afrofuturist sciences

Mark your calenders everybody! September 21st is the day that I’m going to launch my campaign to rsise funds for my afrofuturitic,mystery,scifi novel “Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn”.

Love this picture and the fact that the man in the big powerful exoskeleton suit with the big macho gun is a Black man. There desperately need to be more Black men as heroes and dashing leading men in American movies, television and literature. I like Shonda Rhimes - love her actually and admire her (!!) - but (no shade) I could do without the interracial couple centered fiction. Show me a handsome, intelligent, capable Black leading man who is ready and able to save the day and the Black damsel in distress and I’m in!!

Double Standard

I’m sure everyone has seen the trailer for the Marvel Black Panther movie that is set to be released next year. And if we are to be honest, we are over the roof excited about it. Have you seen the memes!? The ones showing how we’re going to go dressed for the premier? Have you seen the amount of views the trailer has on YouTube!?  2018 can not come any sooner!! So, tell me why, in between all the excitement and anticipation for the movie, we still see people hating on it?

So, one person called it “unrealistic” and “poorly put together in order to give Blacks a place in the entertainment industry”. And I’m like, “the name is science FICTION, afrofuturist to be exact, and the sole purpose of such work is to not just envision Blacks in the future but as the agents and subjects of the future.”

And then, I saw this post asking how can Wakanda be so technologically advanced and yet it had no imperialistic goals and its innovations did not spread to anywhere else. Y’all remember Avatar? The one with the blue people with tails that were primitive and highly developed at the same time? They loved that movie right? So why the lack of love for Black Panther then?

Could it be because it is BLACK PANTHER? Could it be because it shows Blacks not just as props and prawns but in the center as kings and leaders and scientists and warriors? But anyway, I hope this is one of many afrofuturist works to be produced because it’s about time we have a place in the future, in science fiction.  

It’s a Wrap

10 weeks of reading afrofuturistic works, watching science fiction movies, listening to music with afrofuturistic themes, and analyzing their messages made me realize that I am not new to it. I just never knew what they were called. When I read Tananarive Due’s Dawn and the African Immortal Series, I was hooked, I raved about it, I recommended it to people to read, discussed it with those who had read it, and picked it up again whenever I had the time. I just never knew it was called Afrofuturism. Growing up and watching Missy Elliot’s music videos, it was hard for me to appreciate the visuals for what they really meant, I just knew they looked cool.

But now, I watch them and I can pick out their meanings and significance. I can tell that showing a Black woman in space means way more than just seeing a Black woman in space. It means that a woman, and a Black one at that, does have a place have a place in space. Reading a book about a black woman being picked by aliens, the Oankali, to be the leader of a group of people, humans and aliens, who will reoccupy the Earth is giving black feminist a central role in the future of the world

Even though, I am not new to this, I feel like my eyes are now open and I can understand things that I had earlier missed. Taking Introduction to Afrofuturism with Tananarive Due was one of the best decisions I made this year. And I will not let it end at an introduction.