Articles tagged: creativity

Saturday at 4:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A panel featuring concept artists from the film and game industry. These artists represent an ethnic minority in the game industry and have worked for companies like Marvel, Blizzard, Sony, Warner Bros, NetherRealms, Ensemble, Scientific Games, & Wizards of the Coast. Panelists include Anthony Jones, Thabiso Mhlaba, and costume designers from Black Panther Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor.

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Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Jabril Power

Lecture and Artist Demonstration. How politics affect Black identity in Art.

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Saturday at 5:30 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander's Color Farm Media has launched the nation-wide initiative to get at least 50 digital tv pilots greenlit by creators of color. Those who join the Keep It Colorful Crowdfunding Rally will be eligible for prizes, including $25,000 for finishing funds, a chance to work with Color Farm Media and BLACK&SEXY TV, and more. At this Chicago event, hear Erika Alexander speak about the importance of creators of color sharing their stories, then take part in a workshop by Julie Keck, Head of Education for Seed&Spark, on audience building and crowdfunding for film.

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Saturday at 2:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Tired of each being the only minority in their shows, the group came together to create their own brand of comedy that fits their high energy and experiences. Join this collective of Black Excellence for an open discussion and Q&A to learn more about their experience with touring, writing and performing in television, film, and on stage across the world.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Terrance Brown

So you've got a great idea, shot a video, wrote a comic/novel... now what? The modern age has a strong DIY ethos. You don't have to wait for the opportunities to get your work to the masses- but you do have to work. Learn about prepping, packaging, and presenting your content to the right people, at the right outlets, in the right way.

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Saturday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Jabari Exum

Do you remember the scene in the movie, Black Panther, on "Challenge Day" when the people on the wall of water moved rhythmically to the beat of the drum? Do you recall how compelling the drum beat was? Jabari Exum, drummer and choreographer on the movie Black Panther, will perform using the acoustic drum and engage the audience with storytelling. It has been said, "he brought Wakanda to Wakanda." At Wakandacon Jabari will bring the spirit of the drum to us in Chicago - in a form he has developed which fuses West African Drumming and the Latin Tradition with Hip Hop Music.

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All Weekend

Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change. Join CMASJ as they lead attendees in creating activism buttons that raise awareness for a cause in order to push for change. Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to design and reflect on social issue that they are most passionate about.

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Saturday at 6:00 PM

Salon A Room 2

Hosted by Erica Nwankwo

Exploring Wakandacon can be exhausting! Take a break! Enjoy drinks & refreshments and explore how Autodesk is bringing Wakanda to life with its groundbreaking software for makers of all ages, including: Tinkercad & Fusion 360 for 3d printing, Sketchbook for digital art, Maya for animation, and more. Autodesk employees and partners will also lead a group discussion on its Education initiatives & partnerships and how you can #MakeAnything with Autodesk software and learning resources.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Lawrence Lee Wallace

Black Filmmaking in Hollywood. The challenges and the solutions. From independent to big budget, a panel of 5 people from different aspects of the film and TV industry. Director Lawrence Lee Wallace, Actor Eric Lane, Actress/writer Cynda Williams, Casting Director Angela Cobb, and National Diabetes Spokesperson and TV personality Anita Nicole Brown. Moderated by Radio Host Cabrly Breotti, this panel will give you the information and insight you need to make it while Black in Hollywood.

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Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

How do we tell Black girls that they are beautiful, smart, and worthy of pursing their dreams when they live in a world that is set up against them?Director, educator, and playwright Sydney Chatman presents her inspirational and award-winning production. Chatman’s production follows 10 year-old, Bessie Mae whose fear of the world outside her front door prevents her from pursuing her dreams. Bessie Mae feels helpless, but through the encouragement of her grandmother and the neighborhood "Fly Girls," she overcomes by using her voice as a catalyst for change and social empowerments. See excerpts from this award-winning production and a special Wakandacon tribute to Black women, young ladies, and girls in STEAM.

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Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Billy Almon

In this talk from designer and 'Storyteller of Nature’s Awesomeness' Billy Almon, learn more about Biomimicry, how it manifests in the Black Panther mythos, see real world examples, and discover how turning to nature for inspiration might help with your next project or venture.

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Saturday at 2:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Erika Alexander

This will be a discussion about the New Majority audience, its diversity, and the future of film, television and narrative storytelling. We will present an engaging Powerpoint presentation focused on the making of Erika’s graphic novel, Concrete Park. Erika and her creative partner, Tony Puryear, will provide their story within the context of being an outsider. The presentation is essentially a how-to-do-it-for-yourself guide. It is very interactive, participatory, fun, and educational.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon B

Hosted by Lesley Etherly

Come try out Virtual Reality at Wakandacon! Explore a number of virtual games and worlds with state-of-the-art VR headsets. More information coming soon!

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Saturday at 7:50 PM

Marketplace

Open to all cosplay attendees!

Open to all attendees in Cosplay. Show off your cosplay creations in our cosplay parade lead by the winners of our cosplay contest!

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Saturday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Chloe C. Mimms

The objective of this panel is to inform and educate all POC (person(s) of color) and non-POC the struggles and triumphs of being a POC cosplayer. We aim to break the stigma of identification of being a race bended vs. original character cosplays.

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All weekend

Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by an inner city youth who had dreams of spreading smiles through the magic of dance. Come meet, dance, and play with them in Wakandacon's Kid's Room!

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Thursday starting at 7:30 PM

They all met and navigated the comedy scene in Chicago and now they've all went on to find major success and make major moves on stages across the world and in film & television. Featuring Chris Redd (SNL, Popstar, Netflix's Disjointed), Dewayne Perkins (Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf), Taneshian Rice (HBO, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level), Chicago's fave 3Peat Comedy (Comedy Central), Rashida "Sheedz" Olayiwola (HBO's Insecure), Kellye Howard (Comedy Central) with a special music performance by Aasia Lashay Bullock (Showtime's The Chi) and hosted Lisa Beasley (Comedy Central, ABC, NBC). Tickets are a separate purchase. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

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Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Artists featured in this demonstration are Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor. They will discuss the process of design in the film industry. Working with directors and achieving the vision needed for the final product. Demonstrate how to gather reference, start the design process, and take it to completion.

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Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones will discuss the process of design in the game industry, from developing concepts to help with production and post production in game development. He will also show examples of concepts and how they make it to the final game through many rounds of iteration and feedback.

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All Weekend

The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice presents Earth 2: a series of drawings created by artists, ages 7-15, of their imagined futuristic worlds. Students participated in discussions around the distant future- what would people wear? Where would they live? How would they get around? How might people relate with one another? The act of such intense imagining alters not just the possibilities of what can be far in the future, but also helps us see what we can alter in our current world as well. The sourced images that served as a starting point for the artists are from Nasa's images archive.

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