Articles tagged: creativity

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by The Academy Group

We live in a word where talent is ubiquitous, but opportunity is too scarce and concentrated, leaving out exceptional young people and perpetuating social inequality and limiting the potential of the American economy. Too often, brilliant, creative, and entrepreneurial minds are not provided the access, exposure, or acumen they need to become economic change agents. Join the Academy Group and a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs from Chicago and beyond in a discussion about what it takes to build wealth and transform society. These leaders – who represent fashion to finance – share their stories of getting a seat at the table…and then flipping it.

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Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Kenyatta Forbes

This panel brings together experts in the social justice and gaming to discuss the impact gaming has on raising awareness, changing behavior, or other inequalities. How might gaming be a tool for social, political, and cultural change? Join the conversation with these panelists as they share their work and take questions from the audience.

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Rebecca Hubbard, Grounded Yoga. Sponsored by Liberation Health Strategies and YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga

In this workshop participants will explore their inner universe through Kemetic Yoga™ an ancient Egyptian system of yoga using slow, methodical physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation -- developing patience and concentration. Kemetic Yoga aids in relaxation, stress management, balance, coordination, flexibility, focus, and strength - the things we need to keep our Wakandacon experience in our daily lives. In addition, the postures help you connect to ancient wisdom of our Kemetic ancestors. Come as you are and be prepared for gentle movement.

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Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Sami Schalk

What kind of future do you want to live in? This panel of academics, activists and fans will address how creating and consuming speculative media, especially that created by and focused on marginalized people, can help us imaging more inclusive and just futures.

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Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Mark Willis

Move like a member of the Jabari Tribe and learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Black Panther Actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A live demonstration of an original character design using traditional means, via Paper, Pencil

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All weekend

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.

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Saturday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Christopher Adams

Welcome to the Shift: How PARADIGM GREY brought together 5 Black production companies to create a sci-fi universe on film. We will showcase clips from the movie as well as several micro shorts completed for our viral marketing campaign and a discussion with the Filmmakers and some of the actors involved.

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Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Eris Eady

A conversation about the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression on blackness both state side and abroad.

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Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Lisa Beasley

Diversity in Media: An honest conversation about representation in Hollywood presented by The Nova Collective. Is Hollywood serious about it's commitment to Diversity & Inclusion? How are creators taking the conversation of inclusion into their own hands by building spaces and opportunities for other's othered? Join us for an open discussion with these entertainent industry professionals that are challenging the status quo.

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Saturday at 12:30 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Jeff Poole

Intro to Sketch Writing is for teens who want to learn how to write sketch comedy or who want to learn how to translate their improv skills to paper. Writing good comedy scenes is not easy. This workshop will set students up with the fundamentals they need. This class will also improve their writing skills in general. Students will learn the basics of writing sketch comedy. They will learn about scene structure, experiment with styles, and learn how to write good dialogue. They will learn how to take an improvised scene and work it into a successfully written scene.

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Saturday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Geoffrey will perform an inter generational monologue that covers the current and past socio/political crisis we find ourselves in; based on the trials and tribulations of Huey P Newton. This will be followed by Q&A along with a solution directed discussion.

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Lisa Beasley

Comedians Ali Barthwell and Aasia Lashay Bullock sit down with Erika Alexander to learn more about the path that led her to creating a company devoted to diversity and representation in the entertainment industry. We'll learn from her experience as a Funny Black Women in Hollywood.

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Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Lando Tosaya

Afrofuturism: a transdisciplinary subgenre of Science Fiction, representing the changing relations of science as it pertained to African American history and future history. Starting with the Golden Age of Science Fiction in 1938, this panel aims to create an Afrofuturistic timeline from years past to current.

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Saturday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Maurice D. Proffit

The forum will consist of a variety of local Black artists in the Chicagoland Arts Community. We'll discuss our starts, our journeys, issues that we deal with, being our own brand ambassadors, and what is in store for the future for Black director/brand ambassadors.

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Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Jeff Carroll

The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Keisha Howard

Are you a Super Geek and having a hard time finding your passion in the REAL WORLD? Well you are in luck! We have assembled a group of panelists that have turned their geek passions into their profession and we want to help you do the same. We want to answer questions like - "How do I promote my skills?," "Where are the best places to network besides Comic and Video Game meetups?" and "What are some of the overlapping skills that as a geek - gives me a competitive advantage?"

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Saturday at 7:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon's Cosplay contest! There will be three categories: Experienced Cosplay, Beginner Cosplay, and Afro-Fashion. The top three entrants in each category will win prizes! Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to register for the cosplay contest.

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Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Angie Oliver

This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.

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