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9 Feb

‘My Body Full of Stars’: Afrofuturism Project Explores Black Mythocracy Through Essay & Music

by  Jennifer Sefa-Boakye | OkayAfrica Irish-Nigerian writer and sociologist Emma Dabiri recently reached out to us with a new project she’s been working on about Afrofuturism. The multi-media piece, My Body Full Of Stars, explores the use of Afrofuturist aesthetics in music as a tool for rewriting history and imagining the future. Consisting of an essay by Dabiri and an hour-long mixtape curated by music journalist and producer Ian McQuaid, the project presents a sonic framework that allows for Afrofuturist readings of music from the continent and across...
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9 Feb

At 50, a Hip-Hop Pioneer Still Has Stories to Tell

(Ricky Walters, better known as the rapper Slick Rick, with his wife, Mandy Aragones, in their Bronx home. In one corner stands a mannequin, decked out in the Slick Rick stage outfit.) by David Gonzalez/The New York Times When Mandy Aragones watches a movie or television show with her husband, Ricky Walters, she is ready for a running commentary. “Anything we watch, he always has another scenario,” she said. “He always finds an alternate ending.” In the 1980s, his ability to spin a tale earned...
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8 Feb

Devastating…

I had to really dig to find the source of this shoot.  Originally from the magazine A Perfect Guide, #23 S/S 2012: A Celebration of Pattern, shot by Matthew Brookes. The magazine was based in Stockholm and seems to have folded. Bask in their beauty.   © by A Perfect Guide / Photography Matthew Brookes / Styling Bill Mullen / Models: David Agbodji, Dominique Hollington, Henry Watkins                ...
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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the medium of science fiction Submit: One paragraph personal statement with background and goals in sf A previously unpublished sf writing sample up to 4,000 words To: Professor Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) dillong@pdx.edu Judged by acclaimed Blackfeet sf, experimental, and horror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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6 Feb

A Video Game That Teaches You to Write Poetry

by Bryan Lufkin WIRED Magazine   Videogames and poetry haven’t always gone hand in hand. We’re still a long way from Master Chief breaking into a Coleridge soliloquy. But game developers Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott have edged us a bit closer to that day with Elegy for a Dead World, a game they Kickstarted in October and released on Steam last month. Elegy lets players write prose and poetry as they explore distant planets and dead civilizations. The player faces 27 challenges in three worlds, each riffing on...
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6 Feb

U2 on the Tom Snyder Show 06/04/81

I was there, in an audience of about 100 people. We were thrilled to meet them after the show, and even though the excitement was palpable, we had no idea this band would become one of the major super groups of the century. All we knew was that "I Will Follow" was a Mudd Club favorite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_I2SQsIZE          ...
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6 Feb

Google Doodle Honors Langston Hughes’ 113th Birthday 02/01/15

What does “I Dream A World” mean to you? To doodler Katy Wu, Langston Hughes’ poem is a message of equality and hope. “This poem has a hopeful message and I like that. It comes from a time where there was a lot of work to be done for civil rights,” says Katy. That’s a sentiment Hughes also shared when writing his poem, which first originated as a lyric in the the opera Troubled Island by William Grant Still. As Hughes experienced...
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5 Feb

19 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels By Women of Color

by Anjali Patel Buzzfeed 1. Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler Four Walls Eight Windows In the near future, chaos and anarchy emerge as the U.S. finds itself on the brink of governmental collapse. Lauren Olamina must form alliances to navigate the dangerous landscape as she travels up north to establish a community rooted in her new religion — Earthseed. 2. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson  Arthur A. Levine Books In a futuristic Brazillian city, artist June Coast and the Summer King, Enki, team...
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5 Feb

‘Crumbs’ An Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal, Sci-Fi Film

by Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act An unexpectedly peculiar film, and I love what I see here, if only for that reason. But there's more than enough in it to make me want to see the entire film. It's not exactly a regular occurrence that I come across post-apocalyptic, sci-fi romance films, starring Ethiopians. Miguel Llansó’s "Crumbs," a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production which made its world premiere on Tuesday (Jan 27) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), will have its market premiere at...
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5 Feb

Maasai Cricket Warriors: A Kenyan Tribal Cricket Team Saving Their People

...and absolutely beautiful by HINT Fashion Magazine Semi-nomadic and cattle-dependent, the Maasai face catastrophic peril on nearly every front. They've experienced the ravages of HIV/AIDS, and the loss of land and livestock to outside threats. Meanwhile, they continue to suffer the entrenched practices of female genital mutilation and child marriage. The villagers' safety, livelihood, and very existence hang in the balance. So while the cricket players are out to win, they're also on a mission to bring education and equality to the tribe, and...
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21 Jan

Boy George Live @ Irving Plaza 12/2014

So I spontaneously decided to use my music magic last night and go see Boy George at Irving Plaza (one of the last original clubs left in NY, and great sound). I didn't have a ticket and it was sold out. I certainly wasn't going to spend the $50 lowest ticket price either. But I knew I'd get in. So I stood there, smiling and waiting. A very pretty boy came up and offered me a ticket at face value....
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21 Jan

The East Village in the 1980s: Then & Then

"Eighth Street Between Avenues B and C" 1983 | Ken Schles   I started hanging out in the East Village in my senior year at the HS of Art & Design; of course  young creatives flocked there (and not-so-young). We were advised do not go east of 1st Ave unless you were copping or selling. But many of my close friends lived right on the border (Felice, Halina, Shari, Jean-Ulrick ), and I also had friends who lived in deep in Losaida. Many a...
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