The AfroFuturist Affair is a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black Scifi culture through creative events and creative writing.
The Afrofuturist Affair has a correlative mission of using the proceeds from our events to fund a $500 community grant. The grant, known as The Futurist Fund will be dedicated to serving the needs of members of an under-served community annually.


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Visionary Literature: with Thread Makes Blanket Press and The AfroFuturist Affair

Saturday, May 17 2014 @ Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 7 to 9pm

We know the literary world is not immune to the racism and inequality all around us. And we know we can do better. This reading and panel discussion will explore how two small, independent presses in Philadelphia are exploring issues of race, gender, literature, and a better future. 
Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair /House of Future Sciences Books will present her book, Reccurence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales), an independently-published novel set in Philly that uses time travel to explore issues of race, gender, trauma, and agency. Author Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela of Thread Makes Blanket Press will be presenting Dismantle, a contemporary collection of work from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, a national workshop that nurtures writers of color. She will be joined by Andrea Walls, one of Dismantle’s editors, and Seve Torres, one of the writers included in the anthology. Join us for a short reading and a discussion about new visions for literature today and into the future, and to celebrate the release of these two new books.

TONIGHT at 7PM!

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Saturday, May 17 2014 @ Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 7 to 9pm
We know the literary world is not immune to the racism and inequality all around us. And we know we can do better. This reading and panel discussion will explore how two small, independent presses in Philadelphia are exploring issues of race, gender, literature, and a better future. 


Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair /House of Future Sciences Books will present her book, Reccurence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales), an independently-published novel set in Philly that uses time travel to explore issues of race, gender, trauma, and agency. 

Author Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela of Thread Makes Blanket Press will be presenting Dismantle, a contemporary collection of work from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, a national workshop that nurtures writers of color. She will be joined by Andrea Walls, one of Dismantle’s editors, and Seve Torres, one of the writers included in the anthology. 

Join us for a short reading and a discussion about new visions for literature today and into the future, and to celebrate the release of these two new books.

TONIGHT at 7PM!

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Afrofuturism at the Art Sanctuary’s 30th Annual Celebration of Black Writing!
The AfroFuturist Affair is honored to present “Afrofuturism and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel" workshop at the Literary Arts Conference and Workshops as part of the month-long Celebration of Black Writing! Other workshops and panels will explore thought provoking questions on literary art forms, writing, publishing, the role of black writing in society, and more.
Join us on Saturday, May 10th from 10am-3pm at Temple University for a workshop that explores afrofuturism, time travel, quantum physics, and ancient African traditions of time, all framed by the narrative in Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred.”  The Literary Conference is free, but you must register here. 
At part 2 of the Literary Arts Conference at University of the Arts on May 17, 2014, there will be a film screening and presentation of Last Man Standing,  a short experimental documentary by Stan West that showcases the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen who will be 90 this month.

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Afrofuturism at the Art Sanctuary’s 30th Annual Celebration of Black Writing!

The AfroFuturist Affair is honored to present “Afrofuturism and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel" workshop at the Literary Arts Conference and Workshops as part of the month-long Celebration of Black Writing! Other workshops and panels will explore thought provoking questions on literary art forms, writing, publishing, the role of black writing in society, and more.

Join us on Saturday, May 10th from 10am-3pm at Temple University for a workshop that explores afrofuturism, time travel, quantum physics, and ancient African traditions of time, all framed by the narrative in Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred.”  The Literary Conference is free, but you must register here

At part 2 of the Literary Arts Conference at University of the Arts on May 17, 2014, there will be a film screening and presentation of Last Man Standing,  a short experimental documentary by Stan West that showcases the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen who will be 90 this month.

Afrofuturism at the Art Sanctuary’s 30th Annual Celebration of Black Writing!
The AfroFuturist Affair is honored to present “Afrofuturism and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel" workshop at the Literary Arts Conference and Workshops as part of the month-long Celebration of Black Writing! Other workshops and panels will explore thought provoking questions on literary art forms, writing, publishing, the role of black writing in society, and more.
Join us on Saturday, May 10th from 10am-3pm at Temple University for a workshop that explores afrofuturism, time travel, quantum physics, and ancient African traditions of time, all framed by the narrative in Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred.”  The Literary Conference is free, but you must register here. 
At part 2 of the Literary Arts Conference at University of the Arts on May 17, 2014, there will be a film screening and presentation of Last Man Standing,  a short experimental documentary by Stan West that showcases the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen who will be 90 this month.

Afrofuturism at the Art Sanctuary’s 30th Annual Celebration of Black Writing!

The AfroFuturist Affair is honored to present “Afrofuturism and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel" workshop at the Literary Arts Conference and Workshops as part of the month-long Celebration of Black Writing! Other workshops and panels will explore thought provoking questions on literary art forms, writing, publishing, the role of black writing in society, and more.

Join us on Saturday, May 10th from 10am-3pm at Temple University for a workshop that explores afrofuturism, time travel, quantum physics, and ancient African traditions of time, all framed by the narrative in Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred.”  The Literary Conference is free, but you must register here

At part 2 of the Literary Arts Conference at University of the Arts on May 17, 2014, there will be a film screening and presentation of Last Man Standing,  a short experimental documentary by Stan West that showcases the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen who will be 90 this month.

