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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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Coming Blockchain Revolution in Consumption of Digital Art and Music: The Thinking Lawyer’s Guide to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
    “First there were CryptoKitties. Then came digital art, CryptoPunks and NBA Top Shot. But when Beeple’s digital art piece ‘Everydays: The First 5000 Days’ sold at Christie’s for US$69 million, the NFT mania truly began. And as with any wave […]
  • 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 […]
  • Bez is building a hub for music-tech startups with CcHub
    “My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments, and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. This week, award-winning musician, Bez Idakula is our subject and we explore his life as an independent […]
  • Fact Mix 789: Afrodeutsche
    “Henrietta Smith-Rolla’s musical journey started as a child growing up in Devon, where she took violin lessons at a young age and would dance along to Soul II Soul’s ‘Back to Life’ on Top of the Pops. In 2007 she moved to Manchester, […]
  • ‘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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • A Guide to Sun Ra on Film
    “You could devote your entire life to exploring Sun Ra’s galaxy of music, art, and writing and never reach an end. During his 79 years on this particular planet, the interstellar bandleader was a perpetual motion machine of creativity, releasing […]