*Special Note* : King Britt curated an evening called, Bring The Noise : Afrofuturism x Russolo at the <fidget> space in Philadelphia 11.9.13. This Important event laid the foundation for what blossomed into Moondance.
<fidget> space, run and operated by Peter Price and Megan Bridge, hosts an annual experimental music festival, which was focused around the Art of Noise Manifesto in 2013. They approached King to create an evening, celebrating Russolo in an Afrofuturist context.
“As artist collaborations between hip-hop artists and visual artists become more and more sophisticated, now is a great time to open a dialog that does more than see hip-hop as novelty, or fine arts as being unapproachable or inaccessible. Considering the two mediums in conversation opens up new levels of critical discourse with both art forms.” – Fahamu PecouART PAPERS “ART X HIP-HOP” issue = #KILLER MIKE x #RASHAADNEWSOME x #KENDRICKLAMAR x #WANGECHIMUTU x #JAYZ x #ROBERT PRUITT x #JAYSONMUSSON x #CAKESDAKILLA x #MARCIAJONES x #BAYETEROSSSMITH … Edited by #FAHAMUPECOU
January/February 2014: ART x HIP-HOP
Letter from the Guest Editor Text / Fahamu Pecou
Render, R.A.P. Music, and “Reagan”: Killer Mike & the Hip-Hop Imagination Text / Joycelyn A. Wilson
Eye Candy Is Dandy: Rashaad Newsome’s Hip-Hop Heraldry
& the New Black Swag Text / Katie Cercone
Learn and ask questions about Afrofuturism at an upcoming book talk and panel discussion at Northwestern University!
Time is ticking for audio producer/visual artist/curator KEVIN SIPP as he moves along his Kickstarter campaign for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES of DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE. The 40-page graphic novel of history-related pulp fiction will be printed in February 2014. Support this.
-from the Kickstarter campaigh profile
David Walker Blackstone is a Victorian Age explorer, reporter and metaphysician. Born into slavery in 1847, Blackstone comes of age a free man in Africa. Returning to America to fight in the Civil War,he afterwards settles in Boston Mass. When a secret society of former abolitionist and post slavery freedom fighters headed by Frederick Douglass come looking for his spiritual services Blackstone soon finds himself in the midst of a war between men, demons, and Gods for the soul of the world.
Magic, mystery, colonial imperialism and the mystical lives of post-slavery African Americans are at the core of the story. The universe constructed is a historical and literary mash-up where the influences of Mary Shelly, Herman Melville, Talbot Mundy, Robert E. Howard, Arthur Conan Doyle meet those of Zora Neal Hurston, Alice Walker, Henry Dumas, Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed. Ultimately I seek to insert the voice and imagery of African hoodoo heroic life into the age of steam and 19th century occultism.
Rare New Microbe Found in Two Distant Clean Rooms
A microbe that can survive on very little food and through sterilization processes has only been found in two spacecraft clean-rooms, first in Florida (JPL) — back in 2007 for the launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander — and more recently in South America (ESA).
This new microbe, the Tersicoccus phoenicis, is so different from known organisms that it gets it’s own genus. It seems that this microbe is only found in clean rooms because it gets out-competed by other organisms, get rid of the competition and this genus starts to show up. It might also be in the soil but could just be buried, making it undetectable by the thousands of different types of other organisms.
Shouts to Reanimator Rap.
Winold Reiss was an artist and graphic designer active in the early 1900s. Ironically, this German immigrant came to fame for his illustrations, portraits, and cover designs during the Harlem Renaissance. He taught and mentored artist Aaron Douglas, and his work appeared on Harlem Renaissance-era book and magazine covers. His portraits of writers, poets, and residents of Harlem for the book The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke in 1925, were very influential. Here’s a selection of illustrated portraits by Reiss from The New Negro. More information on Reiss here.
Portraits, top to bottom:
1) Paul Robeson
3) Harlem Girl
4) Jean Toomer
9) Two Public School Teachers
The Harlem Renaissance Illustrations of Richard Bruce Nugent
Richard Bruce Nugent was an author and artist who played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s. He was a member of the talented group of writers and artists who created the ground-breaking magazine Fire!! in 1926 (that group included Langston Hughes, Aaron Douglas, Wallace Thurman, and Zora Neale Hurston). Nugent’s provocative short story in Fire!!, “Smoke, Lillies and Jade,” is considered by many to be the first published openly gay story by an African American writer. Nugent also created a small but memorable set of illustrations for various publications during the Harlem Renaissance, including Fire!! and Opportunity. We’ve collected nine of our favorites, courtesy of the Richard Bruce Nugent website. Nugent’s writing and artwork has been collected in an essential book titled Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance: Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce Nugent, by Thomas H. Wirth. The 2004 indie movie Brother to Brother is a fictional portrayal of Nugent’s life.
(Top to bottom):
Cover of Opportunity, March 1926
Illustration from Fire!! magazine (1926)
Drawing for Mulattoes—Number 1 (1928)
Drawing for Mulattoes—Number 2 (1928)
Drawing for Mulattoes—Number 3 (1928)
Drawing for Mulattoes—Number 4 (1928)
Illustration for Opportunity, January 1928
Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story
Storytellers, musicians and dancers take us on a rhythmic journey with true tales of go-go’s past and present. Bring your cowbell and your dancing shoes, and get ready to crank and groove to go-go’s distinct blend of funk, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, and live percussion. Featuring some of the DC’s finest “go-go griots” and artists.
FRI SEP 13 at 8pm
SAT SEP 14 at 8pm
@Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NE Washington, DC
Heavy Roots Reggae, in the tradition of Cosmic Love Sounds, Atlanta, GA! features the voice of Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey!!
1 Dub In A Matthews Lane Arena By Augustus Pablo
2 Great Tribulation By Hugh Mundell
3 Proverbs Dub By Natural Selectors
4 Darling You By Caleb Sweetback
5 You’ve Broken The Guitar By Ken Boothe
6 Jahoevah’s Kingdom By More Relation
7 Door Peep Shall Not Enter By Burning Spear
8 Black gun By Augustus Pablo
9 Book of Life By Hugh Mundell
10 Bad Man Comes & Goes By Rod taylor
11 I Know Myself By Ernest Wilson
12 Words Of Wisdom By Cedric Im Brooks & the Light of Saba
13 Come See Yeah By Patrick Alley
14 Safari Tower Rock By Augustus Pablo
15 Babylon Deh Pon Fire By Truth Fact & Correct
16 Ethiopians live it out By Burning Spear
17 Jam Down Rock By Joe Gibbs & The Professionals