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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

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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metropolarity:

RECURRENCE PLOT: AND OTHER TIME TRAVEL TALES

the debut book from @afrofuturistaffair creative director & metropolarity founding member, Rasheedah Phillips  ++++++ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards…

Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.

230 pages.

Available for purchase  at:

AfroFuturist Affair

Metropolarity

Recurrence Plot

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PHILADELPHIA FRIDAY NIGHT + LIVE STREAM
LASER LIFE they shredded their anti-manifestos and their futurist-hate manuals and their tracts and lit them on fire. the ash rained down for days and days; the edicts spewed against them were heavy and voluminous. but they soon celebrated on the salt-like dust of their detractors words, stomping a mad ritual with leaden, though tattered, boot, soon returning speckling confetti of the Grand Nayser back to the earth. they hooked up wires to their souls and downloaded spirits, uploaded ancient lwa, and disc-burned orishas into their retinas. “scan this”, they told them in their jack-boot and hazmat suits. they watched the thing of it all become the dance, the word become the deed, and launched themselves, defiantly, into deepest, darkest void, into space itself, piloting a starship through time. their life was lived in laserYour queer sci-fi reading, where members of the LGBT community express their visions, projections, wars, romances, speculations, fears, battles, and dreams in glorious, mystifying tales inspired by the griots of old, informing the future. It is called LASER LIFE.featuring Imogen Binnie , critically acclaimed writer of the powerful, darkly comedic novel of trans discovery, “NEVADA”. Pauline Darkstar of nervy and kinetic prog-punk band SGNLS, providing his strange wordscape.as well as readings from the Laser Life founders:Maggie Eighteen / cyborgmemoirsRas Mashramani / rasmashramaniRasheedah Phillips / afrofuturistaffairShane Jenkins / razedbywolvesAlex Smith / theafterv3rse
7PM FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014
https://www.facebook.com/events/1401482516780369/1412663188995635/
live stream details will be posted @ the above FB event page night of & on this tumblr riiiight here

cyborgmemoirs:

PHILADELPHIA FRIDAY NIGHT + LIVE STREAM

LASER LIFE 

they shredded their anti-manifestos and their futurist-hate manuals and their tracts and lit them on fire. the ash rained down for days and days; the edicts spewed against them were heavy and voluminous. but they soon celebrated on the salt-like dust of their detractors words, stomping a mad ritual with leaden, though tattered, boot, soon returning speckling confetti of the Grand Nayser back to the earth. 

they hooked up wires to their souls and downloaded spirits, uploaded ancient lwa, and disc-burned orishas into their retinas. “scan this”, they told them in their jack-boot and hazmat suits. they watched the thing of it all become the dance, the word become the deed, and launched themselves, defiantly, into deepest, darkest void, into space itself, piloting a starship through time. 

their life was lived in laser

Your queer sci-fi reading, where members of the LGBT community express their visions, projections, wars, romances, speculations, fears, battles, and dreams in glorious, mystifying tales inspired by the griots of old, informing the future. It is called LASER LIFE.

featuring Imogen Binnie , critically acclaimed writer of the powerful, darkly comedic novel of trans discovery, “NEVADA”. 

Pauline Darkstar of nervy and kinetic prog-punk band SGNLS, providing his strange wordscape.

as well as readings from the Laser Life founders:
Maggie Eighteen / cyborgmemoirs
Ras Mashramani / rasmashramani
Rasheedah Phillips / afrofuturistaffair
Shane Jenkins / razedbywolves
Alex Smith / theafterv3rse

7PM FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014

https://www.facebook.com/events/1401482516780369/1412663188995635/

live stream details will be posted @ the above FB event page night of & on this tumblr riiiight here

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Black Tribbles take another ride thru space and time with Andromeda Tribble herself, author and Creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS, and her latest release ‘Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)' on BLACK TRIBBLES radio Thursday April 3rd 9pm LIVE on www.gtownradio.com 

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE
The Tribbles welcome author and AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips in to talk about space, science and the minutes beyond documented in her new book of short stories ‘Recurrence Plot’ 
RECURRENCE PLOT (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips is available at AfroFuturist Affair.com, Amazon, Metropolarity.net, Smashwords and other online book retailers

