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Afrofuturism

 

"Speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African American concerns in the context of twentieth-century technoculture and, more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future-might, for want of a better term, be call "Afrofuturism." The notion of Afrofuturism gives rise to a troubling antimony: Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures? --Mark Dery, in Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (1994). Art by Kaylan F. Michel aka Lost in the Island

--Mark Dery and the coining of the term "Afrofuturism" in Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose. 
In Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture (1994), pg. 179-222.  
View the full-text essay: https://doi.org/10.1215/9780822396765-010
Art by Kaylan F. Michel aka Lost in the Island 

Mothership Mixtape
A curated YouTube playlist of Afrofuturistic songs from past and present to transport you to another realm 

Sun Ra, Space is the Place (1974)
Avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra stars in the movie version of his concept album Space is the Place

DUST, Sci-Fi Digital Series "Afrofuturism" (2017)
Dynamic video production exploring this history of Afrofuturism

Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer (2018)
An "emotion picture" starring and produced by Janelle Monáe

Petit Noir, La Maison Noir (2018) 

Brother From Another Planet (1984), trailer
Check out the DVD from Library West! Call No.: DVD 2781

Last Angel of History (1996), trailer 
Check out the DVD from Library West! Call No.: DVD 6445

Selected Authors

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Tomi Adeyemi
Nigerian-American, b. 1993
Octavia Butler
American, b. 1947
Toni Cade Bambara
American, b. 1939
Ta-Nehisi Coates
American, b. 1975
Martin Delany
American, b. 1812 
Samuel R. Delany
American, b. 1942
W.E.B. DuBois
American, b. 1868
Tananarive Due
American, b. 1966
Kodwo Eshun
Ghanian, b. 1967 

Pauline Hopkins
American, b. 1859

Nalo Hopkinson
Jamaican, b. 1960 
Kelvin Christopher James
Trinidadian-American, b. 1972
N.K. Jemisin
America, b. 1972 
Walter Mosley
American, b. 1952
 Nnedi Okorafor
Nigerian-American, b. 1974

Ben Okri
Nigerian, b. 1959

Ishmael Reed
American, 1938
Nisi Shawl
American 
Rivers Solomon
American, b. 1989
Colson Whitehead
American, b. 1969
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