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Welcome to the 21st Allied Media Conference!

This year we have gone VIRTUAL! AMC kicks-off Thursday July 23rd!

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We are excited to host 24 Virtual Network Gatherings this year. Network gatherings are taking place before and after conference and many are INVITE ONLY, those that are open to new guests will be updated in Sched. To learn more about Network Gatherings go here.

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Thursday, July 23 • 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Opening Ceremony

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The Opening Ceremony is produced by Flint-based artist, Tunde Olaniran and will ask "What is a frequency that heals?" In the face of new, shifting and ongoing crises, in end times and beginning times, what are the Black, Indigenous, and queer visionary frameworks that shape current and future liberation? The ceremony will feature three keynotes:

Part one: a story told by The Aadizookan and Monica Lewis-Patrick that weaves creation myths and organizing tales from the past, present and future of Detroit, brought to life by six Black and Indigenous animators and illustrators hailing from across the globe.

Part two: a conversation between Raquel Willis and Joie Lou Shakur on the theme of media for Black Trans liberation.

Part three: a collaborative musical performance and conversation curated by acclaimed jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding—accompanied by the voices and musical frequencies from Brontë Velez of Lead to Life, and Detroit artists Ahya Simone, Supercoolwicked, Bevlove, and Kesswa.

Through this journey, the Opening Ceremony hopes to provide a moment of reflection, celebration and inspiration for AMC participants.

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brontë velez

brontë’s (they/them) work and rest is guided by the call that "black wellness is the antithesis to state violence" (Mark Anthony Johnson). as a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, designer, trickster, and wakeworker, their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of... Read More →
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Joie Lou Shakur

Joie Lou Shakur is a Black Trans Immigrant from Jamaica. They are currently a southern organizer, healer, and artist. Joie is also the founder of House of Pentacles, a Black queer and trans film training program and production house. When they’re not behind a camera, you can find Joie twerking, practicing karaoke, or leaving yelp reviews at yo mamas kitchen table., House of Pentacles
Joie Lou Shakur (they/them) is a Black Trans immigrant from Jamaica. They are currently a Southern organizer, medicine-maker, and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. Joie Lou is the founder of House of Pentacles, a Black Trans Film Fellowship Program and Production House. When they’re... Read More →
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Raquel Willis

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. She is the former executive editor of Out magazine and a former national organizer for Transgender Law Center... Read More →
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Ahya Simone

Working across myriad disciplines, Detroit based multidisciplinary artist, performer, filmmaker and harpist Ahya Simone’s many pronged practice is bound by an exploration of Black identity, aesthetic, and community building. Simone is a featured artist for  showing up, showing... Read More →
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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding aims to ignite and portray various hues of vital human energies through composition, singing, bass playing and live performance, with the intention of offering these sound-energies as an aide for connecting with latent portals of unity consciousness and health... Read More →
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Kesiena Wanogho, aka KESSWA, is a multimedia performing artist from Detroit, Michigan. Through her work as a vocalist, producer, and vinyl enthusiast, she creates performances that integrate sound and light through music and mantra. Her most recent performance, KESSWA UNLIMITED, blends... Read More →
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Monica Lewis-Patrick

Monica Lewis-Patrick is an educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate. Along with the other four founders of We the People of Detroit (WPD), she, with the leadership of volunteers and community experts, placed herself and WPD at the forefront of the water justice struggle... Read More →
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Supercoolwicked is a freedom-focused musician who also finds joy as an actor, dancer, and teaching artist. Her layered identities have manifested into various art forms in diverse spaces ranging from opening up for Jack White at the Detroit Bernie Sanders rally, a feature in the Dazed... Read More →
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Tunde Olaniran

Tunde Olaniran is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Flint, MI.

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Alicia Robinson

Alicia is a New Jersey based artist that enjoys creating fun, authentic narratives/characters that will inspire audiences. She loves to collaborate with other creatives and dreams to one day bring her own stories to the big screen. Her work is often influenced by identity, nostalgia... Read More →
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Chloe Page

Whimsical, Dynamic, and just a little bit weird, Chloe enjoys creating art of fantasy and life. Currently based in the Greater Seattle area enjoying the weather as a break from being raised in the brutal Texas heat. 
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Ken Mayne

Ken Mayne is a native new yorker and comes from an Afro-Caribbean background. They have always had a fondness of the arts from a young age but have a stronger connection with animation and film. Ken spent the last four years at the School of Visual Arts and is now free to take on... Read More →
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Kimmie King

Kimmie is a 2D animator and filmmaker currently based in NY. She has a love for subtle character performance and fast-paced action. Her work is tethered to ideas and stories that are to make people reflect, and she enjoys pushing her work to demonstrate the endless capabilities of... Read More →
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Lindsay Vluttert

Lindsay Vluttert (https://www.ambrosalia.com/) is a 23 year old Dutch-Caribbean animator and story artist who lives in the Netherlands. They graduated from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in 2018. For their thesis project, they collaborated with multiple students from different... Read More →
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Rachel Dennis

Rachel Mae Dennis-Butzin is an indigenous artist whose work is a reflection of her diverse heritage as well as her love of the environment, comic books, and pop culture. Rachel is a graduate of Michigan State University and currently resides in South Dakota with her family, where... Read More →

Thursday July 23, 2020 7:30pm - 8:45pm EDT