On the Blerdar-7th Annual Khem Fest

September 7, 2021

Press Release

NEWARK, NJ  The annual Khem Fest is back for its seventh year on Friday & Saturday, September 18-19, 2021 at Livingston Mall in Livingston, NJ from 12 pm – 6 pm. Preceding Khem Fest will be the third annual Khem Animation Film Festival (KAFF) Awards Ceremony at 3:00 pm. PBS Media and Musuyanama Women’s group have teamed up to bring you this all-ages celebration of Black Animation, Gaming, Comic Book Creators and more! Jam packed with panels, workshops, gaming and animation screenings throughout the day, we are proud to partner with Science Park High School, Livingston Township, Videogames Hip Hop & Sports (VHS), P&G Bank, The TKB Report and Livingston Mall a place providing the perfect stage for Khem Fest and the Khem Animation Film Festival (KAFF). KAFF celebrates the work of up and coming animation filmmakers while also serving as an incredible opportunity for networking. Offerings include game development seminars, STEM LAB, 3D printing, a comic book marketplace, panel discussions, video gaming lounge, student showcase, art galleries and more. Thousands of attendees have participated in Khem Fest in the past six years and we look forward to welcoming you. View our Khem Fest video here


KHEM FEST uses comics, animation, film and technology to develop youth literacy, inspire expression and critical thinking through S.T.E.A.M (Science Tech Engineering Arts Mathematics).  By showcasing creators of color and their culture, concepts and interests, the event better serves and reflects the Newark community at large. The festival is no longer just about comic books. Other genres such as speculative fiction, video games, writing, collectible toys, filmmaking, costuming, music, dance and artistic expressions are represented.

The mission of KHEM FEST is to promote public awareness of animation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) opportunities for minorities within the profession. 

Tickets, partnership information and volunteer opportunities can be found at Khem Fest website.

About PBS Media

PBS Media (Phocused Black Star Media) is an innovative graphic media company that partners with the community to raise awareness and social consciousness through creative projects. Along with the development of the ongoing P.B.Soldier graphic novel series, the organization provides animation, app development, apparel, and motion comics though it’s offices located in Newark, NJ. We serve as a “bridge in the gap” of the community.

About Musuyanama

Established in 2004, Musuyanama is a non-profit women’s organization that aims to establish healthy networks between its members and the greater Newark community. Deriving from the West African language, Diuola (Dy-u-la), Musuyanama, meaning “Beautiful Woman” is a plateau that aspires to unite women of all races, backgrounds, and professions and provide for them a platform to be heard. Its founders, Rafiah Muhammad and Vonetta Reeves, launched Musuyanama with the purpose of bringing women into full participation in society – Sharing success, advice, and offering services to other women around the community.

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