Sunday, December 18, 2011

The AfroFuturist Affair


The AfroFuturist Affair: A Charity & Costume Ball came and went to a future near you on October 28, 2011, held in the space of The Windows Factory/PPW Studio in Philadelphia, PA. The event celebrated and focused the consciousness on Afrofuturistic culture by and through the works of feature artists, authors, musicians, and performers who presented creations that connect to Afrofuturism and Black Science and Speculative Fiction. The Affair was created/produced by R.P. and co-sponsored by Philadelphia Printworks and feyasterling inc.



You can find event photos here, here, and here, links to the artists here + check the Tumblr Archive for Spotlights on each artist that graced the Affair.

All proceeds of the first event were donated to Need In Deed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children apply academics (literacy, math, social studies, science) to addressing problems in their communities and schools. Please find out more information about the organization at www.needindeed.org or on Facebook.

Prior to the Affair, R.P. penned an article called Immortality: Black History and The AfroFuturist in the first issue of TLW Magazine, an arts, music, and underground culture mag created by The L. Park Project and DiLo DeMilLe. The article also features a post-apocalyptic photospread designed by feyasterling inc. and shot by the magazine's creators.

Subsequent to the Affair, R. P. wrote a guest piece entitled AfroFuturism: A Beautiful History, A Brave New World on the blog of Nicole Sconiers, author of Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage (and one of the authors who featured at The Affair). The piece discusses some of the history of AfroFuturism, its use as a vehicle for telling the tales of Black folk, and the motivation behind The AfroFuturist Affair.

The AfroFuturist Affair tumblr remains to provide friends, supporters, historians, and aliens with archives on the first event, updates on Afro-future events, and present goings-ons, as well as to exchange language, images, memories, notes, and energies with other Futurists across cyberspace/time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

AfroFuturism: A Beautiful History, A Brave New World


AfroFuturism: A Beautiful History, A Brave New World
Nicole Sconiers, author of Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage recently featured me on her blog with a guest piece on some of the history behind AfroFuturism and its use as a vehicle for telling the tales of Black folk. Please check out the piece and read other inspirational posts detailing Ms. Sconier's journey to becoming a spec fic author and her amazing, trailblazing promotional tour from one side of the country to the other (and back again!) in the Beckyville Bookmobile.