FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 13, 2016
Toronto, ON- Black Speculative Arts Movement: Toronto is a two day community gathering in the heart of the 6ix, a.k.a Toronto, at the historical art site of the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.
Day 1: Artists Meet and Greet
11am – 3pm
6pm – 10pm
•Making Space For the Black Imagination
• Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson, featuring BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Assocation)
• The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners, healers & mystics) moderated by Chiedza Pasipanodya
Featuring Artsit talks by Fatimah Tuggar
Live performances Kafaye Clarke, Osobe Waberi Siya Empara Gwaan Ian Keteku (spoken word poetry and alternative indie) + more
11am – 6pm
• Black Future Month – Deconstructing the Race Box
• Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Toni Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings of Black Kirby
• Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Naomi Bain/Abubacar Fofana León featuring Adiyana Morris, Jelani Nias, Dilcia
• Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists)
live performances by Ricky Smalls(Afrobeats), Chop-z Got Em(Hip-Hop), Witch Prophet(Experimental Indie) + More
Cosmic Cosplay Jam #BSAMtoronto2016 is the official afterparty for all things
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtoronto2016.
for more info on the convention:
Cosmic Cosplay Jam is all out using the imagination, dressing the part and coming out to have a good time.
Hosted by Samson Brown.
Cosmic Cosplay Jam, Black Speculative Arts Movement‘s ONGOING entertainment series thruought our movement of events, will will have moments where you might see Darth Vader holding a whine with Storm, or see a bunch of starship crew feteing.
Dj King Mitch,
Dj Tobias +
$10 in advance, $15 at the door.
EARLY BIRD Tickets are available until October 15th (https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=27313009948)
For physical tickets, go to
African Drums and Art Crafts
615 Dundas St W
If interested in paneling, presenting, etc, please contact #BSAMtoronto2016 executive coordinator,
Quentin Babatunde VerCetty/ VerCetty Made It Studios
Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought the United States.
The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, 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.
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.