A multi-media cultural genre that wields elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and even a little magic to address both the real-world issues facing black people in the present day, and to re-examine and offer up a better way to see ourselves in the future, both in fiction and in reality.
Afrofuturism encompasses the world of sci-fi and fantasy culture from a black perspective, and encourages a breaking down of current, outdated, and widely accepted paradigms to promote a more fully realized and complex black experience. Afrofuturism is intersectional, and, at its heart, about representation and fighting erasure through a kind of cultural activism.
Early voices in the Afrofuturistic space include fiction writers Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler as well as musicians Sun Ra and George Clinton. Contemporary voices include will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, and Janelle Monae.
On this site, you can find valuable information on the history of Afrofuturism and what it means in the context of the black experience today and beyond. You’ll find information on the various artists, new and established, who are at the forefront of the movement and learn more about their contributions. You’ll find the latest news about what’s going on in the Afrofuturism space as well as discussions on what’s going on the black community at large. And you’ll find resources for further reading and ways that you can get involved.
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By William Jones
In this day and age, seeing black comic book characters isn’t at all uncommon. In fact, every year we see more and more black superheroes and heroines on television, on the big screen and in the comic books themselves.