The Black Archive: past present futures

WEDNESDAY Feb. 14th :
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 >

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!


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



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.

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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! : 

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

NK Badtz Maru
DJ Ushka (


✩ ✮ ✯ ✮ ✯ 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.


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

Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July

Photo by Michael July