Space Jam: A Mipsterz Spotlight Series
Friday, September 9, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Created by MIPSTERZ in collaboration with Duke Performances and Duke Arts, this free community event at NorthStar Church of the Arts explores the myriad futures being created in Muslim and Muslim-adjacent communities. Join us for an evening of community building through musical performance, improvisation, visual art, and knowledge sharing between Muslim diasporas from RDU to NYC and beyond. Featuring work and performances from OnlyUS, Najla McClain, American Islamicate, Maya Ghanem, Waad Ali, Rise Rashid, DUNUMS, and GRAMMY-nominated Gnawa phenom SamiR LanGus.
6:30 PM: Doors
7:00 PM: Cypher hosted by Blackspace
7:45 PM: RDU MIPSTERZ showcase, emceed by Abbas Rattani
9:00 PM: SamiR LanGus
Also features a pop-up MIPSTERZ Marketplace with original artwork and refreshments from WonderPuff and your favorite local vendors. MIPSTERZ is proud to support Muslim Women For, a grassroots organization of diverse women leaders whose mission is to embody and be an effective voice of the Qur’anic ideals of human dignity, egalitarianism, compassion, and social justice.
For the past decade, MIPSTERZ has hosted over 60 TED-talk-meets-house-party “Spotlight Series” events showcasing local talent, artists, academics, singers, activists, and folks who fit many of those labels at once. This event coincides with the ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM exhibition presented by Duke Arts and hosted at the Rubenstein Arts Center, in collaboration with the Duke Islamic Studies Center from August 16th to September 18, 2022. ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM is an evolving experiential art exhibition and digital archive created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism — a cultural and artistic aesthetic that learns from frameworks of Afrofuturism and imagines a broader Muslim future free from the oppression of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our collective creation.Presented as part of Duke Performances’ Building Bridges Initiative, funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art & the National Endowment for the Arts, & co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. In partnership with the Duke Middle East Studies Center.