By Ytasha L. Womack
Comprising components 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 objective to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists attempt to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social obstacles to empower and loose participants to be themselves. This ebook introduces readers to the burgeoning artists growing Afrofuturist works, the background of innovators some time past, 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 sunlight Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged via African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, themes variety from the "alien" adventure 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, offer a firsthand examine this interesting move.
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