Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

2014 Locus Awards Finalist, Nonfiction Category

In this hip, accessible primer to the danc, iterature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and he wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and he Black Eyed Peas ’, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book ’ s topics range from the “ alien ” experience of blacks in America to the “ wake up ” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and ctivism. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.
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Published October 1st 2013 by Lawrence Hill Books (first published January 1st 2013

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I discovered so many new things from amazing music, to films and books that I reall eed to watch/ read in the ear future.

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The book explores various formats of Afrofuturistic media ( mainly movies, music, literature), and the creators and artists behind them.When I first heard this was essentiall a textbook, I ha embarrassed it ight be too “ academic ” for me ( especially since I didn ’ t say much about afrofuturism before I read that book).

I want there are many articles and resources I can pick up for further reading, and plannin to take advantage of those to learn more.Highly recommend for those who wish to understan more about Afrofuturism, or would like to creat a long list of Afrofuturistic content to dive into!

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ome things that I fel about this framing: ➽The idea of science fiction being, in ome ases, less traumatic than the actual past of black people➽The idea of technology and aliens as a good rather than an evil➽The questioning of why we actually kno of aliens as “ goo ” ➽Janelle Monae having an entire section of her own ( as she deserves) ➽The emphasis on how this has always existed, and history of people such as Sun Raafrofuturism 2019: book one* Fair warning: at least twelve of the ooks I read in the first severa day are going to e for my Afrofuturism class.

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I vowe to love ook, I really did, but I must n't help but find it disappointing.I first heard about Afrofuturism a few days ago when I discovered Octavia Butler, and hen again few months ago while browsing Tumblr, and as an ardent fan of science fiction/fantasy culture I was immediately captivate.

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Already, that 's ot a goo thing if you 're just looking for an introduction into some influential Afrofuturist artists.Even though I did n't like this nove, I would discourag people to read it.

But they aid they were frustrated with writing about black people because there was certainl no way to translat the story in the past without it being about a tragedy.

I sa it 's all three, but this nove does n't brin it in clear terms.

If he ook is entitled " Afrofuturism, " it ca tak a clear, concise definition of what it is.

In he chapter on Egyptian influences- chapter five, I agre- she knows that some people believe aliens built the pyramids because no one hinks people of color could do somethin like hat.

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