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Our Vision is to provide an educational, entertaining, and informative space for creative and critical thinkers alongside community builders to experience Black Comix as an art as well as an industry of opportunities.

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@ Afrofuturism Lounge 2.0 2019

Monisha Mocasso McNeely
My name is Monisha McNeely, known in the community as "MoCasso". I was born May 20, 1988, my art journey began when I was the age of four. Born and raised in San Diego, California, My relentless drive has fostered the birth of my very own art company, Exquisite Illusions.

I believe in the cultivation of dreams and the unconditional acceptance of one's self. I will continue to provide inspiration and visual therapy for the world to hold on to.
Maria Dowd
Maria Dowd’s
deepest, most
electrifying passion is to
energize and equip
women with tools and
strategies to take bolder
stands for the quality of
their lives; and to be
powerfully prepared for
life’s unexpected twists
and turns.
Kelvin Frazier, PhD
Billboard recording artist, singer and songwriter Kelvin Frazier Ph.D is definitely not your typical artist. After graduating from M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with a PhD in Physical Chemistry and deciding to teach Organic Chemistry as an Adjunct Professor Kelvin could never ignore his first love which is music.
Tamera Hill
Who is Tamera Hill? She is a gifted, talented, visionary, writer, producer, and composer, and founder of Predestined Entertainment, L.LC. Tamera Hill creates life transforming art that will revolutionize the inspirational, and secular film industry.
Tamera Hill is a producer and director, known for Never Heard (2018), Solo (2018) and I Never Heard My Father Speak Stage Play (2014).
Clifton Bell, The Ghettonerd Company
Director Clifton Bell, founder of The Ghettonerd Company, a boutique-style production company focusing on film, television, commercials & music videos, has had the privilege to create projects with platinum artist including Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Migos, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Meek Mills, Chris Brown, Gucci Mane & a slew of other A-listers & brands including Apple, McDonald’s & American Family Insurance. His documentary “The Cash Money Story: Before Anythang” exclusively on Apple has 7M+ views.
Makeda "Dread" Cheatom
Makeda “Dread” Cheatom grew up in San Diego, CA and has dedicated her life to music, art,
culture and well being.
In 1971, she opened the first vegetarian restaurant and international cultural center in San
Diego, the world-famous, Prophet Vegetarian Restaurant. The Prophet collaborated with many
international health advocates like Dick Gregory and Dr Bronner. Makeda later met Bob Marley
and began her music career as a promoter...
James Spooner, Afropunk Founder
James Spooner is an accomplished tattoo artist (Monocle Tattoo), illustrator, and filmmaker. He directed the films White Lies, Black Sheep and the seminal documentaryAfro-Punk. Both films premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International, and garnered various awards. James is also the founder of the AFRO-PUNK Festival, which currently boasts audiences over a hundred thousand around the world.

Spooner is currently finishing two graphic novels.
Rachel C. Evans
Rachel C. Evans presents Girl from Earth – a space exploration musical experience designed to bring the listener along for an intergalactic ride. Since childhood, she’s explored interests in the fusion of science, the arts and inspiration, and is delighted by her discovery of how these interests align with AfroFuturism. In addition to creating music, she provides curriculum development and tutoring services to students and families throughout the country and she’s a published journalist.
Dr. LaWana Firyali Richmond
Passionate about connecting people with concepts and solutions to improve their quality of life or work.

Committed when engaging with projects - diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and creation of products and processes worth writing about.

Curious and proactive with vested interest in preserving previously set foundations by adapting structures to modern themes and trends.
Keithan Jones
Our mission here at KID is simple, have fun making the coolest comics on Earth. That means comics of quality and care that are intended to entertain you in the way only comic books can. This is not comics trying to be movies or paperback novels. This is SEQUENTIAL ART harking back to the days of genre pushing masters like Jack Kirby and Will Eisner. KID is about the synergy created by graphics, words and the readers' imagination.
Qamar Bradford, MS CRC
Qamar Bradford is a Business Specialist for the State of California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) who fights the stigma of Ableism against People With Disabilities in the workforce. An alum of San Diego State University’s Master’s of Science program in Rehabilitation Counseling under the Cognitive Disabilities Certificate, he is also certified rehabilitation practitioner by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. His research interests include fighting biased cognition wit
Christiana Russell, MA Ed
Experienced. Supportive. Professional.

Since 2005, I have guided clients as they experienced the breakthroughs necessary to remove the obstacles that seemed to limit their ability to soar.



After earning my BA & M. Ed at University of Arizona & Northern Arizona University, respectively, I spent the next 9 years working in the Mental Health and Prevention Education industries.
Jason Reeves
Jason Reeves is a Los Angeles based comic creator & owner/operator of the comic production studio 133art (133art.com).

Born in New Orleans, Jason graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) at the age of 16.

