FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 30, 2016
Maia “CROWN” Williams
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Co-founder, Executive Assistant
BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT #BSAMphilly2016
November 12, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- BLACK SPECULATIVE ART MOVEMENT, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought the United States.
Our main annual convention, co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University, Reynaldo Anderson, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, Maia Crown Williams, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.
BSAM Philly is sponsored by Molefi Kete Asante, MA, Ph.D., professor of African American Studies at Temple University, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc., Black Tribbles, and Atomic City Comics.
Events will include::
MECCAcon INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 :click HERE
ARTIST ALLEY/ VENDORS
6th annual The AfroFuturist Affair Ball
BOOK SIGNINGS w/ Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. and Atomic City Comics (both black owned comic shops)
FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY w/ Black Tribbles
THE LAST DAYS OF KARTIKA: OPUS live performance w/
PANELS, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES::
BLACK SPECULATIVE ART panel w/ Dr Amber Johnson, Dr Reynaldo Johnson, Dr Toniesha L. Taylor
Afrofuturism 2.0: THE NEXT WAVE w/ Dr Reynaldo Anderson, Dr Tonja Lawrence, Dr Lonny J Avi Brooks, Dr David Deluliis
BLACK COMICS workshop w/ Tim Fielder
BLACK ART & COMMUNITY w/ Danny Simmons
THE ART OF STORYTELLING workshop w/ N Steven Harris
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 101 w/ Shawn Alleyne
AFRICOLOGY panel w/ Jennifer Williams, Ama Mazama, +
BLACK QUANTUM REALISM w/ Rasheedah Phillips & Damion Scott
BLACK SCI-FI: OUR VOICES, OUR IMAGINATION w/ I Am Black Sci-Fi
DARK POLITICS & THE OCCULT lecture w/ Andrew Rollins
HIP HOP & ARTIVISM w/ Moor Mother, Sole Rebel, Danny Simmons
#BACK2BLACK : ACCURACY vs ACCEPTANCE in Today’s Comics, moderated by comics creator/ filmmaker Tony Patrick
BOOK READING/SIGNING w/ Sheree Renée Thomas
Our official program is being lined up.
If you are interested in moderating a panel, workshop, and/or lecture, the deadline is October 23rd.
Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples.
BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.
BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.