To a few of my creative friends, Peeps and associates I have posted this to their pages in various social media so All will be able to express their views of this term with transparency....
Question: What is AFRO - FUTURISM to you as One of its creators? Have posted My definition on My FB PAGE. Do you agree or disagree? How so? To you What factors warrant something to be LABELED under this Term or movement or YOUR definition of what it is?
What is AFRO - FUTURISM to you as One of its creators?
AFRO-FUTURISM is the AFFIRMATION that we as people of African descent are a visible, active and controlling hand in the future of this Planet and Realty.
To you What factors warrant something to be LABELED under this Term or movement or YOUR definition of what it is? I believe if it does not affirm, involve, reference or include anything of cultural, artistic and/or communal value to the continent of AFRICA, it does not earn the right to be called by that term. On a personal note (meaning MY personal opinion) the story may have other races and creatures involved but if the protagonist (main Character) is not of or from the Continent (Africa - pick your country) then it is JUST a INCLUSIVE futurist story... NOT AFRO - FUTURISM.
I state this because I hear, read and see this term starting to be sprinkled over social media and the BLACK FAN BOY/ GIRL sites. But have not really seen or for that matter AGREED with what the term is and about. I am busy personally defining and challenging my creative peeps to step up and give me feedback. Here is the beginning of a reading list provided by AfroFuturism849.com
(Thank You Karla Dennis from Facebook for this)
Reading or have read sofar....
Nelson, Alondra. “Afrofuturism: Past-Future Vision.” Colorlines 3, no. 1 (2000).
Hamilton, Elizabeth C. “Analog Girls in a Digital World: Fatimah Tuggar’s Afrofuturist Intervention in the Politics of “Traditional” African Art.”Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art 33, (2013): 70-79.
Griffith, Rollefson. J. “The “Robot Voodoo Power” Thesis: Afrofuturism and Anti-Anti-Essentialism from Sun Ra to Kool Keith.” Black Music Research Journal 28, no. 1 (2008): 83-109.
Bristow, Tegan. “We Want the Funk: What Is Afrofuturism to the Situation of Digital Arts in Africa?” Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research10, no. 1 (2012): 25-32.