All Weekend

All Weekend
Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change. Join CMASJ as they lead attendees in creating activism buttons that raise awareness for a cause in order to push for change. Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to design and reflect on social issue that they are most passionate about.
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The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice presents Earth 2: a series of drawings created by artists, ages 7-15, of their imagined futuristic worlds. Students participated in discussions around the distant future- what would people wear? Where would they live? How would they get around? How might people relate with one another? The act of such intense imagining alters not just the possibilities of what can be far in the future, but also helps us see what we can alter in our current world as well. The sourced images that served as a starting point for the artists are from Nasa's images archive.
Dance Characters
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Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun.
I Play Games
All Weekend - Salon B
We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, and so bringing the joy of video game entertainment to greater video game community was a natural fit.
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Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free.
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Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.
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Mark is originally from Oak Park, IL and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. He was a part of Black Panther as a Jabari Warrior, and did stunts in the film. He has also appeared in a variety of shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Empire, and commercials for large brands including Pepsi. He currently models for Target for their Goodfellow and Co. brand.
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Erika Alexander is best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show and Maxine Shaw on Living Single. She has won numerous awards for her work on Living Single, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Alexander has starred in season 2 of the Amazon original drama, Bosch, as Constance Irving. In 2017 she played Detective Latoya in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.
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Actress on various commercials, movies and TV shows, such as film The Gag Date, where she also serves as Producer, and Pieces of David where she plays the character Diane. She is also the spokesperson for Type One Diabetes.
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Co-owner of Deep Productions Studios. She is a writer and casting director whose credits include Pieces of David, London Mitchell's Christmas, and Black Privilege.
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Jesse J. Holland is an award-winning journalist and novelist and the author of the first novel featuring comics’ most popular black superhero, The Black Panther. In Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Holland retells the classic origin of T’Challa, the original Black Panther, and updates it for the new century, giving new fans and longtime die-hard aficionados a good platform and some inside information for the new “Black Panther” movie from Marvel Studios debuting in 2018.
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Best known for R. Kelly's hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, as the character Twan, from Chapter 7 and on. He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep with Tyrese and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE, based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role of Frank, in the Fox television series Rel as well as the character Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney.
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Founder of the film and TV Production company Deep Productions Studios, CORP. Works include Marvel Comics Night Thrasher:RAVE, Amazon’s The Girls & Rodney, and the animated film Malevolent, starring the voices of Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Deadpool) and William Shatner (Star Trek and more).
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Cynda Williams is an actress, known for One False Move (1992), and Mo’ Better Blues (1990). Singer of the hit song "Harlem Blues." She is also the author of the book Pink Pantie Confessions. She plays Detective Elaine in the film Pieces of David (2018).

Thursday

Thursday - Black Ensemble Theatre
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
They all met and navigated the comedy scene in Chicago and now they've all went on to find major success and make major moves on stages across the world and in film & television. These friends are all coming together to present a one-of-a-kind line up that is sure to make for one of Chicago funniest nights.

