By Ytasha L. Womack
Comprising parts of the avant-garde, technology fiction, state of the art hip-hop, black comix, and image novels, Afrofuturism spans either underground and mainstream popular culture. With a twofold target to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists attempt to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social boundaries to empower and unfastened contributors to be themselves. This ebook introduces readers to the burgeoning artists developing Afrofuturist works, the historical past of innovators long ago, and the big variety of matters they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of solar Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged by way of African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, subject matters variety from the "alien" adventure of blacks in the US 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 attention-grabbing flow.
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