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.


The AfroFuturist Affair tumblr provides friends, supporters, historians, and aliens with archives on the first event, updates on Afro-future events, present goings-ons, and to exchange language, images, memories, notes, and energies with other Futurists across cyberspace/time. We practice and revere Ancient Wisdom, Mythology, Liberation, History, Future, Metaphysics, Sacred Math, Prophecy, Science, Trippy, Music, Gods, Art. Anything that one could use as a tool to survive yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


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REJOICE! RAS MASHRAMANI rasmashramani FINALLY HAS PRINT WORK

PICK IT UP HERE AT METROPOLARITY SCI-FI DISTRO

Whenever Ras reads the crowd goes quiet. Ras put in all the work designing the Metropolarity zines and our very formation, but had nothing of her own. That has finally changed. This zine is a deep dial-up nod to all of us who grew up in the strange terrain of Web 1.0… #veryrare #fullcolor

RAS MASHRAMANI is the net reared product of the caribo-bodega diaspora | coming of age in the workshop of the word | manufacturing emancipatory speculation for the urban demographic | looking for love in all the web spaces | androfemme girl army comrade.

She is currently helping curate the science fiction track for the Allied Media Conference, working on and in the NIGHTSPACE, and praying at the feet of narrative every night. She recently was a guest on the black sci-fi podcast, BlackTribbles, and has read her internet shame stories inside of a spacedome. Find her work at http://rashmasramani.tumblr.com/WORK [NOT SAFE FOR WORK], APIARY Magazine, The Painted Bride Quarterly, >killauthor, and New Wave Vomit.

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Metropolarity presents a night of community building and sharing. We seek social criticism from the community—performance art, blog rants, monologues, critical sci-fi, thesis excerpts, protest songs—whatever. As long as it explores and dissects the world we live in today. We want to find out what our community feels about social issues. We don’t want theories handed down to us from the ivory tower. We want your real life STREET THEORY. Special Guests to be announced. TO CELEBRATE THE DEBUT OF THIS SERIES, A POTLUCK WILL BE HAD! FEEL FREE TO BRING TREATS TO SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. :DZines will be sold and donations will be collected for this year’s Allied Media Conference’s Sci-fi Track, coordinated in part by Metropolarity.Email metropolarity@gmail.com for information on how to participate, otherwise bring your own material to present [reasonable lengths please!].NOTE: Any ableist, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or classist performances will be interrupted promptly.

metropolarity:

Metropolarity presents a night of community building and sharing. We seek social criticism from the community—performance art, blog rants, monologues, critical sci-fi, thesis excerpts, protest songs—whatever. As long as it explores and dissects the world we live in today. We want to find out what our community feels about social issues. We don’t want theories handed down to us from the ivory tower.

We want your real life STREET THEORY.

Special Guests to be announced.

TO CELEBRATE THE DEBUT OF THIS SERIES, A POTLUCK WILL BE HAD! FEEL FREE TO BRING TREATS TO SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. :D

Zines will be sold and donations will be collected for this year’s Allied Media Conference’s Sci-fi Track, coordinated in part by Metropolarity.

Email metropolarity@gmail.com for information on how to participate, otherwise bring your own material to present [reasonable lengths please!].

NOTE: Any ableist, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or classist performances will be interrupted promptly.

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.

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

The Time Travel Convention is an exhibition that explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not necessarily require a machine, an advanced degree, or any other privileges. Using afrofuturism and the speculative as lenses, the exhibition will feature time travel devices and objects from creators who use tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music to craft their temporal devices.

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation is an opening reception for the exhibition and book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental, independently published fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).

MMGz — PsychoAcoustics & Memory 
Black Shesus — The Pyramid of Shesus
R.Phillips — Recurrence Plot (RP)
Kameelah Janan Rasheed — No Instructions of Assembly, Activation II
Alisha B. Wormsley — there are black people in the future
Mourl Ferryman — The Shadow and the Substance 2014
Melissa Moore — An Infinitygram: Diasporan Object Design For A New Future

Noni Red - everything begins within

Readings from:
Metropolarity
Warren The poet longmire
Michael Michael Joseph O’Hara
Rasheedah Phillips
Rorie Still
+ Special Guests

FREE

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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

afrofuturistaffair:

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

Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release
In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   
Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 
The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.
Submission information
Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.
Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release

In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   

Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 

The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.

Submission information

Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.

Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

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. 

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. 

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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

West Philly-based cartoonist Annie Mok reads from Screentests, her most fully-realized work to date. Annie’s comics are by turns quiet, raucous, funny, and sad, and always clear-eyed and nuanced. “These stories, which could be incredibly heartbreaking with no relief, instead give the reader hope.” - Mey Rude, Autostraddle. Annie’s work can be found at cargocollective.com/heyanniemok, heyanniemok.tumblr.com, and @HeyAnnieMok on twitter.She’s joined by the incredible creators Ras Mashramani (metropolarity.net), R.Phillips (AfroFuturistAffair), and Alex*Laser Life (The Afterv3rse), of the Philly-based queer sci-fi crew Metropolarity; O. Horvath (Spurt of Blood), “hysterical cartoonist / pvd”; and Khristina Acosta of the Philly/NJ-based PoC-only zine distro No Shame Distro (facebook.com/noshamedistro), reading from her zine The Birthday Party.A Q&A and signing will follow the readings.*Please note that some stories read at the event may be triggering.Facebook event
Vox Populi Gallery in the Aux Performance Space319 N. 11th St, 3rd FloorFri. Jan. 17 @ 7pm

West Philly-based cartoonist Annie Mok reads from Screentests, her most fully-realized work to date. Annie’s comics are by turns quiet, raucous, funny, and sad, and always clear-eyed and nuanced. “These stories, which could be incredibly heartbreaking with no relief, instead give the reader hope.” - Mey Rude, Autostraddle. Annie’s work can be found at cargocollective.com/heyanniemok, heyanniemok.tumblr.com, and @HeyAnnieMok on twitter.

She’s joined by the incredible creators Ras Mashramani (metropolarity.net), R.Phillips (AfroFuturistAffair), and Alex*Laser Life (The Afterv3rse), of the Philly-based queer sci-fi crew Metropolarity; O. Horvath (Spurt of Blood), “hysterical cartoonist / pvd”; and Khristina Acosta of the Philly/NJ-based PoC-only zine distro No Shame Distro (facebook.com/noshamedistro), reading from her zine The Birthday Party.

A Q&A and signing will follow the readings.
*Please note that some stories read at the event may be triggering.
Facebook event

Vox Populi Gallery in the Aux Performance Space
319 N. 11th St, 3rd Floor
Fri. Jan. 17 @ 7pm