Anacostia Arts Center | BIRNIN ZANA
UPPER LEVEL & BLACK BOX THEATER
Crowns n' Thrones Interactive arts experience
We deconstruct royalty with this interactive arts experience. Conceived and curated by Risika "Kat" Okedeyi, two thrones re-imagined by Hadiya Williams and Charles Jean-Pierre will be staged in designated locations during the ble. Attendees will be able to choose from one of four crowns, ascend to the throne and have their image immortalized by "court" photographers.
FRESHH: Feminine Folklore
In this installment of the shockingly real and hilarious devised theatre piece of Feminine Folklore, we are examining the theme of "Anything In Between." We're exploring the taboos, assumptions, and stories about sex, marriage, dating and love from a range of Black women at various crossroads in their lives. This is an extremely interactive show and allows the audience to react and make their assumptions public.
Inside Glow Up Wakanda Style (Women Only)
From Shuri and Ramunda to Okoye and Nakia, the glow up is standard practice in Wakanda. Unlike he fictional African nation achieving the glow up is not only real, it's acheivable. Muneera Fontaine from Peaceful Birth will discuss protective herbs for general health, womb steams and additional methods for reversing the effects of weathering.
Yang Builders: From T'Challa to M'Baku (men only)
Participants will practice breathing, stretching and mental exercises to activate and increase their inner YANG potential. The combination of mental and physical exercises will forever be available for attendees to pull from as part of their daily practice. We will practice winning as individuals, and as a collective.
Black to the Future: Inside Shuri's Lab Panel
Using an Afrofuturistic lens, this panel will look at literature, film, music, and graphic design that centers Black people and cultural themes. Panelists include Professors Tewodross Melchishua Williams and Jennifer White-Johnson, DJ and music connoiseur Jamil "Jahsonic: Hamilton, paranormal fantasy writer L. Penelope, and special guest writer and filmmaker Ytasha L. Womack (author of Afrofuturism).
Closing out the night, attendees will be able to participate in and closing healing event with the touch facilitators and other wellness folk who will perform cleansing rituals and provide a safe space to leave what no longer serves them.
the hive | jabari village
West African drum and dance ensemble founded by The Adinkra Group; an African Cultural Resource Company based in the Washington, DC. metro area. Their mission is to connect people of African descent with the culture and traditions of Africa through the Arts and Education.
Aaron "ab" abernathy
A multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and entertainer. He has acted as musical director for Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. His new album Dialogue, lays flat his vulnerabilities as an American black man in 2017, discussing hot-button issues of economics, segregation, and racial politics.
DC's own Sa-Roc has carved out her own lane through a combination of airtight wordplay and intelligent concepts. She’s performed alongside the likes of Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Atmosphere, and is one of the few MC’s to perform regularly as a feature artist with The Roots.
A Togo-born, DC-raised, he is the son of Itadi Bonney, an afro-funk musician popular during the 1970s in Togo and West Africa. Bonney achieved recognition with his radio singles "The Pocket" and "Doin It," which featured Raheem DeVaughn. He has also directed/produced music videos for several artists including fellow rapper, Wale.
BLACK LOVE BAND
Gogo House Band featuring jay sun, Dev Duff, Davina McKoy, Ajene Harley, Marcus “Nyne” Webster, Warren Pedersen II, Tony “Spoon” Stewart, Gerald “GB” Berry.
Percussionist and Choreographer for the latest Marvel Production, Black Panther. Exum is an electrifying artist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a skilled percussionist in the West African, Latin, funk, and Jazz Traditions and is a prolific writer and performer of uplifting Hip-Hop music.
Custom, themed drinks created by the drunken alchemist, Mariama Bramble.
HONFLEUR GALLERY | Upanga
From Ma'at to the Dora Miljae
Adamaah Grayse of Grayse-N-Motion offers up a short lecture on specific feminine astrological aspects normally hidden in astrology that embody the energies of African goddesses and that can be seen in the portrayal of the female characters in the recently released Black Panther movie. Learn about these aspects and how they show up in everyday life.
Crowns n' Thrones Interactive arts experience
We deconstruct royalty with this interactive arts experience. Conceived and curated by Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi, two thrones re-imagined by Hadiya Williams and Charles Jean-Pierre will be staged in designated locations during the ble. Attendees will be able to choose from one of four crowns, ascend to the throne and have their image immortalized by "court" photographers.
Belly Dance Workshop: (Water)
Mayasa Talfair takes attendees through a short series of belly dancing movements that mimic the flow of water.
Belly Dance WORKSHOP: (Fire)
Mayasa Talfair takes attendees through a short series of belly dancing movements that mimic fire energy.
The Wakanda Interplay
Based on principles of Polarity and Attraction, this hands-on workshop will help participants experience the interplay of Yin and Yang in a physically close, intimate, and natural way. Yin and Yang will be personified, amplified and paired in their complimentary nature.