BUFU: Our Selves, Our Stories, and Our Futures

We are the archive. Our bodies, our minds, and our hearts are technologies and storytelling tools more advanced and complex as any. We have been gathering stories for the past three years about Black & Asian cultural and political relationships around the globe and in this session will be sharing (for the first time) a pilot of an interactive installation of our multimedia documentary. Our intention is to implicate and activate all who participate vs just consuming the stories being presented.


Allied Media Conference 2018

Wayne State University

Friday, June 15th, 2018


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FRIDAY, 5.4.18 & 5.18.18
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

By Us For Us (BUFU) is a decentralized multimedia documentary project focusing on the discourse of Black and Asian cultural and political relationships. The founders of this project are a collective of queer, femme, Black, and East Asian artists and organizers who emphasize building solidarity, de-centering whiteness, and resurfacing our deeply interconnected and complicated histories.

Co-presented with Eyebeam, BUFU will stage a free two part conversation on Friday, May 4, and Friday, May 18. Guests who wage equity within institutional spaces are invited to participate.

Join BUFU and other invited guests in this first conversation by holding space to consider the relations between marginalized bodies, consumption/creation, visibility as a trap, and our institutional overlords.

To scam? To divest? To wage within? What are our options and their impact?

Presented in partnership with Eyebeam.


Eyebeam's Welcome Wednesday ]
Invoking Reality: A VR & AR POC Community Jam, Hosted by BUFU

April 4, 2018 / 6 – 8pm

Kicking off the Welcome Wednesday series, BUFU invites VR & AR makers of color to come and share their works in progress in a community jam. Individuals are invited to talk about their practice, receive feedback, and speak to how this tech//the future is ours.

Free and open to the public, make sure to RSVP! 


This event is part of Welcome Wednesday, our ongoing event series that offers a flexible, social time and space for current and former Eyebeam artists to share new ideas, works in progress, host conversations, and experiment with different formats.


BGM x BUFU Presents: Black Legacy Dinner

ln light and love amidst Black History Month, Black Girl Magik & BUFU are so excited to introduce the “Black Legacy Dinner."

As we are continually inspired by the work and presence of honored guests and our ancestors, it is clear to us the need to come together as a community, convene, and celebrate our brilliant Black contemporaries - as well as call in those who came before us. 

percentage of funds will go to black artists and innovators seeking to transform for our community. The submission process will go live in the coming days. Committee will be formed by event organizers and black legacy honored guests. ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Our plan is for this dinner to be one part, 
a cute turn up with our faves for our faves. 
There will have a community altar
to add these to and a moment to share
a little bit about these ancestors together. 

It is sure to be a beautiful evening. 

♥ So please bring yourself, 
♥ a love, 
♥ an ancestor, 
♥ and a yummy dish. 

Doors at 9:30pm
$5 suggested donation
entry at door/via Paypal
&/or potluck dish!!
Donations to our Black Legacy Fund
is welcome


Black Girl Magik is an online and offline platform catered to women of color. We seek to create a community amongst women of color to explore, express, create and conjure conversation, art, and self-care. We aim to create a space that allows WOC from a variety of backgrounds and cities to come together and share our collective experiences and creativity. Black Girl Magik names the process through which the magic is made. It speaks to the spaces where black women have and continue to congregate.


YJC Queer Lunar New Year Party 2018: Year of the Dog


Get tickets here! : http://bit.ly/YJC_QLNY_Tix 

Date and Time: February 22, 2018, 9PM - 2AM
Location: China Chalet, 47 Broadway, New York, NY 10006

NK Badtz Maru
DJ Ushka (https://soundcloud.com/djushka)


✩ ✮ ✯ ✮ ✯ All party proceeds will be donated to: ✩ ✮ ✯ ✮ ✯

Educated Little Monsters
An all black and brown youth movement bringing you the truth through all forms of art from dance, music & theater

Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
A pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City. 

The Bronx Freedom Fund (T-Shirt proceeds)
A South Bronx non-profit with a revolving fund to pay bail for people accused of misdemeanors. 



