Drexciya: how Afrofuturism is inspiring calls for an ocean memorial to slavery

The alternative Black history of a deep-sea civilisation has planted the seed for proposals to memorialise the 1.8 million Africans who died in the Atlantic

by Helen Scales

 The Book Of Drexciya, graphic novel by Abdul Qadim Haqq and Dai Sato

“Somewhere in the dark, vast abyss of the Atlantic Ocean, deep beneath the waves, lies a civilisation. For centuries the Drexciyans have lived in peaceful isolation on the seabed, occupying their bubble metropolis, unaware of the land-based realm their ancestors were forced to leave behind. The Drexciyans trace their lineage back to the pregnant African women – considered by their captors to be sick or disruptive – who were thrown off slave ships to drown. Baby Drexciyans swam from their mothers’ wombs, never needing to breathe air, and gave rise to a subaqueous empire.”

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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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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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‘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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Afrofuturism Lounge 2.0

Black Comix, Artists, Writers, Publisher, Animators, and more come together to showcase their wares and share share their stories with Black comic enthusiasts as well as the general public in an intimate setting that encourages engagement and networking. Come learn some how’s and why’s from industry veterans as well as entry level and novices. Enter our cosplay and/or hero/villain lair competitions.

Source: https://www.afrofuturismlounge.com/event-info/afrofuturism-lounge-2-0

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