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Books on Science Fiction and Black Speculative Critical Analysis

1. The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative (Black Studies and Critical Thinking) (2011) by Sandra Jackson - This critical collection covers a broad spectrum of works, both literary and cinematic, and issues from writers, directors, and artists who claim the science fiction, speculative fiction, and Afro-futurist genres.

2. Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film (2008) by Adilifu Nama - The first book-length study of African American representation in science fiction film, Black Space demonstrates that SF cinema has become an important field of racial analysis, a site where definitions of race can be contested and post-civil rights race relations (re)imagined.

3. Race in American Science Fiction (2011) by Isiah Lavender III - Race in American Science Fiction offers a systematic classification of ways that race appears and how it is silenced in science fiction, while developing a critical vocabulary designed to focus attention on often-overlooked racial implications. These focused readings of science fiction contextualize race within the genre’s better-known master narratives and agendas.

4. Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890s to Present (2011) by Robin Means Coleman - Horror Noire presents a unique social history of blacks in America through changing images in horror films. Throughout the text, the reader is encouraged to unpack the genre’s racialized imagery, as well as the narratives that make up popular culture’s commentary on race. Offering a comprehensive chronological survey of the genre, this book addresses a full range of black horror films, including mainstream Hollywood fare, as well as art-house films, Blaxploitation films, direct-to-DVD films, and the emerging U.S./hip-hop culture-inspired Nigerian “Nollywood” Black horror films.

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African Gods & Goddesses Re-Envisioned in New “Yorùbá African Orishas” Photography Series


From the mind of Atlanta-based photographer and Noire 3000 Studios CEO, James C. Lewis comes a stunning photography series that brings African deities to life.

The series depicts 20 Gods and Goddesses from the indigenous Yorùbá religion, which finds its origins in Nigeria.

via Sinuous Magazine

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HERE & HERE zines on deck

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We are kicking off a new monthly series starting June 12th at ORTLIEBS called MAMAS GUN featuring African/jazz/Hiphop/nowave
EVERY 2nd Wednesday of each month. Performing LiveMoor Mother Mother Goddess ZINE ReleaseSlapdash soundsystem ( mem of Baptist Preachers) Gold (guest vocalist) architect (guest drummer) Kuszaj (guest synth player)nate.kuszaj@facebook.comAnd special guestsJoe Jordan Dj Ognk Hosted by Joe Jordan & Jaq$5 free before 10Supported by local Philadelphia business/ organizations ROCKERS CLOSET/ PHILADELPHIA PRINTWORKS/ RAW FRIUT LLC /AFROFUTURIST


We are kicking off a new monthly series starting June 12th at ORTLIEBS called MAMAS GUN featuring African/jazz/Hiphop/nowave

EVERY 2nd Wednesday of each month. 

Performing Live

Moor Mother Goddess
Moor Mother Goddess ZINE Release

Slapdash soundsystem

Dsck ( mem of Baptist Preachers)

Alexia Gold (guest vocalist)

Alien architect (guest drummer)

Nate Kuszaj (guest synth player)

And special guests
Joe Jordan 

Dj Ognk 

Hosted by Joe Jordan & Jaq Masters

$5 free before 10

Supported by local Philadelphia business/ organizations 

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Good Morning All… Today we are Very happy to Announce that today is indeed the day. The Film is Complete and will be posted to our Youtube Channel right in time for yall after you get home from school until then give the first trailer one more look and tell your friends spread the word the film comes out today! So get hyped yall have something to be hyped about on a Monday how great is that! We have come a very long way since the beginning of this project

Static Shock fan film 

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Police flood Brooklyn neighborhood in third night of brutality protest (PHOTOS)

Dozens of arrests have been reported, with riot police descending on Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood as New Yorkers came out for a third night of protest over the police killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray.

The demonstration began at Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct in East Flatbush, the part of New York’s Brooklyn section where Gray was shot to death by police on Saturday. Witness and police accounts differ on whether Gray was brandishing a weapon before he was killed.

According to autopsy results, Gray was shot seven times – four times in the front of his body, and three times in the back.

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'Afrofuturism': Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture


*GRIOTWORKS Presents: ‘Afrofuturism’: Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture*

Hosted by: *Vivant Art Collection* and *ReelBlack Presents

With 7 slavery themed movies scheduled to release in 2013, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this conversation will focus on exploring the role of history through a futuristic lens. 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? 

Let’s talk about it. 

GRIOTWORKS Community Discussions are gatherings that focus on the voices of the people in the room. The panelists expertise in the subject areas give shape and direction to the discussion, as led by the moderator.

*Opening Poem by Shayna SheNess Israel*

*Rasheedah Phillips*, 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.

*Yumy Odom*, Panelist
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*, Panelist
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*, Panelist
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*, Panelist
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.

LOCATION: Vivant Art Collection, 60 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

DATE: Sunday, February 24th || TIME: 3pm - 6pm 


Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve your spot:

Slavery-themed films

Academy Award Nominations (Awards will be broadcast at 8pm the evening of the event)
To include: Lincoln, Django Unchained (slavery-themed films)

Afrofuturism - Wikipedia - Includes list of films, art and cultural references

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Quote Of The Day: Why Alien Invasion is the Perfect Metaphor for Growing Up Black in America(via @io9)

Keith Josef Adkins’ The Abandon follows five African American men who go on a camping trip together, only to find out that aliens have invaded the planet.

Adkins, a former staff writer on The CW show Girlfriends, talks to Colorlines about pitching The Abandon for network television and being told that there was “no reliable demographic” for a science fiction show featuring non-white heroes. And he also talks about how his childhood prepared him to create this show.

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