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Explore afrofuturism and ‘the multiverse’ in a new show at the Adler Planetarium

There’s a new sky show at the Adler Planetarium that asks kids and families to explore big questions – like, are there multiple universes? – through the eyes of a little girl from Chicago named Niyah. “This film, in particular, follows her journey as she explores every piece of her being and what it means to be a young girl trying to find her way in the universe,” said Taylor Witten, who co-wrote “Niyah and the Multiverse” with Chicago author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack. Womack said another big theme is Niyah’s journey through her own Black cultural heritage. “We wanted to establish that Niyah, being a young girl, has a cultural relationship, as we all do, to space and time, and to explore that through this lens of afrofuturism,” Womack said. In this episode, Womack and Witten talk with The Rundown podcast host Erin Allen about tackling these ideas.

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There’s a new sky show at the Adler Planetarium that asks kids and families to explore big questions – like, are there multiple universes? – through the eyes of a little girl from Chicago named Niyah.

“This film, in particular, follows her journey as she explores every piece of her being and what it means to be a young girl trying to find her way in the universe,” said Taylor Witten, who co-wrote “Niyah and the Multiverse” with Chicago author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack.

Womack said another big theme is Niyah’s journey through her own Black cultural heritage.

“We wanted to establish that Niyah, being a young girl, has a cultural relationship, as we all do, to space and time, and to explore that through this lens of afrofuturism,” Womack said.

In this episode, Womack and Witten talk with The Rundown podcast host Erin Allen about tackling these ideas.

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