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Crowdfunding Wakanda

Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Dr. Letitia Wright

This panel explores what crowdfunding is and how to use the 6 different types of crowdfunding to start and grow businesses. Learn how crowdfunding can be used to financially empower the entire community when used with a business-minded perspective.

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Bud Billiken® Parade VIP Brunch

Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon A Room 1

A brunch for Bud Billiken® Parade VIPs!

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Wakandacon live art

Live Art Demo: Featuring Marco Nelor

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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Inspiring Black Women In Comedy

She Funny: Inspiring Black Women In Comedy

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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Nancy E. Douyon

Leveraging Your Blackness to Scale Products for Future Growth

Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Nancy E. Douyon

Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Global Research emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions, and thus to including as many people as possible. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs and aspirations. How can we influence product teams around the world, to design and test in black and brown communities? In this talk, I'll discuss how we use Global Research in underrepresented communities to prioritize what product teams really need to build well and understand if their designs have relative ease of use that translates well to non-US users. Our Global Research priorities addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our global users today.

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Rebecca Hubbard, Grounded Yoga

Get Yo' Mind Right - Reconnecting with Ancestral Breath and Mindfulness thru Kemetic Yoga

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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Marseille Allen

Flint, Michigan: Making Environmental Justice Part of the Black Lives Matter Agenda

Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Marseille Allen

The water crisis in Flint is part of a history of environmental racism targeting African American communities. From air pollution to toxic dumping, environmental racism has killed and is killing our people. Flint residents Dr. Kent Key, and activists Marseille Allen and Nayyirah Shariff will provide raw, first-hand narrative of the impact of the Flint Water crisis and how the people of Flint are mobilizing to protect their families. Attendees will learn tools to identify environmental racism affecting their communities and what to do about it.

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Black Tech Across the Planet

Black Tech Across the Planet

Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by A. McNeal

How to Build Black Tech Across the Planet, everyday black people are learning, leveraging and becoming innovators in technology. In this panel we will unlock the secret to unleashing the economic potential of our communities by building wealth in Black Tech.

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Jabari Exum

Maintaining Pre Colonial Culture in Modern Times

Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Jabari Exum

Jabari Exum, drummer, actor, and storyteller was the choreographer and dummer on the movie Black Panther. He has studied indigenous people and their practices that promote health and healing including resilient skin, resistant immune system function, vitality, fitness, spirituality, speed and flexibility, anti-aging, and connection to the planet. In this session Jabari will share his observations, views, and practices for health and well-being and where to find Vibranium in our everyday life. Bring your curiosity and questions!

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My Family And Me

My Family And Me: Mini-Wakandan Networking Hour

Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Lisa Beasley

Meet and play with other families at Wakandacon. Parents and children of all ages are welcome!

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Wakandacon networking

Spirituality Networking

Sunday at 11:30 AM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with your fellow believers!

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Working in Wakanda

Working in Wakanda: Embracing Gender Equality in STEM

Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Brittany Miriki

We all wish we could work in Wakanda, where women and men are treated as equals and melanin flows everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that’s often not our reality. In this event, Sistas in STEM will host an open discussion on gender equality in the STEM workforce. We’ll expose the issues we face working in the industry, and explore ways to change the culture. Together we can embrace the equality we desperately need and empower those seeking a little support. What indifferences have you faced on the rise through your career? How can you help change this culture?

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Allison Manswell

Recreating Wakanda: Leveraging the Black Panther Movie as a Community Building Tool

Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Allison Manswell

This session takes a deep dive into the Black Panther movie as a tool toleverage the messages and momentum as a movement to build our community. Specifically, it addresses themes related to our communities, our careers, and our relationships. Participants are provided with individual actions, partnering strategies and community activities that can be implemented on a small scale to generate significant impact.

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Black Girls Can Fly!

Black Girls Can Fly!

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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Jesse Holland

Who is Black Panther?

Sunday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Jesse J. Holland

Learn the secrets of T'challa that the hit Black Panther film didn't tell you from author Jesse J. Holland who wrote "Who is the Black Panther?: The Black Panther, the book that Marvel Entertainment commissioned Jesse to write for the movie.

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Wakandacon networking

Activist Networking

Sunday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with your fellow community builders and activists!

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Black Panther: Community, Culture, and Change

Black Panther: Community, Culture, and Change

Sunday at 1:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

The panel will highlight dynamic intersections between The Year of the Black Panthers 1968 and The Year of the Movie Panther 2018. Topics of discussion will also include related issues of community, culture, and change throughout the African Diaspora, as well as the significant impact that the original Black Panther Party had on American and African American culture. Panelists include entertainment , lifestyle, & pop culture expert Kevin Ross, Nigerian Fashion Stylist Suzette Opara, television and content producer Darryl Pitts, political policy and culture expert Dr. Amara Enyia, and former Black Panther Party (Berkley chapter) member Dr. Jamal Turner. Moderator: Seven Okema Gunn.

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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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Bonus Round Cafe

Board Gaming with Bonus Round Café

Sunday from 10am - 2pm

Salon A Room 4

Hosted by Bonus Round Café

Learn a new board game, hosted by Bonus Round Café .

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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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Jesse Holland

Jesse J. Holland

Jesse J. Holland is an award-winning journalist and novelist and the author of the first novel featuring comics’ most popular black superhero, The Black Panther. In Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Holland retells the classic origin of T’Challa, the original Black Panther, and updates it for the new century, giving new fans and longtime die-hard aficionados a good platform and some inside information for the new “Black Panther” movie from Marvel Studios debuting in 2018.

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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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