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Anthony Mackie Talks Black Panther's Legacy and Traveling to Wakanda

When the new title of Black Panther dropped (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), everyone was lit. Since then, actors in the MCU have discussed the Black Panther experience.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Captain America, Falcon, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong, Wakanda, Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Bucky, MCU, Fictional Characters

11 Otherworldly Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Written By Black Authors

As a Black woman and nerd-content enthusiast, I sometimes struggle to find representation of blackness in mainstream fantasy and sci-fi. While I enjoy stories like His Dark Materials, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter, and they do include characters of color, the stories are largely told from white protagonists’…Read more...
Tags: Fiction, Literature, Harry Potter, Lifehacks, Afrofuturism, MacArthur Fellows, Nnedi Okorafor, Speculative Fiction, Science Fantasy, Octavia E Butler, African American Culture, N K Jemisin, Entertainment Culture, Mind Of My Mind, Fantasy Tropes, Fantasy Books Written By Black Authors

Black Panther: Sins of the King Blurs the Line Between Life and Death

Though Serial Box’s Black Panther: Sins of the King audiobook is set firmly outside the continuities of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and its comic books, the new narrative drama is coursing with the same epic, politically charged energy that first made T’Challa and the nation of Wakanda some of the most iconic myths to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Wakanda, Okoye, White Tiger, Marvel Comics Characters, T'Challa, Fictional Characters, Erik Killmonger, Shuri, Vibranium, Tchalla, Heliopolitans

Black Panther: Sins of the King Writer Geoff Thorne Wants to Ask the Tough Questions

Though we’re still a long ways out from Ryan Coogler’s follow up to the first Black Panther movie and the recently-announced Wakanda series heading to Disney+, there’s quite a bit going on with T’Challa in the broader landscape of Marvel stories about mortals stepping up to the plate to become heroes and more. Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Storm, Ryan Coogler, Vision, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Wakanda, Scarlet Witch, T'Challa, Wanda Maximoff, Fictional Characters, Tchalla, WandaVision, Fictional Cyborgs, Heliopolitans

Marvel's Black Panther: Sins of the King Writer Geoff Thorne Wants to Ask the Tough Questions

Though we’re still a long ways out from Ryan Coogler’s follow up to the first Black Panther movie and the recently-announced Wakanda series heading to Disney+, there’s quite a bit going on with T’Challa in the broader landscape of Marvel stories about mortals stepping up to the plate to become heroes and more. Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Storm, Ryan Coogler, Vision, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Wakanda, Scarlet Witch, T'Challa, Wanda Maximoff, Fictional Characters, Tchalla, WandaVision, Fictional Cyborgs, Heliopolitans

Black Panther's Ryan Coogler Is Developing a Wakanda Show for Disney+

Thanks to Ryan Coogler, Wakanda will certainly be forever. The Black Panther director, who is getting ready to film the sequel to his hit Marvel movie later this year, is now also developing a Disney+ show set in the fictional, technologically advanced African country.Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Disney, Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Marvel Entertainment, Wakanda, The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, Fictional Characters, Vibranium, Tchalla, Entertainment_culture, Ryan Coogler Wakanda

The Portfolio: Manelis

With a theatre background and a long history as a bandleader, Durban-based emcee Manelis is always thinking about how his messaging can be translated visually The post The Portfolio: Manelis appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Sci-fi, Friday, Poncho, Portfolio, Techno, Afrofuturism, Taxi Drivers, Manelis, Dickies, High Fashion, Aircuts, Iwisa, Rogan Ward

Black futures in the age of apocalypse

Curating the End of the World deploys Afrofuturism to respond to Covid-19, anti-black violence and capitalism The post Black futures in the age of apocalypse appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Science, Technology, History, Culture, Philosophy, Friday, Apocalypse, Afrofuturism, Blackness, Google Arts And Culture, Red Spring, Stacey Robinson, Sheree Renée Thomas, pan-Africanism, Black Speculative Arts Movement

What Is a “Blerd?” Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #56 Discusses Nerd Culture and Race with The Second City’s Anthony LeBlanc The Interim Executive Producer of The Second City joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to discuss the scope of black nerd-dom: what nerdy properties provide to those who feel "othered," using sci-fi to talk about race, Black Panther and other heroes, afrofuturism, black anime fans, Star Trek, Key & Peele, Get Out vs. Us, and more. A few articles you might enjoy: ...
Tags: Google, Podcasts, College, America, Current Affairs, Sci Fi, Second City, Anthony, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Facebook Twitter, Peele, Sinbad, Anthony LeBlanc, Sam Stone, Comics/Cartoons

