the AFRO.FUTURIST blog

The Afro.Futurist showcases exhibitions, articles, courses, and community contributions that I and others are contributing to the world of Afro-Futurism. It is celebration and a resource, to add an offering to the question "What is Afro-Futurism?" that I am asked so frequently especially in regard to my performance art, installations and the courses I teach.  I am honored to be part of a vibrant community of stellar trajectories, speaking many languages and yet sharing the same.

While the focus is primarily to highlight the Afro-Futurist genre, you will also find posts here on topics related to science, global innovations, space travel, favorite science fiction stories, space music, the Black Arts Movement, Black World Ritual Performance, the mystical, and Antarctica.

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From the Archives:

September 28, 2013:

This week in Afro-Futurism class we read and discussed Mark Rockeymoore’s essay "What Is Afro-Futurism?" which takes a very holistic, spiritual approach to the genre.  His discussion of the afro as a metaphor is beautiful and a counterpoint to more tech-based definitions.  When I read this essay, I think about Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and that last truffula seed and also, about the core foundation of nature in the world of Afro-Futurism.
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"Afrofuturism is not science-fiction. It is not a mechanical, technology driven vision of the future because an afro ain’t never been about anything constricting or orderly, in the hierarchical sense. Rather, an afro is free-flowing, loving the wind. Changing, shifting and drifting on the breeze, bending this way, puffing out or just plain swaying gently from side to side, following the whimsical inclinations of the melanated person upon who’s head it is perched. An afro can be taken from, it can be added to, yet it still retains its own natural structure, its own spiral and bouncy nature. It is flexible, yet patterned. It is about synthesis and holism…
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Afrofuturism is about knowledge.  It is about intuitively understanding the harmonics of the Earth and solar system, their electromagnetic interactions….The rotation and evolution of the galaxy and the oneness of the universe.  The true, inner connectivity between each being on this planet….Of cleansing the body, not only our own, but that of the earth that we, as a culturally diverse people, have helped to subjugate."
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