Unfortunately due to budget and capacity limits we were only able to secure a venue that has a set of stairs at the entrance (about 20 steps) and the entrance is not wheelchair accessible. However, YJC members (4) will be available to lift persons up/down the stairs if wanted, please feel free to DM us on our Instagram since we will be on it all night. 



The Lunar New Year is the first day of a calendar year based on the cycles of the moon. Hindu, Bengali, Buddhist, Islamic and traditional East Asian calendars are based on this system, and many of us in the U.S. who have ancestors from these ‘othered’ spaces still live and celebrate by it.

The Lunar New Year connotes a time of family reunion and we want to reinterpret this tradition by celebrating with our chosen families and our queer diasporic families. We want to meet and strengthen each other for the year of resistance and community-building we have ahead of us. 

Queerness is a spectrum of self-defined identifications of bodies, communities, histories and socio-economic logics that are not legitimate under the straightness of white patriarchy. Queerness does the work of maneuvering, scamming and burning white patriarchy to the ground. With this party we will do this as VISIBLY and JOYFULLY as possible. 


Please remember to center queer femmes of color. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO TOLERANCE for antiblackness, appropriative garb, Black face, yellow face, harassment, anything nonconsensual, stuff that makes us feel bad. 




YELLOW JACKETS (YJC) is a queer/intersectional collective of Yellow American femmes collaborating towards radical futures that center marginalized bodies.

Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency -- representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club, Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 150 DJs and producers to-date.

BUFU is a multimedia project about us building kinship & solidarity thru community organizing & doc on the Black-Asian political relationship (ig: @bufu_byusforus)

Graphics by Taehee Whang (ig: @whitemalepainter)

BUFU X YJC hosted an emergency response post-election trauma on Thursday, November 10th as a means to hold space and center the voices and concerns of POC folks to process & mourn collectively.


The Black Archive: past present futures

WEDNESDAY Feb. 14th <past> :
Ayasha Guerin />
Syreeta Gates of The Gates Archive>
Jazmin Jones & Tsige Tafesse of BUFU>

WEDNESDAY Feb. 21st "present":
American Artist />
Kearra Amaya Gopee >
Ryann Holmes of bklyn boihood >
Joseph Cuillier of The Black School >
Ola Ronke of The Free Black Women's Library >

WEDNESDAY Feb. 28th <futures/>
Stephanie Dinkins />
André D. Singleton of The Very Black Project >
Kleaver Cruz of The Black Joy Project >
Ifrah F. Ahmed of Araweelo Abroad >

”Without an image of tomorrow, one is trapped by blind history, 
economics, and politics beyond our control. 
One is tied up in a web, in a net, with no way to struggle free. 
Only by having clear and vital images of the many alternatives, 
good and bad, of where one can go, 
will we have any control over the way we may actually get there
in a reality tomorrow will bring all too quickly.”
—Samuel R. Delany

Join us Wednesdays in Febuary 14 + 21st + 28th 6 - 9pm @ 199 Cook st. for THE BLACK ARCHIVE: past present futures

Learn // Celebrate // Create

An invitation to witness our Black family engaged in the practice of archiving our stories
An invitation to our Black family to engage in the practice of archiving us

Bring your family photos ♥
Your DMs ♥ 
Your cherished objects ♥ 
Your voicemails ♥
Yourself ♥


6:30 - 7:30pm

The first half of this workshop will live as a community conversation
with point “archivists” speaking on their practice and the importance of Black Archives

7:30 - 9:00pm

Followed by an open workshop where Black folks will be invited to participate in their own practice of archiving either for their own outside projects or in a collaborative “Black Archive” project that will be a community created piece over the 3 Wednesday workshops!


Non-black folks are welcome to attend, 
but please be mindful of how much space you take up. 
During the workshop archive hours
you are invited to lend your labor
by participating in a wiki editathon
uplifting forgotten, inaccurate, or misrepresented Black histories.