Excerpt: Akurakuda by Olalekan Jeyifous and Wale Lawal

‘Akurakuda’, a graphic novel by Olalekan Jeyifous and Wale Lawal is set in a futuristic Lagos that acknowledges the resilience of dispossessed people The post Excerpt: Akurakuda by Olalekan Jeyifous and Wale Lawal appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Nigeria, Friday, Lagos, Afrofuturism, Graphic Novel, Top Six, Olalekan Jeyifous, African mobilities, Akurakuda, Mad Horse City, Shantytown Megastructure, Wale Nawal, Wale Lawal

Watch this opera adaptation of an Octavia Butler novel on Friday night

In 2017, musician/activist Toshi Reagon began creating an operatic stage adaptation of Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower  — the 1993 Afrofuturist sci-fi novel about an America in the year 2020 that's ravaged by climate change and income inequality and greedy politicians who appeal to imaginary racists pasts while also promising to build a wall around the wealthy. Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: A Concert Experience received renowned productions from Boston to New York to Los An...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Boston, America, Los Angeles, New York Times, Adaptation, Afrofuturism, Butler, Toshi Reagon, Emerson College, Octavia Butler, Parable Of The Sower, Rock Opera, Octavia E Butler

Out today: a two-volume, slipcased edition of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, introduced by Gloria Steinem and Toshi Reagon

As part of the renaissance in interest in the glorious science fiction novels of afrofuturist pioneer Octavia Butler (previously), Seven Stories press has just released a two-volume, slipcased set of Butler's fantastic post-apocalyptic adventure novels The Parable of the Sower (with an introduction by Gloria Steinem) and The Parable of the Talents (with an introduction by Toshi Reagon). The set is $35 (a remarkably low sum of money, considering the quality of the editions). The Parables no...
Tags: Post, Books, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, Kids, News, Parenting, California, Race, Climate, Ya, Gloria Steinem, Afrofuturism, Butler, Heinlein, Toshi Reagon

Samuel Delany's 1977 Star Wars review: why is the future so damned white and male?

Samuel Delany (previously) is one of science fiction's titans, a pioneer who was the first openly gay writer in the field, as well as one of the first Black science fiction writers to attain prominence. In 1977, Delany saw a press preview of Star Wars on assignment for Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy; Delany's assessment of what made the film so tremendous contains shrewd observations about the many ways in which Lucas stitched together different filmmaking techniques and homages to film...
Tags: Star Wars, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Old school, News, Lucas, Afrofuturism, Kessel, Minnesota AG, Delany, Disney Star Wars, Samuel Delany, Film theory, Cosmos Science Fiction

Janelle Monáe Brought Her Vision of the Future to Coachella Through Music and Fashion

All it takes is listening to a few tracks of Janelle Monáe’s music (or watching her music videos) to grasp hold of the multifaceted, Afrofuturistic energy coursing through nearly every aspect of the artist’s work. For her set at this year’s Coachella, though, Monáe made a point of making sure that her numerous costume…Read more...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Science, Coachella, Janelle Monae, Afrofuturism

A new edition of Octavia Butler's classic postapocalyptic Afrofuturist novel "Parable of the Sower," with an introduction by Hugo winner NK Jemisin

Macarthur "genius prize" recipient Octavia Butler (previously) is one of science fiction's most important figures, an author who wrote cracking, crackling, accessible and fast-moving adventure stories shot through with trenchant and smart allegories about race, gender and power (I like to think of her as "woke Heinlein"). Grand Central has just published a new edition of one of her most important books, Parable of the Sower, the first of a two-volume set that tells the tale of a young Blac...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, Gender, News, California, Religion, Race, Nk Jemisin, Trump, Afrofuturism, Butler, MacArthur, Octavia Butler

Afrofuturist artist creates gorgeous portraits with Deep Dreaming

Wagner James Au sez, "AI algorithms, as AOC recently pointed out, often have a racial bias inherited by their creators, to the point where some can't even 'see' people of color. Afrofuturist Nettrice Gaskins teaches Deep Dream's AI to be aware of great black faces on a deep level." “I used Deep Dream Generator's algorithm, which is inspired by the human brain," she tells me. "The generator uses the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another. The first picture defines...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Race, Machine Learning, Afrofuturism, Aoc, Nettrice Gaskins, Sade, Deep Dream, Wagner James Au, Happy Mutantscostumes, Wagner James

'She Would Be King', an Afrofuturist Novel of Nation-Making in Liberia

None Few books are pleasantly surprising. Much as we might like to believe that, as readers, we do not prejudge books, all of us do. There are some books that friends or trusted reviewers recommend, which turn out to be as excellent as we'd expected, and others that we just get a feeling for, whether from the cover or the author's previous work or the book description, and that feeling ends up being justified—neither result is surprising. Still others, however, surprise us unpleasantly by disap...
Tags: Music, Review, Africa, Americas, Book Review, Atlantic, Liberia, Jamaica, Norman, Blacklivesmatter, Monrovia, Caribbean, Historical Fiction, Charlotte, Afrofuturism, Moore

