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Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly* is a collaborative art and ethnographic research project exploring the impact of redevelopment, gentrification, and displacement in North Philadelphia through the themes of oral histories, memories, alternative temporalities, and futures. From May 2016-May 2017, BQF Collective operated Community Futures Lab at 2204 Ridge Avenue, which functioned as a gallery, resource and zine library, workshop space, recording booth, and time capsule, recording oral histories/futures in the North Philly neighborhood of Sharswood. 

CFL is the winner of the Philly Geek Awards 2016 Impact Org of the Year and Girls Rock Philly 2016 PhillyRising Award

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*Project supported in generous part by 2016 A Blade of Grass socially engaged art fellowship

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The roots of the group’s latest record, Who Sent You?, can be seen in an essay called “Time Pockets” that Ayewa wrote for Space-Time Collapse Vol II: Community Futurisms. The ideas in the journal, dedicated to Black Quantum Futurism and featuring insights from various artists and activists, directly correlate to many of the ideas explored on the album: community preservation in the face of disenfranchisement, gentrification, and systemic injustice.

PHL Assembled collaborators on empowering marginalized communities through art

Reporter Ariel Taylor covers the eviction crisis in Philadelphia and how local advocates and city council are addressing the issue.

Get to know the minds behind Black Quantum Futurism—Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa—and the important work they do.

Mike Newall writes about the Community Futures Lab, an organization collecting oral histories in the quickly changing neighborhood of Sharswood

Temple News by Jazmyn Burton

A Temple alumna is creating a movement around the past, present and future of North Philadelphia.

Using time travel and afrofuturism, Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa are creating a community space for women to be empowered using art and music.

On this episode of 'Daily VICE,' we meet up with Philly-based avant-garde rapper and activist Moor Mother who uses her music to address social inequality and racial strife. We sit down with the artist before an electrifying hometown show to talk art, politics, and protest.

“Art helps people imagine other futures, alternative futures different from the ones they already have,” said Phillips. “That’s a big thing for people who are routinely told that they don’t have possibilities for the future.” She noted that people in unstable situations often deal with worries that prevent them from thinking beyond immediate needs, but art has the ability to take them outside of that.

Art in America by Michael McCanne

In Philadelphia, a community that is rapidly gentrifying, one artist collective is taking steps to empower its residents by re-imagining black futures within the city landscape.

Temple University News by Kelly Brennan

Many of the resources for domestic violence survivors go unused.

Rasheedah Phillips, a Community Legal Services managing attorney and the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, explains why it should matter to the social impact community in her Around the Corner interview.

Galleries at Moore Radio Show

Rasheedah Phillips one of the organizers of the Community Futures Lab project in North Philadelphia speaks with Matt Kalasky

Temple University News by Ian Walker

An alumna uses Afrofuturist principles to preserve memories of area residents.

Center for the Future of Museums, by Nicole Ivy

Hyperallergic Magazine, by Hyunjee Nicole Kim

The Philadelphia Tribune, by Ryanne Persinger

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