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Black Tribbles take another ride thru space and time with Andromeda Tribble herself, author and Creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS, and her latest release ‘Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)' on BLACK TRIBBLES radio Thursday April 3rd 9pm LIVE on www.gtownradio.com

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE

The Tribbles welcome author and AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips in to talk about space, science and the minutes beyond documented in her new book of short stories ‘Recurrence Plot’ 

RECURRENCE PLOT (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips is available at AfroFuturist Affair.com, Amazon, Metropolarity.net, Smashwords and other online book retailers

(via experimentaltimeorder)

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Black Tribbles take another ride thru space and time with Andromeda Tribble herself, author and Creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS, and her latest release ‘Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)' on BLACK TRIBBLES radio Thursday April 3rd 9pm LIVE on www.gtownradio.com

Black Tribbles take another ride thru space and time with Andromeda Tribble herself, author and Creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, RASHEEDAH PHILLIPS, and her latest release ‘Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)' on BLACK TRIBBLES radio Thursday April 3rd 9pm LIVE on www.gtownradio.com

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Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation * Recurrence Plot Book Release features a sound installation built by Moor Mother Goddess w/ a 7-track collection corresponding to Recurrence Plot novel debuting April 5 at Yell Gallery. You can hear the tracks now at https://soundcloud.com/AfroFuturist-affair/sets/recurrence-plot and be sure to listen again with the book in hand.

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation * Recurrence Plot Book Release features a sound installation built by Moor Mother Goddess w/ a 7-track collection corresponding to Recurrence Plot novel debuting April 5 at Yell Gallery. You can hear the tracks now at https://soundcloud.com/AfroFuturist-affair/sets/recurrence-plot and be sure to listen again with the book in hand.

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THE BLACK SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY YOUTH SYMPOSIUM: Inspiring Black Children to Imagine and Create Better Worlds and Brighter Futures

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THE BLACK SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY YOUTH SYMPOSIUM: Inspiring Black Children to Imagine and Create Better Worlds and Brighter Futures

Black Science Fiction Youth Symposium

Black Science FictionRecently, I put out the call for Black creators of Speculative works to join me in putting on the 2nd Annual Black Science Fiction and Fantasy…

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RECURRENCE PLOT (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips 
The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards…
 Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.
Published 2014 by AfroFuturist Affair/House of Future Sciences Books
Premiering April 5, 2014 @ Yell Gallery
Order info soon come. 

RECURRENCE PLOT (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips 

The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards…

 
Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.

Published 2014 by AfroFuturist Affair/House of Future Sciences Books

Premiering April 5, 2014 @ Yell Gallery

Order info soon come. 

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Metropolarity recaps the Black Tribbles x AfroFuturist Affair x Stepping Into Tommorrow’s Return to Octavia City, an Octavia Butler-inspired, original afrofuturistic/black scifi radio reading event where awesomeness abounds. Check out the recap on the revamped mobile technology friendly website Metropolarity.net.

Photos and write-up and new site flyness by Metropolarity media maven Maggie Eighteen of All That’s Left fame. 

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The AfroFuturist Affair Year 2013 Review

As we prepare to refresh resolutions from last year that we never got around to, craft some new goals, and fill in our calendar for ‘14, AfroFuturist Affair wants to take the time out for a retrospective afrofuture review of our projects and activities over this past rotation ‘round the sun. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our journey and inspire us to keep it revolving and evolving. 

FEBRUARY

Moderated *GRIOTWORKS Presents: ‘Afrofuturism’: Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture* panel @ Vivant Art Gallery 

MARCH

Radio interview on Frater Heru Institute ”The Legacy of a Nation" BlogTalk Radio Show

Featured reader at Roots and River Zine-a-Thon w/ Metropolarity 215 Speculative Fiction Collective @ Wooden Shoe Bookstore

APRIL

GALAXY HIGH SPECULATIVE FICTION HOUSE PARTY and Metropolarity Benefit @ AfroFuturist Affair’s House of Future Sciences 

Featured reader at Spring Laser Life West Philly Queer Empowered Sci-Fi Reading @  A-Space Anarchist Community Center. See videos from past Laser Life gatherings here.