Underwater electronic futurism, in the words of James Stinson (Drexciya)

At the turn of the 21st century, one Detroit duo was way ahead. Almost two decades later, the world is revisiting Drexciya and their imagined underwater future – the time is right, and the deepest insights come from James Stinson speaking in his own words. Drexciyan Cruise Control Bubble 1 to Lardossan Cruiser 8 dash 203 X! Drexciya, the underground electro duo of the 90s, is enjoying a new resurgence … wait, make that the underwater electro duo enjoying a new submergence? Anyway, cue the Tr...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Usa, UK, Interviews, Inspiration, History, Stories, Scifi, 90s, Kraftwerk, Tehran, Detroit, Futurism, Neptune, Techno

Must-see bizarro viewing: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You'

This isn't a review, but I'd regret not giving you a heads up about Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley's first feature film. It's an absurd black sci-fi satire shot in Oakland and it's the off-the-wall dystopian summer indie flick we all deserve. At the last minute last Friday, I put my hands on some tickets for its sold-out nationwide opening night at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland. And wow, am I glad I did. It was a real happening. People cheered and laughed. Plus, the movie was simp...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Film, New York Times, Satire, Oakland, Boots Riley, Afrofuturism, Scott, Riley, Bobo, KQED, Kathy Bates, PETER DEBRUGE, Robert Downey Sr

Dirty Computer: Janelle Monáe's gorgeous, sexy, queer afrofuturist short film Back in April, afrofuturist icon Janelle Monáe (previously released Dirty Computer, an "emotion picture" that serves as accompaniment to her album of the same name. (more…)
Tags: Videos, Post, Science Fiction, Video, Movies, Musicals, News, Youtube, Race, Lgbtq, Janelle Monae, Afrofuturism, Rock Opera, Hiphopera

For the first time in nearly 40 years, there's a new Parliament album!

George Clinton, explaining why Medicaid Fraud Dogg was being released under the Parliament banner, rather than Funkadelic: "Because the last album was (2014's) Funkadelic First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate. It's Parliament's turn." (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Music, News, Parliament, Funkadelic, Afrofuturism, George Clinton, Medicaid Fraud Dogg

The BBC on Afrofuturism

The BBC has published a long and welcome feature on Afrofuturism, the term coined by former Boing Boing guestblogger Mark Dery to describe (in the words of Steve Barnes) "science fiction, fantasy and horror created by or featuring the children of the African diaspora (people of African origin living outside of the continent)." (more…)
Tags: Videos, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Music, UK, News, Race, Bbc, Afrofuturism, Steve Barnes, Mark Dery, Mothership Connection

From Metropolis to Dirty Computer: A Guide to Janelle Monáe's Time-Traveling Musical Odyssey

When you play one of Janelle Monáe’s albums, you aren’t just taking a winding tour through the musical influences that have shaped the artist’s intoxicating, soul-piercing voice. You’re tapping into a part of an expansive Afrofuturist saga about identity, revolution, time travel, and (of course) androids.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Music Videos, Janelle Monae, Afrofuturism, Dirty Computer

The 'Wakanda Curriculum' is One Teacher's Attempt to Take Black Panther Conversations to the Next Level

Black Panther has been a lively topic of conversation for a bit longer now than most Marvel movies manage to be, and in wider circles. It owes a lot of that to its thoughtful take on producing politically relevant themes and pushing discussions about the worldwide black experience. Now, one teacher in Chicago is using…Read more...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Teaching, Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Cirriculum, MCU

How African speculative fiction gave birth to itself

Geoff Ryman -- the brilliant science fiction author who curated last year's 100 AFRICAN WRITERS OF SFF project, continues to publish and curate excellent, exciting science fiction from across Africa. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Publishing, Science Fiction, News, Writing, Africa, Afrofuturism, Geoff Ryman

Afrofuturism: The Next Generation

In 2016, an Afrocentric sci-fi vision infiltrated the mainstream, powering up for uncertain times.
Tags: Art, Science Fiction, Music, News, Blacks, Afrofuturism, Fashion and apparel

The Community Futures Lab: Oral Histories, Oral Futures, and Quantum Time

This is Nicole with a bit of field reporting about futurist work in practice. Last week, I traveled to Philadelphia, PA to visit the Community Futures Lab, a project of the Black Quantum Futurism collective. Co-founder Rasheedah Phillips was kind enough to talk with me at the end of her day about the work that she and her partner, Camae Ayewa, are doing to highlight the stories and knowledge of residents in one rapidly-gentrifying North Philadelphia neighborhood. The  Community Futu...
Tags: Future, Congo, Philadelphia, Afrofuturism, North Philadelphia, Phillips, Nicole, Sharswood Blumberg, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Sharswood, The Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums, Rasheeda