Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

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Chicago Review Press, Oct 1, 2013 - Social Science - 224 pages
Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and all social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. This book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists creating Afrofuturist works, the history of innovators in the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delaney, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemison to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eye Peas, who debuted "Reach for the Stars" on Mars, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities. Topics range from the “alien” experience of blacks in America to the “wake up” cry peppering sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comic illustrators, painters, and DJs, as well as Afrofuturist professors, will provide a firsthand look at this fascinating movement. Ytasha L. Womack is a filmmaker, futurist and the author of Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and the coeditor of Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. She is also the creator of the Rayla 2212 sci fi/multimedia series and author of 2212: Book of Rayla. She lives in Chicago.  

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Important (really surprising lack of work on Afrofuturism as a movement), enthusiastic, knowledgable, approachable. Yet a bit scattered and wandering in its organization with uneven referencing (could ... Read full review

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An excellent primer to Afrofuturism. It's accessible and prompts the reader to dig in deeper to the artists referenced. Read full review


1 Evolution of a Space Cadet
2 A Human Fairy Tale Named Black
3 Project Imagination
4 Mothership in the Key of Mars
5 The African Cosmos for Modern Mermaids Mermen
6 The Divine Feminine in Space
7 Pen My Future
9 A Clock for Time Travelers
10 The Surreal Life
11 Agent Change
12 Future World
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8 Moonwalkers in Paint and Pixels

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Ytasha L. Womack is a filmmaker, futurist, and the author of Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is the creator of the Rayla 2212 sci-fi multimedia series, the director of the award-winning film The Engagement, the producer and writer of Love Shorts, and the coeditor of Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. She has written for many publications including Ebony and the Chicago Tribune and has appeared on E! True Hollywood Stories: Rappers Wives. She lives in Chicago.

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