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A is for Afrofuturism + Afrofuturists:

Afrofuturism: emphasis is on the artistic cultural production of the African Diaspora, and the utopian vision of a people re-imagining an escape from majority constructs, in order to re-create a context that situates them into majority–on their own playing field. 

Alondra Nelson’s definition:

Afrofuturists: are a group of people of the African Diaspora whose philosophy is postmodern; yet, their viewpoint is of Afrofuturism which is described as: “a way of looking at the world; it is a sort of canopy for looking at Black diasporic artistic production. It is even an epistemology that is really about thinking about the future, thinking about the subject position of Black people and how that is both alienating and about alienation and because the alien becomes to figure quite centrally in Afrofuturism—the outsider figure. It is also about aspirations in majornity and having a place in majornity and it is about speculation and utopia. Part of why it is Afrofuturism in particular is that part of resilience in Black culture and Black life is about imagining the impossible, imagining a better place, a different world” (Alondra Nelson, 2010).

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                                              “The Legacy of Romare”

                                            Curated by Danny Simmons 

                                             @ Corridor Gallery [BK, NY]

                                               closes Dec. 22, 2012

”The Legacy of Romare” is an exhibition of ten contemporary female artists whose artworks pay homage to the influences of Romare Bearden. This groups of artists was brought together by Danny Simmons and includes: Stephanie Anderson, Kimberly Becoat, Sadakisha Saundra Collier, Jenne Glover, Clymenza Hawkins, Mirlande Jean-Giles, Shani jamila, Chanel Kennebrew, Alexandria Smith, and Tanekeya Word.