Friday

Friday - Salon A Room 1
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Anthony Jones will discuss the process of design in the game industry, from developing concepts to help with production and post production in game development. He will also show examples of concepts and how they make it to the final game through many rounds of iteration and feedback.
Friday - Salon C Room 1
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lecture and Artist Demonstration. How politics affect Black identity in Art.
Friday - Salon C Room 2
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Join the Academy Group and a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs from Chicago and beyond in a discussion about what it takes to build wealth and transform society. These leaders – who represent fashion to finance – share their stories of getting a seat at the table…and then flipping it.
Friday - Salon C Room 3
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn more about Biomimicry, how it manifests in the Black Panther mythos, see real world examples, and discover how turning to nature for inspiration might help with your next project or venture.
Friday - Salon C Room 4
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.
Friday - Salon A Room 1
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Negro Justice League will be hosting a panel of young progressions working in various STEM fields such as epidemiology, pharmacy, and engineering. The purpose of the panel is to raise awareness about African Americans in STEM and provide information about different career fields.
Networking Event
Friday - Salon A Room 4
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow educators!
Friday - Salon C Room 1
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.
Friday - Salon C Room 2
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join this panel of dope Black women discussing how sisterhood showed up on the big screen in Black Panther and the links between these connections between Black women in pop culture and media extend into our real lives as Sisters in the fight for Black Liberation.
Friday - Salon C Room 3
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
As WAKANDACON provides an entry-point for many to imagine ideal Black worlds, this conversation aims to build on this energy by mobilizing both Black feminist theory and environmental consciousness to critique our current reality and imagine Black worlds and ecologies unshackled by anti-blackness and sexism.
Friday - Salon C Room 4
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Move like a member of the Jabari Tribe and learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Black Panther Actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+
Friday - Salon A Room 1
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This panel brings together experts in the social justice and gaming to discuss the impact gaming has on raising awareness, changing behavior, or other inequalities. How might gaming be a tool for social, political, and cultural change? Join the conversation with these panelists as they share their work and take questions from the audience.
Friday - Salon C Room 1
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This panel will invoke the spirit of The Black Panther by recalling the contributions Black people have made to the world by looking to the past to learn more about our future. In turn, we hope to encourage participants to become Peace Makers that use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to promote peace in our communities.
Friday - Salon C Room 3
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The panel will consider how Black Panther and other diverse speculative media can be used in educational and activist spaces to encourage us to imagine inclusive futures for all.
Friday - Salon C Room 4
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This presentation will discuss groundbreaking work being done at Fermilab and Jessica’s path to becoming a physicist.
Networking Event
Friday - Salon A Room 4
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!
Friday - Salon C Room 4
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wakandacon youth participants ages 9-14 will enjoy Professor Jackson’s fun workshop, designed to demystify electricity highlight its properties, showing how it fits into the world of technology.
Friday - Salon C Room 1
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
2 dope techies bring their live show to Chicago with plenty #blackgirlmagic spotlightting #millennials of color in media tech & entrepreneurship
Networking Event
Friday - Salon A Room 4
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow technologists, hackers, makers, developers and enthusiasts!

