BLACK KIRBY | John Jennings & Stacey Robinson @Annex in Chicago

Last week, as I waited for Tiger Auto on Ashland Ave. to complete some need car repairs, I headed to the library on Chicago Ave.  As I went in, I glanced across the street at the large, renovated building called Annex. I noticed the art installations hanging in the windows, just as someone was taking them down.

A few hours later, on my way to pick up my car, I looked across the street at the Annex and BAM! What did I see? Some amazing Black Art! Not just any Black Art because there is alot of great Black Art; if you have the Mind to look for it!

However, this Black Art, covering the large windows, belonged to a pair of artists that I know!

BLACK KIRBY | John Jennings & Stacey Robinson @Annex in Chicago

Well, I don’t know them that personally but I am familiar with their art and success through the amazing world of the internet!  Actually, I learned of both artists in 2007 via a site and forum called and the defunct HeroTalk, respectively. The artists are

Who are they? John Jennings and Stacey Robinson are both are Black Professors and creative visual artists. United, they are Black Kirby and inspired the by legendary comic book artist, Jack Kirby ; they explore Afrofuturism.

“Afrofuturism is a movement that combines African Diaspora themes and the Black Experience infused with spirituality, technology and the futuristic visuals of science fiction. The purpose is to underscore the historical and current social issues of Blacks around the globe and engage the imagination for solutions; placed in a futuristic context across multiple mediums of visual art, literature, music, fashion etc.”

For more information, click their names above and check out the images below for a taste of Black Kirby!


Support Bar Star City | An Indie Sci-Fi Film

Ytasha L. Womack

Ytasha L. Womack – Director

Ytasha L. Womack is a Visionary; Artist, Author, Writer and Director. She is the author of the sci-fi book, Rayla 2212 and Afrofuturism: The World Of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture.  Ms. Womack has directed previous films, one of which was nominated for Best Film at The American Black Film Fest.  Her latest project is Bar Star City, an Indie Sci-Fi Film!

About Bar Star City:
A goddess, a war veteran and the captain of a spaceship meet in a bar…
Bar Star City is a sci-fi film with Afrofuturist themes.  It looks at love, deception, memory and alienation among a group of bar regulars with unique, quirky personalities, who just want a place to call home.

What I LOVE about the trailer is a) The Science Fiction story/premise with Blacks/People of African Descent actors/actresses!  That’s not often! 🙂 and b) The storytelling element of Jazz!  I instantly thought of Spike Lee’s films because Jazz has been a strong element in his storytelling.  Ms. Womack is bringing the futuristic soul and imagiative element of jazz as a a sci-fi movie!!  Awesome!!

This looks like an exciting project shot entirely in Chicago, a city with unique architecture, neighborhoods and nuances that will be great to see on film.

Ytasha L. Womack is looking for supporters and backers to help fund additional pre-production!  If you want strong and unique stories of characters that look like you: then you must support the efforts and projects that will bring the dream to reality.  I will!

The link is here:  $UPPORT BAR STAR CITY 

Bar Star City Trailer: