The Books Briefing: Imagining Black Futures

“The death of Chadwick Boseman last week revealed the ability of art to imagine new, daring possibilities for the future. In his roles as T’Challa, Jackie Robinson, and James Brown, Boseman expertly portrayed Black icons and heroes, providing visions of hope by embodying individuals who challenged power narratives. That is, in many ways, the core of Afrofuturism, a tradition represented in a long line of books written by Black writers such as Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany. These writers dared to build worlds infused with elements of magical realism, fantasy, and technological innovation to realize dreams of resistance and freedom.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2020/09/octavia-butler-tomi-adeyemi-ta-nehisi-coates-and-afrofuturism-books-briefing/616033/

The Atlantic’s Kristine Guillaume shares her weekly guide to the best in books. This article focuses specifically on Black writers and Afrofuturism, which draws from the history of the African diaspora to imagine liberatory possibilities for the future.

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