Saturday

Saturday - Salon C Room 1
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Billy Tuggle is a writer, performance poet, slam champion and HipHop culturalist. He has been published under such imprints as Puddinhead Press/Fractal Edge Press; Write Bloody Publishing; Freezeray Press; and Thoughtcrime Press. His book 'The Way of the B-Boy' is a collection of poems, mediations and a curriculum sketch of and for HipHop culture.
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Exploring the impact of the two different histories and systems that have and are still impacting all Black people will be the panel's starting point in order to highlight differences but also focus on the similarities between narratives and what we can do as we create new ones, a new history.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude.
Saturday - Salon C Room 4
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation. It has been held at comic cons, book fairs and libraries.
Networking Event
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow nerds, geeks, and hobbyists of all types!
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Starting with the Golden Age of Science Fiction in 1938, this panel aims to create an Afrofuturistic timeline from years past to current.
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
A conversation about the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression on blackness both state side and abroad.
Saturday - Salon C Room 4
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
This workshop will set students up with the fundamentals they need. This class will also improve their writing skills in general. Students will learn the basics of writing sketch comedy. They will learn about scene structure, experiment with styles, and learn how to write good dialogue.
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A movie, comics, anime, and gamer podcast that loves and honors the first black man in space Lando Calrissian
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Artists featured in this demonstration are Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor. They will discuss the process of design in the film industry. Working with directors and achieving the vision needed for the final product. Demonstrate how to gather reference, start the design process, and take it to completion.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
How are creators taking the conversation of inclusion into their own hands by building spaces and opportunities for other's othered? Join us for an open discussion with these entertainent industry professionals that are challenging the status quo.
Networking Event
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow Wakandan women!
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tired of each being the only minority in their shows, the group came together to create their own brand of comedy that fits their high energy and experiences. Join this collective of Black Excellence for an open discussion and Q&A to learn more about their experience with touring, writing and performing in television, film, and on stage across the world.
Color Farm
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Erika and her creative partner, Tony Puryear, will provide their story within the context of being an outsider. The presentation is essentially a how-to-do-it-for-yourself guide. It is very interactive, participatory, fun, and educational.
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Are you a Super Geek and having a hard time finding your passion in the REAL WORLD? Well you are in luck! We have assembled a group of panelists that have turned their geek passions into their profession and we want to help you do the same.
Networking Event
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow media professionals!
Saturday - Salon B
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Come try out Virtual Reality at Wakandacon! Explore a number of virtual games and worlds with state-of-the-art VR headsets. More information coming soon!
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
So you've got a great idea, shot a video, wrote a comic/novel...now what? The modern age has a strong DIY ethos. You don't have to wait for the opportunities to get your work to the masses- but you do have to work. Learn about prepping, packaging, and presenting your content to the right people, at the right outlets, in the right way.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Black Filmmaking in Hollywood. The challenges and the solutions. From independent to big budget, a panel of 5 people from different aspects of the film and TV industry.
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Come meet the team behind the event!
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This will be a panel featuring concept artists from the film and game industry. These artists represent an ethnic minority in the game industry and have worked for companies like Marvel, Blizzard, Sony, Warner Bros, NetherRealms, Ensemble, Scientific Games, Wizards of the Coast.
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Join us as we discuss the journey of entrepreneurship, challenges and wins, and the power of one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation: Black women entrepreneurs. Dive into how women of color are changing the landscape of gaming and reaching an untapped market.
Saturday - Salon C Room 2
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The objective of this panel is to inform and educate all POC (person(s) of color) and non-POC the struggles and triumphs of being a POC cosplayer. We aim to break the stigma of identification of being a race bended vs. original character cosplays. We are the giving ALL (future and current POC) people the encouragement to pursue cosplay and allowing them to not let color define YOUR COSPLAY.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The forum will consist of a variety of local Black artists in the Chicagoland Arts Community. We'll discuss our starts, our journeys, issues that we deal with, being our own brand ambassadors, and what is in store for the future for Black director/brand ambassadors.
Networking Event
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow illustrators, designers, writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives of all types!
Cards Hour
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We've got the cards and tables - you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!
Saturday - Salon C Room 4
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Welcome to the Shift: How PARADIGM GREY brought together 5 Black production companies to create a sci-fi universe on film. We will showcase clips from the movie as well as several micro shorts completed for our viral marketing campaign and a discussion with the Filmmakers and some of the actors involved.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Black women in media: Representation Matters. Our program facilitates a guided discussion on popular stereotypes and archetypes of Black women in mainstream media. The themes of our discussion include combating negative imagery, respectability politics, and reclaiming our own narratives.
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
At this Chicago event, hear Erika Alexander speak about the importance of creators of color sharing their stories, then take part in a workshop by Julie Keck, Head of Education for Seed&Spark, on audience building and crowdfunding for film.
Saturday - Salon A Room 2
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Enjoy drinks & refreshments and explore how Autodesk is bringing Wakanda to life with its groundbreaking software for makers of all ages, including: Tinkercad & Fusion 360 for 3d printing, Sketchbook for digital art, Maya for animation, and more.
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Geekset Podcast is the only podcast that blends Hip-Hop & Geek Culture. Geekset Podcast presents a live recording from the event, as well as a deeper dive into the lore of Black Panther, Wakanda, Black Heroes in comics, what's to come and fan questions.
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon's Cosplay contest! There will be three categories: Experienced Cosplay, Beginner Cosplay, and Afro-Fashion. The top three entrants in each category will win prizes! Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to register for the cosplay contest.
Saturday - Salon C Room 1
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Geoffrey will perform an inter generational monologue that covers the current and past socio/political crisis we find ourselves in; based on the trials and tribulations of Huey P Newton. This will be followed by Q&A along with a solution directed discussion.
Saturday - Salon C Room 3
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At Wakandacon Jabari will bring the spirit of the drum to us in Chicago - in a form he has developed which fuses West African Drumming and the Latin Tradition with Hip Hop Music.
Saturday - Marketplace
7:50 PM to 8:50 PM
Open to all attendees in Cosplay. Show off your cosplay creations in our cosplay parade lead by the winners of our cosplay contest!

