Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

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The Black Woman is God Presents 'A Sacred Beautiful' Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

The Black Woman is God Presents 'A Sacred Beautiful' Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé

Creating exquisite Diasporan textural imagery, AmiLak and Tho, aspirational photographers, and Mcgillvery, Natural Hair Movement designers embody Ma’atian cultural consciousness, and are paradigm shape-shifters. In essence, these new-day shape-shifters embrace visionary sensibilities, and illuminate the acceptability of presenting diverse ways of existing in the world. Curator, Chartrand posits that the underlying inspiration for A Sacred Beautiful exhibition was inspired by curatorial research of the "reclamation of our hair-itage," the global African Diasporan Natural Hair Movement - birthed in the 20th century, and to bring attention to the dreadful Louisianan 1786 Tignon Law.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery
Aug
25
to Sep 29

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery

An artist talk and workshop moderated by the Black Female Project and The Black Woman Is God artists will present Black women artists and academics talking about the challenges of being artists and scholars in the workforce. The workshop will have others observe the conversation of those who coming up with strategies as forms of healing.

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The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods
Aug
30
to Oct 2

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods

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SOMArts is proud to present The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods, a multidisciplinary exhibition with free admission from August 30–October 2, 2018, celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 50 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God.

Now in its third year at SOMArts, the exhibition’s theme represents the various spiritual traditions of the African diaspora that encourage members of the Black community to claim their own divinity. The exhibition uplifts and makes visible the multiplicity of Black art, culture and spirituality.

Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, August 30, 6–10pmThe Black Woman is God presents a Crowns and Gowns procession that will reveal beauty as a site of resistance to annihilation.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at San Francisco's Human Rights Commission
Aug
30
to Oct 2

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at San Francisco's Human Rights Commission

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The underlying inspiration for A Sacred Beautiful - Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé exhibition was inspired by curatorial research on the "reclamation of our hair-itage," the global African diasporan Natural Hair Movement - birthed in the 20th Century, and to bring attention to hidden American history on the Louisianan '1786 Tignon Laws.'

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Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

12-2pm

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery: Artist Talk
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery: Artist Talk

An artist talk and workshop moderated by the Black Female Project and The Black Woman Is God artists will present Black women artists and academics talking about the challenges of being artists and scholars in the workforce. The workshop will have others observe the conversation of those who coming up with strategies as forms of healing.

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Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

12-2pm

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The Black Woman is God: at People of Color Sangha
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Black Woman is God: at People of Color Sangha

The Black Woman Is God: The Paradox of identity

Every being seeks to have a life filled with well being, free of fear, and resonate with a sense of belonging and self worth.  Inherent within the lived experience of People of Color and Black Women in particular, is a pervasive conditioning towards dehumanization that impedes this personal fulfillment.  Self identity is essential in healing the wounds of oppression.  During this talk we will dive into the internal healing that takes place when Black Women reconnect with their essential benevolence through radical self identification and identify the internal barriers to liberation that arise when definitions of self are not fully embodied with the ethics of one's innate goodness.  The paradox of identity lies in the question of how can internal vitality strengthen and flourish in ways that do not construct masks and barriers that block personal and collective liberation.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods
Sep
29
to Jan 4

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods

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For the first time at the first space The Black Woman Is God exhibited, the African American Cultural Complex will be Black male artists answering what it means to define Black women as Gods. 25 Black men from Northern and Southern California will enter into this conversation to give their visual perspective of this topic. Some of the luminaries are Charles Bibbs, Joe Sam, The Arthur Wright, and Malik Seneferu.

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Life is Living: The Black Woman Is God’s Procession
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Life is Living: The Black Woman Is God’s Procession

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 Image by Idris Hassan

Image by Idris Hassan

The 2nd Line Procession similar to the first one at The Black Woman Is God at SOMArts will be presented as a way to unify the black community through spiritual art performance. Black women from the church, masque, Orisha, sorority, artists community will dress up their crowns and gowns. Some will sage the park, lead by Oakland's 2nd Line Brass Band.

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Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival

On Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26, from 8:00pm-midnight, Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival blankets SOMArts in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by over 25 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by over 20 artists. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, or $20 for guaranteed entry to both nights of the festival. Advance tickets are available online now at: http://nightlightparty2017.eventbrite.com

This year Night Light responds to the themes of The Black Woman is Godby presenting visual art installations and performances by artists of many gender identities and cultural backgrounds that reclaims the African cultural narrative of God being a Black woman.

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Black Life: Karen Seneferu | BAMPFA
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Black Life: Karen Seneferu | BAMPFA

Seneferu presents a performance piece highlighting the themes that drive her curational work. She says, “Through an examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics, and psychology, The Black Woman Is God challenges gaps and fragments in art history that position Black art as only ancient or contemporary, failing to honor the space in between.”

