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What Is Afrofuturism? Part 17: Decentering Cultural Space in Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism as an aesthetic and critical lens is known for its analyses and strategies of decentering and revising norms and stereotypes about race, gender, sexuality and class, but as Afrofuturism is expanding, there are other areas, besides the ones mentioned before, to still be worked on like issues of globalism (“the neoliberal vision of homogenising […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 16: Nettrice Gaskins

I haven’t posted one of these in a while, but I enjoyed reading Nettrice’s post, including the pictures, so here is some of it below with a link to read the rest: ”Without an image of tomorrow, one is trapped by blind history, economics, and politics beyond our control. One is tied up in a […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 15: Proto-Afrofuturists

Here are two articles that present previous movements and writers who influence current Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction: “Afrofuturism as an Extension of the Black Arts Movement:” …Tracing Afrofuturism back to its roots, several familiar names stand out. One of those is W.E.B. Dubois, who with his 1920 short story “The Comet” may be the […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 14: Greg Tate

Writer, musician, and producer Greg Tate speaks at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Sept. 15, 2012 as part of the Contemporary Talks series. Tate reads from his manifesto Kalahari Hopscotch, or Notes Toward a 20 Volume History of Black Science and Afrofuturism followed by a Q&A session which includes him mentioning Storyboard P. Here […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 13: Wanuri Kahui

Pumzi director, Wanuri Kahui gives a TEDxNairobi lecture about Afrofuturism from different African perspectives.

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 12: The Mask As Technology

“Because the mask is your face, the face is a mask, so I’m thinking of the face as a mask because of the way I see faces is coming from an African vision of the mask which is the thing that we carry around with us, it is our presentation, it’s our front, it’s our […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 11: Cosmic Yoruba

Cosmic Yoruba wrote a piece on Afrofuturism from various African perspectives. Read an excerpt of “’We’ve Been to the Moon and Back:’ Afro-futurism in Music” and the rest at This Is Africa: Although Afro-futurism doesn’t have one clear-cut definition, for the purpose of this article we’ll go with the one that defines it as a […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 11: Makani Themba-Nixon’s Black Future

Below is Mo Barbosa’s introduction and the rest of Themba-Nixon‘s keynote speech,  “Certain Blacks: Future Frames from the Liberated Zone” from the Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Black History Month Series: Makani Themba is clear black water into which our dreams of ourselves plunge and are rejuvenated, beautiful and full of humanity.  Trails of wisdom dust […]

What Is Afrofuturism? Part 10: SteamFunk

T-Pain feat. Tay Dizm – “Never Leave Her” Balogun Ojetade from Chronicles of Harriet wrote a great post about movements and more specifically, the Steamfunk movement. Here is part of it: … Steamfunk: A Movement Within A Movement Steamfunk is narrowly defined as “a person, style of dress or subgenre of fiction that seeks to bring […]

What is Afrofuturism? Part 9: Rhythmism

Louis Armstrong – “What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue” For Black Music History Month, I decided to write my own views on Afrofuturism: A few days ago, I finally started reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and within the first few pages, I could see how Ellison used musicality with his literary […]


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