Equipment available on site for open workshop:
Audio recording equipment
Video booth
DSLR Cameras
10 Apple Computers with full Adobe Suite
Virtual Reality Depth Kit Scanning
**Let us know what else you may need or want for the workshop!

A 4-week lead up of programming, building toward a final day-long gathering: sharing strategies, resources, skills between/on collectives. Focusing on how we build together through organizing, healing, nightlife, art, etc.

Thank you to the Citizens Committee NYC Neighborhood grant for our $2,000 grant, thank you Learning Gardens Nursery Grant for $300 for our 2-trip metrocards for July, and thank you Kettle Chips for our Kettle Chips sponsorship for the month!

Opaque AF flyer

MAMI + BUFU present: Opaque AF

Quay Dash

With artwork by:
Ruth Webber-Juggoo
Taehee Whang
Devin N. Morris
Isabel Sakura Conley
Devin Kenny
Dana Davenport
Tomasyn Hayes
Fei Liu
Stephanie Dinkins
Melody Avis
Kearra Amaya Gopee
Javarius Jones
Parissah Lin




November 12th & 13th, 2016

As part of the Education Department’s R&D Season: DEMOCRACY, the New Museum will host a youth summit and celebration organized by an emerging generation of artists, writers, and activists, including BUFUbrujasDiscwoman, and members of House of LaDosha. The summit will include numerous workshops organized around five guiding principles: healing, self-love, skill building, political education, and empowerment. The programming will look to the future of gender politics, focusing on methods for forging the worlds youth want to inhabit, while grounding this work in legacies of the past. Programming will center on confronting inequality and injustice, supporting spiritual and economic sustainability, and cultivating a space to turn up with women, femmes, “the dolls,” and all queer kinfolk at the forefront.

 Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July

 Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July



Past events from our June 2016 warehouse space #BUFUSTUDIOS at 283 Greene Ave. 


1-Month Calendar

Calendar of our last 2 weeks


By Us For Us:: A Month of
Black and Asian Futurity

Throughout the month of June 2016, we transformed 283 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, a 2000 sq. ft. warehouse space into BUFU Studios. It was created as a physical hub to both showcase our raw footage from Seoul, Tokyo, and Osaka, and to create an intergenerational, multimedia space centering queer, poor, POC, and other marginalized bodies by providing free programming around the themes of Black & Asian futurity & solidarity. It became a physical hub to host alternative ways in which we could collectively develop a new language to better understand the political and cultural relationships amongst Black & Asian diasporas while focusing on how to strengthen our communal ties and build inter-POC solidarity.

This month featured different themes for everyday of the week with dynamic programming under the titles BUFU HEALS, BUFU WORKS, BUFU EATS, BUFU FILMS, BUFU SESSIONS, BUFU TALKS, and BUFU JAMS.

Collaborating with over fifty organizations and individuals, we programmed over 100 events 7 days a week throughout the month of June. BUFU Studios created a different theme for each day to allow our community multiple entry points into conversations on Black & Asian relationships. In the space, we had a list of community agreements that were collectively created with our collaborators and implemented by our community leaders. Through this document, we attempted to ground our space to center poor, queer, disabled, POC and all other marginalized bodies. 


We plan to continue our documentary work by traveling to Ethiopia, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe in December 2016, and China and in India in June 2017. The documentary component of our project will launch in 2017 on our website through an episodic themed structure featuring all of our shooting locations.


Additional Info + Added Events

Bufu Sound Healing
Sound bath by Sunny Quetzalcoatl and Mukyah Gurung

JUNE 19th + 26th
Crystal Healing with Turtle
12 - 2pm

Group Healing: Grievance and Loss facilitated by Houiea Love
6 - 7pm
Reiki energy healing was used to ease the process of grief in an emotionally comforting environment. A group discussion followed. The session ended with prayer and intention setting.

