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Take Notes: The Black Panther Panel Discussion Series

  • March 21, 2018 - April 04, 2018 (Recurring daily)
  • Arcana
  • 331 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
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Five Part Panel Discussion Series on the Black Panther Film in Durham Panel discussions at five sites over six weeks examines film’s sociocultural significance

February 13, 2018 – The ‘Black Panther’ released on February 16 nationally will be the focus of broad-ranging community discussions at different sites over the course of six weeks from February 24 to April 3 by scholars, artists, and activists. This Durham-based programming event is entitled “Take Notes: The Black Panther Panel Discussion Series” and encourages the viewing public to examine the film with a critical focus on cultural representation. The film packs powerful imagery and representations in a mediascape that has not seen the likes of an all-Black cast science-fiction/superhero production on this scale from Hollywood or the comic book industry before. Its African diasporic cultural representations are ripe with opportunities for further use as inspiration for individual and community creativity and activism which the series will explore. Cosplay is encouraged. The primary focus of the series will be the sociocultural significance of the following components of the film and their capacity for community building: visual art, Black women’s representations and roles in science, morality, and pop culture, direct comic book incorporations of the Black writers of the Black Panther, music, and STEAM/AFROFUTURISM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). The programs will occur over successive weeks at the Power Plant Building in the American Tobacco Campus, Arcana, Hayti Heritage Center, The Vault at The Palace International, and the Stanford Warren Library. The first program in the series will take place on Saturday, February 24 at 10 am at 320 Blackwell Street, Durham NC 27701 in the American Tobacco Campus. It will examine the artistic landscape of the film through the lens of local artists - Erika+Jamal of FOCSI, Malcolm Goff, Vicki B. Wicked, Nadjib Assani, Danny Quick, LA Chesson, and Dare Coulter. This panel will be moderated by Jamila Davenport. The second program happens on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30pm at Arcana. Moderated by Angel Dozier, it will feature Jamila Davenport, Omisade Burney-Scott, Dare Coulter and Kenya Harris in a timely exchange. The Black women’s presence in the film is the especially extensive and overarching representation that establishes a whole other plane of importance and opportunity for advancement through discussion and activism in this #me too era. Darrell Stover, lecturer in Black Popular Culture and Science, Technology and Society at North Carolina State University, poet, cultural historian, and science communicator will moderate the final three panels. An Afroturist from way back, he instigated these discussions and the series with artists/activists Jamila Davenport and Angel Dozier. He states that “this film carries massive historical and African diasporic cultural significance at this specific moment in American politics and global economic exchange. Let’s not miss the boat on its impacts and opportunities.” The third program will take place on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30pm at the Hayti Heritage Center. This panel will feature Quin Melvin of Ultimate Comics, 12-year-old Nyles Perry, Zayd Shakur, and Solomon Burnette. They will sift through the film’s utilization of the narratives of the Black Panther as provided by the Black writers who have contributed to the comic book over the years and most recently – Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxanne Gay, Evan Narcisse, and science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor. The fourth program will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 2pm at the Vault at The Palace International. This panel will examine the music of the film plus other African diasporic representations. Curated by hip-hop master-mind Kendrick Lamar, the soundtrack offers up a rich collection of contemporary rap and R&B artists. This panel examining the music, choreography, and style of the film will feature BlackSpace founder Pierce Freelon, Aya&Teli Shabu (Magic of African Rhythm), hip-hop documentarian Chanel Nestor, and spoken word/musician Lex-Logan Ibegbu. The fifth and final program in the series will take place on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30pm at the Stanford Warren Library. It will examine the representations of science and technology in the film, as well as how these images can be used to impact youth interests and career success in the STEM fields with Afrofuturism as an artistic inspiration. The panel will feature Dr. Jamila Simpson, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, Student Diversity and Engagement of the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Caesar Jackson, Director of DreamSTEM and Professor of Mathematics and Physics at North Carolina Central University. Curated by Jamila Davenport, Angel Dozier, and Darrell Stover Media Contact: Darrell Stover I, Afrofuturist dcscipoet@gmail.com 919-641-8674

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