 

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THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD ARTIST WORKSHOPS
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD ARTIST WORKSHOPS

On Saturday, August 5The Black Woman is God exhibiting artists will present a variety of artist talks and workshops designed to give attendees hands-on experience and insight into the theme of Divine Revolution.

Workshops will include:
Genealogy with Tarika Lewis

Black Goddess Archetypes: Revealed through African Mythology and Astrology presented by Djenne Ba Batties: Black goddess archetypes and ancient African mythology will be explored through astrology and the four elements — Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Learn which archetype you embody!

- Live spoken word performed by Audacious Iam

Living an Uplifted Lifestyle—Recognize the Divine in You presented by Karin Turner

Ask An Elder presented by Marnika Shelton

More information, including workshop descriptions, will be available soon. Please join us for an afternoon of creative and inspiring workshops presented by The Black Woman is God exhibiting artists.

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

The Black Woman is God Opening Ceremony

Thursday, July 20, 6–10pmThe Black Woman is God will be activated by a performance procession of 100 Black women paying tribute to Black people who have worked tirelessly to heal the community through art, culture, and spirituality. The procession titled Opening the Way will include Black elders, youth, and girls who will walk from SOMArts’ parking lot to the gallery to honor their ancestors in an African libation before the performances begin.

The opening reception will also include performances by jazz musician Destiny Muhammad among many other legendary Bay Area performers.

Co-curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution is a group visual art exhibition with free admission celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God, Activated by live performances and a community cyper at the opening reception, The Black Woman is God asserts that subverting our notions of God is a spiritual and revolutionary act. As a statement by participating artists explains, “This exhibition is about Black women taking back their time, their rest, their dreams, and their creativity as a divine critical act, revealing how prayer and the convergences of women’s lives become transcendent through love.”

 

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May
13
9:30 AM09:30

Black Imagination Arts Movement: Black Imagine Oakland

  • California State University, East Bay (map)
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Black Imagination Arts Movement and its event Black Imagine Oakland is inspired by the Black Speculative Arts Movement and building on its innovative ideas at CSUEB by adding our regional insights and healing spells, tech and inspiration.

Black Imagine Oakland will take place at
California State University, East Bay in Hayward
at the Arts & Education Building, 
Rm 1203, 9:30-6pm

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Forum Presents: Karen Seneferu, Artist and Curator

Visual artist Karen Seneferu is founder and co-curator of the "The Black Woman is God" multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition. With over 150 Black women from the African diaspora who are painters, sculptors, film makers, and performance artists, the exhibition challenges Western cultural narratives of God being white and male. Through the examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics and psychology, "The Black Woman is God" reveals the fragments in art history and culture that posit Black art as only ancient or contemporary, only white and male, failing to honor the vast spaces in between.

Karen Seneferu is a self-taught artist that was born and raised in Oakland California. She received a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley. Interested in how individuals can be a part of mainstream society andmaintain cultural integrity, Seneferu created a program that removed fear andanxiety for Foundational Students called Take Flight at Berkeley City College, where she teaches. The program incorporates art, technology, reading, writing and gallery visits. At the center of the program is the idea that narrative is art and art is narrative.

Karen Seneferu is presenting at the CSUEB Forum as part of the BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT #BSAMoakland2017 event at CSU East Bay on May 13 and the Minority Reports, 2054 Game Jam Event on May 12 through May 14, 2017

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Jul
23
to Jul 24

CODE BREAKING: SOMA NIGHT LIGHT

SOMArts Cultural Center seeks “code breaking” artists to exhibit in one-night-only exhibition, Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, 8:30 pm–midnight.

Now entering its sixth year, Night Light blankets SOMArts indoors and out in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances, performative interventions and digital and cinematic projections. In 2015, 80+ artists participated, drawing a crowd of over 1,500 people.

Night Light’s 2016 curatorial theme, “Breaking the Code,” is informed by and complements SOMArts’ Main Gallery exhibition The Black Woman Is God: Reprogramming that God Code, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, and invites artists of all ages and ethnicities to propose new or existing works that explore, challenge, and explode identity-based preconceptions and assumptions. How do you reinvent, deconstruct, reshape or reclaim identity-based codes that affect how you are perceived or how you are expected to behave? How do you subvert? How do you misbehave?

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Jul
10
5:00 PM17:00

Genealogy Workshop

Black Woman is God Genealogy Workshop hosted by Joan Tarika Lewis

Joan Tarika Lewis' incredible living discoveries were featured on the February 16, 2016 episode of the Finding Your Roots PBS Show with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. This ancestor discovery workshop is open to anyone interested in documenting and fiding family. She will share her experiences to help build your own family tree. 

Workshop Topics

  • Surnames. tracking locations
  • Maneuvering throught testing services
  • Build your family tree
  • Research data
  • Organizing Notes
  • African American Resources
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