Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism

The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture

Book - 2013
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"Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and all social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. This book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists creating Afrofuturist works, the history of innovators in the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, topics range from the alien experience of Blacks in America to the wake up cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comic illustrators, painters, and DJs, as well as Afrofuturist professors, provide a firsthand look at this fascinating movement. Ytasha L. Womack is the author of Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity and she is the creator of the Rayla 2212 sci-fi multimedia series, the director of the film The Engagement, the producer and writer of Love Shorts, and the coeditor of Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 809.38762 W872a
Characteristics: ix, 212 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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