The Past and Future of Afrofuturism

(Article by John-Baptiste Oduor posted on artreview.com. Photo credit: Kara Walker)

“The body of work loosely contained under the label of Afrofuturism exists within two radically distinct but conceptually overlapping timelines. The first encompasses the history of the United States but focuses its attention on slavery and its aftermath, traced all the way into the current century – the longue durée…”

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The World’s First International Black Heritage Month Connects The African Diaspora To Celebrate Juneteenth (USA) And Windrush Day (UK) Around The World Virtually

(Article by editor on africa.com. Photo credit: editor)

“With a digital media platform that focuses on World Shapers, Afro-Futurism, Cultural Bridge Builders, and much more for 2022. Can you imagine the modern world without the influences of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell, Lewis Hamilton, or Sade? When we look at science and inventions, the contributions by people of color go wide and far from developing mathematics to architecture and much more especially from the continent of Africa…”

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NIKNAK ANNOUNCES NEW TURNTABLISM ALBUM INSPIRED BY AFROFUTURISM AND BLACK SPIRITUALITY

(Article by Martin Guttridge-Hewitt on djmag.com. Photo credit: DJ NikNak)

“Billed as an “immersive turntablism-produced” record, the Leeds-based artist’s latest outing has a clear narrative thread. The release tells the story of a young Black woman’s self-realisation and discovery of superpowers. The concept is a result of intense research into Afrofuturism, Black spirituality, comic book characters and faith. These themes were then combined with the artist’s Oram Award-winning turntablism and production skills, incorporating deep melodic synth work, orchestral elements and field recordings into the experimental mix…”

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The Second Coming of Octavia E. Butler

Article by Cassie Da Costa on vanityfair.com. Photo credit: Alice Arnold. Illustration by Quinton McMillan.

“The ground Octavia E. Butler covered in her 15 novels and two story collections is traceable—but you need time. In the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, when Butler published the bulk of her work, she, Samuel Delany, and Ursula K. Le Guin were the only significant science fiction authors attempting such ideologically ambitious stories within the genre, placing left-of-center national politics and local histories right at the core of their plots…”

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Blood Psalms to introduce the world to Afrofuturism from a South African perspective

(Article by Zaza Hialethwa on news24.com. Photo credit: multiChoice)

“Set 11,000 years ago, Blood Psalms is an African epic that follows a teenage princess, Zazi, as she rises to power. After taking the throne and now queen, Zazi is tasked with battling a world-ending prophecy that sees her navigating ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas and the wrath of the gods…”

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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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What Is Afrofuturism? An Intersection Of Culture And Technology

(Article by libbymaynard in youthkiawaaz.com. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons. Serengeti Cyborg by Fanuel Leul)

“Afrofuturism, in some cases described as African American hairdo society, is a multi-dimensional cultural aesthetic, approach as well as scientific research of black history that examines the junctions of black diaspora culture and modern technologies. It was created in the mid-1990s by Afrofuturist thinker Mark Dery and explored in the later 1990s using conversations led by Alondra Nelson to mark the beginning of its rebirth. The “New Black Sensation” looked to link the void in between historically true and also regarded representational representations of black hairdos.”

Source: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2021/10/some-facts-on-afrofuturism/

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Visionary film explores Afrofuturism – deadline

(Article by amberlamitie on illinoisnewstoday.com.)

“Director Anisia Uzeyman and versatility Sole Williams Dive deeper into Afrofuturism in a new movie Neptune Frost..Premiere at Directors’ Fortnight CannesOfficial selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, this is a bold story about how the power of music, technology and dreams influences human connections. Erotic visuals, coupled with anti-capitalist themes, are original and surreal. The setting is a bit dark, but this is a movie about finding happiness in the community and embracing the future.”

Source: https://bit.ly/3pX7Y0s

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Afrofuturist and Horror Writer Tananarive Due: “Invite More Black Creators To The Table”

(Article by Roxane Gay published in www.inverse.com. Photo: Amanda Edwards/Wire Image/Getty Images)

“Due is also an Afrofuturist and horror writer with deep roots in the civil rights movement by way of her activist parents, Patricia Stephens Due and John Due. She has written award-winning short stories and novels and is also working in film and television. As a professor at UCLA, she teaches a fascinating, popular course called “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and the Black Horror Aesthetic. We spoke, via Zoom, about her work as a pioneer of horror, how she got her start, and the future of Afrofuturism.”

Source: https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/tananarive-due-roxane-gay-interview

I bought my first book by Ms. Due, My Soul To Keep, in 1997 because my book club decided to read something new. I was blown away. Amazing writer. Enjoy the article.

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Nigeria’s Lekan Babalola on ‘Lakaaye’ his Afrofuturist version of Ogun, the Yoruba God

(Article by Dami Ajayi published on theafricareport.com. Photo: Lekan Babaola / Twitter)

“Lakaaye, an 11-track-long album, is an acoustic journey that gives Yoruba worship a contemporary spin. Steeped in the idioms of praise-singing, it fuses musical styles, myth and diverse cultural experiences into this shape-shifting innovation. This album shares a kinship with classics like King Sunny Ade’s Odu and the eponymous debut of the Afro-Cuban sisters Ibeyi.”

Source: https://www.theafricareport.com/135150/nigerias-lekan-babalola-on-lakaaye-his-afrofuturist-version-of-ogun-the-yoruba-god/

Once again we find an Afrofuturist interpretation of an African spiritual tradition connecting past, present, and future in song. Curious to know where this musical spiritual journey will take us.

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