LOVE & LIBERATION BALL: A Black Panther-inspired, Afro-Futuristic Gala & Fundraiser

If you woke up tomorrow, and all of the challenges plaguing the Black Muslim community were resolved (white supremacy, anti-Black racism, anti-Muslim bigotry, misogyny, etc), what kind of community would you live in? Who would you be? How would we envision ourselves as a community embodying love of self, family, and God while striving for authenticity? Let's imagine and celebrate that future together! 

The Love & Liberation Ball will feature Live Entertainment, Artist Showcase and Silent Auction!

Our featured guests include:  Nadirah Pierre, Ran'D Shine, Moses the Comic, Jasiri X, Tasleem Jamila and Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble! Come dressed in your best Wakanda/Black Panther-inspired, Afrofuturistic formal attire!

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 8pm - 11pm

Chubb Hotel and Conference Center, 

Lafayette Ballroom 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 

$75 per person

MEET OUR LOVE & LIBERATION FEATURED ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS

Hover over each artist to learn more about them!

SILENT AUCTION

MWF Board Member Dr. Mona Masood has painted these three beautiful pieces below which will be up for silence auction during the Ball to benefit the Muslim Wellness Foundation.

*All proceeds from this fundraiser go to Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healing and well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. The Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC) is sponsored by MWF as a core program of The Deeply Rooted Project - a Black Muslim Mental Health & Healing Initiative. It was established in 2015 to intentionally and unapologetically center the narratives, voices, and strengths of Black Muslims with a special emphasis on healing and collective well-being.

WHAT IS AFRO-FUTURISM?

Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. The term was conceived a quarter-century ago by white author Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future,” which looks at speculative fiction within the African diaspora. 

"Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures?"

Read more about Afro-Futurism in the links provided below!

What The Heck Is Afrofuturism?

Jamie Broadnax

What makes Afrofuturism significantly different from standard science fiction is that it’s steeped in ancient African traditions and black identity. A narrative that simply features a black character in a futuristic world is not enough. To be Afrofuturism, it must be rooted in and unapologetically celebrate the uniqueness and innovation of black culture.

Afrofuturism: The genre that made Black Panther

by Ashley Clark

A runaway box-office success and genuine cultural phenomenon, Black Panther may be the highest-profile Afrofuturist artwork to penetrate the public consciousness, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Afrofuturist ideas and aesthetics, across a variety of art forms, long predated the term’s coinage (see, or rather, read W.E.B. Du Bois’s remarkable 1920 short story The Comet), and continue to develop apace today. Multi-hyphenate superstar Janelle Monáe is arguably the most notable contemporary proponent of Afrofuturism, having built her entire career around a high-concept and impressively sustained edifice of android androgyny.

Beyond 'Black Panther': A Brief History of Afrofuturism

By Siddhant Adlakha

"The premise of Black Panther, as with most Afrofuturist art, goes against the grain of history itself – a violent chronology that stripped African cultures of resources and opportunities, and stripped African peoples of their languages and identities when they were enslaved in America and elsewhere. Few modern African-Americans know their exact origins, and African nations are rarely portrayed in anything resembling positive light in Western media despite their advancements. Black Panther is Afrofuturism writ large, the incorporation of distinctly African and African-American narrative symbolism as a means to reclaim modern blackness. "

The Afrofuturistic Designs of ‘Black Panther’

By Melena Ryzik

To imagine the fictional African nation of Wakanda, without the influence of the Dutch, the British and other colonizers, Ms. Carter borrowed from indigenous people across the continent. During six months of preproduction, she had shoppers scouring the globe for authentic African designs, like the traditional stacked neck rings worn by the Ndebele women of South Africa. Textiles were sourced to Ghana, but many African fabrics are now printed in Holland; Ms. Carter rejected those. “I wanted to create the fabrics, and I wanted them to feel very superhero-like,” she said.

The resurgence of Afrofuturism goes beyond ‘Black Panther,’ to Janelle Monáe, Jay-Z and more

Sonia Rao

The term, coined by cultural critic Mark Dery in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future,” refers to an aesthetic that infuses science fiction and fantasy with cultures of the African diaspora. It shakes up our preconceived notions of history and race by envisioning an often utopic future shaped by black technological innovation. Elements of it predate the term, going as far back as the 1950s, appearing everywhere from visual art to novels to comic books to music by the likes of George Clinton and the jazz musician Sun Ra.

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