Resurrect & Reclaim: Monica McIntyre, Taina Asili…

Wildseeds is so happy to be working in collaboration on this beautiful event!

Join Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, on tour from Albany, NY and cellist & singer/songwriter Monica McIntyre in collaboration with Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective for ‘Resurrect & Reclaim: A Weekend of Music, Ritual & Community’ — Saturday April 4th & 5th at Cafe Istanbul!

Cafe Istanbul NOLA
2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA
Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7-9pm
$7-$10 sliding scale

You are powerful, You are beautiful, You are resplendent! The time is now to ‘Resurrect & Reclaim’ your power, your identity, and your ability to keep rising. We will celebrate with music, community altar building, inter-active art stations, and more!!

TAINA ASILI y la Banda Rebelde combine powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. The six-piece ensemble from Albany, NY, led by Puerto Rican vocalist Taina Asili, offer a sound that spans continents, exuding strength of Spirit, inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion.

MONICA MCINTYRE, based in New Orleans, LA, seamlessly blends Blues, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds with the unique cello techniques of slapping, plucking and strumming, into an unforgettable musical landscape.

Wildseeds: The Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective is a feminist-of-color collective that uses speculative fiction and art as a resource for social change.

Please join us for this magical night!

***Taina Asili will also be conducting a powerful Reclaim the Thunder: Songs for Social Change Workshop on Sunday April 5th at Café Istanbul from 4-6:30pm. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1385410908445504/

Join Wildseeds at the Launch Party of “Mixed Company”!

Come celebrate Wildseeds members who are part of “Mixed Company,” an independent publication featuring the writing and visual art of women of color currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana, including Addie Citchens, Jeri Hilt, Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy, Ambata Kazi-Nance, J.R. Ramakrishnan, and Kristina K. Robinson.

The 21st century moment is an exciting and uncharted time in literature and publishing with new and traditional media forms both co-existing and duking it out to create new avenues for artists to get their work to the public. This literary late night offering will highlight the interplay between tradition and innovation and the syncretic results of a culture of diaspora. Our book launch party will include a multi-media presentation of literature, art, film and music that will expand our notions of reading and seeing into the present, past and future.

Presented in collaboration with The Loving Festival and The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and support from Southern Eagle Sales & Service, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, and Charitable Film Network.

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Workshop: Spring Equinox Wildcrafting

Wildseeds is celebrating the Spring Equinox! This is an opportune time to creatively cast and intentionally practice ancestral wisdom. We all got it, we all can activate remembrance! Let’s gather in honor of the Spring, Octavia, our ancestors, Womyn’s Herstory Month, and Black/Brown magick!

The workshop is hosted by Wildseeds co-founder Soraya Jean-Louis and will consist of:

1. SpringE Gemstone pendant making – you will get to choose and learn about a variety of gemstones,  create a pendant and activate your pieces collectively.

2. Colored Love Notes – creating cards for our loved ones and/or our selves. Divining with words from Octavia text ( doesn’t have to be Octavia) and creating imagery sparked by her wisdom.

3.  Free Space – are you already working on a project and want additional assistance or maybe just a creative vortex to enhance creative juiciness ? Bring it and work it!

4. Short movie screening and/or readings.

* $5-$10 sliding scale donation to support supply cost*

When: Friday, March 20th
Time: 6:30-10:30PM

Contact nolawildseeds [at] gmail [dot] com for location info and more info!

After Ferguson

After Ferguson: BlackLivesMatter & the Fight for the Future

Join Wildseeds for a community conversation on the impact of the Black Lives Matters movement, what organizing looks like on the ground now, and how activists are mapping out liberatory visions for the future. Co-sponsored by the New Orleans chapter of The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
5:30-7:30PM at Community Book Center
(2523 Bayou Road)

Free and open to the public.

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A Beautiful Resistance

Join Wildseeds for loving and holistic healing practices to renew the mind, body, and spirit in times of radical movement building. This Sunday we are hosting a sweet, love-filled healing session for Black and Brown folks.

Come lift each other up through movement, breath, and meditation, as we work to build a supportive community together. This workshop will include curvy-body friendly yoga led by Valerie McMillan and movement work for folks of all sizes!

A Beautiful Resistance: Black and Brown Bodies in Movement
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
10:00am-NOON at Dancing Grounds
(3705 St. Claude Avenue)

Closed to folks of color only; $8-10 sliding scale donation.