Storytelling Therapy
4 - 7pm

I SPIT on YOUR GRAVE // Redemption & Liberation of the Femme
9pm - 12am
The history of the femme revenge narrative stems farther than we can predispose. For centuries, femmes have fallen victim to (name any specific tool of patriarchy, male supremacy, hegemony, etc.) and retold their stories, reclaimed their narratives, and sought redemption through violence, resilience and redefinition. 

When you think about todays pop culture icons of color (Rihanna, Azealia Banks, Beyonce(?)) we are confronted with a retelling of (dare I say) "classical" femme narratives - these aren't things we haven't seen before but they've taken on a gloss that only popular culture can ingest verdictlessly. 

That is to say, finding the origins of these narratives can contribute to reinterpreting and reclaiming of our consumption of these images. 

This talk revolved around unpacking the semiotics that lie in our favorite music videos and tying them back to older traditions of retelling femme resilience/destruction/ reconstruction narratives. 

Brought to you by the love fam ♥ Jahmal B. Golden ♥

Blak Australia: Film Series & Discussion
5 - 10pm

5.00 - 6.45pm
Traces the life of activist Eddie Mabo and his struggle for indigenous land rights in Australia. 

7.00 pm- 7.30 pm
A satirical short film that explores the relationship between Aboriginal Australians and White Australians by reversing the colonial narrative and gaze. 

"Nicely Coloured Girls"
7.35 pm- 7.50pm
Directed by Tracey Mofett, this short explores the current and historical relationship between white men and Aboriginal women in a colonial setting. This short problematizes images of Aboriginal women as passive and powerless. 

8.00-8.15 PM
Short Film directed by Darlene Johnson about a young Koori girl who 'passes for white' at the local swimming pool. Themes of Aboriginal identity, racial tension and the Swimming pool as a racial institution are explored.

8.30 PM- 10.15 PM
A documentary by John Pilger that explores the experiences of Aboriginal Australians living in remote communities. The film highlights the ongoing psychological, economical and political violence they are subjected to in a colonial context.

An excerpt from a documentary exploring the experiences of Sistagirls community (transgender Aboriginal community) in the TIWI ISLANDS in Australia.

Community discussion
10.25 -11.00pm
post films talk back with film curator & community organizer Xa Ba, a non-indigenous black migrant residing on stolen Wurundjeri land (Melbourne, Australia).

Yoga Class with Luna Simpson
7 - 8:30pm

JUNE 27th
((((((( Private Event )))))))
8pm - 12am

ACTIVE ARCHIVE Volumes is a series of intimate creative dialogues that uses visual arts, performance, and facilitated dialogue intended to celebrate, share, and investigate the largely overlooked legacies in social justice history.

Weaponizing the Internet: Virility and Our Bodies with Devin Kenny
5 - 7PM
A workshop about how POC bodies are consumed online and how we use the internet.

This is What Community Looks Like: Dinner Discussion led by H+ | House of Chow®
7 - 9PM
This dinner conversation will be centered around the experiences, challenges, and contributions of Asian (Americans) in Hip-Hop Dance with top dancers, performers, and choreographers in the field. Dinner catered by H+ | Gastrünamy, the Culinary Division of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.

Sensuous Solidarity: A Night of Black & Asian Burlesque
8 - 10pm

Every Wednesday

West African Dance Class led by Kwame Simpson

June 8th
AOKI (2009)
+ Mountains That Take Wing (2010) + The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)


Homage to our Asian political ancestors who fought for Black Power: Grace Lee Boggs, Yuri Kochiyama, and Aoki.

June 15th
BOBSA: Black Hair + Workshop
Community conversation with BOBSA (Black Owned Beauty Supply Association) after screening


Enter the Dragon (1973)
+ The Last Dragon (1985)

For this double feature we paid homage to a long history of Blaxploitation and Hong Kong Cinema double feature screenings. It has been argued that if it weren't for Black America embracing Hong Kong Cinema when those films were released in the U.S. that they would not have done very well. 

