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April 2015

Black Quantum Futurism Mini writing retreat for the far out and gone

April 26, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
House of Future Sciences, 3213 TURNER ST
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States
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$5 – $10

Black Quantum Futurism Presents:
writing workshops for the far out & gone
3 workshops - 1 Day
{anthropology of consciousness}
{speculative fiction and the unknown)
{song writing +freestyling 101}

Open to All ages
workshops are $5
$10 for all 3 workshops
Lunch included
sign up/ more info at blackquantumfuturism@gmail.com

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May 2015

STATE OF EMERGENCY: Black Women Lives

May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Neighborhood Time Exchange Studios, 4017 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Black women and girls are out here dying every moment, from state violence, domestic violence, street violence, and self-inflicted violence. We absolutely must discuss and brainstorm solutions for saving our women and girls NOW.

1-3pm - Closed discussion and safespace for Black women and Black trans*persons to share their personal struggles and experiences with violence and suicide, survival stories, and solutions. POC trans*persons in need of safespace are welcome.

3-4pm - Open discussion and forum for ALL to discuss community solutions and action steps for supporting Black women and girls and protecting them against violence. Discussion will be lightly moderated by BQF Collective to maintain the focus.

** light refreshments and snacks
** optional potluck
** all ages
** free
** Childcare may be available from Philadelphia Child Care Coalition

- Safe space is a term for an area or forum where either a marginalised group are not supposed to face standard mainstream stereotypes and marginalisation, or in which a shared political or social viewpoint is required to participate in the space. (via Geek Feminism)

There will be information and resources available for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. If you have resources and information to contribute for survivors of suicide and depression, or street harassment, please contact us at blackquantumfuturism@gmail.com

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Wildseeds Black Futures Fest

May 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - May 31, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Ibis Conservation Room, 1401 Leonidas St
New Orleans, LA 70118 United States
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FESTIVAL WEBSITE: www.blackfuturesfest.strikingly.com
VOLUNTEERS: Email NOLAWildseeds@gmail.com if interested in being a volunteer :)

Save the date for the Wildseeds #BlackFuturesFest going on in New Orleans from May 28th-31st!

The Black Futures Fest is a celebration of the Black fantastic and will showcase the creative praxis of artists, writers, and cultural workers of color in New Orleans whose work engages around issues of Afrofuturism, Black science fiction, and the Black radical and speculative imagination—work exploring race, gender, class, social change, and the future of Black and Brown bodies and communities.

Open to the public, the weekend of festivities will feature film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, and art and music by local artists and musicians. More than anything, the festival will provide a space to celebrate Black and Brown artists, writers, teachers, librarians, readers, and publishers engaged in shaping the future of Black people at the intersections of futurism, arts, and social change.

CHECK THIS PAGE REGULARLY FOR EVENT UPDATES OR VISIT www.blackfuturesfest.strikingly.com!

 

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October 2015

AFROFUTURES_UK Conference & Exhibition Weekend

October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
MAD LAB Manchester Digital Laboratory, 36-40 Edge Street
Manchester, M4 1HN United Kingdom
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AfroFutures_UK is a weekend event celebrating the intersection of futurism and the black experience. Featuring artists, academics, and activists, they aim to promote Afrofuturistic endeavours in the arts and technology. Metropolarity's own Rasheedah Phillips, founder of the AfroFuturist Affair and Black Quantum Futurism collective, will be there as a guest speaker.

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November 2015

Future Perfect: A screening & workshop exploring future imaginaries from the New Right to the AfroFuturist Affair

November 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Slought, 4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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FREE

Slought is pleased to announce "Future Perfect," a screening and workshop exploring future imaginaries from the New Right to the AfroFuturist Affair, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6-8pm. The event will feature the Philadelphia premiere of Daniel Tucker's feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country (54 minutes, 2015), followed by a dialogue between the artist and author Rasheedah Phillips, creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, exploring the liberatory potential of language, and the relationship of writing to social justice and alternative conceptions of the future.

