Modern Griots: Kim Hill


“Mars” She describes herself as “the angel who wears her halo as a belt.” Kim Hill is a singer-songwriter who makes her own rules. Hill has been around since the 90s, working with the Black Eyed Peas, Tupac, Jane’s Addiction, Les Nubians and Mos Def. Although she was signed to Interscope Records in 1998, she […]

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Art of This World: “Wangechi Mutu -The Catatonic Bliss of Violent Incidences”


Here is part of an in interesting interview with Wangechi Mutu from Another Africa: …There is always a sort of underlying violence embedded in each of the pieces she creates. Affirmative fears, archetypal dogmas and the stigmata of war are all woven into one highly elaborate composition. The results are overpowering metaphors that often puts the viewer in […]

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Otherworldly Videos: Root Shock


What is the opposite of future shock? Is it root shock? This is the latest performance from artist and dancer Ni’ Ja Whitson. Whitson puts contemporary and postmodern dance and art performance within an African diasporic context. Her work, Root Shock, re-imagines Yoruba diasporic and Orisa storytelling traditions, and explores the relationship between trauma and […]

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: SIUE Notebook


The SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) Black Studies program has a blog dedicated to various topics, including Afrofuturism. Below is their collection of posts on the topic: A Notebook on Afrofuturism Mark Dery coined the term “afrofuturism” in 1993, and during the late 1990s, Alondra Nelson began shaping a wide-ranging series of conversations that developed […]

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