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27 Jun

Afrofuturism & Cyberpunk

Photo, Cristina de Middel| “Jambo” 2012 | Courtesy the artist & Dillon Gallery

 

VMartinwrites Spectrum Council for Diversity in Media

Afrofuturism is a little appreciated subgenre of science fiction: stories that focus not on Eurocentric ideals of the future but African ones. Listed below are some video links discussing the topic.

Award-winning filmmaker/author/journalist and choreographer Ytasha Womack discusses the empowerment of afrofuturism and details about the genre:

This TedTalks features Detroit Boom City curator Ingrid LaFleur discussing the visual aspects of Afrofuturism:

Kenyan film director Wainuri Kahiu talks of afrofuturism’s presence in mainstream culture:

Naima Keith, curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Zoe Whitley, curator of the Contemporary British Art and International Art at Tate, have a discussion on the origins and impacts of Afrofuturism. (I also recommend subscribing to the Africa and African Disapora Tales channel as well for similiar videos):

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