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March 2016

Soft Targets: Vulnerability and Violence in the New Post-Apocalypse

March 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Location, 1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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FREE

Join Metropolarity, APIARY Magazine, and the Free Library of Philadelphia for an afternoon of writers’ workshops and readings. This year, Metropolarity and APIARY Magazine have joined forces to produce a sci-fi themed issue exploring the nature of vulnerability in our present realities of mass incarceration, mass surveillance, social media, and the potential for revolution. This event is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's local iteration of the national 7 Days of Genius Festival #thatsgenius

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. One-on-one writers’ coaching with Apiary Magazine. Bring your own writing, and you’ll receive feedback. First come first served. (Grand Lobby)

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. SOFT TARGETS: Science Fiction as memoir in a reality of apocalypse. A workshop with the writers from Metropolarity about living under capitalism/militarism and using that as inspiration for writing (Room 108).

3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Reading and Q & A with Metropolarity and friends (Montgomery Auditorium).

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June 2016

Deep Space Mind: Insanity for Survival at the Allied Media Conference 2016

June 17, 2016 @ 4:00 am - 5:30 pm
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DETROIT / ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE 2016

Space has often been used as a metaphor for uncharted, yet-to-be colonized territory. Similarly the mindspaces of marginalized persons are at risk of being infiltrated, surveilled, and used by colonizing forces. In this workshop we will use a DIY sci-fi lens for marginalized persons to explore and reclaim their own insane mindspaces while developing strategies for psychological survival in our age of warfare.

Presented by Ras Mashramani.
Friday June 17, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 113
Hands-on Session

Track RAD Care Beyond Social Justice
Hashtag #DeepSpaceMind

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August 2016

The Free Black Women’s Library at Community Futures Lab – Community & Memory Theme

August 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Futures Lab, 2204 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States
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FREE

The Free Black Women's Library comes to Community Futures Lab! The Free Black Women's Library is a Brooklyn-based interactive mobile library that features over 420 books written by and about Black women. The library centers and celebrates the art, music, history and stories of Black women and girls worldwide. All books are available via trade. http://thefreeblackwomanslibrary.tumblr.com/ Please feel free to bring a good book written by a Black women to donate or trade. 1pm - Library Opens 3pm - Join…

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ROCKERS BBQ WEEKEND #6

August 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - August 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Community Futures Lab, 2204 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States
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BRING CASH

ROCKERS BBQ WEEKEND WILL TAKE PLACE AUG 27TH & 28TH 2016 WE CELEBRATE OUR 6TH YEAR DOING THE FESTIVAL!! I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR SUPPORTING ROCKERS OVER THE YEARS IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO PROVIDE SO MANY WITH A PLATFORM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES.ROCKERS MONTHLY SHOWS MAY BE OVER BUT WE WILL CONTINUE EVERY YEAR WITH THE BBQ WEEKEND!!! THIS IS A WEEKEND FOR RECONNECTING, GIVING THANKS AND HAVING FUN. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE, ---------------.................................................---------- DAY 1…

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September 2016

TRANS & GENDER NONCONFORMING YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES

September 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - April 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Kelly Writer’s House, 3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19139 United States
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FREE

Kelly Writers House invites you to join a new
Writing Group for Trans
& Gender Non-Conforming Youth

This monthly writing group is open and free of charge for youth ages 14–22 who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming (GNC). The group will meet monthly at Kelly Writers House on the University of Pennsylvania campus on the second Saturday of the month, 12:00–2:00pm. No experience or expertise in writing is expected. Trans and GNC-identified guest writers will lead the group each month, and trans and GNC-identified facilitators will attend and support all monthly sessions. Lunch will be provided, as well as SEPTA tokens for transportation to and from the group. Come join us!

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RIPExpo 2016 – Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo!

September 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - September 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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METROPOLARITY LOVES RIPEXPO. CATCH RAS & EIGHTEEN THIS YEAR TABLING W/NEW POSTERS PINS #DIYSCIFI BOOKS + TEEEEEE SHIRTS ^___^/ About The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) is a spring weekend devoted to small-press and self-published comics, zines and books. Artists and writers from all over North America will join local creators to exhibit work and generate discussion. RIPExpo is committed to giving voice to those underrepresented in mainstream media. The RIPExpo main exhibition halls at the Providence Public Library…

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May 2017

MOOGFEST

May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - May 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
$$$

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Catch our workshops & reading events alongside Black Quantum Futurism collective as part of this year's 'Future Thought' programming at MOOGFEST in Durham. It's $$$ tho so don't stress – we do our thing regularly around the city of Philadelphia.

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