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Saturday, May 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Can You Remember the Future?

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Broad discussion about Afrofuturism as a discipline and practice, its current state, and what insights it holds for what's to come in arts, culture, politics, and beyond. Featuring Reggie Watts, Mykki Blanco, and more to be announced.

 


Talent
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Mykki Blanco

Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., aka Mykki Blanco, is a rapper, poet, activist, and performance artist born in 1986. As a child, Quattlebaum lived in San Mateo, California, then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Quattlebaum published a book of poetry, From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys, with OHWOW in 2011. Blanco has dropped several mixtapes and EPs, including Mykki Blanco and the Mutant Angels, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss... Read More →
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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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Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist / beatboxer / musician / comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. No two performances are the same and to that end, ”genius” is the word most often used to describe Reggie Watts. As a musician, Reggie can be... Read More →

Program Themes
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Afrofuturism

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 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

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