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Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo Women

Wildseeds is excited to host an evening of literary fun featuring short fiction and poetry readings by local women of color writers including Kelly Harris, Kristina Robinson, Jeri Hilt, J.R. Ramakrishnan, Desiree Evans, Bee Meekers, Denisio Truitt, Delia Tomino Nakayama, and more!

Come for the power of women of color telling our own stories, in our own voices. We’ll have open mic time as well!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
5:00-7:00PM at the Arts Estuary
(1024 Elysian Fields Ave.)

Open to the public; $5-10 sliding scale donation.

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Workshop: Claiming Our Space in the Feminist Movement

Join our Wildseeds cofounders for an interactive workshop on Black feminism and the creative power of women of color organizing together for survival and healing. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute. Free and open to the community.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
NOON-1PM @ Tulane University
Womanism: Claiming Our Space in the Feminist Movement

(*The workshop takes place in Tulane’s Caroline Richardson Building in the Anna Many Lounge.)

 

Join Wildseeds for Black Future Month!

This February, join Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective in honoring Black life, Black history, Black futures, Black activism, Black healing, and the combined power of the Black radical tradition and the Black speculative imagination.
Celebrate #BlackFutureMonth.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
NOON-1PM @ Tulane University
Womanism: Claiming Our Space in the Feminist Movement
Join our Wildseeds cofounders for an interactive workshop on Black feminism and the creative power of women of color organizing together for survival and healing. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute. Free and open to the community.
(*The workshop takes place in Tulane’s Caroline Richardson Building in the Anna Many Lounge.)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
5:00-7:00PM @ the Arts Estuary
(1024 Elysian Fields Ave.)
Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo Women: Black and Brown Women Writing Our Past, Present, and Future
Join us for an evening of literary fun featuring short fiction and poetry readings by local women of color writers. Come for the power of women of color telling our own stories, in our own voices. Open to the public; $5-10 sliding scale donation.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
10:00AM-NOON @ Dancing Grounds
(3705 Saint Claude Avenue)
A Beautiful Resistance: Black and Brown Bodies in Movement
Join us for loving and holistic healing practices to renew the mind, body, and spirit in times of radical movement building. This workshop will include curvy-body friendly yoga and movement work for all sizes. Closed to folks of color only; $8-10 sliding scale donation.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
5:30-7:30PM @ Community Book Center
(2523 Bayou Road)
After Ferguson: BlackLivesMatter & the Fight for the Future
Co-sponsored by the New Orleans chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100)! Join us for a community conversation on the impact of the BlackLivesMatters movement, what organizing looks like on the ground now, and how activists are mapping out liberatory visions for the future. Free and open to the public.

About BLACK FUTURE MONTH:

This Black Future Month comes out of a call made through the #BlackLivesMatter network, taking Black History Month to a whole new level! Black Future Month is an opportunity for us to engage a collective vision of a world where black lives actually matter. What would that look like, taste like, sound like, feel like, and smell like?

Black Future Month recognizes that Black history is always in the process of being made.

Celebrate #BlackFutureMonth!

Book Signing & Discussion on Afrofuturism

Book Signing & Discussion on Afrofuturism With Author Ytasha Womack

Whether or not you’re a fantasy or sci-fi enthusiast, you’ll want to be a part of this extraordinary discussion and book signing today! Author Ytasha Womack brings passion for what she does into the discussion, and a wealth of knowledge on Afrofuturism. Don’t know much about the subject matter? Womack declares, “Afrofuturism is something already connected to what you’re doing though you’re not really familiar with the term.” So come out and learn more!

Wildseeds: The Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective is very excited to participate in this amazing evening of conversation with author Ytasha Womack.Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy, co-founder of Wildseeds, will be a part of the program, and fellow Wildseeds member Kris Ford, librarian from the African American Resource Center at the New Orleans Public Library, will bring along a book display featuring works on Afrofuturism and works from Black and Brown sci-fi and speculative fiction authors.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Ytasha Womack is an author, filmmaker, dancer, and innovator. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci-fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism. In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book’s topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, she explains that Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.

The New Orleans-based Wildseeds is a collective of women of color that uses speculative fiction as a resource for social change. Their work is steeped in Black feminist traditions of survival and healing and engages Octavia Butler and other speculative/sci-fi and fantastical authors.