Blackspace is an Afrofuturism digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina. We offer local teens free WokeShops in the digital and creative arts, including videography, electronic music production, digital storytelling, spoken word poetry, puppetry, coding and 3D printing. In 2021-2022 our physical space was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 so we partnered with NCCU Accord, PBS North Carolina, Only Us Media,Bimbe, Dreamville and others to co-sponsor virtual and outdoor programming, including an educational TV series, 6-week virtual writing camp, Med City Cypher, and WonderBop. We look forward to re-launching our in-person indoor programming in the Fall of 2022. For details and updates join our mailing list.
Panny got you down? Listen to the relaxing vibrations of our LoFi Hip Hop album DurhamFi, inspired by our home the City of Durham, created in collaboration with Discover Durham and produced by Blackspace youth. Click image below or click here to stream on Spotify (album art Durham-based Black woman illustrator & animator @bunny_fart).
Check out Blackspace’s album Revenge of the Afronauts, Executive Produced by J Rowdy and mixed by Blackspace youth under the guidance of producer and sound engineer Rem. REVENGE is an album of original, refreshing North Carolina Hip Hop. Click here to listen to a podcast of the Afronauts on NPR/WUNC’s The State of Things talking about the album. Stream the album on Soundcloud here.
Blackspace was featured on BET’s late night show The Rundown with Robin Thede!
Blackspace, in partnership with Perkins + Will, Indulge Catering and late architect Phil Freelon, chartered a bus to DC to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Click here to view our recap video and watch testimonials with Genesis, Brentton, Jewel and Alex.