"How are we Vigilant? Persistence. Embracing the present moment, the RIGHT NOW— seeking urgency and calling attention to the insanity of being (physically and mentally) present as a person of color amidst the skewed perception of a supposed post-race nation.- Alexandria Eregbu

"How are we Vigilant? 
Persistence. Embracing the present moment, the RIGHT NOW— seeking urgency and calling attention to the insanity of being (physically and mentally) present as a person of color amidst the skewed perception of a supposed post-race nation.

-
 Alexandria Eregbu

(Source: alexandriaeregbu.com)

All Feet. All Soul.

"Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas
April 15, 2014from University of Georgia Press
With Visible Man, Jeffrey B. Leak offers a full examination of both Dumas’s life and his creative development. Given unprecedented access to the Dumas archival materials and numerous interviews with family, friends, and writers who knew him in various contexts, Leak opens the door to Dumas’s rich and at times frustrating life, giving us a layered portrait of an African American writer and his coming of age during one of the most volatile and transformative decades in American history.”

All Feet. All Soul.

"Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas

April 15, 2014
from University of Georgia Press

With Visible Man, Jeffrey B. Leak offers a full examination of both Dumas’s life and his creative development. Given unprecedented access to the Dumas archival materials and numerous interviews with family, friends, and writers who knew him in various contexts, Leak opens the door to Dumas’s rich and at times frustrating life, giving us a layered portrait of an African American writer and his coming of age during one of the most volatile and transformative decades in American history.”

(Source: ugapress.org)

@mosaicliterary makes Afrosurreal Lesson Plans for High School Educators
"These lesson plans can not hope to introduce young people to Afro-Surrealism – they already know the stories of our people, and they have heard the fantastic, bizarre, weird, and wonderful from elders all around them. What these lesson plans hope to do is help the thoughtful teacher guide students to a deeper understanding of Afro-Surrealism."

@mosaicliterary makes Afrosurreal Lesson Plans for High School Educators

"These lesson plans can not hope to introduce young people to Afro-Surrealism – they already know the stories of our people, and they have heard the fantastic, bizarre, weird, and wonderful from elders all around them. What these lesson plans hope to do is help the thoughtful teacher guide students to a deeper understanding of Afro-Surrealism."

(Source: mosaicmagazine.org)

@ytashawomack’s Afrofuturism reviewed in Strange Horizons:"If you listed the individual pieces and performances considered in Afrofuturism, the result would sound pretty haphazard, but it doesn’t read that way, because Womack has an excellent eye (and ear) for the aesthetic. It’s not clear at first glance that Afro-surrealist poet D. Scot Miller, jazz artist Sun Ra, and rapper Missy Elliott have anything in common, but Womack brings hidden lines of connectivity to the surface, revealing a shared set of interests: a preoccupation with experimentation, with the strange, with the soulful, with black history, with black imagery, and with a black future."

@ytashawomack’s Afrofuturism reviewed in Strange Horizons:

"If you listed the individual pieces and performances considered in Afrofuturism, the result would sound pretty haphazard, but it doesn’t read that way, because Womack has an excellent eye (and ear) for the aesthetic. It’s not clear at first glance that Afro-surrealist poet D. Scot Miller, jazz artist Sun Ra, and rapper Missy Elliott have anything in common, but Womack brings hidden lines of connectivity to the surface, revealing a shared set of interests: a preoccupation with experimentation, with the strange, with the soulful, with black history, with black imagery, and with a black future."

(Source: strangehorizons.com)

Artist:  Van Arno

Artist:  Van Arno

Afrosurreal Invades The Academy PT. III


SPRING 2014 @ UC Davis:

"262: American Literature After 1914
Danielle Heard dheard@ucdavis.edu
T 3:10-6:00, 120 Voorhies, CRN 22784
Breadth: Later American
Focus: Interdiscipline, Other National, Theory

ENL 262: Afrosurrealism

Mention of the Afrosurreal traces back to Amiri Baraka’s description of Henry Dumas as an “Afro-Surreal Expressionist,” but the term remained unaddressed until Bay Area writer, artist, and curator D. Scot Miller blogged his “Afro-surreal Manifesto” in 2009. Recently, Black Camera (Terri Francis/ Tan Khanh Cao) has announced a special journal issue on Afrosurrealism, suggesting a renewed interest within studies of the African diaspora on this under-theorized artistic and intellectual movement. This course works to further define and theorize the concept by examining literature, film, visual art, music, criticism and theory that expresses or responds to the Afrosurreal. The syllabus may contain works by: Suzan-Lori Parks, Ishmael Reed, Kara E. Walker, Wendell B. Harris, Jr., Ralph Ellison, Adrian Piper, Darius James, Spike Lee, Franz Fanon, Robert Colescott, Henry Dumas, Charles Mingus, and Léopold Senghor. “

(Source: english.ucdavis.edu)

Long Live The Marvelous!


Marvelous Freedom Deconstructed: New Approaches to Blackness in Academia
Camille Morgan
"Last February, art students from Columbia College and School of the Art Institute of Chicago sought to transcend racial boundaries by curating "Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited. Inspired by the original eponymous 1976 exhibit and D. Scot Miller’s "AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the New Black," the show presented Chicago artists of color who approach art-making through an Afro-Surrealist lens. This roundtable seeks to both encourage this model in other institutions and explore the heated debates sparked by diminishing difference while being institutionally shackled to it.”

(Source: blacksinhighered.org)

"These were real items from my vehicle as I was cleaning it out…"                                        -Perpetual Rebel of Afrosurreal Chicago

"These were real items from my vehicle as I was cleaning it out…"
                                        -
Perpetual Rebel of Afrosurreal Chicago

D. Scot Miller reading an excerpt of Knot Frum Hear at California College of the Arts 2/12/14

Read the rest of the story here:

http://elevenelevenjournal.com/issue-16/d-scot-miller/