2018 ImageNation Outdoors
BLACK PANTHER UNDER THE STARS
presented in partnership with The NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Friday, June 1, 2018, Marcus Garvey Park
80 Mt. Morris Park West, Fifth Avenue & 122nd Street
Join ImageNation and the New York City Parks Department for a free celebration of Marvel’s Black Panther. Starting with vendors at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE, located three blocks away from the park, the evening includes an outdoor tech expo and a fashion show featuring African textiles and designs. Models will prance to the sounds of live drumming, DJs and live performances by African music acts.
Black Panther Celebration Events!:
12noon - 8:00pm - Wakanda Forever Pop-Up shop at RAW SPACE, 2031 7th Ave., Harlem
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Wakanda Tech Expo at MGP
6:30pm - 8:00pm - Wakanda Style! Fashion Show & Concert
8:00pm - 10:00pm - Black Panther Under the Stars Screening
10:00pm - 1:00am - Wakanda Forever Afterparty at RAW SPACE
Nigerian-Ghanaian Afrobeats artiste, Akeju is one of the few African artists, in recent times, to have his song played on a major mainstream urban station in the United States. He is versatile, with a musical genre infused with elements of afrobeat, Afropop, Reggae, Soca and Hip-hop. His philosophy is to promote a strong synergy between African culture and other cultures in the world through songs and fashion. Akeju's previous hit songs include Most High, featuring Alexis Layne and Loving You, which featured Khady Diop. Signed under Award Tour Music (ATM), Akeju's most recent song is "Kiss & Tell" with a hot remix featuring Beenie Man. Take a listen Here.
Tolu is a Brooklyn-based Nigerian Artist with a background in professional song writing and record engineering. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in Jamaica Queens and went to boarding school in Nigeria for three years. He finished off high school and his college education in Dallas,Texas-but was always drawn to the music. He relocated back to New York to pursue his passions a few years ago. His music is a perfect fusion of his Nigerian roots and his East Coast/Southern upbringing. He best describes his style as an Afro infused Hip-Hop and R&B.
Chloe Mitchell found her love for poetry around the age of seven, but she hadn't planned to write contributions for some of music's biggest artists. She's responsible for the poem during the third verse of Kanye West's "Blame Game" and the five pieces of braille poetry on the packaging of Rihanna's ANTI. Her debut poetry collection, Therapy Sessions, Vol. I is a "medium of self-therapy and love," which she hopes will move others to look inward and discover themselves on a journey of compassion.
Sydmac, a Brooklyn based artist with a musical twist in his style of hip-hop. Influenced by Jay-z, Nas, and many others, Sydmac looks to put together the substance of the old school rap, with the flair of the new hip-hop. Check him out on soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/sydmac.
Fashion Show Curated By CUSTOM COLLABORATIVE
Custom Collaborative is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch viable apparel careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the garment industry, our clients professionalize their sewing and design skills, overcome barriers to employment, and ultimately, change the economics of the apparel industry.
Fashion pictured by GLORIA WAVAMUNNO