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:
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