- People of Color Gaming
- Venture Capital for Technology
- Women in Comics
- The Great Black Panther Debate
- Afropast, Afrofuture
- Black Karate
- Coders and Writers
- SciFi/Fantasy/Writers Reading
- AfroCrowd: A Wikipedia Workshop
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Examination of Josh Whedon’s Wonder Woman script of sexism and racism.
Facilitator: Valerie_ComplexWomen In Comics: Gender and Inclusion in the Modern Age of the Comic Book World Looking at leading women artists who are in the comic books industry.
Moderator: Regine SawyerEnter the Last Dragon: Black Folks & Martial Arts
A panel on the love of Martial Arts by Black people
Moderator: Jacinto Taras RiddickWakanda’s World and a Superhero’s Journey
A discussion about the upcoming film Black Panther, and the history of the comic book.A Right Not to Die: Imprisonment from Birth to Death
A discussion about the prison system’s impact on black and brown males and females.
Moderator: Monifa Bandele, Community ActivistCorrecting People Correctly
Empowering yourself to respond to hate and bigotry online and in real life. Panel discussion led by an all queer black cosplayers.
Facilitator: Brienne ColstonCosplay Ball
The audience and cosplay judges will decided the best costume of showmanship and creativity.
Mistress of Ceremony: Robyn Warren
Cosplay, Disabilities, Geek Culture and Neurodiversity
Cosplay and geek culture have helped and hindered the disability culture. Panelists discuss experiences including topics such as neurodiversity, disabilities (both visible and invisible), and the accessibility of cons and geek culture as a whole.
Moderator: Joseph Munisteri
Hackathon: Coders & Writers
Inviting coders and writers to the same room to hash out stories involving responsible image making of people of color for the next century game.
The examination of the food injustices in the African Diaspora community.
Moderator: Keith Carr
Artist Spotlight: The DieselFunk Brothers – Gloggers Tim and Jim Fielder
The creative ventures of the two brothers, Tim Felder and Jim Felder, glogging—graphics and digital media—around the political world.
AfroPast and AfroFuture: Indy Explosive Comics
Meet 2017’s new and exciting Comic Book artists.
Propulsion of Black Aesthetics Mixtape Parables
Speculative Fiction and poetry artists of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy reading their current works. Audience members are invited to wear their favorite character from Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy book or book inspired film.
Moderator: Sheree Renée Thomas
Imagination Short Film Showcase
Programmer: Moikgantsi Kgama
Creatively Speaking Short Film Showcase
Programmer: Michelle Materre
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017 PANELS
Fandom Diversified: The Changing Face of Nerd Journalism
From the Gamergate scandal to the advent of BlerdNation, both high and low points are heavily spotlit. But what does this mean for the future? Is it mission accomplished? We;ll talk to writers from Black Girl Nerds.
#BLERDOUT: A Picture is Worth Less than a Thousand Words
Nerds come to tell your stories of being a Black Nerd. Bring in a picture of yourself to tell a 3-4 min story that answers the question: “I became a Blerd when. . .”
Anime & Manga Mash Up
Part 1 Kpop and Blackness: Appropriation or Appreciation?
Panel explores the instances of some of the cultural manfields that kpop and black fans often have to negotiate.
Part 2 Anime, Manga, Kpop & Race Mash Up
Prepare to be schooled on the racial dynamics of Anime, Manga, and Kpop Fandom with the intersectionality of fetishization of women and idolization that intersects with Western gaze and other images in pop culture.
Moderator: Black Girl youth Moderators
AfroCrowd: Bringing the Digital Footprints of the African Diaspora with Wikipedia
AfroCrowd is a new initiative, which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Learn the landscape and skills to make an entry in Wikipedia. The history is at our computer board.
#BLERDDATING: A Twitter Storytelling Chat
A workshop about the world’s first Twitter stories/chat mash-up party from a blerd POV that are smart and funny and weird. Talking about dating/relationship issues. Some are deeply personal.
Multiverse: Close Encounters of the Stellar Kind
Speculative Fiction of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy reading their current work. Audience members are invited to wear their favorite character from Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy book or book inspired film.
Moderator: Sheree Renée Thomas
Betting Big! Tech and Business Showcase
Black TV and Film Collective Short Films Showcase & Workshop
Short films and a workshop
Programmer: Huriyyah Muhammed
ImageReMaker Short Film Showcase
Programmer: Anjanette Levert