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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.


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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

Program Themes
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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... Read More →

Saturday May 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Armory