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8 Jul

“Punk London” Festival: 40 Years of Art, Design, Fashion & Music

by Neil Bennett Digital Arts In 2016, the year-long punk festival saw events across London's museums. 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of when punk reached the British public consciousness – prompting a year-long series of events across the capital in celebration of the many forms of punk culture. Punk London sees exhibitions and events at the Barbican, BFI Southbank, British Library, Design Museum and Museum of London – and there's as much a focus on the visual culture of punk as the music that's best remembered by your...
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7 Jul

Marvel’s “Black Panther” Teaser & The Dora Milaje

I am not a comic geek. (I like them, but not a fanatic). In fact, knew nothing about the Black Panther Marvel superhero. (Sorry). I know more now, but not enough. And he's important. Any advice on the best crash course on the Black Panther back story is surely welcome. I have not seen this many Black men openly weep since Obama. Literally. The impact of a blockbuster film about a Black superhero, for real. That sick beat in...
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7 Jul

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 | 4/21-9/17/2017

“Waterbearer” by Lorna Simpson, 1986. Courtesy of Lorna Simpson. © 1986 Lorna Simpson Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. © Jan van Raay #wewantedarevolution Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color—distinct from the...
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3 Oct

AFRIPEDIA: 5 Short Films + Live Musicians: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya & Angola Afrofuturistic Film/Music/Discussion – 11/14 +15/2015

From When Africa is changing, when the world is changing and the perspective is shifting, the image of Africa and Africans needs to change too. Afripedia is promoting and collaborating with a new generation of storytellers leading the way. A source for art, design, videos, photography, fashion, visual arts, music and contemporary culture from the African continent and African creatives working all over the world, Afripedia is a platform and future forum for African creatives worldwide. Five short films and live musicians...
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27 Sep

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination @ The Schomburg 10/1 – 12/31/2015

Mind Blown by Manzel Bowman Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination is sure to satisfy the sci-fi/fantasy nerd in all of us. Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, this exhibition includes artifacts from the Schomburg collections that are connected to Afrofuturism, black speculative imagination and Diasporan cultural production. Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found...
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29 May

Manhattanhenge: 1/2 Sun 5/30 + Full Sun 5/31/2015

Copyright © 2001, Neil deGrasse Tyson What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the...
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9 Apr

Hassan Hajjaj’s “A Day in the Life of Karima: A Henna Girl” World Premiere

Produced and directed by Hassan Hajjaj, 2015, 71 minutes, color Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s first feature-length film, Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, premieres at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater May 13th, 2015 FREE. Taking viewers into the world of one Hajjaj’s most iconic series, Kesh Angels, the film depicts the “henna girls” of Marrakesh. During the course of a day, Hajjaj follows a businesswoman named Karima and her friends, who work as henna artists in Jemaa...
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25 Mar

“We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo” @ Hostos, May 8+9, 2015

'We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo' Sneak Preview + Panel Discussion @ Repertory Theater, Hostos Arts Center Friday May 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION - CALL BOX OFFICE FOR TICKETS (718) 518-4455 In partnership with City Lore, Hostos Center presents an evening devoted to understanding Boogaloo, its origins, rise and fall, including a sneak preview of selected scenes from the forthcoming feature-length documentary, We Like it Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, with filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren, and guest panelists, moderated by the noted folklorist and...
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15 Feb

“Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s – 1990s”

"High Street Kensington, 1976" | Photograph: The Estate of Al Vandenberg/Victoria and Albert Museum Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. They opened the UK’s first dedicated Black heritage centre in Brixton, London in July 2014. Their unparalleled and growing archive collection offers insight into the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain. The bulk of the collection is drawn from the twentieth century to the present...
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13 Feb

Hassan Hajjaj’s “My Rock Stars Experimental” @ The Newark Museum 2/25 – 9/2015

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars presents a video installation by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj, along with a related series of photographs, in a salon installation designed expressly for the exhibition. The video, My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I (2012), recently acquired by the Newark Museum, pays tribute to individuals who—though they may not all be famous—have inspired the artist personally.  The video features nine separately filmed performances by an international group of musicians and singers whose influences include hip-hop, jazz, as well...
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11 Feb

Jah9, Princess of the new wave of conscious reggae has a LOT to say.

by Andrea Sister From Another Planet There are certain artists who aren't really noted for their singing prowess. Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, even music icons like Nina Simone, Bob Marley and Fela aren't what you'd call "singers' singers". But they are revered for their delivery, poignancy, prolific and often progressive and political lyrics, moving and inspiring millions of people. Janine Cunningham, known Jah9 is a new(er) artist I believe falls into this category. She started out as a spoken word artist in her native Jamaica, and like many before her evolved to...
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7 Feb

Imagining Indigenous Futurisms 6th Annual Sci-Fi Writing Contest

6th Annual Science Fiction Writing Contest $1,000 Award Deadline: November 1, 2015 Open to any emerging writer with an interest in exploring Indigenous issues through the medium of science fiction Submit: One paragraph personal statement with background and goals in sf A previously unpublished sf writing sample up to 4,000 words To: Professor Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) Judged by acclaimed Blackfeet sf, experimental, and horror writer Stephen Graham Jones...
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6 Feb

Hey NYC! A Black Indies Feast (1968-1986) Feb/2015 @ Film Society of Lincoln Center

Still from "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" by Tambay Obenson IndieWire (Now Shadow & Act) Wow! This is an absolutely awesome-looking series that New Yorkers who love cinema would surely be interested in - the kind that, if I had the resources, I'd put together myself.I'll dig into specifics in future posts, highlighting individual films and filmmakers (most you'd already be familiar with, especially if you're a reader of this blog) leading up to the launch; But, for now, I'll just dump the lengthy press release...
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