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Saturday, May 21 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hidden Figures: Women & Afrofuturism

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A broad dialogue about black women and their role in creating the Future. Using the film, Hidden Figures: Women & Afrofuturism, as a jumping off point, the conversation will cover a wide range of topics with special guests to be announced.

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Kimberly Drew

Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social... Read More →
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Chuck Lightning

Chuck Lightning has been integral to recent developments in musical Afrofuturism, behind the boards and, increasingly, in front of them. Lightning and his Morehouse College roommate Nate Wonder comprise the avant-funk duo Deep Cotton. Lightning and Wonder have produced music for Grammy nominated, rabble rousing R&B singer Janelle Monae. Deep Cotton’s song "We're Far Enough from Heaven Now We Can Freak Out" appeared in a Sonos commercial... Read More →
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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, and producer known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. In 2010, Monáe released the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed “ArchAndroid,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Charts and earned her two Grammy nominations. In 2013, she released the critically acclaimed album “The Electric Lady” featuring artists like Prince and... Read More →
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Allison Schroeder

Allison Schroeder is a screenwriter in Los Angeles, whose most recent project Hidden Figures tells the true story of three female mathematicians at NASA during the Cold War who were African American. Allison grew up near NASA in Florida where both her grandparents worked and then interned herself at NASA for many years. The film will be released in theaters 1/13/17. She also has a musical pilot in development at Universal Cable and... Read More →

Program Themes
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Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →

Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

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