POC Filmmakers Meetup
7 - 10pm

Every Thursdays
Open Studios
BUFU x Ethiopian Surrealism Artist in Residency Program directed by Selam Bekele brought artists of different mediums to explore forms of ritual, ceremony, memory, and surrealism. Through the month of June, artists did research, collaborated, and created work around these themes of connection and transcendence. During Open Studio hours, BUFU Tea was hosted by Christopher Shaw.

June 9th
YJC/BUFU Exhibition Opening
YJC/BUFU Collab Exhibition Opening up June 9 - July 2. This show featured POC Artists as they engage with concepts of 'ANGER' and 'AUTHENTICITY'. 

June 16th
This is What Community Looks Like: Political Education Reading Group
This week's topic of discussion will be centered around street harassment and how it relates to gentrification. 

Open Mic/Session

Queering Grief: A Reading Group and Workshop on Pulse and Charleston Massacres
7 - 9pm
A Political Education "Reading Group" focusing on the Pulse and Charlston Massacres.

In the wake of the Pulse Massacre and the one year anniversary of the Charleston Massacre we come together to mourn and ask the question "Whose bodies are grievable?".

We examined the different ways mourning, and grief over tragedy are expressed when accounting for intersections of race, sexuality, class, and gender. 

This began with a roundtable discussion/reading and then a breaking off into groups to create "collages" to collectively imagine possibilities of mourning together.

POC Podcasters Meetup
7 - 10pm

Karaoke/Session in collaboration with PB & Jams
9 - 12am

June 10th

Solidarity & Discord: Deconstructing the Akai Gurley/Peter Liang Case

This conversation aimed to deconstruct the solidarity & discord surrounding the Akai Gurley and Peter Liang case and the ongoing movement for justice for Akai Gurley and Black Lives Matter. 


Anger & Authenticity: Working Through Projected Politics on Black & Asian Bodies
6 - 9pm
In this BUFU TALK the Yellow Jackets Collective lead us through a talk on how anger & authenticity are coded, socialized, and projected onto Black & Asian bodies within a system of white supremacy.

Decolonizing Anime: White Supremacist Messaging in Japanese Animation
6 - 9pm

In this BUFU TALK we'll be deconstructing white supremacist messaging embedded in some of our favorite anime shows (Dragonball Z, Naruto, etc.) and how that relates to yellowface and upholding white supremacist beauty ideals and messaging.

Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery Film Series
10pm - 12am
This late night double feature we'll be screening episodes from Boondocks and Samurai Champloo

Dream Workshop: A Future-Building Intensive for POC Youth led by Survival Project
10am - 6pm

From Chinatown to Brooklyn to the Bronx: Gentrification Front Lines
6 - 9pm
A facilitated discussion about gentrification in different POC neighborhoods here in NYC with folks who are doing work on the front lines.

BUFU x lovelove
9pm - 12am

This is What Community Looks Like: Political Education Reading Group
7 - 9pm

Whose Streets?! An Open Dialogue on Street Harassment, Gentrification, and the Social Politics of Public Space in NYC. 
How do we define street harassment? What happens when we expand the traditional definitions to include over policing and policies like Stop and Frisk and Broken Windows? Can ‘street harassment’ ever be a form of resistance in the face of gentrification? How can we collectively make our streets safer spaces? What will it take to shift our culture?

Free Em All: Remembering Yuri and Our Political Prisoners
On June 1st, Yuri Kochiyama passed after dedicating her life to social movements and lifting up the connected struggle of our people. During this time, she spent time specifically fighting for the release of political prisoners. Speakers included Dequi Sadiki Kionni of The Jericho Movement and Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and members of the Yuri Malcolm and Mural Project: A collaboration between YMMP, BUFU, Jericho Movement and Active Archive:Vol.1 Afro-Asian Solidarity and Kinship.

POC Cosplay Meet Up: Why "The Bindi Ain't Indie:" An Open Dialogue on Cultural Appropriation in the Nerd and Geek Community
12 - 4pm
This meetup was for cosplayers of color to mix & mingle, take photos, and engage in critical dialogue about the differences between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange, especially as it relates to cosplay.


