Monday, April 13, 2015

See a Different Side of Tunde Olaniran at Art X Detroit

Tunde Olaniran is always up to something. He is always writing a new song, shooting a new video, or guesting on a new track. He is a hard worker and an intelligent man, as well as one of the most creative artists we've ever had the pleasure of watching perform. He is one of the few artists in Detroit that keeps us on our toes and never ceases to amaze us with what he is doing next. This time around, Tunde is dropping some hard core inspiration and activism on us.

Tunde can proudly add distinguished author to his resume because he recently had a short story published in a new book by Kresge Literary Fellow Adrienne Maree Brown called Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. This book is a collection of science-fiction stories from various authors, including science fiction writers like LeVar Burton and Tananarive Due and journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. All of the short stories in the collection were written by "activist-writers who are actively involved in building movements for social change".
 Co-editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha used this book "as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth".  We are intrigued and we are looking forward to reading it.
Photo by New Flint Inc.Jason Shaltz
But, first we want to go to the Art X Detroit party to celebrate the book's release! This Saturday, April 18th The Garden Theater in Detroit will play host to a reception party and book signing from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. This event will feature a live reading, visual art, a performance by Mic Write, DJ's  Mike Medow and VJ Oren Goldenberg, and a performance by Tunde Olaniran himself. Tunde will perform live as well as conduct a  "sci-fi quintet" featuring harpist Ahya Simone. I'm sure that Tunde has a lot of surprises in store for this event.

The best part is that it is FREE to get in and ALL AGES are welcome to come out and explore the possibilities together. The Garden Theater is located at 3929 Woodward in Detroit.


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