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Hello,

My official name is Sherese. Sometimes I call myself Reese. I also sometimes go by the pen name Aker, which you may have seen in the title of the blog. If you do not know already, you might wonder what Aker means. Aker (Pronounced Ah-Care) is an ancient Egyptian god, who correlates with my Zodiac sign, Leo, and is represented by two lions facing back to back with the sun in the middle. The god represents yesterday, today and tomorrow, and deified the horizon. He also guarded the underworld through which the sun passed through creating the night, and when it came out, day would come.

Why would I use Aker as the symbol for my blog? Well, I think it represents much of the mission of my blog, Futuristically Ancient, which is to explore the past, present and future cultures of the African Diaspora through a mainly afrofuturist lens. What is afrofuturism? Several meanings exist for it, here is one on Wikipedia, but I define it as a tool or lens to explore the intersections of the cultures of the African Diaspora, racial and identity politics, and speculative imaginings and possibilities. As I said in an interview, “I use it to reclaim our whole bodies (physical, mental, spiritual) through the exploration of various possible futures and presents in addition to revising or revealing (the meaning of apocalypse) various pasts of the African Diaspora using tropes of current speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, folktales, fairy tales, historical revision), magic(k), spiritual systems, science and technology.”

Two of my favorite sayings are: “We do not live in a vacuum” and “Nothing is new under the sun” (the last phrase fits with the symbol for the blog). We did not come from nothing. The past, present and future are all connected. We are the accumulation of everything around us. Everything from religion to mythology to art and culture to politics have deeper meanings that are related to one another. This blog is a dialogue between the past, present and future. It explores African diasporic cultures that are often not given as much mainstream attention as well as re-examines popular diasporic cultures through afrofuturist and other black visionary perspectives.

Below are a few articles that discuss further my thoughts:

Using Afrofuturism to Power New Modes of Tech – Interview with Blogger Sherese Francis (Futuristically Ancient)” on Atlanta BlackStar

Maybe My Weird Version of Blackness Isn’t That Weird” on The Root

Blogging While Brown Changemakers: “God Is Change” – The Meaning Behind Futuristically Ancient” (Post from my blog)

Key Terms of the Blog: Art and Culture of African Diaspora | Mythic and Media Literacy | Art, Media and Cultural Analysis | Afrofuturism/Black Futurism/Ethno-futurism | Afrosurrealism/Black Surrealism | Ethno-gothic | Afro-Visionary/Black Visionary

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14 responses to “About Page

  1. DJ ACRe

    August 1, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Hi Aker,

    I was wondering if you would be able to pass along the link address for Last Angel of History? I really like your page, please keep up the good work. I also have a number of a articles about this topic that you might find interesting or helpful. I can email them to you if you’d like.

    Thanks,
    Andy

     
  2. Brett Crenshaw

    August 24, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Greetings Reese,
    I really like your blog. All of the Afrofuturism references are right up my alley. Glad to see you enjoying London. I was there in 1998, soaked up some great drum n bass. Saw Goldie, Fabio n Grooverider and Cleveland Watkiss all on the same set. And 2001, my broken beat trip. Partied in Notting Hill Arts Club, chilled with IG Culture in his studio and wilded out during Carnival. i’ll be checking your London blog later!

    Well, check me out at http://arcdirect.tumblr.com for my Afrofuturist musings and more.
    KIT,
    Brett
    Archival Directions

     
    • Aker

      August 24, 2011 at 9:45 PM

      Thanks for following my blog! Wow, you had a great time in London. I just left there a week ago, I already want to go back. Next time I go there, I definitely need to check out more of the art and music scenes and the carnival. I like your blog a lot too! I will definitely put it on my blog roll.

      Take care,

      Reese aka Aker

       
  3. Priya Rawat

    January 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    What would most people do devoid of the magnificent suggestions you talk about on this blog? Who has got the tolerance to deal with essential topics in the interests of common readers like me? I and my guys are very happy to have your web blog among the ones we generally visit. Hopefully you know how very much we appreciate your working hard! Best wishes coming from us all.

     
  4. Caroline

    January 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    how would you like your name cited?

     
    • Aker

      January 25, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      You can either cite my pseudonym Aker, my name Sherese Francis, or both

       
  5. Edward

    January 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Easily one of the best Blogs I’ve ever encountered. I’m having a grand time exploring this place. I’ve added a link to your site on my page … hope you don’t mind.

     
    • Aker

      January 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks so much for the compliments and linking my site. It is appreciated.

       
  6. Thabz Floss Mnisi

    August 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG, catchy and all things afrofuturistic..keep up the good word and you are very beautiful miss Aker

     
    • Aker

      August 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Awww thank you so much for the love!

       
  7. cglover25

    September 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Love your blog!

     
    • Aker

      September 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Thank you so much!

       
  8. Admin

    January 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    So glad I found this blog, Aker! Great content
    http://www.chikaoduahblog.com

     
    • Aker

      January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Thank you for following!

       

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