Why Black Speculative Fiction Month Matters

(Article by Dennis R. Upkins published on thenerdsofcolor.org / artwork by Michael Golden)

Source: https://bit.ly/3myMAev

“October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce. Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter? Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.”

For me, Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because it highlights how we honor our ancestors by imagining ourselves into a positive, thriving future of our own design. And it’s about damn time. Ase, and so it is…

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African fashion in film: Hollywood’s Afrofuturism

Source: dw.com; Photo art: complex.com

“From “Do the Right Thing” to “Black Panther,” designer Ruth E. Carter has defined African fashion in Hollywood for over 40 years… Ruth Carter won her first Oscar for the elaborate costumes she designed with the help of 3D-technology for the groundbreaking 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther.” The costumes now form the centerpiece of an exhibition entitled “Ruth E. Carter – Afrofuturism in Costume Design” at the SCAD Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta.”

‘Intergalactic Soul’ moves Afro-futurism into Historic West End

“Since its creation in 2014, Charlotte-based artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry’s Afro-futuristic exploration of contemporary cultural, political and social themes have appeared in creative spaces across the globe as well as Goodyear Arts, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, McColl Center for Arts + Innovation, and Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square.

It includes physical creations, spoken word and music with fellow creative Quentin Talley. Now a Knight Foundation grant allowed Kiser and Woodberry to create the first “Intergalactic Soul” murals off West Trade Street across from Johnson C. Smith University’s Arts Factory.”

Source: http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2020/12/17/arts-and-entertainment/intergalactic-soul-moves-afro-futurism-into-historic-west-end/

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Event: Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

December 17, 2020, 11:00 am SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion & Film, 1600 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 4th Floor, 1600 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

Price: Free for museum members and SCAD card holders, $10 general admission, $8 senior/military, $5 students www.scadfash.org

Phone: 4042533132

Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter is an expert storyteller who harnesses the power of visual communication to share narratives of culture, race, and politics. Creating costumes for generation-defining films like Black Panther, Selma, and Do the Right Thing, she brings vibrancy, nuance, color, and texture to each of her culture-shifting characters. Carter’s exhibition Afrofuturism in Costume Design at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film features unforgettable designs from nearly four decades of her career within an Afrofuturistic installation incorporating original artwork by SCAD alum Brandon Sadler, whose murals were prominently featured in Black Panther.

Gallery capacity is limited and timed tickets are required for all guests. Reserve or purchase tickets online.

Source: https://events.ajc.com/event/ruth-e-carter-afrofuturism-in-costume-design-1daf513nzg

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Manifest Destiny exhibit highlights Afrofuturism

“Much attention was drawn to the exhibit with the installation of one piece as a nearby billboard that sits above Queens Bar in downtown Detroit that reads, “There Are Black People in the Future.” Many say that the piece, by Alisha B. Wormsley, sums up the concept of Afrofuturism. Manifest Destiny brings together 12 artists that explore new modes of thinking, planning, and building for the Afrofuture.”

Source: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/chuck-bennett/2019/07/20/social-confidential-manifest-destiny-exhibit-highlights-afrofuturism/1788730001/

Looking forward to hearing good things about the art exhibit Manifest Destiny. Also, looking forward to the many more afrofuturist-themed exhibits that connect the past, present, and future of Africans in the diaspora.

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Afrofuturism Finds A New Home With An African American Museum Exhibit

“Last year, in the historically Black neighborhood of Overtown in Miami, artists exploring themes of Afrofuturism — an art style that draws inspiration from the intersection of African diaspora cultures and technology — found a place to exhibit their work at Art Basel Miami through the debut of the “Welcome to the Afrofuture” exhibit. Now, in 2019, Black artists will see this exhibit return, with W2TAF: Ground Zero coming to the New Orleans African American Museum. Fittingly, the Museum is located in New Orleans’ historically Black neighborhood, Tremé.”

Source: https://bit.ly/2Sn5oOu

Looking forward to seeing this and other art exhibits around the nation that explore Afrofuturism!

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