Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

By Ytasha L. Womack

Comprising parts of the avant-garde, technological know-how fiction, state of the art hip-hop, black comix, and image novels, Afrofuturism spans either underground and mainstream popular culture. With a twofold objective to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists try to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social obstacles to empower and loose participants to be themselves. This ebook introduces readers to the burgeoning artists developing Afrofuturist works, the background of innovators some time past, and the big variety of topics they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of sunlight Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged through African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, issues diversity from the "alien" event of blacks in the USA to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comedian illustrators, painters, and DJs, in addition to Afrofuturist professors, supply a firsthand examine this interesting circulate.

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Whereas a woman on a collective farm near Leningrad cannot foresee the day when even her great-granddaughter will live on a level that ap­ proaches such an average. What he refers to as the "stupidity" of the American masses, who are satisfied by the purely ma­ terial advantages of this new civilization, is excep­ tionally irritating to the Eastern intellectual. Raised in a country where there was a definite distinction between the "intelligentsia" and the "people," he looks, above all, for ideas created by the "intelligent­ sia," the traditional fermenting element in revolution­ ary changes.

Yet it is saddening to say good-bye to one's dreams of a federation of equal nations, of a United States of Europe in which differing languages and differing cultures would have equal status. It isn't pleasant to surrender to the hegemony of a nation which is still wild and primitive, and to concede the absolute superiority of its customs and institutions, science and technology, literature and art. Must one sacrifice so much in the name of the unity of man­ kind? The nations of Western Europe will pass through this phase of integration later, and perhaps more gently.

Won't the ordi­ nary variety satisfy him? What the devil does a man need? • Chapter Two Looki ng to the West "Are Americans really stupid? " I was asked in Warsaw. In the voice of the man who posed the ques­ tion, there was despair, as well as the hope that I would contradict him. This question reveals the atti­ tude of the average person in the people's democ­ racies toward the West: it is despair mixed with a residue of hope. During the last few years, the West has given these people a number of reasons to despair politi­ cally.

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