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Leimert Park Village Art Walk This Sunday!

Plus The Festival of Masks! Don't Miss It!

Art Walk June 2017

Black Speculative Arts Movement is honored to be hosting our traveling afrofuturism and comic book convention at the historical Leimert Village in Los Angeles this June. BSAM will be held in multiple spaces at the village, including The Vision Theatre, KAOS Network, and Leimert Park People's Street. The convention will be the official Leimert Park Art Walk/ Mask Festival co-produce by LA COMMONS for the month of June, as well as their official 8 year anniversary celebration.

Although we mostly focus on afrofuturism at our other events, BSAM L.A. is excited to focus primarily on film. The convention will include MECCAcon International Film Festival, QnA from multiple filmmakers and actors, workshops, and more. Our main films will be showcased at night at People's Street park. Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is a monthly Afrofuturism, black comics, film, and arts convention held at multiple colleges, universities, museums, and other venues across the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Our annual conventions, co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, Maia Crown Williams, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via MECCAcon, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

PARTICIPANTS FOR L.A. INCLUDE:

Denys Cowan

Derek Dow

Nalo Hopkinson

Jackie J Stone

Carl Jones

Erika Alexander

Zo!

NIkkolas Smith

Pochino Press

Paul Lewin

Pavi Prasad

Underground Resistance (UR)

Evita Castine

Hannibal Tabu

Xavier l Burgin

Shawna Mills

kris ex (Christian Fabien)

Eric Dean Seaton

Ka’ramuu Kush

Korstiaan Vandiver

Cornelius Harris

Jason Reeves

Supersikh Comics

Onyi Udeh

Yajaira De La Espada

Solomon Onita Jr

Donnie and Eric Seals

Will Focus

Nay Marie

Reynaldo Anderson

Maia “Crown” Williams

Obi Udeh

Ajani Brown

Steven Barnes

Keithan Jones

Tony Puryear

Tanai Walker

V.R. McCoy

Marqueeda LaStar

Myshell Tabu

Marcel Williams

Zeal Harris

Ronda Brown

and MORE!

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

MECCAcon INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AFRICAN DRUMMING CIRCLE

BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT panel

MECCAcon IFF ANIMATION panel

MECCAcon IFF HOLLYWOOD panel

CONCRETE PARK presentation

UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE presentation

THE AFROFUTURIST HUMANITARIAN lecture

BACK2BLACK: ACCURACY vs ACCEPTANCE IN TODAY'S COMICS panel

MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panel

BLACK PUBLISHERS panel

RED ORIGINS workshop/ presentation

SEARCHING FOR WALTER'S LEGACY lecture

ANCESTRAL MASK FESTIVAL

INTERGENERATIONAL WOMEN'S TALK

And more!

Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru 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..

Links:

http://BSAMla2017.eventbrite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1250685465000220/
http://blackspeculativeartsmovement.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/blackspeculativeartsmovement

http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/INDIEFILMFEST

OFFICIAL BSAM L.A. 2017 SCHEDULE:

10A SCREENWRITING workshop - Steven Barnes
10a RED ORIGINS (childrens’ animation/cartoons)

11A EFF: DIGITAL SECURITY FOR ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS
11A 10A SUPERHERO 101: youth art workshop w/ MADTWIINZ (Blokhedz)
11A SEARCHING FOR WALTER DEAN MEYR’S LEGACY: Yajaira De La Espada

12P MEDIA OF THE FUTURE panel- kris ex, Marqueeda LaStar, Ajani Brown, Marcel Williams, moderated by Tre’vell Anderson
12P ARTISTS ON MINING STARDUST FOR THE ANCESTORS - Pavithra Prasad, Zeal Harris, Ronda Brown
12P LATINX FUTURISMO panel- Jess Castillo (Third Press), Sarah Rafael García (Barrio Writers and LibroMobile), Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca (chamavision), Norman Zalaya (Pochino Press). Moderator: Daniel D. Zarazua (Pochino Press)

1P-3P (outside)
BLESSING OF THE PARK/ AFRICAN DRUMMING PROCESSIONAL
ANCESTRIAL MASK FESTIVAL - LPV PEOPLE’S STREET
AYO'S INTERGENERATIONAL WOMENS TALK - KAOS
SANKOFA CITY: LEIMERT PARK film w/ Ben Caldwell (Vision Theatre)

