For artist and co-organizer of this event Stephanie Safiyatou Edwards, “Afrofuturism allows us to imagine and build a future in a land where we were brought to have no future.” Inspired by cultures like the Dogon people of Mali, and legendary musicians and performers like Parliament (the name of this project is a nod to the funk band), Grace Jones, Sun Ra, and many others, this program (which was also organized with artist Olu Butterfly and writer Jason Harris) features performances by Blaqstarr, Meche Korrect, Fire Angelou, Ama Chandra, Martina Lynch, and more*, plus a fashion show featuring the Baltimore Girls and an open mic and dance party. This sense of celebration, affirmation, and world-building feels vital. “We're at a point in history,” said co-organizer Harris on a radio program late last year, “where Africans here in this country are rising up again to seriously challenge the hierarchy that's been in place.” July 15-17, Pearlstone Park, Preston and Cathedral streets, artscape.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)
*An earlier version of this blurb mistakenly listed Mecca Verdell as a performer. It also previously failed to mention Olu Buttefly as an organizer. City Paper regrets the errors.