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MAY

THE BLACK TRIBBLES PRESENTS: OCTAVIA CITY  - The Black Tribbles joined with Gabriel Bryant of G-town Radio’s Stepping Into Tomorrow and Rasheedah Phillips of the AfroFuturist Affair to present original tales of afrofuturism from some of the genre’s upcoming and brightest stars. Part One and Part Two of the first Octavia City event

JUNE

Featured in Gemly’s Portal Sci-Fi Magic Art Show, a multigenerational art show of portals, alternate reality, and magic put on by the UCAL youth scifi magic art class, with photography from the “Lost in Time” photo series by D1L0 by Adrian Jackson , The L.Park Project, and feyasterling inc.

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Community Partner for Philly Premiere of AfroPunk’s “Triptych” Film Screenig at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Moor Mother Goddess Presents Mama’s Gun Official Afterparty

JULY

Quantum Time Capsule Workshop @ Day 3 of Rockers BBQ Weekend w/ readings by Metropolarity.net and the release of SE01:EP02 Space Invaders Issue (Gentrification x Community)

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*The AfroFuturist Affair and Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Present: Wine + Spirit + Mind II:  An Evening of Exploration and Examination of the Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse 

AUGUST

Science is Fiction! Using Sci-fi & Afrofuturism to Time Travel workshop @ Girls Rock Philly! Summer Rock Camp

Speech on intersectionality of sexual assault, race, and gender, at Slutwalk DC!

SEPTEMBER

Featured guest on Genesis Science Fiction Radio, a program of Black Science Fiction Society, w/ hosts Jarvis Sheffield, Penelope Flynn, and William Hayashi discussing relevant topics in science fiction from a black perspective

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The Peace House Creative Space & Rockers Closet present "A Different World" Dance Party/Fashion Show in Celebration of Philly Fashion Week 2013, with afrofuturist-inspired stylings by The AfroFuturist Affair and Rockers Closet. Body art by Omi Urban Gypsy. More photos + behind the scenes here.

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Featured reader at Fall Laser Life West Philly Queer Empowered Sci-Fi Reading @  A-Space Anarchist Community Center. See videos from past Laser Life gatherings here.

OCTOBER

Featured scifi reader as part of the GriotWorks and Vivant Art Gallery Afrorythmic Futurstic performance at JUMP N FUNK W/ RICH MEDINA @ PENN MUSEUM in tribute to the amazing Fela Kuti 

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Sponsor of Philadelphia Printworks Fall Launch Party @ AfroFuturist Affair’s House of Future Sciences

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Interview on Nobantu Project - AFROFUTURISM, Agent of Change & Annual Charity & Costume Ball -  Philadelphia public interest attorney, author, and Creative Director of AfroFuturist Affair Rasheedah Phillips speaks about the organization’s upcoming Annual Charity & Costume Ball and Afrofuturism as a medium for social commentary

Excerpts from an interview published in Afrofuturism - The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack 

Featured reader at Philly Zine Fest w/ Metropolarity.net crew @ The Rotunda

NOVEMBER

THE BLACK TRIBBLES x AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR RETURN TO OCTAVIA CITY

*Afrofuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball Presents: Dark Phase Space

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Reading with Metropolarity.net @ Punks Against Racism Show

Shadows Took Shape Book Club Discussion featuring “Kindred” by Octavia Butler at Studio Museum in Harlem w/ Illustrator and Professor John Jennings - R.Phillips  presents on Time, Memory, and Agency | Photo and mini-review by Invisible Universe Documentary www.maslidukan.com/kindred-discussion

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AfroFuturist Affair featured Guest Blogger on Shadows Took Shape Tumblr 

DECEMBER

Visual projections at ROCKERS!/MMGZ Presents: HEAR BEFORE: politics as usual  

Women in Sci-Fi and Afrofuturism workshop at Girls Rock Philly! Ladies Rock Camp

Community partner @ Leeway Foundation Presents Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing w/ Octavia’s Brood Adrienne Maree Brown - a lively conversation and writing workshop inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler

For more information on The AfroFuturist Affair Futurist Fund grant, collaborations, projects, readings, workshops, booking, and upcoming events, please contact afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com. 

