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    The New School: Students of the African Diaspora Panels, Lectures, Workshops

    Panels, Lectures, Workshops

    May 1, 2016
    The New School
    63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100
    New York, NY 10003 United States
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    The 2nd annual Afrofuturism Conference, put on by Students of the African Diaspora of The New School, explores Afrofuturism as a cultural and aesthetic movement for the radical emancipation of people of color. Last year's conference created a space in which people could be in conversation with one another in dissecting the concept of Afrofuturism and designing new narratives to empower the African Diaspora.

    This year, The New School is excited to host what will be an inspiring, 3-day event entitled AfroFuturism: #BlackisViral. Students plan to continue the conversation and bring to light the virality of blackness by hacking the cultural divide with a cadre of makers, thinkers, artists, scholars and innovators to explore the matrix of Afrofuturism as a narrative for liberation. This will be done through a series of art happenings, performances, lectures, panels, workshops, theater pieces, film festival, music, scholarly works, and community events, etc, all of which will examine the platforms and products of black creators as art, language, and tools of subversion.

    "To be black and viral is remarkable. To be infectious and influential in spaces never designed for black, queer, immigrant, low-income voices is a testament to the ingenuity of black folks. To turn the products of tech companies manned by mostly white and mostly wealthy men into communal safe spaces for learning, laughing and affirmation is an amplification of how we create analogous spaces IRL. On a good day, these spaces stretch so far and wide that it's easy to forget that not all of the internet is black. In the robust American tradition of appropriation, the black creators of viral culture are unpaid, uncredited and excluded from the leadership of tech companies. But black is not only viral, it is infinite and it is plotting."
    — Ruth Gebreyesus, writer

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

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    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

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    Resident DJ: Alfafa Brown

    vol. i — Trunode

    Resident DJ: ON MOMMAS

    vol. ii — In Practice of Being

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    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

    Our Stories(3)

    Conversations (1)

    Events (7)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Poetic

    vol. i — Coming Home

    Resident DJ: Diva

    vol. ii — Congo Calypso

    All Themes

    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home