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Event Pick: The Afrikana Independent Film Festival

Sept. 14-17

In its second year, Enjoli Moon’s festival celebrating cinematic work by black artists is picking up steam. Held at various venues from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, the festival features work from four continents as well as artist talks and workshops. The theme this year is black personhood. Among the highlights is a Friday night documentary about jazz great John Coltrane followed by a panel discussion with respected hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, local musician Plunky Branch and open-mic poetry hostess Lorna Pinckney, with Kweli DJing an afterparty at the Hippodrome. Pop culture fans may want to attend screenings of the popular HBO series, “Insecure,” with co-star Amanda Seales leading a conversation on social media’s role in changing culture. She also DJs an afterparty at the Hof. What other festival has this many speakers who can also play the afterparty? Early-bird passes cost from $15 for individual screenings and afterparties to $65 for full festival access. For details on the screenings and events, visit

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