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RIP Amiri Baraka-Dancing kneeling reaching out, letting a hand rest in shadows.

RIP Amiri Baraka-Dancing kneeling reaching out, letting a hand rest in shadows.

    Just got word of Amiri Baraka’s passing and I’m taking a minute to reflect what his work and life meant to me as a writer and a black man trying. Rest in Power Mr. Baraka, your oom boom ba boom banged strong and will leave a long lasting echo. The New World By Amiri Baraka The sun is folding, cars stall and rise beyond the window. The workmen leave the street to the ...

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Shadows Took Shape, Afrofuturism at The Studio Museum of Harlem

This is one of those times I wish I was bicoastal. Or that teleporters were actually a thing. Shadows Took Shape a new exhibit at the Studio Museum of Harlem. The exhibition features more than sixty works of art, including ten new commissions, charting the evolution of Afrofuturist tendencies. The exhibit, organized by Assistant Curator Naima J. Keith and independent curator Zoe Whitley, draws its title from an obscure Sun Ra poem and a posthumously released series of ...

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Recap: Creating Minds-Reading and Writing in the Digital Age

On Wednesday, October 23rd UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media, and swissnex San Francisco presented Creating Minds a conference at Berkeley’s Banatao Auditorium. The conference focused on Reading and Writing in the Digital Age with a look at the discussion on the radical, surprising, and unpredictable reorganization of cognition that has emerged from the revolution in the digital production of texts. [View the story "#CreatingMinds Recap" on Storify]

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Black Futurists Speak NewBlackWriting

Watch the stream of Black Futurists Speak: New Black Writing

Live streaming video by Ustream If you’re not in the Bay Area or couldn’t get to the city for Black Futurists Speak because of the #BARTstrike don’t worry. Here’s the video stream and social media storify from the event. And you can find out more about the readers here. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story "Black Futurists Speak reading at #litcrawl" on Storify</a>]

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