[act-ma] 11/07 Afrofuturism Panel Discussion at BU

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sun Nov 4 09:36:59 PST 2018

        *Afrofuturism Panel Discussion at BU

*Wednesday, November 7 at 7-9pm*
College of Arts & Sciences (685 Commonwealth Avenue), Room B12
/Join Tarish Pipkins, Barrington Edwards (Studio Vexer) and Joel Gill 
(New Hampshire Institute of Art, Strange Fruit Comics, BU CFA Alum) for 
a discussion around futuristic literature, music, art, and more in the 
context of black history and culture. The discussion will be moderated 
by Dominique Taylor (creator of The Storyscape). See below for bios for 
all panelists./
Free & Open to the Public: Registration Required 


http://www.bu.edu/arts/jeghetto/ <https://afrofuturism-bu.eventbrite.com>

      Visiting Artist:

*Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto,* is a self taught artist and has been 
creating art from a very young age. In the late 90’s Tarish joined the 
BridgeSpotters Collective and became known for his live paintings and 
poetry. He was also a Barber for over 20 years. He moved to North 
Carolina in 2005 where he launched his career in Puppetry. There, he 
fine tuned his skills by doing street performances with his puppets. In 
2008 he started working with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, an 
organization that uses diverse styles of puppetry and artistic 
expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are 
deeply rewarding for all involved. He has built puppets and performed in 
several Paperhand productions. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure 
to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music 
video, WTF (Where They From), controlling the Pharell puppet and doing 
some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial 
featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Tarish is a former 
teacher at Just Right Academy, a private alternative school for children 
with special needs. Tarish is married and a proud father of five 
children. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of 

      Afrofuturism Panelists j*oining Tarish Pipkins:*

*Barrington Edwards (Studio Vexer)* is an artist, illustrator and 
educator. His company, Studio Vexer, develops art in the form of 
illustration, graphic design, interactive media and other forms of 
visual communication for the public. The studio emphasizes clear 
purposeful communication for all types of people. Studio Vexer’s team 
embraces the challenge of helping all who need a visual voice to clarify 
or best express ideas to enjoy visual communication so we can all hold a 
sense of ownership over our narratives.

*Joel Gill (New Hampshire Institute of Art, BU CFA Alum)* is the 
chairman, CEO, president, director of development, majority and minority 
stock holder, manager, co-manager, regional manager, assistant to the 
regional manager,  receptionist, senior black correspondent and janitor 
of Strange Fruit Comics. He is the author/illustrator of 2 books from 
Fulcrum Publishing Strange Fruit vol I Uncelebrated Narratives from 
Black History May 2014 and Tales of the Talented Tenth Fall 2014. In his 
spare time he is a member of The Boston Comics Roundtable.  He received 
his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College. His secret 
lair is behind a secret panel in the kitchen of his house (sold 
separately) in New Boston,  New Hampshire where he lives with his wife, 
four children a 2 talking dog and 2 psychic cats.

*Dominique Taylor (Moderator)* is the creator of/The Storyscape/, an 
innovative literary platform where readers can get the latest reviews 
and recommendations on contemporary literature with an unconventional 
approach. She is also the creator and host of PBS Digital Studios’/Read 
Awakening/, a literary variety show pegged as the Reading Rainbow for 
millennials. She is currently gearing up for her year as a traveling 
bibliophile where she’ll be creating bookish content from the 
perspective of a global nomad. You can find her @storyscape on Twitter 
and Instagram and at ‘The Storyscape’ on YouTube and Facebook.



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