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 how Black women artists and scientists have often been at the vanguard of their disciplines—though most are still awaiting due recognition. On the last night of Black History Month, February 29, 2020, I attended a concert held in the Temple of Dendur, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—the last such event that I would attend, it turned out, for a very long time.”

Source: http://bostonreview.net/arts-society/emily-lordi-women-who-fly-nona-hendryx-and-afrofuturist-histories

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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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 countless records, touring constantly, and penning works of Afrofuturist poetry and philosophy. Ra’s universe is still expanding, more than a quarter-century after he left this earthly plane; there’s a seemingly never-ending flow of releases and rediscoveries, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, still an ongoing concern under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen, will release its first album since 1999 this month.”

Source: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/a-guide-to-sun-ra-on-film/

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