Sunday

Sunday - Salon A Room 1
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This panel explores what crowdfunding is and how to use the 6 different types of crowdfunding to start and grow businesses. Learn how crowdfunding can be used to financially empower the entire community when used with a business-minded perspective.
Sunday - Salon A Room 1
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A brunch for Bud Billiken® Parade VIPs!
Sunday - Salon C Room 1
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A live demonstration of an original character design using traditional means, via Paper, Pencil
Sunday - Salon C Room 2
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Comedians Ali Barthwell and Aasia Lashay Bullock sit down with Erika Alexander to learn more about the path that led her to creating a company devoted to diversity and representation in the entertainment industry. We'll learn from her experience as a Funny Black Women in Hollywood.
Sunday - Salon C Room 3
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this talk, I'll discuss how we use Global Research in underrepresented communities to prioritize what product teams really need to build well and understand if their designs have relative ease of use that translates well to non-US users. Our Global Research priorities addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our global users today.
Kemetic Yoga
Sunday - Salon C Room 4
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this workshop participants will explore their inner universe through Kemetic Yoga™ an ancient Egyptian system of yoga using slow, methodical physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation.
Sunday - Salon A Room 4
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Learn a new board game, hosted by Bonus Round Café .
Sunday - Salon A Room 1
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Flint residents Dr. Kent Key, and activists Marseille Allen and Nayyirah Shariff will provide raw, first-hand narrative of the impact of the Flint Water crisis and how the people of Flint are mobilizing to protect their families. Attendees will learn tools to identify environmental racism affecting their communities and what to do about it.
Sunday - Salon C Room 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to Build Black Tech Across the Planet, everyday black people are learning, leveraging and becoming innovators in technology. In this panel we will unlock the secret to unleashing the economic potential of our communities by building wealth in Black Tech.
Sunday - Salon C Room 3
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this session Jabari will share his observations, views, and practices for health and well-being and where to find Vibranium in our everyday life. Bring your curiosity and questions and plan to be engaged.
Sunday - Salon C Room 4
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet and play with other families at Wakandacon. Parents and children of all ages are welcome!
Networking Event
Sunday - Salon A Room 4
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow believers!
Sunday - Salon A Room 1
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Awardees receive prizes that include a week of fun consisting of chauffeured tours of some of Chicago’s most exciting attractions, a special luncheon in their honor, a float designed especially for the Royal Court, and many other surprises.
Sunday - Salon C Room 1
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
We’ll expose the issues we face working in the industry, and explore ways to change the culture. Together we can embrace the equality we desperately need and empower those seeking a little support. What indifferences have you faced on the rise through your career? How can you help change this culture?
Sunday - Salon C Room 3
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This session takes a deep dive into the Black Panther movie as a tool toleverage the messages and momentum as a movement to build our community. Specifically, it addresses themes related to our communities, our careers, and our relationships. Participants are provided with individual actions, partnering strategies and community activities that can be implemented on a small scale to generate significant impact.
Sunday - Salon C Room 4
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Inspired by Black Chicago-based pioneers, NASA’s Dr. Mae Jemison and Aviator Bessie Coleman, Chatman’s production follows 10 year-old, Bessie Mae whose fear of the world outside her front door prevents her from pursuing her dreams. Silenced by senseless killings and the disrespect towards Black women in her Chicago neighborhood, Bessie Mae feels helpless. But through the encouragement of her grandmother and the neighborhood “Fly Girls,” she overcomes by using her voice as a catalyst for change and social empowerments. See excerpts from this award-winning production and a special Wakandacon tribute to Black women, young ladies, and girls in STEAM.
Sunday - Salon A Room 1
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Learn the secrets of T'challa that the hit Black Panther film didn't tell you from author Jesse J. Holland who wrote "Who is the Black Panther?: The Black Panther, the book that Marvel Entertainment commissioned Jesse to write for the movie.
Networking Event
Sunday - Salon A Room 4
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow community builders and activists!
Sunday - Salon C Room 3
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The panel will highlight dynamic intersections between The Year of the Black Panthers 1968 and The Year of the Movie Panther 2018. Topics of discussion will also include related issues of community, culture, and change throughout the African Diaspora, as well as the significant impact that the original Black Panther Party had on American and African American culture.