Birds flying high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life for me, ooh And I’m feeling good
‘Feelin’ Good’ ~Nina Simone
Hello!! Hello!! How are you feeling my friends?! Like Nina Simone, I’m feelin’ good and can’t wait for summer to get here!!
Summertime is definitely one of my favorite seasons, partly due to my Birthday [Leo in the House!!], the weather is amazing, and the fact that there is so much happening on a day-to-day basis! Well I got something for you to add to your summertime fun! Dr. Kaniqua Robinson and I are linking back up for some summertime conversations. If you have tuned into our video podcast, Conversations with Beloved and Kindred then you already have a sneak peek into what is to come!!
For the month of June, Auburn Avenue Research Library will host the limited series Summertime Conversations on “Feelin’ Good”: Exploring the Lived Experience of Black Joy!! Inspired by Nina Simone’s 1965 classic song “Feelin’ Good”, Summertime Conversations on “Feelin’ Good” is a freeform dialogue that foregrounds how people of African descent create communal agency and collective resilience via the cultivation of joy. Check out what is in store below:
June 16th-Juneteenth Why Our Day of Jubilation Matters: In recognition of Juneteenth (2021), this discussion will examine the history and contemporary relevance of the Juneteenth holiday as a curated expression of Black joy and agency. Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, which has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.
June 23rd-Sonic Curation of Happiness via Black Music: In recognition of Black Music Month (June), this discussion will explore the songs and singers/musicians that contribute to the communal expression of collective Black joy and happiness soundtrack.
As I close out the Spring semester, I wanted to make sure I shared this upcoming event:
May 20th, 2021 (8pm/ET)– Art Design Chicago Now Program/Terra Foundation for American Art presents, “The Past and Future of Comics”
The future of comic books belongs to Black women. In many cases drawing on Afrofuturism to tell their own stories, Black women comic book artists and writers are redefining the genre and innovating new ways to think about identity, race, and gender. Join Black future feminist and pop culture scholar Dr.Grace D. Gipson and Chicago cartoonist Bianca Xunise (Say Her Name) for a conversation about the history and future of comic books in Chicago and the real superheroes of the genre: Black women authors and illustrators, and their protagonists.
This program is free to all with registration. Registered guests will receive the link to watch via email in advance of the premiere. The event will premiere on YouTube on May 20th at 7pm/CT (8 pm/ET).
I am excited to share that I will be participating in The University of Oklahoma-Center for Literary Studies: African & African American Studies Scholar Series-Spring 2021 !! My talk will be on “Re-Writing the Script: Black Imaginings of Trauma, Politics, and Pop Culture”!
This event is free and open to the public! See details below:
Join me on April 12 at 3:00 pm/ET (2:00 pm/CST) ! Zoom Meeting Information or you can access the Zoom via Meeting ID: 935 5470 7128 and Passcode: 63714170
Let me start out by saying…Wow!! One thing is for sure, television and film has definitely bounced back even in the midst of a pandemic. These days streaming television shows and films is a whole new experience! And these new trailers are proof that there is definitely not going to be a shortage of content anytime soon!
See for yourself the new films and television series set to premiere in the coming weeks!
*Warner Bros. Mortal Kombat (Set to hit theaters and HBO Max on April 23rd)
*Netflix Yasuke: The Black Samurai (Streaming begins April 29th)
*Marvel Studios’ Black Widow (Set to hit theaters and Disney+ [Premier Access] on July 9th)
*Warner Bros. Space Jam: A New Legacy (Set to hit theaters and HBO Max on July 16th)
*Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery (Streaming on Paramount + in late 2021)
Looks like we gonna have a great Spring and Summer!!