What Is Afrofuturism?

Article by Allia Luzong on alittlebithuman.com. Photo Credit: Doja Cat.

Inside this article:

  • Afrofuturism is a sci-fi subgenre that imagines a future through the lens of the African diaspora.
  • Black Panther, the most mainstream Afrofuturistic piece of media, is a great example of the politics and themes that the genre tends to address.
  • Some argue that Afrofuturism is one-dimensional and still centers colonialism and Western oppression, leading to the birth of a second, related genre called African Futurism.
  • A handful of recommendations for you to check out if you want to see more of Afrofuturism and African Futurism.

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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.”

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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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