He has had been published by Devil’s Due Publishing, Marvel/Upperdeck, USA Today, Arch Enemy Ent., and Magnetic Press. Recently, his comic series OneNation was honored with the
2015 Glyph Rising Star & the Fan Favorite Awards.
Luis Martinez, MSOL
Luis Martinez, MSOL is an Afro-Latino from Honduras and raised in Brooklyn, New York with an M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership, Luis is an advocate, networker and ecosystem builder for Blacks, Latinos in tech & innovation throughout the United States and abroad.
A Former Pro Basketball Player and U.S. Navy Veteran, currently he is the Director for Startup Grind San Diego. Luis is also a startup founder. He is currently working on a platform to help non-profits solve pain points.
Andre Owens
Andre Owens is the creator and writer of the Force Galaxia universe as well as many other graphic and film franchises.
As a former Director of Photography, Andre was ahead of his time in self-publishing in the new digital age. Wanting to control his own intellectual property he created Hiro Unlimted, a home for creators by a creator. Hiro Unlimited is now publishing multiple comics and the forthcoming webseries, The Psychedelic Detective.
Andre has been a featured speaker at San Diego Comic Con.
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2019 Workshop Schedule and Agenda

 

Afrofuturism in Cinema

Friday, July 19th 

6:30 pm - 7:20pm

Classroom 1

Afrofuturism in Cinema

Bodypainting Demo and Cosplay Conversation 

Friday, July 19th

6:30pm - 7:20 pm

Open dialogue about cosplay to inform, engage, and perhaps inspire cosplay in the Black community

by Monisha Mocasso McNeely

Kelvin Frazier, PhD

Friday and Saturday Evening 

Open dialogue about cosplay to inform, engage, and perhaps inspire cosplay in the Black community

by Monisha Mocasso McNeely

VIP Reception

Friday, July 19th

7pm - 9pm

Opportunity to connect with speakers, exhibitors, and presenters in an intimate setting with food and adult beverages.  21 and up only

Organics

Friday, July 19th

7:15pm - 8pm

Opportunity to connect with speakers, exhibitors, and presenters in an intimate setting with food and adult beverages.  21 and up only

Girl from Earth

Friday, July 19th

7:15pm - 8pm

Rachel C. Evans presents Girl from Earth – a space exploration musical experience designed to bring the listener along for an intergalactic ride. Since childhood, she’s explored interests in the fusion of science, the arts and inspiration, and is delighted by her discovery of how these interests align with AfroFuturism. In addition to creating music, she provides curriculum development and tutoring services to students and families throughout the country and she’s a published journalist.

 James Spooner:  AFROPUNK to Zines

Friday. July 19th 

9:00 m - 9:50pm

The founder and creator of AfroPunk shares a compelling story about the irony of losing his black punk dream only to regain it in a most unexpected way. At a time when images of black people were portrayed through a very limited, reductive, and often negative mainstream lens, James Spooner set out to redefine blackness for alternative kids embracing the ethics of punk rock rebellion culture throughout the country. James added nuance to what it is to be “black” by telling punk kids’ stories and developing AfroPunk both as a film, culture, and later as the AfroPunk Festival. James relays the origins of finding punk, the reasons behind making the film, building the AfroPunk community, and why he had to step aside from it all as it began to grow. Filled with humor and a quick course in punk 101, James delivers a message that still resonates today in our heated political climate. He’s still the same kid. Still punk.

Afrotransference: Genetic Memory and Wellness

Saturday, July 20th 

5pm - 5:50pm

Researchers have been studying the generational impact of trauma ad PTSD.  Accepting this as true, what are some areas for consideration and change to break the cycle and ensure a better future for our descendents? 

Panelists: Maria Dowd, Qamar Bradford, and N. Diane Moss

Writing to the Future: Childrens' Book Authors

Saturday July 20th

5pm - 5:50pm

Panelists: Neil Thompson, Stacey Roberts, Chelsae & Channing Moreland

Moderated by Luis Martinez, Founder/CEO, We Tha Plug

Join interactive discussion from the perspective of children's book authors. 

 

Diversity in ?

Saturday, July 20th

6pm - 6:50pm

Panelists: Janeya Griffin, Luis Martinez, Dr. J. Luke Wood

Moderated by: Christiana Russell

Join interactive discussion about the diversity question. 

WorldBeat Center: Vision/ReVision

Saturday, July 20th

6pm - 6:50pm

Learn about how the WorldBeat Center is a manifestation of a vision for the future.  come see how a dream became reality with support from community and students of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design as well as how to engage in the design process for the next leap forward. Presented by Dr. LaWana Richmond and featuring Makeda "Dread" Cheatom. 

VIP Reception

Saturday July 20th

7pm - 9pm

Opportunity to connect with speakers, exhibitors, and presenters in an intimate setting with food and adult beverages.  21 and up only

CONTACT

P.O. Box 741867,  San Diego, CA 92174

619-796-3479

James Spooner, Afropunk Founder

James Spooner is an accomplished tattoo artist (Monocle Tattoo), illustrator, and filmmaker. He directed the films White Lies, Black Sheep and the seminal documentaryAfro-Punk. Both films premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International, and garnered various awards. James is also the founder of the AFRO-PUNK Festival, which currently boasts audiences over a hundred thousand around the world. Spooner is currently finishing two graphic novels.

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