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SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 
Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.
Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.
SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.
Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

There’s still time (approximately 9.5 hours!) to apply to SPACES: Artist Residency at Village of Arts & Humanities. This is a prestigious, paid (10k!) opportunity for East Coast emerging and mid-career artists to explore art making, relationship building, and emergent strategies within the context of a community-based artist residency. Please pass along! http://eepurl.com/Oc26L

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SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 

Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.

Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.

SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.

Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

There’s still time (approximately 9.5 hours!) to apply to SPACES: Artist Residency at Village of Arts & Humanities. This is a prestigious, paid (10k!) opportunity for East Coast emerging and mid-career artists to explore art making, relationship building, and emergent strategies within the context of a community-based artist residency. Please pass along! http://eepurl.com/Oc26L

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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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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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ROCKERS! AND PHILLY PRINTWORKS PRESENT MOVIE NIGHT: 

 ”IT IS WHAT IT IS” EDITION

"It Is What It Is" (Black Punk Documentary) is the story behind the Chicago based band The Breathing Light. Recorded over various periods in it’s short period of 5 years, it gives viewers insight into the personalities and ideals that make up the band. Race, Rock N’ Roll and Reality make “It Is What It Is” the source for truth and possibility for Black Youth World Wide.

☠ Discussion with band following film
☠ Free snacks
☠ Donations accepted


House of Future Sciences
3213 Turner St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Brought to you by ROCKERS!, The AfroFuturist Affair and Philadelphia Printworks.

our first event of the year

Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA
This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)7pmfree snacksshow up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the filmstay later for discussionLava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)4134 Lancaster Ave(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA

This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)

7pm
free snacks
show up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the film
stay later for discussion
Lava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)
4134 Lancaster Ave
(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

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When Malcolm X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he advocated for brotherhood between races. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s “Malcolm X” Steles echo the activist’s spirit by uniting opposing elements such as hard and soft forms and rough and smooth textures.Now open, “Barbara Chase-Riboud: The ‘Malcolm X’ Steles” “Tantra I,” 1994, by Barbara Chase-Riboud (Collection of Roger and Caroline Ford)

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When Malcolm X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he advocated for brotherhood between races. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s “Malcolm X” Steles echo the activist’s spirit by uniting opposing elements such as hard and soft forms and rough and smooth textures.

Now open, “Barbara Chase-Riboud: The ‘Malcolm X’ Steles” 

“Tantra I,” 1994, by Barbara Chase-Riboud (Collection of Roger and Caroline Ford)

Leeway Foundation Presents: Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing

Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.The event is free, but you must RSVP at http://leewayemergent.eventbrite.com/About AdrienneAdrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is co-editor, with poet/activist Walidah Imarisha, of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with the Octavia Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.This workshop is presented in partnership with the following organizations: The AfroFuturist Affair, Apiary Magazine, ART SANCTUARY, Blackprint, Bread & Roses Community Fund, GriotWorks, Media Mobilizing Project, Metropolarity, Myth Media Studios, Thread Makes Blanket, and Training for Change.

Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.

Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

The event is free, but you must RSVP at http://leewayemergent.eventbrite.com/

About Adrienne

Adrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is co-editor, with poet/activist Walidah Imarisha, of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with the Octavia Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the following organizations: The AfroFuturist Affair, Apiary Magazine, ART SANCTUARY, Blackprint, Bread & Roses Community FundGriotWorksMedia Mobilizing ProjectMetropolarity, Myth Media Studios, Thread Makes Blanket, and Training for Change.

On November 9, 2013, The AfroFuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball opened up Dark Phase Space, an evening of Afrofuture and Black Speculative inspired art, readings, performances, conversation, music, and costumery. 3 is the charm - this was the best, most energetic and most engaged  Ball we’ve thrown to date, with jaw-dropping, smile-inducing, head-nodding performances all evening long.

Part I of the photo-documentation by renegade android D1L0 DeMiLLe can be found here. You can find more of D1L0’s work on facebook and IG and tumblr. Part II soon come. 

Also, look out soon for Futurist Fund grant applications. This year’s focus of grant funds will be on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors, particularly those who need help with moving costs to relocate to safer spaces. 

DARK PHASE SPACE SPOTLIGHT ON: Ms. Wise | Spoken Word
ARTIST
Ms. Wise
DARK PHASE SPACE PRESENTATION
Spoken Word Poetry// remembering self//magicians
ARTIST STATEMENT
Alyesha Wise, aka “Ms. Wise” is an International Poet, Teaching Artist and Speaker born in Camden, NJ. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Ms. Wise is the founder of the community arts organization, “Love, Us” - created to promote universal and self-love through the arts. Alyesha is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist and was the 5th ranked female poet in the world in 2010. Some of her highlights include a 2012 interview with American Film Director, Ron Howard - and being told by co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, “In All, You Are Awesome.”
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