3P MECCAcon BLACK HOLLYWOOD panel - Erika Alexander, Eric Dean Seaton, Tony Isabella, Myshell Tabu, Richard Gant
3P AFROFUTURISM 2.0: Reynaldo Anderson, Tiffany Barber, Duane Deterville, Nalo Hopkinson, Ricardo Guthrie, Ajani Brown
3P UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE presentation w/ DJ Dan Z, DJ Dex Nomadico

4P BACK2BLACK panel - Denys Cowan, Nikkolas Smith, Jason Reeves, Erika Alexander, Keithan Jones, Shawna Mills, moderated by Hannibal Tabu.
4P THE AFROFUTURIST HUMANITARIAN lecture: Yajaira De La Espada

5P CONCRETE PARK presentation
5P MECCAcon BLACK ANIMATION panel - Denys Cowan, Carl Jones, Shawna Mills, Onyi/Obi Udeh, Mike/Mark Davis aka MADTWiiNZ. Moderated by Maia CROWN Williams.

6P MECCAcon SHORT FILM panel - Korstiaan Vandiver, Evita Castine, Jackie J.J. Stone, Xavier L Burgin, Derek Dow, Solomon Kieta, Jr. Moderated by Maia CROWN Williams
6P BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE film ( inside Kaos Network) - Alain Bidard

6P STEVIE MACK VARIETY SHOW (inside Kaos Network)

MECCAconIFF2017 Film Festival: Outdoors!

Bring a blanket, lawn chair, etc!

8p THE BIG CHOP film - Derek Dow, QnA
9p ON TIME film - Xavier Burgin, QnA
10p SKYBREAK (Zo!) film - QnA w/ Zo!, Donnie & Eric Seals

More details to come, including room assignments, etc!

If interested in purchasing a vending table, performing, exhibiting, paneling, holding a workshop, volunteering, serving as press, etc, please contact BSAM co-founder, Maia Crown Williams at
BSAMstaff@gmail.com, 3134510297.

Vending spaces are limited.

Official illustration by TheOneWillFocus.
Will Focus is also available for commission.

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Festival of Mask June 2017

The seventh annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks in Leimert Park Village features a procession and live musical performances at which traditional artists, youth groups, and diverse community members engage in a celebration of the global African village, paying homage to their shared heritage through mask-making and dance. Mask making workshops start at 10am and festivities begin at 1pm.

This year’s theme, “Restoring Balance”, leverages the power of the arts to invoke compassion and inspire us to connect with one another regardless of perceived differences. Performances by artists Kehinde, S.H.I.N.E Muwasi, Kouman Kele West African Dance & Drum Troup, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Dembrehbrah West African Drum * Dance Ensemble, Anahuacalmecac Danza Azteca, Le Ballet Dembaya, and Torre Brannon-Reese & Everything With Soul will contribute to and embrace the idea of cultural connectedness. “Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks provides the community with a great opportunity to come together to make a beautiful and impactful statement,” says Karen Mack, the Executive Director of LA Commons. “This year, the theme “Restoring Balance” recognizes the importance of compassion and solidarity in a time of unprecedented divisiveness.”

The Festival is produced in partnership with the Leimert Park Art Walk in an effort to promote the vibrancy, culture, legacy, and economy of Leimert Park. Following the festival, local businesses are asked to display the Festival’s masks and puppets, extending the public’s opportunity to view these ancient and modern artifacts. Members of the public will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops in May and June.

These events are made possible in part through funding from the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, District 2, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Comerica Bank, Los Angeles, Office of Council President Herb Wesson, Council District 10, Los Angeles Country Arts Commission, and the Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor BID.

A special thank you to our community partners KAOS Network , Leimert Park Artwalk, Motherland Music, Watts Village Theatre Company, Watts Labor Community Action Center, Community Build, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, World Stage and the Leimert Park Village Stakeholders, and our in-kind donors, Dick Blick Art Materials, Trader Joe’s and Brooklyn Deli & Mini Mart.

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Salsa in LPV

The Leimert Park Village Stakeholders Meeting

NEW DATES AND TIMES!!!

Two Meetings Per Month Starting in 2017:

First and Third Monday at 10:00 am

The Focus: Move the Renaissance Strategy "Onward & Upward!"

Join Us @ The Vision Theatre

3341 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Co-Chairs:

Clint Rosemond and Johnnie Raines, III

Thought Leaders:

Sherri Franklin, Urban Design Center

Roland Wiley, RAW International Architects, Inc.

www.LeimertParkVillage.org | 2020Vision@LeimertParkVillage.org