The other day as I was looking for some Basquiat inspiration, I came across this article about his artistic influences, “John-Michel Basquiat: The Afrofuturistic and His Art: Part I – Cosmic Slop and George Clinton’s Afro-Futurism. One part struck me the most, especially we discuss appropriation and often the lack of social credit given to black influencers: […]Read More The My-Stery: Spooky Entanglement — When Black Contribution Is Obscured
*Become a patron and support my blog and other writing endeavors on Patreon! __________ Black Rock Coalition and CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center) hosted events last week that reminded audiences, especially those of the African diaspora, of how much black histories, stories and voices get erased, revised, transformed, hidden, abducted, revised, whitewashed or any other […]Read More Modern Griots Reviews: Roots Reversion – “Rehistory” Lessons from Black Rock Coalition and CCCADI
Futuristically Ancient for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge “I recently decided to participate in a fundraiser for “Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge” who is inviting two bloggers to join them in a trip abroad to Barbados. Atlantic Abroad is a nonprofit organization that provides low-income and at-risk youth “with year-round programming […]Read More Moving on the Wires: Fundraiser for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge
For the last Rewind post for this month, here is an episode from the Black History Month episode of Sister, Sister “I Have a Dream,” where Tamera is struggling with life changes and moving forward. She has a dream where she travels through the past meeting different well-known black figures who made a change in […]Read More Rewind: Looking Back to Go Forward
Angela Davis is more than an afro and if you think wearing an afro is radical and revolutionary enough, then you do not know much about Angela Davis’ life. Having grown up in Birmingham and knowing the girls who were murdered in the Birmingham church bombing, Davis seemed destined to want to make a change […]Read More Black Girls/Black Women Are from the Future: Free Angela
Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Here is a tribute to him with a few artists who were inspired by him in their work. First, a brief look at the life of King in graphic form:Read More MLK Jr. in the Imagination….
I wrote before about how limbo is a tangible dance recovery of the phantom limb or broken connection (a tangible made into an intangible) produced by the Atlantic between Africa and the Americas. Poet and writer Nathaniel Mackey also has written about it in his poems and essays, like “Sound and Sentiment, Sound and Symbol,” […]Read More Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Nathaniel Mackey’s “Sound and Sentience”
Online PhD sent me a link to this list about female philosophers and the post generated some thoughts about the lack of attention around women in philosophy, particularly black women, leading me to a few interesting finds. Philosophy, which means “love of knowledge or wisdom,” is one of the oldest studies in human history. Afrofuturism itself can […]Read More The My-Stery: Black Women Who Are Philosophers
I was looking for something different to post for this Columbus Day and while searching, I came across a number of “interesting” views of Columbus. For many, including myself, we look at Christopher Columbus as someone who exploited and dehumanized indigenous populations for his personal benefit and is credited with, although technically he did not, […]Read More A Strange Look at Columbus Day….
Professor, author and cultural analyst Louis Chude-Sokei speaks in his lecture, “When Echoes Return: Roots, Diaspora and Possible Africas (A Eulogy).” The lecture centers on the death of South African reggae singer Lucky Dube and how the fantasy of a singular Africa in roots reggae music has been both a dangerous space and a space […]Read More Rethinking the ‘Fantasy’ of Africa in Roots Reggae