By Whitney Radley  | 9.8.11

he Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) has big things in store: Its new home, situated — meaningfully — between Houston's Museum District and the Third Ward, is now open for special events; a series of exhibitions, programs, film screenings and panel discussions are in line for the fall season; and it's holding an internationally-recognized symposium this Friday and Saturday.

The symposium, entitled ‘Africans in America: The New Beat of Afropolitans,’ will feature a varied and talented panel. Wangechi Mutu (artist), Derrick Ashong(actor/musician/social entrepreneur), Taiye Selasi (author), Teju Cole (writer), Odera Ozoka (filmmaker), Meme Omogbai (arts maven) and Nemata Blyden(professor) will participate in what has the potential to be a pivotal historical conversation.

Through lectures, film screenings and roundtable discussions, speakers will address the Afropolitan (a term coined by Taiye Selasi) cultural movement and present a larger picture of what it means to be an African.

“These talents sometimes stand separate, sometimes side by side, and more than occasionally are fused together through an exciting mix of fashion, style and identity that is helping to redefine blackness in America," HMAAC CEO John Guess, Jr. in a statement.

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