• Afrofuturism on the Web

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    Afrofuturism as a movement has evolved alongside Hip Hop, similarly having no definitive beginning while simultaneously coalescing alongside Hip Hop in urban America during the late 1970s.

    Afrofuturist Affair

    afrofuturism media, afrofuturism spoken word, afrofuturism poetry, afrofuturism literature, afrofuturism music, afrofuturism art, afrofuturism film, afrofuturism tumblr, afrofuturism foundation videos, afrofuturism book, recurrence plot, rasheeda phillipsThe AfroFuturist Affair is a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Sci-Fi concepts and culture through creative events and creative writing. The organization aims to provide a space not only for further dialogue around Afrofuturistic ideas, but a space for actual, practical implementation of these ideas as they serve social progress and freedom.

    Alondra Nelson

    Alondra Nelson is an award-winning author and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary social scientist, her lectures, books, and articles explore the intersections of science, medicine, and social inequality. Her widely praised book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, was published in January. Chair-elect of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, her publications also include Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination; Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History; and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life

    Black(s) to the Future

    Black(s) to the Future is an afrofuturist transmedia platform. It endorses a renewed relationship – forward-looking, sustainable and uninhibited ! – with africanness and its means of expression. Our goals ? :

    • OVERTAKE a stereotyped collective unconscious on Africa/its diaspora ;

    • PROVIDE a critical thought on what is blackness today ;

    • NOURISH inspiration through an Afrofuturistic vision of the world.

    Black(s) to the Future is a space where creative initiatives come together, taking up the AFRO + FUTURE challenge : artists, searchers, or casual onlookers… It addresses everyone involved in the building of tomorrow !

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  • Speech Tips

    Here are a few links to videos that provide helpful tips for presentations.

    Life After Death by PowerPoint 2012 by Don McMillan

    A set of bad speeches

    41 reasons why good speakers give bad speeches

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  • Sonia Sanchez

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    On Thursday evening March 14th Sonia Sanchez, legendary Black Arts poet, gave a wonderful talk and poetry reading. Her talk emphasized the black intellectual tradition. Some of her more memorable statements included how people must avoid thinking only with the lower bottom half of their bodies and instead focus on the upper half, the heart and the mind. I specifically enjoyed her poem “Peace” and her discussion on how we have become so conditioned to violence that living in peace is truly foreign to us. Professor Sanchez said that when she views violence on television it actually repulses her. How often do we engage in symbolic violence and dehumanization in our current media? Her presentation was raw, witty and wise. A true legend and a beautiful person.

    Sonia Sanchez on Def Poetry

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  • An Open Letter From Mos Def About Amadou Diallo, 1999

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    Although more than a decade old, Mos Def’s call to consciousness for the Hip Hop community is still incredibly relevant, maybe even more so than today. The Hip Hop community has been surprisingly silent on the current issues of gun violence and racial profiling. However, recent trends in Hip Hop have strayed away from conscious artists such as Mos Def. A considerably complex rhetorical situation presents itself when the genre’s current leading artists have positioned themselves so tightly within the gangster/thug personae that speaking out on such issues posses a “branding” risk. What is often overlooked is that while it has become normal to attack Hip Hop artists for similar concerns, little attention is paid to the “demand” side of Hip Hop production. Hip Hop heads like myself do have Agency! The question then becomes how to use that agency to support artists who will –at least sometimes– promote positive messages. Hit the link to read Mos Def’s letter. http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/1999/02/25/an-open-letter-from-mos-def-about-amadou-diallo/

     

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  • Tarbaby

    Oliver Lake

    Tarbaby is the commanding trio of pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Nasheet Waits, while Oliver Lake is the world-renowned alto saxophonist who came to record and tour with the group through his association with the great drummer Freddie Waits, Nasheet’s father.

     

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  • Black America and Gun Violence

    Harry Belafonte receives his award from Sidney Poitier

    Veteran singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte has weighed in on the debate over gun violence, chastising fellow black Americans for failing to speak out on the issue.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/02/harry-belafonte-guns-plea-black-america

     

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