Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack (Oct 2013) www.iafrofuturism.com
February kicked off with Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism event at Harris Park with African House International in Chicago and Black Comic Book Day in Detroit. But the fun is just beginning. Why not make this year’s Black History month a memorable one. Here are some upcoming events in Afrofuturism
Black Future Month, February
This is Toronto’s first ever Afrofuturism Group Art Exhibition at Daniels Spectrum. The exhibition will run until Feb. 28 and features Afrofutrist artworks from Danilo M. McCallum, Komi Olaf, and Chanel Kennebrew.
Afrofuturism Films and Discussions, Feb. 3
Goethe-Institut Washington will screen Wanuri Kahiu, Kenyan science fiction short Pumzi and Karen E. Milbourne, curator at the National Museum of African Art moderates a panel discussion. “Afrofuturism: Artists on Three Continents Explore’Black to the Future’ ” will be on display until Feb. 28.
The Black Aquatic and Afrofuturism, Feb. 6
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York will hosts The Shadows Took Shape Panel Discussion. The event was organized by Jared Richardson, PhD candidate in Art History at Northwestern University, and will feature Alexander G. Weheliye, professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University and Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux.
DuSable Museum Gift Shop, Feb. 8
Author William Hayashi will be at the DuSable Museum Gift Shop, 740 E. 56th Place from 1- 4 pm and autographing copies of his books Discovery and Conception.
The Museum is also the site for Black Comic Book Day hosted by Turtel Onli 1-4pm. Get autographed copies from the works of Onli Studios. Third Coast Comics provides diverse comics as well. Onli will also conduct a workshop on bringing Graphic Novels to the Class Room.
AstroBlackness Conference, Feb. 12-13th
Come join a league of Afrofuturists as they discuss the latest in the flourishing genre and movement. Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles hosts the AstroBlackness Conference. Ytasha L. Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture hosts the music panel. Award-winning SF writers Nalo Hopskinson, Tananarive Due and Nnedi Okorafor are panelists for the The Black Imagination and Afrofuturisn: Issues and Ideas of an Aesthetic workshop. John Jennings, professor/artist at SUNY Buffalo moderates as well.