BLACK KIDS IN SPACE: AFROFUTURISM AND MAINSTREAM COMEDY

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“In February of 2018, Nikki Giovanni came to the University of Houston to read a few poems from her newly released collection, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears & Laughter, and to answer some questions about the past and the present. How have women like Afeni Shakur and Ruby Dee inspired your work? What songs are on your playlist? Tell us about your creative process. Graciously, she obliged. But not before saying a few words about the future. “I’m a big Space freak,” she said within minutes of picking up the mic. “The one thing we need the Black kids to start thinking about is: what are they going to do when they go into Space? Somebody’ll say, ‘well Nikki, I’m not a scientist,’ but we need artists in Space. We need to have a couple of Black artists and a couple of songwriters to go into Space.”

Source: https://therumpus.net/2020/11/black-kids-in-space-afrofuturism-and-mainstream-comedy/

Well, you know where there’s afronauts, there’s going to be comedy, music, art, and everything else we can think of up there in space with us.

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