSTED by SxLxSponsored bySanctuary Wholistic Arts Philadelphia Printworks feyasterling inc. mythmedia:21
There is much, much more ahead…. please stayed tuned as we release daily information on performers, and other surprises the closer we get to NOVEMBER 3rd!
To stay in step with the MUSEUM OF TIME, all of the pertinent portals are here:
Facebook Invite
EventBrite
The Futurist Fund Community Grant Guidelines
Tumblr
IndieGoGo campaign
All proceeds from the MUSEUM OF TIME will be donated to The Futurist Fund community grant. More details about the scholarship fund, who it helps, and how you may donate, as well as application details, are available on the AfroFuturist Affair website.

afrofuturistaffair:

The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball Presents: THE MUSEUM OF TIME!

In the spirit of Halloween and all things awesome about Autumn, the AfroFuturist Affair is throwing its annual Afrofuturist-themed COSTUME BALL! Last year’s Affair was legendary and this one promises to vibrate even more intensely as we emanate from our new venue @PhilaMOCA at 12th and Spring Garden in Philly, PA.

$10 admission donation includes refreshments gathered from the future and punch to put you out of this world…Advanced tickets can be purchased on EventBrite for a special discount rate until October 15th. The FB invite is here for up-to-date info on the event! Afrofuturist and Sci-fi Costumes are rabidly ENCOURAGED!!!

There is much, much more ahead…. please stayed tuned as we release daily information on performers, and other surprises the closer we get to NOVEMBER 3rd!
To stay in step with the MUSEUM OF TIME, all of the pertinent portals are here:
IndieGoGo campaign


All proceeds from the MUSEUM OF TIME will be donated to The Futurist Fund community grant. More details about the scholarship fund, who it helps, and how you may donate, as well as application details, are available on the AfroFuturist Affair website.

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22nd September 2012

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AfroFuturist Affair Creative Director to Appear on PBS

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On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Rasheedah Phillips (Creator of The AfroFuturist Affair) will be interviewed live on PBS at 4:30pm (Eastern) as a part of the American Graduate Day Initiative. American Graduate Day is a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist with premiere documentaries, and participation from over 20 national partner organizations to spotlight solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis. 

If you have the opportunity, please tune in! My segment is supposed to broadcast live at 4:30 pm on PBS.  The interview is in reference to my success story, being a young parent and getting through high school, college, and law school with the support of a community organization called Communities in Schools, among others.  And let’s see if I can sneak in a plug for the Afrofuturist Affair ;)

Thank you for your support,

Rasheedah

As can be expected with television, nothing starts when they tell you! My segment aired earlier than expected, and I had about ten seconds to get ready for it, and it was over just as quickly, but apparently I did ok! Huge thank you to everyone who tuned in and for your continued support. I will post the clip whenever it is available. Thank you to Communities in Schools, PBS, ABC Correspondent JuJu Chang and the American Graduate Day initiative for featuring my story, for shining light on the nation’s high school dropout crisis and for seeking resolutions. 

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12th September 2012

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19th June 2012

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AfroFuturist Affair and Charlyn Magdaline Present:Wine, Spirit, & Mind:An Evening of Exploration and Examination ofThe Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse

AfroFuturist Affair and Charlyn Magdaline Present:

Wine, Spirit, & Mind:
An Evening of Exploration and Examination of
The Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse

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1st June 2012

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Tonight! The AfroFuturist Affair is one of the proud sponsors of Psychic Windows, the gallery opening reception for artist Joshua Mays at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts! Joshua Mays’ work will be on display at Sanctuary throughout the month of June, and will be featured at AfroFuturist Affair’s next event, Wine, Spirit, & Mind: A Evening of Exploration and Examination of The Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse on June 23, 2012, co-produced with Sanctuary Wholistic Arts. Look out for more details on Wine, Spirit, & Mind soon.

afrofuturistaffair:

Tonight! The AfroFuturist Affair is one of the proud sponsors of Psychic Windows, the gallery opening reception for artist Joshua Mays at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts! Joshua Mays’ work will be on display at Sanctuary throughout the month of June, and will be featured at AfroFuturist Affair’s next event, Wine, Spirit, & Mind: A Evening of Exploration and Examination of The Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse on June 23, 2012, co-produced with Sanctuary Wholistic Arts. Look out for more details on Wine, Spirit, & Mind soon.

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