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

(Article by Lina Nasr El Hag Ali on dailymaverick.co.za.)

“The work of imagining alternate futures is also about imagining alternate pasts. Pasts in which Black and Indigenous people feature as more than just passive observers. It is about rewriting the narrative on agency and action and it is deeply political. 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 for?

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Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

“In Sun Ra’s Chicago, [author] William Sites brings this visionary musician back to earth—specifically to Chicago’s South Side, where from 1946 to 1961 Ra lived and relaunched his career from a leader of big-bands to a leader of the avant-garde. Sites, an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, recognized the importance of Ra’s early cities, Birmingham and Chicago, on his development and thinking. By exploring Ra’s urban sphere, Sites explains, ‘I hoped I might reveal things about those cities, about Black urban experience more generally, and about the deep and complex urban roots of Afrofuturism.'”

Source: https://ssa.uchicago.edu/ssa_magazine/sun-ras-chicago-afrofuturism-and-city

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