Afrofuturism and its possibility of elsewhere: The power of political imagination

(Article by Lina Nasr El Hag Ali published on theconversation.com)

Photo of actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis (photo credit: unknown)

“Pay attention to the visions for the future put forward in today’s world by politicians, intellectuals and scientists:

The development of technologies to sustain human life on other planetsnew digital realities; the altering of human DNA.

Who is this future for?

What is not recognized as possible in our future is equally telling: No substantial strategy to tackle climate change; few equitable responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; no end to the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous lands from South Africa to Canada to Palestine; no basic services to those who live daily without food or clean drinking water, even in the world’s richest countries.”

Source: https://theconversation.com/afrofuturism-and-its-possibility-of-elsewhere-the-power-of-political-imagination-166002

Afrofuturism is a psycho-social-political-spiritual movement because everything we do is social, political, psychological, and spiritual. Imagining ourselves into the future is key to our survival. What political future do you imagine for yourself?

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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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Women Who Fly: Nona Hendryx and Afrofuturist Histories

(This essay by Emily Lordi is featured in Boston Review’s new book, Ancestors and posted on bostonreview.net)

Photo: Paula Lobo for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“A Sun Ra tribute concert by a member of the pathbreaking pop group Labelle leads to reflections on how Black women artists and scientists have often been at the vanguard of their disciplines—though most are still awaiting due recognition. On the last night of Black History Month, February 29, 2020, I attended a concert held in the Temple of Dendur, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—the last such event that I would attend, it turned out, for a very long time.”

Source: http://bostonreview.net/arts-society/emily-lordi-women-who-fly-nona-hendryx-and-afrofuturist-histories

ALL ARTS presents new film fest, Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

Article by AmNews Staff Reports posted on amsterdamnews.com

“Afrofuturism centers Black people as fully actualized without the constraints of racism and oppression. In this alternate reality, Black imagination and creativity gets to make the rules. Inspired by African religions and culture from the continent and across the diaspora, Black futurist artists and thinkers reimagine worlds of freedom and liberation where Black people have true power and agency over their lives. Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized, the new Afrofuturist film festival from ALL ARTS, presents the possibilities of Black futures through the imaginations of 10 filmmakers.”

Source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2021/mar/24/allarts-presents-new-film-fest-afrofuturism-blackn/

A Guide to the Afrofuturist House Music of Dirty Bird

Article by James Gui posted in bandcamp

“In 1996, filmmaker John Akomfrah created the character of the Data Thief as a narrative device to offer an insightful study of Afrofuturism in his film The Last Angel of History, which links Black musicians including George Clinton, Derrick May, and Sun Ra to Akomfrah’s thesis about the role of technological fantasy in Black artistry across genres and mediums. In 2019, another Data Thief—this one named Dirty Bird—travelled here from Mars, releasing a potent house album called A/V Club. Dirty Bird—a self-described noise machine, digital pirate, and technomancer—embodies the spirit of Akomfrah’s Data Thief in both his music and his persona, acting as a connector for different elements of Black dance music history.”

Source: https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/dirty-bird-list

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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.”

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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Future Funk: The Grand Alliance Has a Grand Vision for a Better Tomorrow

Article by Kyle Harris

Painting by Thomas “Detour” Evans based on a photo by Blake Jackson

“The members of Denver’s Grand Alliance, an Afrofuturist supergroup that’s putting out its self-titled debut two days after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration, couldn’t have timed the release better. White supremacists and insurrectionists are now acting out their miserable, violent vision of life: no morals, no joy, no art, no love. The Grand Alliance, in contrast, dishes out positivity in abundance, imagining a better world through song.”

Source: https://www.westword.com/music/the-grand-alliance-time-travels-through-afrofuturism-on-new-album-11881998

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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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