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This film, along with Spin and Guardian of Blackstone is part of a constellation of films THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY TWO all ruminating on the time that Sun Ra spent in Chicago Becoming Sun Ra. In a box of ephemera saved by SRa’s business manager, Alton Abraham, was a pack of souvenir post cards from the pyramids of Egypt. The images that Sun Ra and his Arkestra made there are so iconic that these trinkets, saved so decades after their trip there, felt especially poignant. Some tangible evidence that once again these two men had made the impossible a reality. I was once on a panel with an Egyptian artist who mocked Sun Ra, suggesting his name was ignorantly redundant. 🙄😉I ignored the slight and went on to discuss the incredibly interesting musical cross pollination between SRa and Salas Ragab, the innovative Cairo jazz band leader. African condescension towards blacks of the diaspora is not uncommon and registers as always misplaced— revealing a tragic alignment with colonial masters who encourage notions of a proprietary authenticity. Black diaspora fearlessness- our need and willingness to boldly go wherever our dreams take us is the dynamism of the culture we create and practice. This little film was a love letter to Mr. Abraham and Sun Ra, two men who together boldly showed us all the way....🙏🏾❤️😺🖖🏿🥾🕶🧳🐫🐪🌴🪐🎹🎷🎬🚀🛸✈️🖌🟪🔊🇪🇬

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SPACE STATION RAVEN-DISCIPLE

Space Station Raven-Disciple. (pod 1 of 2) 2013. Washington Park Arts Incubator. Digital photo mural. Used wallpaper silkscreens. A slit of broken glass and plaster shards in a gradient. Low-rider upholstery tea cushions. Broken and repaired teacups (Keloids). Suisekis: found urban detritus mounted on hand carved plaster stands. Lagrange Point Drawing: splattered acrylics, temperas, and gouache, on 70 panels. The Grotto: plants stolen form abandoned houses repotted in dollar store pots. Locavore: Gouache drawings of ingredients for locally sourced cocktails. Skybib: Banners cut from paper, jute, tempera.Episode 21. BOLDLY GO