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Write to the Future

Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Billy Tuggle

We'll explore Afro-Futurism through poetry and the spark of creative writing. Billy Tuggle is a writer, performance poet, slam champion and HipHop culturalist. He has been published under such imprints as Puddinhead Press/Fractal Edge Press; Write Bloody Publishing; Freezeray Press; and Thoughtcrime Press. His book 'The Way of the B-Boy' is a collection of poems, mediations and a curriculum sketch of and for HipHop culture.

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T'Challa vs. Killmonger: Exploring the Differences between the Diaspora and the African-American Experiences

Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Carla M. Kupe-Arion, Esq.

The dynamics between T'Challa and Killmonger depicted in Black Panther brought to the forefront a phenomenon that usually occurs in private circles or sometimes in academia: Oppression Olympics between African-born or Africans and American-born or "rooted" Black people. The differences in reactions to the movie have reignited a discussion this panel seeks to have.

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The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation

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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Matt Damon Improv

Wakandaprov Saturday

Saturday at 11:00 AM

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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The Monster Panel

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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Nerd Networking

Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with fellow nerds, geeks, and hobbyists of all types!

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The Emergence of Afro-Futurism CANCELED

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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Queerkanda

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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Second City Writing

Second City Writing

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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Welcome to Wacoinda: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Freedom

Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Lamar Wilson & Lafe Taylor

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

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The Lando Calrissian Experience Podcast

Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Darryl Frierson

A movie, comics, anime, and gamer podcast that loves and honors the first black man in space Lando Calrissian.

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Design Process: Film Industry

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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Lisa Beasley

Representation In Media: How Serious is Hollywood about Diversity & Inclusion

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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Women of Wakanda Networking

Saturday at 1:30 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with your fellow Wakandan women!

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3Peat: Paying To Play Improv

3Peat: Paying To Play

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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Erika Alexander

Concrete Park's ‘Color the Future’ Presentation and Panel

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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Keisha Howard

Turning your Geek Passion into Your Profession

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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Media Professionals Networking

Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with your fellow media professionals!

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Contexture Media Virtual Reality

Contexture Media Virtual Reality (VR)

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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Taylor Cisco

99 Problems but a Pitch Ain't One

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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Black Filmmaking Today

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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Wakandacon Team

Hang with the Founders

Saturday at 3:30 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Team Wakandacon

Come meet the team behind the event!

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Concept Design for Entertainment, ft. artists from Black Panther

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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Kenyatta Forbes

Black Women Entrepreneurs in the Gaming Industry

Saturday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Kenyatta Forbes

Join us as we discuss the journey of entrepreneurship, challenges and wins, and the power of one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation: Black women entrepreneurs. Dive into how women of color are changing the landscape of gaming and reaching an untapped market.

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Cosplaying While Black

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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The Future of Black Directors

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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Creatives Networking

Saturday at 4:30 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with your fellow illustrators, designers, writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives of all types!

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Wakandacon Cards Hour

Saturday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We've got the cards and tables - you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!

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Paradigm Grey

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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Uppity Negress Podcast

Saturday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Cassandra Osei

Representation Matters. Our program facilitates a guided discussion on popular stereotypes and archetypes of Black women in mainstream media. The themes of our discussion include combating negative imagery, respectability politics, and reclaiming our own narratives.

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Erika Alexander

'Keep it Colorful' Workshop with Erika Alexander

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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Autodesk Mixer

Autodesk Mixer

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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Wakandacon Cosplay Contest

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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Geekset Podcast

Saturday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Rudy Strong

Geekset Podcast is the only podcast that blends Hip-Hop & Geek Culture. Geekset Podcast presents a live recording from the event, as well as a deeper dive into the lore of Black Panther, Wakanda, Black Heroes in comics, what's to come and fan questions.

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Geoffrey Grier

SF Recovery Theatre with Geoffrey Grier

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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Jabari Exum

Acoustic Drumming and Storytelling by Jabari Exum, Choreographer for the movie "Black Panther"

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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Cosplay Parade

Cosplay Parade

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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CMASJ

Activism Button Making w/ Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice

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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CMASJ

Earth 2 art installation from Springtime on Neptune exhibition w/ CMASJ

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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Dance Characters

Dance Characters

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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Wakandacon Gaming Tournament

All weekend

Salon B

Hosted by I Play Games!

We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Click here for weekend gaming schedule.

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Earn and Share Cryptocurrency at Wakandacon

All Weekend

Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free. Click on "Learn More" below to discover more about crypto, learn how to get your own wallet, and prepare to earn and share Garveys at Wakandacon!

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Mobile Makers

Mobile Makers

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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Mark Willis

Actor Mark Willis is coming home to appear at Wakandacon! He is originally from Oak Park, IL and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. He was a part of Black Panther as a Jabari Warrior, and did stunts in the film. He has also appeared in a variety of shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Empire. Follow him on Twitter and IG at @marquillis33.

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Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander is best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show and Maxine Shaw on Living Single. She has won numerous awards for her work on Living Single, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Alexander has starred in season 2 of the Amazon original drama, Bosch, as Constance Irving. In 2017 she played Detective Latoya in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.

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Anita Nicole Brown

Actress on various commercials, movies and TV shows, such as film The Gag Date, where she also serves as Producer, and Pieces of David where she plays the character Diane. She is also the spokesperson for Type One Diabetes.

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Angela Cobb

Co-owner of Deep Productions Studios. She is a writer and casting director whose credits include Pieces of David, London Mitchell's Christmas, and Black Privilege.

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Eric Lane

Best known for R. Kelly's hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, as the character Twan, from Chapter 7 and on. He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep with Tyrese and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE, based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role of Frank, in the Fox television series Rel as well as the character Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney.

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Lawrence Lee Wallace

Founder of the film and TV Production company Deep Productions Studios, CORP. Works include Marvel Comics Night Thrasher:RAVE, Amazon’s The Girls & Rodney, and the animated film Malevolent, starring the voices of Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Deadpool) and William Shatner (Star Trek and more).

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Cynda Williams

Cynda Williams is an actress, known for One False Move (1992), and Mo’ Better Blues (1990). Singer of the hit song "Harlem Blues." She is also the author of the book Pink Pantie Confessions. She plays Detective Elaine in the film Pieces of David (2018).

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