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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Black Speculative Arts Movement Comes To Philadelphia This Fall

*From The Press Release

Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar
Temple University | 927 West Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 - View Map


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- The Black Speculative Arts Movement, a.k.a. BSAM is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Our main annual convention is co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University Reynaldo Anderson and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (MECCACon) Maia Crown Williams. This event will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival, seminars, classes, workshops, plays, and much more. 

Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

Confirmed Events

Black Speculative Art: Amber Johnson
Black Comics with Tim Fielder
Dark Politics & Culture
Art Instillation
Afrofuturist Affair Ball with The AfroFuturist Affair
#MECCAcon2016 International Film Festival
Artist Alley
Cosmic Cosplay Jam: Cosplay, Step show, Talent show
Book Signings
Politics through Artistic Mediums
How To Self Publish
S.T.E.A.M.S. with Minister Enqi, Blue Pill, KT the Arch Degree
African Adornment
Black Metaphysics and Hollywood with KT the Arch Degree


Afrofuturism & The Black Studies Curriculum
Black Quantim Futurism
Women In Comics wth Regine Sawyer
Black Illustrators & Artists
Black Writers & Publishers
Setting The Tone: The Importance of Self Ownership in Literacy & Arts

BSAM Philly is sponsored by Molefi Kete Asante, MA, Ph.D., is Professor of African American Studies at Temple University.

Afrofuturism and Astro Blackness has been practiced in our community for years, especially through literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.

BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BSAM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the digital divide in the face of challenges in the 21st century.

If interested in purchasing a vending table, performing, exhibiting, volunteering, serving as press, please contact:

Maia "CROWN" Williams
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Co-founder, Executive Assistant
(313) 451-0297

Tables are limited!
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