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New Summer Series!!

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.

Both episodes will take place at 5 pm via Auburn Avenue Research Library Facebook Live and YouTube Channel (for Live and later viewing).

Look forward to you all tuning in!!

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On The Radar-Upcoming Event

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”

Art by Bianca Xunise

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).

To register click here!!

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New Trailer Alerts!!

Family and Friends!! I got another weekly dose of television and film trailers ready for you to hit play!! So get your calendars ready, and check them out below:

Black Love (Season Premiere on OWN May 14th)

Master of None: Moments in Love [Season 3] (Streaming on Netflix May 23rd)

In the Heights (Streaming on HBO Max and in theaters June 11th)

Vivo (Streaming on Netflix TBD)

And #MayTheFourthBeWithYou !!

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New Trailer Alerts!!

Got some new show and film trailers for you, see what’s set to hit screens and theaters below:

The Upshaws (Season 1 streaming May 12th on Netflix)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (In theaters May 14th)

Army of The Dead (Streaming May 21st on Netflix)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings (In theaters September 3rd)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (In theaters November 11th)

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New Trailer Alerts!!

Let me just say there is no shortage of content when it comes to new television series and movies, and what I got for you this week proves that point!!

Check out some of that “new-new” set to hit your screens, see below:

*A Black Lady Sketch Show (Season 2 Begins on April 23rd on HBO)

*The Underground Railroad (Series set to be released on May 14th on Amazon Prime)

*Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Set to be released on June 16th)

*Fast and Furious 9 (Set to be released on July 9th)

Enjoy!!

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On The Radar-New Trailers Alert

Alright my friends, I got some new trailers for you this week!! Nice mix of action, #BlackGirlMagic, drama, social issues, Black boyhood, and of course creative storytelling!!

So go ahead and dive in!!

Without Remorse (Premieres April 30th on Amazon Prime)

Pose (Premieres May 2nd on FX)

Monster (Premieres on May 7th on Netflix)

Run the World (Premieres May 16th on STARZ)

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On The Radar…Upcoming Lecture Presentation

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

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On The Radar- Casting Call for the New Television Series, “The Crossover”!

Calling all my aspiring actors, here is an opportunity that just might be right for you! Check out the flyer below:

For more information visit Casting The Crossover !

“The Crossover” is based on 2015 Newbery Medal Award Winning book of the same name from Kwame Alexander and will be directed by George Tillman, Jr.

And while you are at it, definitely check out the book and graphic novel illustrated by the amazing Dawud Anyabwile!

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New Trailer Alerts!!

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!!