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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Panel Mania: Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder

Compiled by Calvin Reid

“Tim Fielder’s new graphic novel Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale is ambitious in the extreme. It is an epic adventure and a meta-fictional tale of survival that celebrates the presence of the Black man and Black woman in genre storytelling from the beginning of time until the end of the universe. It’s the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African warlord, who is cursed with immortality after he betrays a vengeful lover who is also a powerful witch. Oba comes to realize he has been transformed into an undying Black storytelling presence and as the millennia accumulate he inserts himself into every great historical narrative from the ancient barbarian wars to the slave trade and Civil Rights Movement to new technological advances, space travel, and the colonization of planets far from earth. In this five-page excerpt, the reader is introduced to Aja Oba and to the beginning of his endless journey through time and storytelling. Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder will be published by Amistad this month.”

Source: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/85352-panel-mania-infinitum-an-afrofuturist-tale-by-tim-fielder.html

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“What does it mean to be a black man in Britain?”: Courttia Newland on his latest novel and the struggle to get it published

“The novelist and screenwriter discusses science fiction, the human soul and working with Steve McQueen on the BBC’s Small Axe series. Courttia Newland was in his mid-twenties when he had his first out-of-body experience. Following the publication of his debut novel, The Scholar (1997), he lived in a shared flat in Ladbroke Grove, west London. One night, “I had this panic attack where I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t see, and for some reason, instead of fighting, I decided to just relax,” he said. Calmly, he had the sense that he had left his body and was looking down at it as it lay on his bed. Night terrors were not new to Newland – he had experienced them as a teenager. But previously he had always made sure he woke up; never before had he allowed himself to be carried along by the event.”

Article by Ellen Peirson-Hagger

Photo by Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz

Source: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/observations/2021/01/courttia-newland-river-called-time-afrofuturism-steve-mcqueen-small-axe

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Black Panther 2 Art Imagines Return of a Resurrected Killmonger

“New fan art envisions what it might look like if Killmonger were to return from the dead in Black Panther 2. Ryan Coogler’s Marvel movie Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion at the box office in 2018 and has inspired a passionate fanbase. The MCU movie chronicles T’Challa’s struggle for political control over the fictional African nation of Wakanda after he’s crowned King, a job that includes donning the Black Panther costume. Chadwick Boseman immortalized the character as an icon of cinematic history with a performance that was equal parts strong and vulnerable, before passing away in August of last year due to colon cancer.”

Article by Roxie Pell

Source: https://screenrant.com/black-panther-2-movie-killmonger-shuri-fan-art/

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How Afrofuturism helped me cope with post-pandemic uncertainty

“In December, the approval of two coronavirus vaccines in the United States renewed hopes that the pandemic was almost over. With it came a deep craving to go back to the so-called “before times.” For many, the only way to overcome a thing as awful as the pandemic is to pretend it never happened. They imagine the world as if coronavirus put it on pause, and a vaccine will allow us to resume right where we left off. While it is easy to condemn this reflex, part of it rests in the simple fact that most people are not taught how to navigate an uncertain future.”

Source: https://www.mic.com/p/how-afrofuturism-helped-me-cope-with-post-pandemic-uncertainty-52796886

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Africanfuturism Defined

“I am an Africanfuturist and an Africanjujuist. Africanfuturism is a sub-category of science fiction. Africanjujuism is a subcategory of fantasy that respectfully acknowledges the seamless blend of true existing African spiritualities and cosmologies with the imaginative.

Reminder: Africa is not a country, it’s a diverse continent. I’m also aware that it’s a construct (and an ethereal thing who travels across space and time); I’m just rolling with it.”

Source: https://nnedi.blogspot.com/2019/10/africanfuturism-defined.html?view=classic

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11 Afrofuturism Books That Blend Science Fiction, Technology, and Black Culture

(Article by  ALLISON INGRUM published on popsugar.com, December 15, 2020)

“As author and scholar Ytasha L. Womack explains, Afrofuturism is an artistic genre that blends imagination, technology, Black cultures, liberation, and mysticism. It is a “way of looking at the future and alternate realities through a Black cultural lens,” including those from Africa and the African diaspora. Typically seen through an artistic aesthetic of music, visual art, dance, film, or literature, Womack also explains that the genre can be a method of self-liberation and healing by using imagination to transcend circumstances and creating agency.”

Source: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/best-afrofuturist-books-48048301

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New Homer creator brings Afrofuturism to town

An illustration by David Brame for “Sanford Biggers: CODESWITCH,”created in collaboration with John Jennings. (Photo courtesy of David Brame)

“The literary genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have for decades explored themes of the future, technology, and the fantastic. From the stark weirdness of Philip K.Dick to the spine-shivering darkness of H.P. Lovecraft, the genres were until the late 20th century largely tales of white experience told by white writers, but that’s changing.

In the new subgenre of Afrofuturism, Black creators in fiction, poetry, film, and comics are using their personal and shared history to create new tales. Last week as part of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s weekly Zoom presentation, “Inspiration and Adaptation,” new-to-Homer artist and writer David Brame spoke on Afrofuturism. His talk can be seen at www.bunnellarts.org/inspiration-and-adaptation.”

Source: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/new-homer-creator-brings-afrofuturism-to-town/

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Afrofuturism: decolonizing the imagination

“And, as the father of Afrofuturism 2.0 points out himself, every movement has an expiry date. According to him, the second stage has only a few more years to go. A myriad of new trends are emerging, such as African Futurism or Ethno-Futurism, and may well unite under the banner of Afro-Futurism 3.0, with the common feature that they are mainly driven by artists and thinkers from Africa.”

Source: https://bit.ly/34sPslJ

Artwork: Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness (2017) © John Jennings

In this article, Nicolas Celnik discusses the past, present, and next generation of the thought, philosophy, and artistic and spiritual expressions of African people in the diaspora as we imagine ourselves healthy and thriving in the near and distant futures. This article makes me wonder what Afrofuturism 3.0 will bring. Perhaps it will bring true African mental liberation enabling us remember our greatness and imagine our true selves into the future.

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Coronavirus Crisis And Afrofuturism: A Way To Envision What’s Possible Despite Injustice And Hardship

“The coronavirus has disproportionately impacted black Americans, who are getting sick and dying at higher rates than other populations. Scholars have been thinking about how survival elements — like the creation of new music and art — can serve as a form of comfort and healing.” Tonya Mosley

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

In this conversation, Tonya Mosley and  President of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Chair in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study Alondra Nelson explore the roles of new Afrocentric/Afrofuturistic music and art in helping black Americans navigate through, heal from, and thrive in a post-pandemic world.

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