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The show will answer the question what exactly is AfroFuturism from the founder and creator of The AfroFuturist Affair.
The AfroFuturist Affair is a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black sci-fi culture through creative events, community workshops, blogging, and creative writing. The Afrofuturist Affair uses proceeds from events to fund the Futurist Fund Community Grant. The AfroFuturist Affair is a founding member of Metropolarity.net, a 215 Speculative Fiction Collective.
R. Phillips is a Philadelphia public interested attorney, speculative fiction writer, the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, and a founding member of Metropolarity.net. She recently independently published her first speculative fiction collection, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).
Join Noa Jones and MC Brooks on Wednesday, March 26th, as we discuss Afrofuturism and its influence on music, black geek culture, literature and various other forms of media. We will discuss Janelle Monae, Octavia Butler, John Jennings and Ytasha Womack will join us at 9pm EST to discuss her recent book on the subject: Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture."
Our first episode features a conversation between Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin and Afroerotik about erotic agency, gender, race, and technology: what does it mean to be subject of desire and an Afrofuturist/futurist? What role does internet and social media play in the negotiation, articulation, and performance of racialized and gendered bodies as artists, writers, and lovers? As citizens of the world?
Do check out my blog for more on AfroerotiK:
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Join Noa Jones and MC Brooks on Wednesday, March 12th, as they engage in an in-depth discussion on race and gender in video games. The topic was inspired from a petition created by Noa to have 3 black female characters added to the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game as a DLC pack. They will discuss the petition, race and gender stereotypes, the role of black video game characters and much more. The show will also feature music from nerdcore musicians: MegaRan, My Protege, and Skyblew. Tune in and be sure to share the link. The number to dial-in is 310-982-4273.
At the Edge presents Part Two of my discussion with Scottie Lowe, also known as AfroerotiK, who will be discussing her new erotic videos and new collection of erotic short stories, as well as continuing our discussion on Black women, the erotic, spiritual communion, and self-empowerment.
Erotic provocateur, humanist, relentless champion for the oppressed, and facilitator for social change, Scottie Lowe is the brain child, creative genius and the blood, sweat, and tears behind AfroerotiK, the website and the company to provide people of African descent a place to escape the narrow-mined, stereotypical, limiting and oft-times degrading beliefs that abound about our sexuality. While being the first to admit that there are issues surrounding collective Black sexuality, Scottie is putting everything on the table to discuss, debate, and dismantle stereotypes in a healthy exchange of ideas. She hopes to provide a more holistic, informed, and enlightened discussion of Black sexuality so that people of color have alternatives to the one-dimensional caricatures society and the media force-feed us down our throats and she dreams of helping couples become more open, honest, and adventurous in their relationships.
For more information about Scottie Lowe and AfroerotiK, do check out her website http://afroerotik.com/
She is on Twitter https://twitter.com/afroerotik & on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/scottie.lowe.afro
In this episode, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews Dr. Alondra Nelson, Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, whose latest work Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination brings to light the significance of the Black Panther Party's role in challenging mainstream medicine's mistreatment of and discrimination against poor people of African descent in the United States. Dr. Nelson, whose groundbreaking work on theorization of Afrofuturism continues to inspire scholars, will discuss her book, as well as other aspects of her research.
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews Madrina Angelique, who "is initiated in the Palo tradition as Madre Nganga of Munanso Centella Ndoki Nyuyo Malongo Corta Lima Cordosa, initiated by Chief Ololele Afolabi, godson of Tata Antonio Ali. She is also initiated in Santeria as Iyalorisha of Ile Ori Yemaya, initiated by Baba Ogun Solu, godson of Chief Bolu Fantunmise of the Ifa Orisha Cultural Cener in Nigeria and Atlanta. Born and raised in rural Georgia, she has immersed herself in the study and practice of traditional southern hoodoo since childhood." From RootMamaConjure.com
This episode promises to be an insightful discussion on the role of African Traditional Religions in culture-making in the United States and as an essential part of the African Diaspora.
This episode Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews Poet Tzynya Pinchback, who is a "mother, writer, spinster and cranberry enthusiast. Using narrative as shaman, lyric as landscape, [she is] a corporate proposal writer by day, syllable wench courting meter, form and tambourine-carrying skeletons by night. Tzynya is founder and facilitator of Cat in the Belly – a memoir and guided journaling workshop incorporating eco-psychology and art therapy principles." Her work can be seen in Plain View Press’s Alternatives to Surrender anthology; Paul Politis’ photography exhibit A Clean Well Lighted Place; and Holly Rose Review. She has also authored three poetry chapbooks: EveSongs (1996, University of New Mexico Africana Studies), hussy (2010), and Pink Confetti (2012). - from TzynyaPinchback.com
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Corset Magazine Arielle Loren about her ground-breaking magazine, her work towards building healthy conversations about female sexuality, and her fascinating documentary Bideology, a feature-length film exploring sexualities.
The latest issue of Corset Magazine is due to be out in August, by the way but do make sure you check out Issues #1 and #2, because your host is a contributor in all three!
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews up and coming speculative/science fiction author Thaddeus Howze about his novel Hayward's Reach, his collection of short fiction on his website Hubcity Blues, and the growth of cyberpunk and futurism among writers of the African Diaspora.
Taking a brief break from Afrofuturism, this episode features an informal discussion between me and my research assistant and former student Adrian Ayers (also a school teacher in the Washington Metro area) regarding ongoing research for one of my book projects, "Black Irish," cultural hybridity, and the cinematic body: a study on Gabriel Byrne. Just how did I, as an African American woman whose research and publications has tended to center on gender studies, literary criticism, post-colonialism, and the African Diaspora, end up doing both a book on Afrofuturism and a book on Gabriel Byrne, a White male actor from Ireland? It's not as far-fetched and unlikely as one might assume when it comes to understanding the politics of cultural production, icon-making, gender, and race. Tune in and call in with your questions.
Interview with novelist Kenji Jasper about Afrofuturist aesthetics and themes in Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower and Walter Mosley's short story collection Futureland.
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