BSAM ST LOUIS 2017 #BSAMstl2017
BSAM ST LOUIS 2017 #BSAMstl2017

BSAM ST LOUIS 2017 #BSAMstl2017

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Harris-Stowe State University

3026 Laclede Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63103

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December 14, 2016

Maia "CROWN" Williams
Black Speculative Arts Movement
Co-founder, Executive Assistant
(313) 451-0297,

Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMstl2017
Harris-Stowe State University
March 17-18, 2017

Official schedule to be announced!

St Louis, MO -
Black Speculative Arts Movement​, aka BsaM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities thruought the United States.

Our annual conventions, co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University​, Reynaldo Anderson​, and founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA​, Maia Crown Williams​, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via MECCAcon, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.


Planning stages for BSAM St Louis 2017 #BSAMstl2017 are underway!! This year's theme is UNIFIED RESISTANCE!

BSAM St Louis 2017 #BSAMstl2017:: UNIFIED​ ​RESISTANCE

***** Official Schedule *****


10am​ ​YOUTH​ ​COMICS​ ​Workshop-​ ​ ​Tim Fielder
10am​ ​YOUTH​ ​POETRY​ ​Workshop-​ InnerGy
10am​ ​SOCIAL​ ​JUSTICE-​ Amber Johnson,​ ​Attorney​ @Amy​ ​Breihan

11am​ ​CREATIVE​ ​WRITING​ ​Workshop-​ ​Gregory S. Carr,​ ​Jason​ ​Vassar
11am​ ​COMICS​ ​AND​ ​LITERACY-​ Sharnez Givens ​&​ ​Guests

Lunch​ ​and​ ​Networking​ ​at​ ​12-1pm

1pm​​ ​​ART​​ ​​GRANTS​​ ​​Workshop​​ ​-​ ​Jason​​ ​​Vassar

1pm-2:30pm​ ​DISPATCHES​ ​OVER​ ​FLY​ ​OVER​ ​COUNTRY,​ ​The​ ​Legacy​ ​of​ ​Darren​ ​Seals,​ ​and​ ​the
Purple​ ​Revolution-​ ​Sarah​ ​Kendzior,​ ​​Reynaldo Anderson,​ Andrew Rollins, Nyota Uhura
moderated​ ​by​ Sudarsen​ ​Kant​ ​@Emerson​ ​Theatre

pm-​ ​@SHEREE​ ​Sheree Renée Thomas,​ Stanford W. Carpenter,​ Ytasha L. Womack, Stacey Robinson

3pm​ MECCAcon Film Festival w/
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA




Saturday,​ ​March​ ​18​ ​EARLY​ ​CHILDHOOD​ ​CENTER

11am​ ​​ ​New​ ​Afrikan​ ​ECONOMICS​ ​AND​ ​THE​ ​DEEP​ ​STATE-​ ​Andrew​ ​Rollins,​ ​​Johnson Lancaster
11am​ ​LABOR,​ ​ARTS,​ ​AND​ ​ACTIVISM-​ ​NEA,​ ​Greg​ ​Carr

12pm​ ​Poetry​ ​Writing​ ​Workshop-​ ​Dr.​ ​Joy​ ​Davis​ ​and​ ​Bryce​ ​Davis

Lunch​ ​and​ ​Networking​ ​at​ ​12-1pm

1pm​ ​Beyonce​ ​“Lemonade”​ ​workshop​ ​w/ Kinitra ​Brooks
1pm​ ​Digital​ ​Humanities​ ​(Toneisha​ ​Taylor)
1pm​ ​African​ ​Drumming​ ​Class-​ ​NGOMA

2pm​ ​The​ ​Artrepreneur:​ ​Starting​ ​your​ ​own​ ​Biz​ ​(Volunteer​ ​lawyers​ ​and​ ​Accts.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​Arts)
2pm​ ​Back2Black​ ​Panel-​ ​Damian Duffy,​ ​Tim​ ​Fielder,​ ​Stacey​ ​Robinson,​ ​Sharnez​ ​Givens,​ ​moderated by Maia Crown Williams

3-4pm​ ​Drawing​ ​My​ ​African​ ​Voice​ ​(Sarah​ ​Blair)

3pm-4pm​ ​Afrofuturism​ ​the​ ​2nd​ ​Wave:​ ​The​ ​Black​ ​Speculative​ ​Arts​ ​Movement​ w/ Reynaldo Anderson,​ ​Amber​ ​Johnson,​ ​Kinitra​ ​Brooks,​ ​Toneisha​ ​Taylor)

3pm​ ​MECCAcon​ ​Film​ ​Festival

Play:​ ​Aunt​ ​Jo​ ​Mama-​ ​Greg​ ​Carr
WORD​ ​UP​ ​poetry
Concert​ ​(TBD)

Afrofuturism and astro blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka,Tananarive Due, and the ZULU NATION are excellent examples.

Black Speculative Arts Movement is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BsaM is a continuation of the historical behavior within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.



if interested in performing, exhibiting, paneling, holding a workshop, volunteering, serving as press, etc, please contact co-founder,
Maia Crown Williams at, 3134510297.

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