The AfroFuturist Affair

A Charity & Costume Ball

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Every artist, every scientist, must decide now where he stands. He has no alternative. There is no standing above the conflict on Olympian heights. There are no impartial observers. Through the destruction, in certain countries, of the greatest of man’s literary heritage, through the propagation of false ideas of racial and national superiority, the artist, the scientist, the writer is challenged. The struggle invades the formerly cloistered halls of our universities and other seats of learning. The battlefront is everywhere. There is no sheltered rear.

Paul Robeson, born today (April 9) in 1898. (via theblipster)

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It’s hard enough being radiant in a twenty block radius
Wondering who the father of the baby is
A real relationship to her is like science fiction
Octavia Butler could write a bio and provide it with a title
Body of a woman with the eyes of a child
The rivers she be crying stretch as wide as the Nile
"Fly Away," Talib Kweli (via anyliveman)

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One Hundred Years Of Weird Fear by Daniel Jose Older

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Old Money - “Mothership” (Video)

Check out the new video from Old Money, taken from their latest release - the Mothership EP - available now on Dutty Artz. Featuring deep, mystical, immersive vibes, the EP is on the cutting edge of contemporary (pan-)African electronic music, while boasting influences ranging from M.I.A. and Jay Electronica to literature from the Nation of Islam and Octavia Butler. Remixes on the EP come by way of Chief Boima and South Africa’s DJ Spoko, and is available now on iTunes.

"Mothership" was also featured on Old Money’s debut full length album, Fire In The Dark.

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The Illjazztic One (Afrofuturist Mixologist and Music Producer)

The Illjazztic One (The Ill, The Jazztic)

Music Producer, Beat Konducta, Mixologist, Afrofuturist, Nubian Nut.

www.theillthejazztic.com / theilljazzticone.bandcamp.com

Born and reared in Detroit, Michigan, once home to the famed Motown sound, Sebastian McLaren was more enthralled with sounds of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Sly and the Family Stone than anything the mean streets of Detroit had to offer. Starting out on trumpet, Sebastian eventually progressed to the piano, and finally to the two instruments which have become synonymous with his signature sound, the bass guitar and drums.

After stints in a number of jazz fusion, funk, and reggae bands, Sebastian’s college years saw him move away from composing and creating music all together. However, his interest in music never waned and after graduating he became intrigued by the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using direct-drive turntables and a DJ mixer, a phenomenon referred to as “turntablism.”

In 2007 after years of floating around in the underground Hip Hop and Breakbeat music scenes, Sebastian McLaren, now called The Illjazztic One, because of his constant habit of placing phrases of jazz instrumentation over hip hop beats, began working with Mutant Soundz, a Detroit based electronic music label with United Kingdom ties. It was that opportunity which paved the way for the formation of his own music production house, Dynamic Beats Abound, forging an eventual partnership with Soulful Child Records where he currently provides musical direction for a number of their mainstay recording artists.

Discography

2013 - Soulstrumentals, Vol. 1 /LP/

2013 - Illjazztic Excursions /Mix Tape/

2013 - Hipnotic Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 /EP/

2013 - The Souladelic Connection /Mix Tape/

2014 - Soul of the 70’s: Hip Hop Turntablism, Vol. 1 /EP/ Free Download

2014 - On The Verge /EP/ Free Download

2014 - Hard To The Core /EP/ Free Download

2014 - The Illjazztic One – B Sides /LP/ Free Download

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fuckyeahfutureshock:

The future of screens everywhere.
popmech:

Google announced their smart contact lens a couple months ago – one that could measure glucose without the need to prick the skin, a huge boon for those with diabetes. Not the sort to pause and take a breath after a win like that, the mad scientists of Silicon Valley already have version 2.0 on deck at the patent office, and, like every good piece of wearable tech, it’s got a camera attached. This means that soon you could be snapping selfies in every reflective surface you walk by with just a whim and a blink. Or, better yet, you could take a picture of literally anything else. Of course, bear in mind these are just patents - it could be a little while before you’re trolling South Beach winking at every bikini you see.
Google Is Making Your Eyeball A Camera

fuckyeahfutureshock:

The future of screens everywhere.

popmech:

Google announced their smart contact lens a couple months ago – one that could measure glucose without the need to prick the skin, a huge boon for those with diabetes. Not the sort to pause and take a breath after a win like that, the mad scientists of Silicon Valley already have version 2.0 on deck at the patent office, and, like every good piece of wearable tech, it’s got a camera attached. This means that soon you could be snapping selfies in every reflective surface you walk by with just a whim and a blink. Or, better yet, you could take a picture of literally anything else. Of course, bear in mind these are just patents - it could be a little while before you’re trolling South Beach winking at every bikini you see.

Google Is Making Your Eyeball A Camera

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The Future Weird x The AfroFuturist Affair Movie Night
The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists  Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess. Join us on Saturday, May 10 at LAVA Space from 4 to 9pm to screen two of The Future Weird’s curated tracks, VISIONS OF EXCESS and IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS, 
 Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds Snacks Sponsored by:Philadelphia Printworks, GriotWorks, The Future Weird, and The AfroFuturist Affair

afrofuturistaffair:

The Future Weird x The AfroFuturist Affair Movie Night

The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 at LAVA Space from 4 to 9pm to screen two of The Future Weird’s curated tracks, VISIONS OF EXCESS and IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS,


Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Snacks

Sponsored by:
Philadelphia Printworks, GriotWorks, The Future Weird, and The AfroFuturist Affair

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―Blackness is a compelling performance against the logic of slavery and colonialism by those people whose destinies have been inextricably linked to the advancement of the West, and who, therefore, have to learn the expressive techniques of modernity—writing, music, Christianity, industrialization—in order to become uncolonizable… . Blackness is not removed from the material base of politics and theory. It always seeks to liberate spaces, to subvert orthodoxies, to give voice to the oppressed
―Afro-Kitsch, Manthia Diawara (via howtobeterrell)

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Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)

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