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Black Sci-Fi - A 1992 Documentary Featuring Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany and Steven Barnes

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Here’s an extract from the 1992 documentary, Black Sci-Fi, produced and directed by Terrence Francis for Moonlight Films and broadcast on BBC2 as part of the Birthrights series. The documentary focuses on Black science fiction in literature, film and television and features interviews with Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Mike Sergeant, Steven Barnes and Nichelle Nichols. Three parts are included in this extract. In the first, Octavia Butler discusses “how her interest in science fiction developed and the genre’s potential for exploring new ideas and ways of being”. In the second part, Samuel R. Delany, Mike Sergeant and Steven Barnes discuss “the stereotypical portrayal of black characters in science fiction literature and cinema, including the predictable fate of Paul Winfield in films like Damnation Alley, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Terminator“. And in the thirs part, Nichelle Nichols discusses the significance of her character, Uhura, in Star Trek and Steven Barnes and Mike Sergeant consider how attitudes towards race and skin colour might develop in the (far) future.

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The term “Afrofuturism” is normally attributed to Mark Dery, coined in an interview with Samuel Delany, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose that appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly in 1993, but even without this term to hand, Mark Sinker was outlining a specifically black sf in the pages of The Wire the year before. To many readers of SFS, Sinker’s pantheon of black sf—which included Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, as well as Sun Ra, Public Enemy, John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Jimi Hendrix, Afrika Bambaataa, Ishmael Reed, and Earth Wind and Fire—might not sound much like the sf we know. But sf is “a point of cultural departure” for all of these writers and musicians, because “it allows for a series of worst-case futures—of hells-on-Earth and being in them—which are woven into every kind of everyday present reality” (“Loving the Alien”). The “central fact” of the black sf they produce “is an acknowledgement that Apocalypse already happened,” that, in Public Enemy’s words, “Armageddon been in effect.”

Taking in contemporary music and sf, Sinker positions hip-hop in “the grand syncretic tradition of bebop, not ashamed to acknowledge that technological means and initial building material are always simply what falls to hand: but that meaning is nonetheless a matter of energetic and visionary redeployment, not who first owned or made this or that fragment” (“Loving the Alien”). Although cyberpunk has typically been discussed in terms of European avant-garde detournement or Burroughsian cut-up, its parallels and affinities with bebop and hip-hop3 have generally gone unacknowledged. Sinker does more than merely point to this omission, however. Just as Thomas Foster argues that cyberpunk “didn’t so much die as experience a sea change into a more generalized cultural formation” (xiv), so Sinker suggests that the black, urban, proletarian experience central to the development of these musical forms speaks directly to the experience of the global underclass created by the intertwined logics of capital, Empire, and race: more-or-less concomitant with the growth of hip-hop, cyberpunk, the “radical leading edge” of “white SF,” was “arguing that the planet, already turned Black, must embrace rather than resist this [relationship to technology]: that … only ways of technological interaction inherited from the jazz and now the rap avant garde can reintegrate humanity with the runaway machine age.”

from “The Ships Landed Long Ago: Afrofuturism and Black SF" by Mark Bould 

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Saturday Matinee: The Last Angel of History

John Akomfrah, director of Seven Songs of Malcolm X, returns with an engaging and searing examination of the hitherto unexplored relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing computer technology.

This cinematic essay posits science fiction (with tropes such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering) as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness.

Akomfrah’s analysis is rooted in an exploration of the cultural works of Pan-African artists, such as funkmaster George Clinton and his Mothership Connection, Sun Ra’s use of extraterrestrial iconography, and the very explicit connection drawn between these issues in the writings of black science fiction authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler.

The film in its entirety, in three parts via Desultory Heroics. Film description via Icarus Films

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