Vinyasa Yoga with Chauncie
3 - 5pm

BUFU BAES: A Critical Look at Sex, Fetish & Our Bodies
5 - 7pm
Sonia Choi facilitated a conversation taking a close look at how fetishization and exotification play out on Black & Asian bodies through porn and other popularly consumed media and how it affects real life interactions and interpersonal relationships.

9pm - 2am

HAFU Documentary Screening + Discussion on Mixed Race Identity
2 - 5pm
BUFU had the opportunity to see the film and meet & interview some of the folks from Mixed Roots Japan:ミックスルーツ・ジャパン(多文化市民社会対話プラットフォーム) while in Tokyo this past January and we are happy to have screened it for June, followed by a critical discussion about mixed race identity and politics.

Vinyasa Yoga with Chauncie
3 - 5pm

Transracial & Transnational Adoption: Building Homes//
Making Self
4 - 6pm
A conversation about transracial and transnational adoption and how it intersects with displacement, migration, diaspora, consent, and identity. How do we heal? How do we build? What is our future?

NGR Workshops/Session
6 - 10pm
The Journey of the Asiatic people.
Through the "lands" & "times": discovering and exporting novelty, culture, and resources. From Nubia to Japan, Turkey to New York, and right here to the future

10pm - 2am

June 31st
PB & Jams
9pm - 12am

BUFU Closing Celebration!::
Capoeira Roda
12 - 2pm
Capoeira Muçurumim X ACUPE do Brooklyn

"Deconstructing the Alien/Extraterrestrial as a Subject of Orientalism"
12 - 2pm
A community discussion that explored the popular image of the otherworldly alien as a conduit through which we experience orientalism, colonization, and femmephobia. How do we navigate the world as aliens? How do our ancestors and homelands relate to the extraterrestrial? What does it mean for us to co-opt a spaceship and get free?

Solidarity & Discord: Manifesting Change
3 - 5pm
A conversation to continue to deconstruct the solidarity & discord surrounding Akai Gurley and the Peter Liang trial and the ongoing movement for justice for Akai Gurley and Black Lives Matter. It’s been about 19 months since Akai Gurley was shot and killed while visiting the Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn by NYPD officer Peter Liang. In our discussion we’ll start by hearing facts about Liang’s conviction and trial process that led to his minimal sentencing, the key players that dictated that outcome and the responses seen throughout the city. What does justice for Akai Gurley looks like? What’s going on now? What are we doing as individuals, as a community?

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan Presents:
“Field Research: Vinyl Culture and Record Digging Throughout Asia”

H+ | SOUL SCIENCE® Workshop
5pm - 7pm
For over 25 years, H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory in New York founded by Hip-Hop dance educator, choreographer and philanthropist Safi A. Thomas has been providing pedagogy in The BLADE Dance Technique® (S. Thomas, 1995) that is open to dancers of ALL levels.

H+ | SOUL SCIENCE® is a structured, disciplined, caring, nonjudgmental environment that takes you through the foundational cornerstones of the art: Popping, Boogaloo, Locking, Rocking, Breaking, and Party Dance in both choreography and freestyle.

Higher Self Readings with Houiea Love
5pm - 7pm

Closing Panel & Performance "R U 4 Real: An Exhibition on Anger and Authenticity"
7 - 10pm
Closing reception of "R U 4 Real: An Exhibition on Anger and Authenticity"

ARTIST TALK | 7:30pm

The artists of "R U 4 Real will discuss their work in the exhibition, exploring themes of anger, authenticity, and communal space.


A peformance by artist Sophia Mak

DJ Set Andrew Phan
7 - 8pm

DJ Set Gio Escobar
8 - 9pm

BUFU Artists In Residence “Performance+Art Share”
10 - 11pm
Benny Oyama 

Femmepremacy X BUFU Present:

11pm - 3:30am

All Day: BUFU Clothing Swap

Fliers of Special Events