FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 29, 2016
Maia “CROWN” Williams
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Co-founder, Executive Assistant
(313) 451-0297, BSAMstaff@gmail.com
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtexas2017
Prairie View A&M University- HILLIARD HALL
February 18, 2017
Prairie View, Texas –
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 and abroad.
Our annual conventions, 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 MECCAcon, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.
FREE for Prairie View A&M University students,
only $5-10 for everyone else!
11:00am- DIGITAL HUMANITIES w/ Toniesha Taylor
12:00pm- COMICS workshop w/ Tim Fielder
2:00pm- TRANSFUTURISM presentation w/ Amber Johnson
3:00pm- MECCAcon International Film Festival
4:00pm- BSAM ORIGINS w/ Reynaldo Anderson and John Jennings
5:00pm- LEMONADE presentation w/ Kinitra Brooks
Other events with BSAM include:
MECCAcon 2017 #MECCAcon2017
BSAM St Louis 2017 #BSAMstl2017
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMfuturismo2017
Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMoakland2017
#BSAMla2017 – L.A., June 25th, more details soon!
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.
Black Speculative Arts Movement 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.
If interested in purchasing a vending table, performing, exhibiting, paneling, holding a workshop, volunteering, serving as press, etc, please contact co-founder,
Maia Crown Williams at
Tables are limited.