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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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/

Sci-Fi Short Film: “Prototype” | DUST

About the film: Prototype by Chris Ortega is about a technician conducting empathy tests on androids who stumbles across a life-changing secret when an unruly subject complicates her work.

Source: https://youtu.be/VGV7jhoES2Q

About DUST: DUST presents thought-provoking science fiction content, exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. From timeless classics to cutting-edge movies, series, short films, and podcasts, DUST acquires, produces and distributes all content types.

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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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“Telescope” – A sci-fi film presented by DUST

“Earth as we know and love it may become a thing of the past.   That’s the starting premise of Collin Davis’s “Telescope.”  This thoughtfully crafted short film follows a brave cosmic archaeologist as he travels back in time to capture photos of the once vibrant planet.  As he travels further back in time, we learn that the galaxy and time he came from has a lifeless Earth with no organic life left on its surface.  It’s hard to finish the film without feeling nostalgia for an Earth that is being taken for granted.”

Source: https://youtu.be/0nqCgHNiJEk

The great thing about this film is that, even though it’s protagonist is Black, his blackness is somehow more connected to the cosmos than to the Black experience on Earth. At any rate, I applaud the filmmaker for creating this thoughtful piece. Look for more here on X Nubia Phi.

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Black Like Jesus

“Neo Afro Futuristic Psychedelic Surrealistic Hippy”

Source: https://youtu.be/zUxv9FERN_I

This is what the future sounds like… at least one of them… Black Like Jesus by The Illustrious Blacks

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